To Curt Czaplewski, throwing a bowling ball is like riding a bike. Once the timing, balance and release are figured out, it can be a pretty simple game.
That’s the way Czaplewski made it look in the past week anyway with his first two honor counts of the season.
Last Friday, he rolled a career-high 751 series in the Legion League at Winona Bowl. He came back on Tuesday in the Blue Ribbon League with the same smooth stroke and knocked down a 718 national honor count.
“My timing is all there,” Czaplewski said. “I’m not rushing to the line. I told myself to slow down and take my time.”
Czaplewski has had to cut back on is bowling the past couple years. His new job as a power plant trainee at Dairyland Power in Alma has him working a swing shift. He also missed some nights when his daughter was playing volleyball.
Friday was actually the first time all season he was able to bowl with his Malewicki Cement team. He’s been able to make the Blue Ribbon League six times so far, where he was struggling with a 196 average going into Tuesday.
Czaplewski has also been very capable of putting up 700s. He did average 211 last season in the Legion League and 204 in the Blue Ribbon.
“When I have a chance to bowl, I bowl,” he said.
Over the years, Czaplewski has been a familiar face at Winona Bowl. He started working there part-time back in the early 1980s when Chuck and Cindy Westby ran the establishment. He still works some Saturdays when current owner Brian Fakler needs a helping hand.
And Czaplewski is always one who will lend a helping hand to a struggling bowler.
“When I wasn’t busy, I’d go and help people during open bowling,” the 43-year-old said. “You can tell what they’re doing wrong. It helps watching Brian and some of the better bowlers. I didn’t bowl in the junior leagues when I was growing up. I just bowled. My dad used to bowl and I’d go with him to Mapleleaf Lanes when I was five or six.”
For the time being, Czaplewski is going to stick with his old bowling ball that suddenly is working very well.
“I had Brian order me a new ball, but now I’m bowling well,” Czaplewski said. “He hasn’t had to drill it yet.”
It was a week of season highs for some of the women bowlers in Winona.
Lindsay Serwa tied her season high on Monday night with a 681 series in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate Bowl. In the same league, Shirley Benedict tossed her top series on the year with a 665 score.
Also Monday, Kim Kubis fired a 663 honor count in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl. That’s her best score of the season as well.
Krystal Dorman (641, 630) and Diane Marley (611, 608) both turned in a pair of 600s at Winona Bowl in the past week. Rounding out the honor counts for the women were Kassi Kluzik (638), Keri Prigge (624), Maggie Glenn (620), Lynda Krall (616), Lisa Peterson (609) and Katie Meadows (606).
Brian Fakler (727, 713) and Brad Kanz (710, 708) joined Czaplewski with two honor counts in the past week at Winona Bowl.
Aaron Shiroma added a career-high 749 honor count last Thursday in the Action/Knights of Columbus League at Westgate.
Also firing 700s were Steve Walters (742), Dale Bartelson (742), Jeff Smelser (735), Bruce Koehler (718), Bob Prenot (717), Nick Heilman (714), Steve Nelton (711), Paul Ciszak (710), Leonard Jordan (709) and Mike Durnen (701).