After throwing his 12th straight strike for his first career perfect game Saturday night, Jim Zaborowski sat in disbelief for a second.
“I didn’t think it would ever happen to me,” Zaborowski said. “I’m more of a spare bowler. I don’t have the big revs. I tend to leave a lot of corner pins because of that. I’m a straight shooter. I’m a second-arrow bowler.”
Zaborowski enjoyed the game and series of his career in the doubles portion of the Winona Bowling Association Men’s City Tournament on Saturday at Westgate Bowl. His 300 game came in his first game of doubles, where he finished with a career-high 780 series (300-236-244). It helped him and partner Pete Masyga to a 1,453 score, which was good for third place heading into this weekend’s final shift.
If he was nervous during his perfect game, Zaborowski certainly didn’t show it. His three balls in the 10th frame were all right in the pocket.
“I got kind of nervous in the eighth frame,” he said. “After that, my legs were a little heavy, but I didn’t feel nervous. I did notice I was sweating a little in about the second frame of the next game, so I must have been excited.”
In his mind, Zaborowski threw the ball better in his second game of doubles, when he rolled all strikes except for three 10 pins, including one on his first ball in the 10th frame after putting together a string of strikes. He missed that spare for his only mistake of the series.
“I thought every ball in the second game was better and right there,” he said. “It didn’t show in the score. It’s strange how I’d leave a 10 pin. I do throw the ball a little harder and tend to leave corner pins.
“Looking back, I’m a little disappointed I didn’t (throw 800). If I would have thrown a strike that first ball in the 10th frame of the second game, I would have had it.”
Prior to Saturday, Zaborowski had never bowled higher than a 745 series. He said the only other time he’d come close to a 300 game was when he threw 10 straight strikes during a high school bowling class back in the mid-1970s. He wasn’t even sure exactly what he finished with for a game that day.
Zaborowski bowls just one night a week – in the City League at Winona Bowl. He is one of the city’s most consistent bowlers. His career average is a 201. He’s currently averaging 203.
The big doubles score capped a great city tournament for Zaborowski. He was the all-events scratch leader with a 2,085 and his 2,214 handicap score was good for third place overall in all-events.
Geoff Schewe also tossed a 300 game in the WBA Tournament. His came Sunday during singles play and led to an 804 series (258-246-300). He’s the current scratch singles leader and is second to Rich Baures (805) in the overall standings.
Schewe, who rolled a 720 in doubles, and his dad Greg are also the doubles scratch leaders with a 1,357. Steve Pozanc and Chris Towie lead the doubles division with a 1,508. Don Dennis is the all-events leader with a 2,294.
Other 700s in singles and doubles last weekend were recorded by Pozanc (725), Shawn Andring (704), Jason Nelton (703), Dave Prodzinski (701) and Bill Benedict (701).
There have been four 700s in the team event so far, including a 718 by Jerry Franzwa, a 717 by Dave Hultgren, a 702 by Bob Barth and a 700 by Pete Masyga.
Some of the top female bowlers appear to be catching fire just in time for the city tournament, which kicks off this weekend with the team event at Nordic Lanes in Rushford.
Diane Marley rolled the top women’s score for the second straight week with a 691 series in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl. Keri Prigge added a 678 honor count in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl and a 656 in the Sunsetters League at Westgate.
Mandi Steffes fired a pair of big 600s at Westgate with a 672 in the Mixers League and a 665 in the Pin Topplers League. Krystal Dorman chipped in a 655 in the Lamplighter and a 622 in the Spinners.
Roxy Kohner turned in her first honor count of the season in the Spinners with a 652 series. Other 600s for the week came from Lisa Peterson (628), Michelle Kohner (622), Lynda Krall (613), Maggie Glenn (611) and Julie Moldenhauer (606).
The top two men’s scores of the week came out of the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl. Jeff Hubbard nailed a season-high 751 series and John Mayzek pitched in a 749, which was his first 700 of the season.
Josh Wenzel (730), Scott Schultz (724), Brian Fakler (724), Mike Stark (718), Geoff Schewe (713), Tom Donnelly (711), Scott Ellinghuysen (705) and Mike Beech (705) also turned in 700s.
And the junior bowlers in the Next Generation League at Winona Bowl continue to put up big scores. Last Saturday, Phillip Dunbar knocked down a 278 game and 737 series.