It wasn’t that long ago when the thought of bowling a 700 series never entered Jenny Glowczewski’s mind.
Her game, however, is coming along quite nicely. And she’s got a couple of scores so far in 2009 to prove it.
Glowczewski went 20 years or so in adult leagues without ever rolling a 700 series. That all ended a month ago when she tossed a 701 series in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate Bowl.
“I remember calling John (her husband) that night and he thought I was lying,” Jenny recalled. “He said ‘You did not’.”
So imagine John’s reaction when he got the call again Monday after Jenny rolled her second huge score of the new year with a 727 series (245-224-258) in the same league.
“He thought I was teasing (Monday) night, too,” she said.
It’s usually John who’s putting up all the 700s in the Glowczewski family, but suddenly he’s got some company.
“There’s always a couple lucky shots in there,” Jenny Glowczewski said. “But for the most part, I was right down the boards and hitting the pocket.
“I got some pointers on what to do at the line -- keeping my shoulders square and not bending over so far. My follow-through and my walking have all slowed down. I’ve heard Diane (Marley) or Krystal (Dorman) say in interviews that everything just clicks. That’s what it is. I can’t wait to get up there and throw another ball.”
Jenny Glowczewski appears to be coming into her own in the sport. She never averaged over 190 until last year, when she posted a 191 average in the Pin Topplers League. She was always a very good tournament bowler, but putting up the huge scores wasn’t her cup of tea.
But bowling on Mondays with a teammate like Mandi Steffes, who’s had her share of 700s, will bring out the best in you.
“I think she helps me more by adding up more score so fast and keeping me from looking at the score to see how I’m bowling,” Glowczewski said. “She keeps me talking about other things so I’m not thinking about it. I love bowling with her. I’ve learned a lot. All the girls on our team (which also includes Shirley Benedict, Beth Poulin, Beth Larson and Mindy Decker) ask for advice and give it as well.”
The one aspect of the game that Glowczewski feels she’s really improved on is her concentration. And if that part of her game goes, she’s in trouble.
“If I don’t think about what I’m doing, I get to where my walking or my release is all messed up,” she said. “I have to think a little more.”
The 66th annual Winona USBC Women’s Bowling Association banquet will be held on Feb. 21 at the new Winona Area Veterans Center. Tickets are available from all league secretaries.
The evening will include the presentation of the Hall of Fame inductee and scholarship award winners. A meeting will follow the dinner and new tournament rotation will be discussed and voted on.
Super Bowl doubles
Winona bowlers fared very well Sunday in the Super Bowl Doubles Tournament at Pla-Mor Lanes in La Crosse.
Brian Fakler and John Glowczewski placed third in the 40-team event. Tod Walters and Steve Kohner, who currently resides in Bloomington, took sixth, Dale Bartelson and teammate Brad Schaller of La Crosse came in ninth, and Rick Prenot and Tom Babler placed 10th.
Walters also rolled one of the four 300 games in the tournament. Tim Pozanc of Winona added a 298 game.
It was quite an impressive night Tuesday in the American League at Westgate Bowl. Nine 700s were bowled in the league, including a 784 series by Geoff Schewe, who also rolled a 298 game.
A new name in Winona bowling, Craig Ferriss, nailed a 297 game and a 714 honor count. Also tossing 700s in the league were Greg Schewe (728), Brad Bartelson (725), Larry Walters (721), Paul Ciszak (720), Scott Schultz (702), Josh Wenzel (700) and Don Skappel (700).
Rounding out the men’s honor counts for the week were Jerry Koutsky (753), Jeff Hubbard (735), Brian Fakler (726), Geoff Schewe (715), Dale Bartelson (713), Joe Braatz (705) and Steve Nelton (704).
Diane Marley continued her strong season with a 662 series in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl. Two of Winona’s top young bowlers, Lisa Pietkauskis (658) and Kassi Kluzik (657), scored well Monday in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl. Kluzik added a 627 Wednesday in the Lamplighter.
Other women’s 600 for the week came from Keri Prigge (643), Sue Buermann (625), Tina Wenzel (622), Angie Booher (618), Tammy Bigelow (617), Lynda Krall (615), Sue Yeoman (615) and Julie Moldenhauer (600).
Last Saturday, Moldenhauer fired the second 300 game of her career in a mixed couples league at LA Lanes in Lewiston.
The Home Federal Bank team from the Alley Gaters League at Westgate turned in a 1,240 game Monday night. That ties for the ninth highest women’s game all-time.
And congratulations are in order for Amanda Sokolsky, who two weeks ago rolled her first career 200 game (200) and 500 series (544) in the Lamplighter League.