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The Bowling Report (02/22/2009)

The Winona Women’s Bowling Association introduced its newest Hall of Fame member Saturday night at its annual banquet.

Mavis Benson, who’s been bowling in Winona for 31 years and is the current president of the WWBA, was this year’s recipient.

Benson joined the Coffee League at Westgate Bowl in 1978 and helped her team (Bowling Belles) win league titles in 1979, 1983 and 1985. She rolled her first national honor count, a 605 series, in the 1982-83 season. Benson was crowned the Winona 600 Club Tournament champion in 1986.

She recorded her highest average (177) and game (259) in 1987. In her long career, Benson has rolled five games over 250 and has received patches for both 75 pins and 100 pins over average.

Benson has also served as sergeant-at-arms, vice president and president of her leagues and has bowled on eight league championship teams. She still bowls in the Mixers League at Westgate and the Sparklers League at Winona Bowl.

The past 10 years Benson has organized a bus to go to the Minnesota state bowling tournament, which she has attended for 30-plus years. She will be bowling in her 10th national tournament later this year.

She has been very active in the WWBA, serving as director from 2001-03, vice president in 2003, and has been the president since 2004.

Benson, who was nominated for her service and dedication to bowling, began bowling at age 12 in Alexandria, Minn. She started bowling adult leagues in Austin, Minn., and also bowled with her husband in a couples league in Minneapolis.

600 Club Tournament

Lisa Pietkauskis edged Mandi Steffes to captured this year’s WWBA 600 Club Tournament on Sunday at Nordic Lanes in Rushford.

Pietkauskis fired a 713 handicap score to beat Steffes by three pins. Steffes tossed the top individual series in the 23-person tournament with a 710. Pietkauskis finished with a 650 scratch score.

Rounding out the top eight were Lexie Boehmke (695), Yvonne Tamke (692), Lynn Humble (690), Pat Ellefson (684), Lorie Kiger (676) and Sue Buermann (663).

Boehmke (614), Yvonne Guzman (614), Tina Wenzel (610) and Buermann (600) all added honor counts.

WBA banquet

This year’s Winona Bowling Association men’s banquet will be held on Saturday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Westfield Golf Club.

Tickets are now available from all WBA directors for $8. City tournament winners will be honored and checks for the tourney will be awarded. The 2009 WBA Hall of Fame induction will also be held that night.

Gardner Memorial

As of Thursday night, there were only 10 spots remaining before the field is full for the second annual Geoff Gardner Memorial Fund Bowling Tournament, which will be held on March 14 at Westgate Bowl.

The event is a Baker doubles tournament and teams cannot have a combined average over 400. It is limited to the first 48 paid entrants. All teams will roll six qualifying games and the top 12 teams will advance to a single-elimination roll-off.

The entry fee is $40 per team. There will also be optional high-game jackpots and numerous door prizes, including two new bowling balls. Entry forms are available at both Westgate Bowl and Winona Bowl.

Who’s hot?

The two biggest women’s scores of the week were turned in Monday night at Westgate Bowl.

Lindsay Serwa rolled the top score with a 685 honor count in the Pin Topplers League. Sue Buermann added a season-high 680 in the Alley Gaters League. Buermann also fired a 602 Wednesday in the Mixers League to join Diane Marley (632, 617) with a pair of 600s for the week.

Rounding out the women’s honor counts were Sue Yeoman (648), Mandi Steffes (645), Keri Prigge (642), Lynda Krall (632), Angie Booher (6240, Keri Wegman (621), Dawn Bronk (611), Kim Kubis (610), Shirley Benedict (608), Kelly Kukowski (605) and Maggie Glenn (600).

Here’s an oddity -- the highest men’s score of the week was recorded in the Senior Citizens League at Westgate Bowl by Greg Nikolaisen, who rolled 768 series.

The short list of men’s honor counts included a 733 by Kyle Malewicki, a 710 by Gary Kluzik, a 709 by Matt Wise, a 705 by Dave Bohn, a 704 by C.J. Peck and a 703 by Geoff Schewe.

Eleanore Stahl certainly hasn’t slowed down on the lanes. She fired a 525 series last Wednesday in the Alley Cats League, then came back with a 526 on Monday in the Pin Topplers League. Stahl, by the way, turned 89 in November.



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