It was a very successful weekend for Winona and Fountain City bowlers that took part in the Minnesota USBC Menís State Bowling Tournament at Echo Lanes in Austin last Saturday and Sunday.
Robert Brown of Winona heads the leader board in Division 1 singles. Brown tossed an 856 handicap score, which included a 767 scratch series, to overtake the lead.
Winonaís Geoff Schewe blasted a 782 series to take over fifth place. That score is the third highest in the scratch singles event. Josh Wenzel added a 299 game and 752 series, which is good for 13th place in Division 1 singles. Heís also fourth in scratch singles.
Schewe stands in a tie for sixth in Division 1 all-events with a 2,142 score, which is good for second in the scratch division. Wenzel is 13th overall and fourth in scratch with a 2,123 total.
Qualitee Screen Printing sits in fifth place in the Division 1 team event with a 3,345 score.
Jeremy Storm of St. Charles is the Division 1 singles scratch leader with an 816 series. Heís second to Brown in the handicap division with an 838.
Four teams from the Fountain City Menís League are in the top 10 in Division 2. Fountain City Ford leads the event with a 3,835 series. Golden Frog I is second at 3,575, Wingdam is currently fifth with a 3,472, and Golden Frog II is seventh with 3,472.
Cody Piel of Fountain City moved into second place in Division 2 singles with an 833 score. Two other Fountain City bowlers, Justin Ginther (4th, 811) and Randy Piel (9th, 767) also cracked the top 10.
Tom Abts and Russ Andress of Fountain City are currently fourth in Division 2 doubles with a 1,501 total. Sixth is Ginther and John Baures with a 1,496, seventh is Chris Todd and Paul Kabus with a 1,491, and 10th is Bill Wilhelmi and Dale Schmidtknecht with a 1,471.
Cody Piel heads the Division 2 all-events list with a 2,384 score. Ginther is second with a 2,349, Jake Schmitt is fourth with a 2,347, Baures is fifth with 2,330, and Andress is sixth at 2,300. Also in the top 10 are Dave Kriesel (9th, 2,257) and Schmidtknecht (10th, 2,239).
The state tournament runs through the first weekend of May. For the complete results of the event, go to mnstatebowl.org.
Dave McLaughlin accomplished a first last Thursday night in the Geoff Gardner Classic League at Westgate Bowl. He turned in the first-ever 300 game in the league, which switched over to the tougher PBA oil patterns at the start of the 2007-08 season. McLaughlin finished with a 704 national honor count.
Bob Prenot also rolled a 300 game in the past week in the Mixed Nuts League at Winona Bowl on Saturday, leading to a 721 series.
Paul Ciszak fired the top menís score of the week with a 780 series last Thursday in the Action/K of C League at Westgate.
Brian Fakler blasted a 761 series Monday in the City League and Bill Bonow nailed a 760 last Friday in the Legion League, both at Winona Bowl.
Other menís 700s came from Josh Wenzel (739), Scott Ellinghuysen (734), Fakler (732), Curt Coshenet (721), Sam Averbeck (721), Drew Grafton (719), Jerry Koutsky (714), Tom Donnelly (712), Mike Beech (712), Gary Kluzik (708), Dale Bartelson (708), Steve Nelton (706) and Josh Wrycza (700).
Keri Prigge tossed the high womenís series for the week with a 686 series in the Sunsetters League at Westgate Bowl. She also had a 675 in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl.
Diane Marley cracked a 680 honor count in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl, and Angie Booher tossed a 674 in the Mixed Nuts League at Winona Bowl. Nancy Theis turned in a career-high 670 in the Lamplighter League.
Also posting womenís honor counts were Lynda Krall (659), Wendy Fakler (649), Mandi Steffes (639), Monica Holland (633), Tammy Bigelow (606), Penny Smith (605), Sue Buermann (603), Theis (602) and Booher (600).