Together, Billy Benedict and Carrol Bakken have almost 90 years of experience in league play in the Winona Bowling Association.
Saturday night, they were rewarded for their dedication to the game and excellence in the sport by being inducted into the WBA Hall of Fame at the associationís 2009 banquet at Westfield Golf Club.
Benedict began his career in the late 1960s and still remains active by bowling in the American League at Westgate Bowl and the Legion League at Winona Bowl. He has won titles in the WBA City Tournament in the team event, all-events and scratch doubles. Both his doubles titles have come since he became a senior bowler.
Rolling big games is nothing new for Benedict. He has four 300 games to his credit, a 299 and a 298. He tossed his first sanctioned perfect game in 1994 and his fourth in 2006. Benedictís top series is a 779 and heís averaged over 200 numerous times, including a career-high 216. His outstanding all-around game has earned him a spot on Winonaís senior team for the Winona/La Crosse Bowling Challenge three times.
Benedict brings a lot of positive enthusiasm and fun to the lanes every night.
Bakken started his career in 1960 in the WBA and remains an active bowler at Nordic Lanes in Rushford. His career highs include a 200 average, a 290 game and a 743 series.
He has numerous league and tournament titles to his name, including the Nordic Lanes singles and all-events championships. Bakken has also been a sponsor for menís and womenís teams for over 20 years as well as a league secretary for five years.
Bakken and three others built Nordic Lanes and owned it for eight years, making bowling available to people in Rushford. Heís a member of the Rushford Business Association, is retired from the fire department after 20 years (including three years as chief), and is a member of the board of directors of Ferndale Golf Course.
Geoff Schewe and John Skappel captured the crown last Saturday in the second annual Geoff Gardner Memorial Fund Bowling Tournament at Westgate Bowl.
Schewe and Skappel, who were the fourth-seeded team after six qualifying games with a 1,284 score, defeated Troy Evans and Kevin Panek in the finals of the Baker doubles tournament.
Keri Prigge and Krystal Beech rolled the top qualifying score with a 1,347 (which included a pair of 258 games), but were eliminated by Schewe and Skappel in the semifinals. Evans and Panek downed Tim and Derek Pozanc in the other semifinal.
Also reaching the roll-offs were Kyle Malewicki and Lisa Pietkauskis, Mike Schaufenbil and Travis Brommerich, Shawn Andring and Travis Gora, Hugh Polus and Brice Yungerberg, Bill and Kris Bonow, Will Kujak and Tom Babler, Tom and Joy Donnelly, and Eric Thorn and Eric Schultz. It took a score of 1,217 to qualify for the roll-offs.
The youth bowlers in Winona were the big winners on the day. Thanks to generous sponsors, the tournament raised $2,500 for the Geoff Gardner Fund. That money will be used for a $1,000 junior scholarship tournament in the fall, as well as donations to junior bowling in Winona and Project COMPASS, a league at Westgate for handicap bowlers.
Julie Moldenhauer and Josh Wenzel tossed the top league scores in the past week. Moldenhauer blasted a 692 series in the Alley Gaters League, while Wenzel turned in a 755 in the American League -- both at Westgate Bowl.
Bill Bonow (736, 717), Kyle Malewicki (719, 712) and Sue Buermann (612, 601) all rolled multiple honor counts.
Rounding out the list of menís 700s for the week were Geoff Schewe (725), Aaron Shiroma (722), Mike Beech (721), Tod Walters (720), Dustin Schewe (720), Gary Kluzik (716), Ross Harrison (712), LeRoy Telstad (707), Steve Nelton (706), Rick Prenot (706), Matt Wise (706) and Will Kujak (706).
Also carding honor counts for the women were Diane Marley (652), Mandi Steffes (638), Lynda Krall (629), Kim Kubis (628), Lindsay Serwa (612), Tina Wenzel (606), Jenny Glowczewski (603) and Keri Prigge (602).