Jim Kohner: Glowczeski blows away previous best with 780 series
It was a night that left Ally Glowczewski speechless.
“I was in shock,” Glowczewski admitted. “I didn’t know what to do or what to say.”
On Feb. 20, an email and Facebook message came through from Westgate Bowl Mixers League secretary Rose Schultz stating: “News flash. Allyson Glowczewski 236-278-267—780. First 700.”
This was no typo. This was a night that the 25-year-old Glowczewski could only dream about. But this was no dream. She had just surpassed her previous high series by almost 100 pins.
Not only is that series the top women’s score of the season, it also ties here for the eighth highest score in the association this year – man or woman. That’s quite an accomplishment for a bowler who came off a mediocre 2017-18 season when she averaged 167.
“There are nights when I throw the ball, I feel my line is super tight,” Glowczewski said. “I have to hit my mark or I can’t score. That night, I carried inside or outside that line. It all just connected – my timing, where I threw the ball. Everything just clicked and worked.
“The second game I had nine in a row. In the 10th frame, I didn’t really catch on that I had nine in a row. I threw a good ball and left a 7-pin, picked it up and left a 4-pin on the last ball. They were all good balls that game. When I got into the third game, I knew I had 519 or something. I wasn’t trying to pay attention to my score. After I threw my last ball, (teammate) Shirley Benedict screamed out ’780.′ That’s when it finally hit me.”
Glowczewski would like to be more than a one-night-a-week bowler. But with two part-time jobs (a CNA at Winona Health and a waitress at Westgate), plus going to school at Western Wisconsin Technical Institute in La Crosse to become a register nurse, there is not a lot of spare time in her life right now. She doesn’t have time to practice. She just shows up on Wednesday night and bowls.
To say that successful bowling runs in the Glowczewski family would be an understatement. Her grandparents, Bill and Sue, are both Hall of Famers, as are her parents, John and Jenny. If she’s ever struggling with her game, she doesn’t have far to turn. She also bowls with her mom and fellow association Hall of Fame members Mandi Steffes and Benedict.
“I don’t think I’d ever get slack for not bowling,” the younger Glowczewski said. “My parents continue to tell me I throw a good ball and I could get better at it if I bowled more. If I″m struggling, I have mom watch me. If she can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong, I’ll ask Mandi.
“I enjoy watching my dad bowl. When he comes out and watches me on Wednesday, he always knows what I’m doing wrong. Last year one of the things I struggled at was picking up spares. This year he drilled me out a plastic ball. The 10-pin has always been hard for me. Now I know where I need to throw my plastic ball and I’m a lot more confident this year”
Not only will she likely win the high series award in the Mixers League, she also might win the most improved bowler honor. With a pair of 600 sandwiched around that 780 series, Glowczewski’s average has climbed to 185.
March Madness tournament
Winona Bowl will be hosting a March Madness 3-person Baker team tournament on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 2 p.m.
All teams will be six qualifying game and will then be seeded into a bracket play format. Teams must consist of three bowlers with a team average of 630 or less using last year’s USBC average.
The entry fee is $75 per team. Stop in or call Winona Bowl to register a team.
Krystal Beech has had a pretty average year, but she’s ending it with a bang. She’s rolled scores of 651 and 670 the past two weeks in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate, then added a 698 and 617 in the Kickass Trios League at Winona Bowl.
Hunter Dunbar continues to light it up in the Nordic Strikers League at Nordic Lanes. Two of here last three scores have been duplicate 735s. She currently owns three of the top six women’s series this year. Tracey Quarve added a 700 in the same league.
Lindsay Serwa (700) and Mandi Steffes (688) highlighted league play in the Mixers League, while Krystal Dorman rolled a season-high 664 series, including a 277 game, in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl.
The Wednesday Nite Trios League at Nordic Lanes has had its share of big scores in the last month, paced by John Glowczewski’s 793 series. Mike Ellefson (773), Randy Guzman (771), Reid Erickson (765) and Heath Ronnenberg (763, 762) have also surpassed the 760 mark.
Josh Wenzel rolled his second 784 series of the year Thursday in the Action/Classic League at Westgate. A week before that in the same league, Colin Fakler tossed his 11th career 300 game.
Fakler added his name to this year’s top 10 with a 778 series in the Legion League at Winona Bowl.
It was quite a two-week stretch for Eric Reps in the Action/Classic League. On Feb. 28 he turned in the first 700 series of his career with a 704, then came back the following week with a 748.
And Jeff Mueller, who earlier this year enjoyed his first 700, bettered that recently in the Hiawatha League at Nordic Lanes with a 734 series.