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Kohner: Moldenhauer keeps on bowling

December 17, 2017 GMT

There was never a doubt that Kodi Moldenhauer was going to be a bowler — and a good one at that.

When your grandmother is seven-time women’s average champion Keri Wegman and your mom is Julie Moldenhauer, one of Winona’s top bowlers the last 15-20 years, you could say that bowling is in Kodi’s blood.

And like her grandma and mom, the younger Moldenhauer strives on competition.

“Bowling with my mom really makes me want to bowl better,” Kodi Moldenhauer said. “I get really competitive. When I bowl with her, I want to win.”

After bowling in the youth leagues at Winona Bowl and on the high school teams the last five years, Moldenhauer is enjoying her first year of adult bowling in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate Bowl. She’s already tossed three 600 series, including a season-high 655.

And after 3½ months of the season, despite bowling on a part-time basis, she’s carrying a 190 average, which is just a few pins behind her mom and about even with another teammate — last year’s high-average champion Hunter Dunbar.

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“I feel I’m doing better than I thought this year,” said Moldenhauer, who averaged around 180 last year in the junior league. “In high school, on the fall team I was the first or second bowler. On the girls team, I was the anchor. I liked that. That motivated me to be a better bowler.

“A lot of it came when I was starting out on the high school team. John Przybylski was our JV coach and he always told us not to worry about our scores, but to have fun. I’m there to have a good time and have some friendly competition.”

Kodi Moldenhauer, who’s currently in her first year of college at UW-La Crosse, has been bowling since she was three-years-old under the watchful eye of her mom and grandmother. Whether it was a high school match or a junior tournament, those two were also there to watch and encourage her. Which is something she hopes to do to the next generation of bowlers.

“When I started bowling, I knew I wasn’t going to give it up,” she said. “I hope when I have kids they’re bowlers as well. In a couple years my sister (Randi, who’s a junior) will hopefully be bowling in our league with my mom, grandma and me. I want to keep bowling. People need to want to bowl and stay with it.”

City tourney deadline approaches

Entries for the annual Winona Bowling Association Men’s City Bowling Tournament close on Dec. 30.

The tournament will be held the weekends of Jan. 13-14 and 20-21 at Winona Bowl. For the first time, the men’s and women’s tournaments will take place at the same time and same house, with three shifts available all four days.

Entry forms are available at Westgate Bowl, Winona Bowl and Nordic Lanes.

Who’s hot?

Lindsay Serwa certainly had a night to remember Monday in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate. Serwa tossed the top women’s score of the season with a 752 series, which included games of 244, 278 and 230.

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Serwa’s score was one of three 700s turned in by the women in the last month. Hunter Dunbar (724) and Mandi Steffes (716) had the others.

The Walters brothers have been red-hot in recent weeks in the Action/Classic League at Westgate. Thursday night Tod Walters rolled the second-best series in the WBA this season with a 792 series. Two weeks before that, younger brother Mark nailed a 300 game on his way to a 789 honor count.

C.J. Peck added his name to this year’s top 10 with his 299 game and 773 series in the Legion League at Winona Bowl.

Others posting scores of 750 or better in recent weeks were Randy Guzman (772), Heath Ronnenberg (765), Mike Ellefson (762), Dave Hultgren (758) and Reid Erickson (750).

Krystal Dorman ditched her new bowling ball for her reliable old one and was rewarded with scores of 682 and 676 in a span of five days at Winona Bowl. Kassi Kluzik also joined the top 10 with a 674 series Monday in Winona Bowl’s City League.

Raylyn Prenot (665) and Krystal Beech (654) also cracked the 650 mark for the women.