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Nelson perfect while Karau rolls 299

What a week for area bowlers.

Bill Nelson got things started with a 300 at Recreation Lanes, while hall of famer Steve Karau had to settle one shy with a 299 game in Byron.

And what a night Daryl Brewer had in Zumbrota when he a rolled a 297 game which was an incredible 132 pins over his average. Jerry Riemersma had the lead in series when he had a perfectly clean night for a 780 series in Byron.

Andrea Garrison was able to move into second place on the year-to-date high game list with a 277 game in Stewartville.

Junior bowlers were on a tear as well. Aaron Littlefield led the way, rolling a 278 game as part of a 728 series at Recreation. Jamie Briggs used games of 265 and 246 to propel him to a solid 704 series in Stewartville.

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Max Heimer cracked the 700 plateau when he fired a 708 series with a 256 game mixed in. The Amert's were all in sync at Recreation with Joel 251 (+67), Chris 262 (+62) and Matt 194 (+59) all working hard to exceed their personal averages by more than 50 pins.

The John Marshall junior varsity capped off its season by bringing home the state JV title last week in Annandale. Thirty-six teams were vying for 16 spots when the JM team began its quest. Qualifying second and missing the top spot by only three pins, they won all of their elimination matches in the best two-out-of-three format. They averaged a whopping 202.1 average in the baker-style event with a high game of 237 in their final match. Team members bringing home the hardware were Joel Amert, Matt Carlson, Dustin Fossum, Max Heimer, Gary Rysavy, Megan Sandmeyer and Matt Thielen.

At their membership meetings, the three Rochester bowling organizations have voted to merge into a single organization. The three organizations are the Rochester Bowling Association, the Rochester Women's Bowling Association and the Rochester Area YABA. Centers associated with these organizations are Byron, Colonial Lanes and Recreation in Rochester, Pine Island, Preston, Stewartville, West Concord and Zumbrota.

The new SE MN USBC Board will consist of 17 members: president, vice-president, 11 directors and four representatives from the youth committee. The association manager is a hired position. Each house will have one director, and the other three directors will be at-large.

Individuals are needed who would like to promote the sport of bowling either by serving on the board as a director or as a volunteer.

An open forum regarding the establishment of the new organizations by-laws will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Rochester Elks Lodge.

Tournament topics

Chippewa Valley Match Games Wagner's Lanes, Eau Claire, Wis., Jan. 7-8. There will be two squads, either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. Call Kurt at (715) 835-0720 to reserve a spot.

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