Jim Zima bowling column: Doxtater, Fruzen aim for another Top 64/32 title

12:14 AM, Apr. 29, 2013  |  Comments
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Reggie Doxtater will be shooting for a three-peat while Laura Fruzen will be trying for her fourth championship in the season-ending Top 64/32 bowling tournament set for Monday, May 6 at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley.

Doxtater won his second straight championship last year, becoming only the second man to win back-to-back titles in the 18-year history of the event. Jeff Graunke, who no longer lives in the area, won in 1997 and 1998.

Fruzen, who won in 1997 and 2005 prior to last year, is the only three-time winner in the women's division.

There are three women who have won twice, Wendy LaFave, Rita Bostedt and Missy Piton. LaFave is the only one with back-to-back titles, winning in 2007 and 2008.

Entries for closed last Saturday and the top 64 men by average and 32 women by average who filed entries will be invited to participate.

The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. The first round will be determined by a random drawing, and each round will be two games, total pins.

Doxtater beat Matt Heesaker 407-344 in the finals last year after winning in 2011 by topping Josh Johnson 470-414. Heesaker lost to Johnson in the 2011 semifinals.

Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley officials were sorting through the entries today to determine the field, but Doxtater and Fruzen will be joined by several other former champions.

Ex-champions filing early in the men's division in addition to Doxtater were Dave Laundrie, John Schermetzler and John Schmitz.

Fruzen, who beat Beth Polomis 415-344 in the finals last year, will be joined by previous winners Missy Frisque, Sue Olson, Wendy LaFave and Rita Bostedt.

Simonet in the groove: Mark Simonet recorded four 300 games between March 15 and April 12 at three bowling centers.

Simonet rolled the first in the Willow Creek Castoff Couples League at Willow Creek Lanes on March 15. The second came on April 8 in the 3-Man Classic at the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, the third the next night (April 9) in the 973 League at Riviera Lanes and the fourth on April 12, again in the Castoffs League.

The four perfect games give him 26 in his Green Bay-Bay Area USBC Bowling Association career.

Women's association: Lenore Olsen was re-elected as sergeant-at-arms while Michelle Bartoletti and Sandy Klimek were re-elected to the board of directors, all for three-year terms, at the Green Bay Area USBC Women's Bowling Association's annual meeting earlier this month at Willow Creek Lanes.

In addition, eight delegates and two alternates were elected to attend the Wisconsin State USBC Bowling Association meeting next March in Keshena, and two delegates were elected to attend the USBC annual meeting next year in Reno, Nev.

USBC intercollegiate finals: Green Bay's Matt Krueger, a student at Viterbo University in La Crosse, lost in the first round of match play in the USBC Intercollegiate Championships earlier this month in Lincoln, Neb.

Krueger was one of 24 bowlers who advanced through sectional play to compete in the finals. At the end of eight qualifying games, Krueger was seeded 21st for match play and in his first match lost 609-596 to Tyler Green of Robert Morris (Ill.) University.

In the qualifying games, Krueger started strong with games of 224, 246 and 200 but then struggled with a 151 and closed with 193, 217, 185 and 177 for a 1,593, an average of 199.

Krueger's teammate, Andy Mills, finished third in qualifying to gain a first-round bye but lost his first match. Aaron Lorincz of Saginaw Valley State in Michigan won the event.

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