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St. Cloud Hall-of-Famer Vic Hengel for the first time since the 1940s will not be taking to the lanes on Thursday at Southway Bowl. 

Vic, who has been the captain starting at Granite Bowl of the Daniel’s Funeral Home team in the Granite A League in the 50s, decided that the pain in his hip when he bowled was just not worth it this year.

Vic, who celebrated his 91st birthday this week, was the elder statesman of what I believe was the oldest team in age and participation in St. Cloud ever.  

Also on the team in order of age was Don Lommel, Jim Raden, Bob Fandel, Judie Fandel and myself.

It feels weird for me to not bowl. I tried to watch the league, but it hurts more to watch the fun, so I will stay home until I feel well enough to try it.

Stearns has a fantastic summer

Brady Stearns had a great summer. When everyone plays softball or goes golfing, Brady still bowls beside his golf. Earlier this summer he placed second in a PBA Regional at Monticello to John Kreyer Jr. The next day he won the PBA regional at Mermaid Lanes. Brady defeated Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights 240-239.

Most bowlers rolling way outside, Brady rolled six strikes before hitting the channel on the last shot of the game. Pate left a solid 10-pin, which he spared. Pate figured wrong and thought he had lost, but he actually needed two pins to win. Pate also hit the channel to give Brady the win.

Brady’s dad, Bob Stearns, also won a PBA Regional in 1973 at Aberdeen. Brady in July won the CBA, defeating Chad Nelson 256-253. In August at Sun Ray, Nick Plouff edged Brady to win 202-197.

Senior PBA at Monticello Extreme

The Senior PBA Tournament competed at Monticello Extreme this summer. It was a fantastic event watching local bowlers Bill Faerber, Todd Nouis and Fred Schossow compete. I watched Nouis the most because he was bowling with Pete Weber and Bryan Goebel on the same pair.

Amleto Monacelli and Walter Ray Williams were bowling also. I was amazed to watch Walter Ray use a two-hand delivery that he has taken up to compete with the young crankers.

If Monticello Extreme has the senior tournament again next year, I cannot say enough to make sure you attend the event.

Honor Counts

Andy Wendorf rolled a 290 game in the Fred Mathiasen Classic League at Great River Bowl. Andy started with a 171 and finished with a 237 for a 698 series.

Tracy George started the year off with a 290 game in the Great River Queens League. Tracy finished with games of 247 and 168 for a 705 series.

Secretary Note

The column is for the bowlers in the area. If you have a first 200, 500, 600 700, etc., let me know. I cannot promise everything will be used, but if you think it is notable or special, you can email me. I will do my best to use it.

Have a great season.

This is the opinion of Times bowling columnist Rick Saatzer. Contact him at rsaatzer@aol.com.