One thing is certain. Katie Fotheringham is the first bowler I’ve ever interviewed who was a classmate of a current Major League Baseball manager, and best remembered as a player for a home run against the Red Sox in Boston in Game 7 of the 2003 American League. Championship Series.
So it’s something else. She hasn’t been happy with her bowling scores since starting the sport in 2020 with her game mired in mediocrity and stuck at neutral.
And here is another certainty. Combine her athletic ability, a good workout, a goodbye kiss to throw a straight ball and replace it with a new, heavier ball and throw a hook with it as suggested by Rachelle Reed, and she’s found the blueprint for mind-blowing improvements in her Game.
And she also credits John Potter’s key coaching tips as central to orchestrating the huge turnaround in the physical and cerebral parts of her game.
And as a result, she took her game from dumpster fire to a breakout season with the potential to become a top-notch bowler. And now, when she brings her new delivery and new knowledge of lanes to the party, she wins accolades, makes headlines, and is happier with her scores.
A quick look at some statistics tells the story. After the first 21 games of this season in the Dixie Ten Pins League, his average was 130 with his two highest streaks at 402 and 426.
And in stark contrast, in her last 21 games, she’s averaged 154, including streak scores of 537, a 557 with 10 strikes and a season-high 562 with 12 strikes and her very first games. two, a 201 and 200.
In high school, Fotheringham was on the volleyball and athletics teams, and also spent a year in New Zealand as an exchange student.
Oh, about the aforementioned tease about a former classmate who is now an MLB manager. It’s Aaron Boone of the Bronx Bombers, aka New York Yankees.
Ironically, Fotheringham is a huge LA Dodgers fan, visiting every major league ballpark is on her bucket list, and her son (Bryce) plays baseball at Desert Hills High School.
In other bowling, Margie O’Neill (645-257) finished the week at the top of the food chain, while Ann Rasmusen (630-216), Anne Brosier 614-222 and Debbie Lehnen (594-212) delivered powerful performances. .
And a superb effort from Jamie Turlington (586-227) included 13 strikes and 9 for 12 on his unshared reserve shots, Shell Hurd (533-200) put in solid numbers and 80-year-old Bonnie Kabey (530-199) continues to post incredible scores.
Joanne Fowler (550) had a 5-bagger in a 226, Hailey Bundy (517) threw a 215 and Bonnie Riggs (532) pocketed a 208.
On the men’s side, Jeremy Telford fired 27 strikes in a stratospheric streak of 784 over games of 277, 277 and 230, Ron Hanson (720-279) had a monster day, Josh Dippre (667-254) uncorked 20 strikes in his best outing this season, and Jeremy Turlington (691-256) is definitely having a record-breaking season.
Lew Agius (722) fell just short of another perfecto with his umpteenth 299, Darrell Shifflet shot a 267, Chuck Irvine (686) and Bob Hurd notched a 255, while Jack Rasberry (599) threw a 236.
Bob Lehnen 705-276; Manny Hartman 697-266-24x; Dan O’Neill 675-258; Jerry Bundy 6662-245; Bill Stauffer 662-245; Tim Swigart 652-233; David Anderson 622-245; Dennis Craft 630-234; Diana Stauffer 620-213; Laurie Dilleree 559-217; Diana Swart 525; Pat Schulze 521; Pat McLaughlin 518; Kathy Robbins 514; Joanne Fowler 509; Diana Scharf 508; Debbie Lehnen 503; David Myers 247; Paul Yssel 230; Larry Wells 224; John Verchota 220; Norm Ritchie 216; Schulze Bill 215; Jeff Anderson 214; Stacy Griswold 214; Annette Chugg 210; Gary Miskowiak203; Dave Conklin 203; Al Schedin 202; Jackie Comeau leads 5-10; Pat Verchota split 4-5-7.
Bowlers picking up splits included Marilyn Bramlet 2-4-7-10, Marilyn Bell 4-7-10, Pat Verchota 5-7 and 5-10, Marge Jensen 5-7 and Janet Parker 4-10.
Luann Huchins 607-212; Tammy Gallian 584-235; Tina Cruz 570; Sherri Snarr 564-213; Mackinzie Telford 560-219; PJ Redhouse 558-222; Sharon Reading 556; Susan Hill 556-211; Mila Thorton 549-213; Autumn Telford 543; Dawn Thomas 543-225; Beverly Keley 536; Sue Brooks 526; Judy Candell 524; Bobi Olivier 518; Sandy Seegmiller 515; Annette Chugg 514; Lisa Moss 511; Debbie Fackrell 510; Donna Jo Judson 509; Lisa Jones 508; Linda Chenot-Mouser 507; Dianne Shepherd 506; Diana Swart 502; Katie Fotheringham 202; Bob Lehnen 715-268; Tor Lowry 715-279; Max Stayrook 713-255; Dalton Smith 708-247; John Potter 701-257; Chuck Kenny 693-279; Tony Zacchaeus 683-236; Derek Wallace 681-279; Bill Stauffer 677-255; Joseph Graham 677-257; Brendan Thomas 673-256; Dale Knight 672-236; Devin Werner 671-241; Jim Bedford 663-246; Rob Carrier 663-246; Chris Ray 662-256; Al Olivera 661-253; Nick Mace 661-247; Ronnie Floreani 661-227; Travis Nay 661-237; JC Barrow 654-246; Trent Nay 654-237; Rick Lesko 650-235; Will Hutchinson 646-233; Jay Ankeny 645-268; Don Polich 638-236; Todd Thomas 642-246; Tyler Thomas 638-244; Blaine Hartley 636-239; Dull Hill 635-233; Dennis Craft 632-267; Jerry Bundy 627-246; Scott Ferreira 635-226; Dave Keller 624-248; Dave Myers 624-246; Lindsay May 623-222; Mike Garcia 622-235; Robert Dickey 622-216; Ron Floreani 622-216; Gregg Sant 620-266; Mo Davis 617-237; Paul Yssel 615-220; Wil Mariluch 614-221; Doyle Mouser 612-226; Jeff Edwards 612-228; Shane Wilson 612-221; Shawn Wonder 612-215; Jorge Grajeda 611-234; Nick Johnson 609-257; Rod post 608-254; Bill Echternkamp 604-229; Michael Seymour 604; Troy Olaveson 604-236; Jim Bice 601-222; Doug Bowers 600-233; Dan O’Neill 236; Doyle Mouser 233; Matt Polatis 233; Keith Reynolds 232; Ken Schloman 232; Marcus Kirk 227; Audie Anderson 224; Stan Rasmussen 224; David Lee 221; Scott Brosier 221; Larry Rumple 216; Michael Foote 215; Vic reading 213; Bruce Arnold 212; Gary Lee212; Dave Conklin 211; Jake Heaton 211; Jay Strausser 211; Johnny Reeves 211; Wayne Fackrel 211; Pat Webster 209; Chris Scott 207; Fred Foerster 205; Allen Cope 201; Al Schedin 200.
Willie Theis covers league bowling in St. George for The Spectrum & Daily News.