Brenda Carlson on hot streak on the lanes

The Mining Journal's reporter Steve Brownlee receives a Good News Awards from Bishop James Garland during a lunch and awards ceremony Wednesday at the Landmark Inn in Marquette. (Journal photo by Dave Edwards)

She might be checking her mail soon for an AARP application, but that doesn’t mean Brenda Carlson is slowing down.

If anything, the Negaunee resident is speeding up if you look at the last two months.

Carlson, 49, bowled her third career 700 series and second in a month on Dec. 13 at Superior Lanes in Marquette.

After her 701 she posted in mid-November at her Wednesday Bowling League at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming, Carlson shot 718 in the Tuesday Mixed loop.

Games of 225, 215 and 278 came with her 16-pound Brunswick Mastermind reactive resin ball. The final game consisted of 11 strikes with a fourth- or fifth-frame 8-count and spare.

“I wasn’t thinking 700 so much as 270-whatever that last game,” Carlson told me. “Every ball was right there.

“Then after we added it up, I realized I had 700.”

Improving her average to 193 wasn’t on her mind that night.

“We were having so much fun that night,” Carlson said about her team. “I had just come right from work. I just showed up and had fun.”

She was among those having fun during the second annual women’s tournament held by the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association on Nov. 19 at River Rock.

Actually, it was Diana Windahl who was the big winner, taking both singles and doubles titles as she paired with Heather Sandberg for the latter championship.

The singles was a simple three-game handicap format, and Windahl rolled 554 scratch and got 239 pins handicap for a 793 total and $40 for first. Paulette Kordish was second with 745 (547 scratch, 198 handicap) and her doubles partner Sandy Hebert a close third with 743 (591, 152).

Bowlers picked doubles partners before starting, using their singles scores to seed themselves for doubles.

Windahl and Sandberg, who had 476-221–697, totaled 1,490 for the top doubles qualifying score and the only bye in the first round.

Each doubles round consisted of two games of Baker-style bowling where partners alternated frames to come up single-game scores.

In that first round, No. 2 Kordish and Hebert knocked out No. 7 Marliee Keller and Mary Gingras, No. 6 Carlson and Kris Holm upended No. 3 Vicki Ostlund and Lyn Rolain, and No. 5 Muriel Latowski and Keri Magadanz held off No. 4 Jen Ogea and Katie Salminen.

In the semifinals, Windahl-Sandberg defeated Latowski-Magadanz while Herbert-Kordish knocked out Carlson-Holm, then in the finals, Windahl-Sandberg upended Kordish-Hebert for the title and $80 first prize. Latowski-Magadanz finished third.

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is