In the next handful of weeks during the summer, we will be taking a look back at this past season and recognize those that have achieved high success by us at Rusch's Bowl. We will also be recognizing those that have broken as well as set new records by us this season. There will be no particular order we will do these. Our next annual spotlight will be on Randy Southworth.
Going into the season, Randy was fresh off being named on the All-Association Men’s Second Team in the Greater Fox Cities Association last season, after his incredible season last year at Rusch’s. Looking back at last season, Randy most notably fired three 300 games, which made him tie the record ‘Most 300 Games Individual In A Season’ with Jeff Nimke back in the 2013-2014 season. He also managed to fire two 800+ series, as well as having the third-highest average at Rusch’s and in the Association overall. Throughout this season, Randy bowled full-time in the Tuesday Night Mixed league, Wednesday Night Men’s league, Wednesday Night Mixed Spring league, and part-time in the Monday Night Men’s league at Rusch’s Bowl where he still was one of the most successful bowlers at Rusch’s and in the Association during this regular season. In each one of those leagues, Randy found different success throughout the season. He quickly started the season like he left off the season prior on October 5th in the Monday Night Men’s league when he fired games of 295, 289, and a 246 for an 831 series. Just over one month later on November 11th in the Wednesday Night Men’s league, Randy would go on to fire games of 257, 279, and a 269 for an 805 series. After another month of consistent scoring from Randy, he would have a chance at his third 800 series of the season but fell short after shooting a 795 series in the Wednesday Night Men’s league. In the first league night of 2021 for the Monday Night Men’s league on January 4th, Randy would write his name in the Rusch’s history books after firing games of 232, 290, and a 279 for an 801 series. A couple of weeks later on January 19th in the Tuesday Night Mixed league, he would fire his first 300 game of the season. This would start one of the craziest runs of all time. Just under a month later in the Wednesday Night Men’s league on February 10th, he would go on to bowl his second 300 game of the season. On March 30th in the Tuesday Night Mixed league, Randy would go on to fire his third perfect game. The next day on March 31st in the Wednesday Night Men’s league, Randy would write history once again this season after firing his fourth and final 300 game of the season. He would go on to score consistently and exceptionally well to finish out the regular season. In the Wednesday Night Mixed Spring league, he would continue his consistent scoring as well until the final week.
Randy’s dominating performance also showed in tournament play. He had a solid showing at the Greater Fox Cities Association Open Tournament. But most importantly at the Greater Fox Cities Match Play Tournament (which was held at Rusch’s), not only did he have one of the best performances at the tournament, but he managed to win the title in dominating fashion as well. As noted before, Randy's excellent performance this season puts his name right back into the Rusch’s history books. With his three 800+ series, he currently is tied for second for the record ‘Most 800 Series Individual In A Season’. Including him from this season, he shares this record with two others, Kyle Blaese (2019-2020) and Eric Piepenburg (2020-2021). Also with his incredible four 300 games from this season, he is first for the record ‘Most 300 Games Individual In A Season’, with second being a 4-way tie with three 300 games. Most notably, however, Randy was also one of the five full-time individuals to have a 240+ average, alongside Kyle Blaese, Ryan Duescher, Nick Hietpas, and Cale Rusch. Randy capped off the season with a very impressive 241.26 average in the Wednesday Night Men’s league with 87 games bowled. He was 4th on the average board for the league as well as 4th for the rest of the leagues combined together at Rusch’s and in the Association. It is yet to be determined where Randy and the others are ranked in the state and nation.
We would like to congratulate Randy Southworth once again on his outstanding performance this season, his performance will be looked at as one of the best of all time at Rusch’s Bowl and in the area for this past season. He established his greatness throughout the year and proved to everyone he still can go without a question. Congratulations Randy!