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 Ryan Duescher.
Going into the season, Ryan was fresh off being named on the All-Association Men’s First Team in the Greater Fox Cities Association last season, after his incredible season last year at Rusch’s. Looking back at last season, Ryan most notably fired a record 847 series which would be tied for the second-highest sanctioned series ever shot at Rusch’s (Chris Rusch 2019-2020 & Doug Forde 2014-2015), he also was the fifth-highest average at Rusch’s and in the Association. Throughout this season, Ryan bowled full-time in the Monday Night Men’s league, Wednesday Night Men’s league, and part-time in the Tuesday Night Mixed 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, Ryan found different success throughout the season. He started the season off quite slow but quickly turned things around on October 14th in the Wednesday Night Men’s league firing games of 268, 268, and a 269 for an 805 series. This will start the uphill journey for Ryan for his excellent season to come. On November 18th in the Wednesday Night Men’s league once again, he would just miss his second 800 series after firing a 787 series. On January 20th in the same league, Ryan hit perfection when he fired his first 300 game of the season. Just over a month later on March 3rd in the same league where the majority of his success is coming from, he hit perfection once again after firing his second 300 game. Less than one week later in the Tuesday Night Mixed league, Ryan would fire his third and final 300 game of the season with the infamous quote “It’s always good when the 5 comes forward”. Less than one week later in the Monday Night Men’s league, Ryan fired a 794 series just missing his second 800 series. Ryan would go on to score exceptionally well throughout the last weeks of the regular fall leagues.
Ryan’s excellent performance this season puts his name right back into the Rusch’s history books. With his three 300 games from this season, he currently is tied for second for the record ‘Most 300 Games Individual In A Season’. Including Ryan from this season, he shares this record with three others, Jeff Nimke (2013-2014), Randy Southworth (2019-2020), and Jeff Nimke (2020-2021). Most notably, however, Ryan was also one of the five full-time individuals to have a 240+ average, alongside Kyle Blaese, Nick Hietpas, Cale Rusch, and Randy Southworth. Ryan capped off the season with a very impressive 242.44 average in the Wednesday Night Men’s league with 84 games bowled. Ryan is now the 9th/10th person (alongside Cale Rusch) in Association history to average a 240+ in a regular season. He was 3rd on the average board for the league as well as 3rd for the rest of the leagues combined together at Rusch’s and in the Association. It is yet to be determined where Ryan and the others are ranked in the state and nation.
We would like to congratulate Ryan Duescher 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 proved to all of us that he still has it, and is without a doubt one of the best to ever do it in the area. Congratulations Ryan!