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Three is a Magic Number

Posted by Ken August 29, 2012 Fall 2012, Week 1 View Score Sheets

The Fall 2012 season of GutterAlley kicked off Tuesday night – our 26th season! – with a full roster of 32 bowlers slated to do battle over the course of seventeen weeks in the quest to pull down the championship title. With this session made up of a lot of the seemingly eternal staples, several bowlers from seasons past made their return into the fold including: Andy McLeod (last seen Fall '06), Steve Kiernan (Fall '07), Cory Chorpenning (Spring '09), Pat Searcy (Fall '09), John Boren (Fall '09), and David Codding (Fall '10). Rounding out the league this time around are six new GutterAlley recruits making their debuts Tuesday night. A special welcome goes out to new bowlers Shane Daniel, Cliff Barendsen, Matt Bunyard, Mark DeVoe, Michael Smith, and Kent Schoonover. Let's get down to the nuts and bolts of Week 1, shall we?Reassembling the core of their Fall '09 team that went on to become the best team in league history, FTOP came out firing on almost all cylinders in their initial matchup against opponents Ballz Out. Led by anchor Ken M. Wilson and his 579 series, F nearly came away with a clean sweep but fell shy in Game #3 by nine pins...also due to anchor Ken M. Wilson. Ballz was led by rookie Cliff Barendsen, who ended his night with a 367 series. The 3-1 victory in favor of FTOP puts them into first while Ballz Out begins their run in 8th place.One pair of lanes down saw a union that has been a long time coming. For the first time in history, powerhouse bowlers and league legends Carl Goetz and Pat Searcy have joined up on the same team as the Mayan Apocalypse bringing doom to opponents Sexual Chocolate. With an impressive initial week, led by Searcy – this week's #1 Power Ranked bowler – and a stunning 184 average out of lead off bowler Scott Murdock (compliments of his 554 series, an all-time personal best for Scoot), the team notched a 3-1 matchup victory en route to a 2nd place start. Sexual Chocolate, led by anchor Jason Carpio and his 512 series, use their one win and total pins to grab 6th place.Back-to-back league champions Turkey Hunters faced awesomely named Bobby Belt and The Facebook Friends as they begin their quest for a third consecutive title. Amidst allegations of team-wide sandbagging, only Dennis "Pops" Laube didn't hold back to set a 179 average. Aubrey Moren's 541 series led the team as the Hunters kick off their season with a 3-1 win over The Belt. After promises of Ian Goetz subbing were dashed at the last minute, lead off bowler Jonathan Vigliaturo led Bobby Belt with a 494 series. With their respective notches in the win column, the Turkeys find themselves in 4th with Bobby Belt right behind them in 5th place.Down on Lanes 47 & 48, cool team shirt owners Split It and Hit It came out like gang busters to win Game #1 behind anchor Dennis Blake and his 485 series. After that, though, the Pocket Pounders found their stride and brought the pain. Led by Steve Kiernan and his 548 series, the Pounders reversed their fortunes to take the night 3-1 and start off in 3rd place. The single victory for Split It has the team making its league debut in 7th place.For those of you that bowled last season, you'll remember the Tournament of Champions. With 32 bowlers in this session, everyone will qualify into one of the four divisions to do battle with everyone else throughout the season. Initial seedings are currently up but, of course, nothing is set in stone until averages have been calculated following Week #3. If you would like to participate monetarily in the Tournament, just slip an additional $2 into the prize fund envelope next week and write your initials in the "TOC" column next to your name. The predictions for next week's matchups definitely look interesting. Bobby Belt is slated to sweep Split It and Hit It. The Turkey Hunters and Pocket Pounders are predicted to notch the first tie of the season, ending the night with the Pounders coming away with a 2.5-1.5 overall victory. Sexual Chocolate is apparently going to lay waste to Ballz Out in a 4-0 blowout while the Mayan Apocalypse is going to bring about the demise of FTOP 3-1. Will any of this come true? We'll just have to wait until next week to find out!See you next Tuesday!


No one
Runner Up:
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Pat Searcy
Runner Up:
Ken Wilson


Pat Searcy
Runner Up:
David Codding

"Thirty-two people on the league and 28 are men, three are women, and then Scoot? This season is a sausagefest."

Ryan Doll, after taking inventory.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins Change
1 FTOP 3-1 .750 2,241 n/a
2 Mayan Apocalypse 3-1 .750 2,151 n/a
3 Pocket Pounders 3-1 .750 2,129 n/a
4 Turkey Hunters 3-1 .750 1,959 n/a
5 Bobby Belt and the Facebook Friends 1-3 .250 1,613 n/a
6 Sexual Chocolate 1-3 .250 1,609 n/a
7 Split It and Hit It 1-3 .250 1,488 n/a
8 Ballz Out 1-3 .250 1,265 n/a
Top Individual Achievements for Week 1
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Pat Searcy - 636
Carl Goetz - 601
Ken Wilson - 579
David Codding - 573
John Boren - 559
Freda Schroeder - 410
Teresa Deterding - 365
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Pat Searcy - 636
Carl Goetz - 601
Ken Wilson - 595
David Codding - 594
John Boren - 592
Scott Murdock - 592 (t)
Freda Schroeder - 563
Teresa Deterding - 554
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
Ken Wilson - 222
Pat Searcy - 220
John Boren - 219
Scott Murdock - 219 (t)
Dennis Laube - 218
Aubrey Moren - 212
Freda Schroeder - 152
Teresa Deterding - 137
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
Dennis Laube - 234
Scott Murdock - 231
John Boren - 230
Aubrey Moren - 228
Ken Wilson - 227
Freda Schroeder - 203
Teresa Deterding - 200
Men's Pins Over Average Women's Pins Over Average
Dennis Laube - 39
Scott Murdock - 35
AJ Hofmann - 34
John Boren - 33
Aubrey Moren - 32
Teresa Deterding - 16
Freda Schroeder - 16 (t)

4 Responses to “Three is a Magic Number”

  1. avatar Ken says:

    I think we may have gotten Rob the wrong ball…as he’s bowling really well with it.

  2. avatar Kaszuba says:

    HAHAHA, yeah you guys might be regretting that move.


  3. avatar Bruce Willis says:

    I never realized that 538 was a bigger number than 541.

  4. avatar Ken says:

    Whoops! My bad…I’ll fix that now.

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