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Gettin’ Our Groove On

Posted by ScooterJ October 2, 2018 Fall 2018, Week 7 View Score Sheets

Week 7 was the grooviest anyone in our league or at the bowling counter had ever seen. In addition to being so freakin' groovy, this week saw two teams climb in the standings, while one team slipped. Monica Hufford picked up this week's high game (188) and series (496) for the women. As for the men, Nick Kinney snagged this week's high game with a 225, and high series was earned by Aaron Barber with a 607. Read on for all the rest of the details!

First up, on lanes 3 & 4: In a rather lopsided matchup, the more-intimidating-lately 8 Balls decided they were tired of 2nd place and decided to take it out on some poor hapless Bowl Movements. However, they didn't quite get there. Featuring Dennis Walling with his above-average 558 series, 8-Balls collected 3 wins against BMs. Over on the other side of the bathroom stall divider, Conor Clarke with his 480 series was the biggest BM despite his team notching only a single win. 8 Balls remains in 2nd place, while BMs remain in 10th.

On lanes 5 & 6: In a pairing of teams of similar strength, Bowling For Beers celebrated their love of balls with Open Frames R Us. While headlined by Jeremy Varnell with his above-average 449 series, Beers accomplished only 1 win against Open Frames. Meanwhile, inspired by the news that Toys R Us might re-open, Monica Hufford pre-bowled her way to goodness as her 496 series called the shots for Open Frames. The Frames took the match with 3 wins. Bowling For Beers remains in 8th place, while Open Frames move 1 spot to 6th.

With Josh Rothermel having a rough go at it during games 2 and 3, tonight's Runner-Up Most Valuable Bowler James Tott offered up some sage words of bowling wisdom at various points throughout these games. It would behoove all bowlers to take these tenets to heart when having an off night:

  • "Knock down as many pins as you can."
  • "Don't suck."
  • "Just be better."
  • "Suck less."
  • "You're not very good."
  • "Just try not to f this up."

On lanes 7 & 8: Serious Bowlers decided they were sick of being a third-rate team, but despite their best efforts against Teeby Dee they were unable to do anything about it. Led by Aaron Barber with his above-average 607 series, Serious Bowlers collected 3 wins against TBD -- not quite enough to get out of their dilemma. Luke Melton with his better-than-usual 442 series reigned supreme within TBD despite his team notching only a single win. Serious Bowlers remains in 3rd place, while TBD remains in 9th.

On lanes 9 & 10: In a matchup that turned out actually extremely close to what the Predictions expected, Red Strikes Matter faced off against BDE. Although charging into the fray behind Sean Miller with his above-average 505 series, Red Strikes accomplished only 1 win against BDE. Meanwhile, Rob Kaszuba with his 473 series showed off for BDE as his team took the match with 3 wins. It should be noted everyone present on BDE rolled well over average at various times, including a season-best 190 (51 pins over average) by the guy who was noted multiple times by people of both genders as having the "tiniest" and "cutest" ball sack they had ever seen-- Chadwick Andrews. Red Strikes Matter remains in 1st place albeit with a much more tenuous hold, while BDE remains in 4th.

While series could not have been saved by Red Strikes, game 3 might have had a different outcome if not for a bizarre lane malfunction. After rebounding from game 2 with a very solid first half of game 3, in the middle of the 5th frame AJ Hofmann's ball was returned resembling a spiral-cut ham. It had a 3mm-wide groove gouged into it that looped completely around the ball multiple times. No one at the bowling alley who got the opportunity to gaze upon AJ's big groovy ball had ever seen anything like it. The pro shop will be getting to work on Wednesday to make things right, while AJ went home tonight with a lop-sided bag.

Finally, down on lanes 11 & 12: We Don't Give a Split shared a few beers with Gucci Lane. Showcasing trifecta-winner (#1 Head-to-Head, #1 Power-Ranked, and Most Valuable Bowler) Aubrey Moren and his astounding 570 series, Split Not Given locked up a clean sweep over Gucci. In the meantime, Steven Anthony with his dramatic 539 series inspired Gucci despite his team getting swept. ( Brian Orrick -- We're sorry that this was how you were welcomed back to bowling but we are very happy to have you back and see you looking well.) We Don't Give a Split climbs 1 spot in the standings to 5th place, while Gucci plunges 2 spots to 7th.

AJ's bowling ball, as it appeared after the 5th frame of game 3. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Bowlers whose racks were sexy enough that the bouncer let them into The 200 Club include: Aaron Barber (204,209), Dennis Walling (215), Michael Gordon (204), Nick Kinney (225), and Russell Bingham (201)

In this week's Tournament of Champions brackets: Aaron Barber cleaned up Division 1, while Aubrey Moren rolled his ass to the top of Division 2. Steven Anthony crushed Division 3, and Luke Melton clobbered Division 4. And, finally, nobody claimed victory in the Interdivisional bracket (though Pat Hamell (Division ) came closest). In terms of overall points: Rob Kaszuba and Nick Kinney run the show in Division 1 in a tie; Scott Murdock calls the shots Division 2; Chadwick Andrews and Neil Hufford lead Division 3 in a tie; and Chuck Kissee dominates Division 4.


  • First, on lanes 3&4, 4th-place BDE will chuck some balls with 6th-place Open Frames R Us (hcp 35). BDE is expected to maintain their current strength as they win the series; while Open Frames are forecast to hold steady as they avoid getting swept.
  • Moving to lanes 5&6, 7th-place Gucci Lane (hcp 106) will socialize with 3rd-place Serious Bowlers. Gucci might maintain their current strength as they get swept; while Serious Bs ought to hold steady as they rack up a sweep.
  • Then, over on lanes 7&8, 2nd-place 8 Balls will hang out with 1st-place Red Strikes Matter (hcp 69). 8-Balls will likely drop their averages like a brick as they lose the series but avoid getting swept; while Red Strikes will probably drop their average a bit even as they enjoy their victories.
  • Next up, on lanes 9&10, 5th-place We Don't Give a Split will throw some gutter balls with 10th-place Bowl Movements (hcp 88). Split Not Given might perform well and sweep the series; while BMs ought to hold steady as they endure a rough night.
  • Finally, on lanes 11&12, 8th-place Bowling For Beers (hcp 20) will face 9th-place Teeby Dee. Beers are predicted to perform well and win the series; while TBD is anticipated to hold steady as they avoid getting swept.

*(Remember, the predicted results above are based on mathematical extrapolations and can be changed by all sorts of factors. If you don't like how your team's results are predicted, you and your teammates have the power to prove the math wrong!)


Aubrey Moren
Runner Up:
(See Posting)


Aubrey Moren
Runner Up:
Steven Anthony


Aubrey Moren
Runner Up:
Steven Anthony

"OF COURSE! It's only fitting that I'm going home a ball short right before we have to roll against '8 Balls'!"

AJ Hofmann, after his ball was sliced apart.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins Change
1 Red Strikes Matter 21-7 .750 13,019 n/a
2 8 Balls 20-8 .714 14,856 n/a
3 Serious Bowlers 17-11 .607 14,313 n/a
4 BDE 16-12 .571 12,182 n/a
5 We Don't Give a Split 15-13 .536 12,913 +1
6 Open Frames R Us 14-14 .500 11,272 +1
7 Gucci Lane 12-16 .429 12,510 -2
8 Bowling For Beers 10-18 .357 10,873 n/a
9 Teeby Dee 8-20 .286 11,174 n/a
10 Bowl Movements 7-21 .250 10,187 n/a

Top Individual Achievements for Week 7
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Aaron Barber - 607
Nick Kinney - 583
Aubrey Moren - 570
Dennis Walling - 558
Steven Anthony - 539
Monica Hufford - 496
Freda Schroeder - 430
Alison Radke - 418
JoAnne Gordon - 377
Emily Nicolet - 332
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Aubrey Moren - 687
Steven Anthony - 685
Nick Kinney - 650
Aaron Barber - 633
Dennis Walling - 625
Alison Radke - 607
Monica Hufford - 604
JoAnne Gordon - 566
Freda Schroeder - 552
Emily Nicolet - 540
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
Nick Kinney - 225
Dennis Walling - 215
Aaron Barber - 209
Michael Gordon - 204
Russell Bingham - 201
Monica Hufford - 188
Freda Schroeder - 169
Alison Radke - 160
JoAnne Gordon - 143
Emily Nicolet - 117
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
Nick Kinney - 247
Steven Anthony - 243
Chadwick Andrews - 238
Dennis Walling - 237
Aubrey Moren - 237 (t)
Monica Hufford - 224
Alison Radke - 223
Freda Schroeder - 209
JoAnne Gordon - 206
Shae Mermis - 190
Men's Pins Over Average Women's Pins Over Average
Steven Anthony - 56
Nick Kinney - 53
Chadwick Andrews - 51
Aubrey Moren - 47
Dennis Walling - 43
Alison Radke - 39
Monica Hufford - 33
JoAnne Gordon - 22
Freda Schroeder - 20
Shae Mermis - 9

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