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Hitting A Wall

Posted by ScooterJ October 9, 2018 Fall 2018, Week 8 View Score Sheets

We are now halfway through the Fall 2018 season, and the league seems to have hit a brick wall. Other than a tit-for-tat between BDE and We Don't Give A Split, no teams were able to budge in the standings with just a week to go before Position Round. Alison Radke landed this week's high game for the women with a 183, and women's high series was bagged by Monica Hufford with a 475. As for the men, Carl Goetz earned this week's high game (236) and series (603). Read on for all the rest of the details!

First up, on lanes 3 & 4: In a fairly closely-matched lineup BDE chucked gutter balls with Open Frames R Us and continued to rack up the wins. Led by Rob Kaszuba with his above-average 517 series, BDE collected 3 wins against Open Frames. Conversely, Monica Hufford with her 475 series took the lead among Open Frames despite her team notching only a single win. BDE drops 1 spot in the standings to 5th place, while Open Frames remain in 6th.

Is this yours? It is believed to belong to a member of either Bowl Movements or 8 Balls. Scoot has it, correctly identify the contents to claim.

On lanes 5 & 6: In a battle of good against evil, Gucci Lane faced a serious threat in the form of Serious Bowlers. Serious Bowlers. Though somewhat emboldened by Brian Byfield with his dazzling 502 series, Gucci accomplished only 1 win against the Serious Bs. Concurrently, sub Carl Goetz with his 603 series shone in Serious Bs as his team took the match with 3 wins. Despite these wins, Serious Bowlers remains unable to advance in the standings and continues not being in first place or even second place and seems destined to become either Freda fodder or Alison's appetizer in the position round. Gucci Lane remains in 7th place, while Serious Bowlers remain in 3rd.

Meanwile, lanes 7 & 8 saw a standoff between two teams that actually do want to win the championsip. 8 Balls made use of voodoo dolls resembling each member of Red Strikes Matter. And while the pins inserted into the back of Ben Spencer's doll did prove effective, the spell worked too well causing him to pull out from pain after game 2. With the strength of Michael Gordon with his above-average 554 series, 8-Balls split the series with Red Strikes. On the other lane, Most Valuable Bowler Scott Murdock and his better-than-normal 513 series oversaw Red Strikes as they matched their opponent in wins and continued being the league leader for the fifth week in a row. 8 Balls remains spinning in 2nd place, while Red Strikes continue to sit triumphantly in 1st.

On lanes 9 & 10: We Don't Give a Split must have eaten quite a lot of fiber this week as they quickly disposed of Bowl Movements. Reinforced by #1 Power Ranked and #1 Head-to-Head Dennis Laube and his astonishing 549 series, Split Not Given achieved a clean sweep over BMs. Simultaneously, Colin Belmont tried to solidify the BMs with his 444 series, but it wasn't enough to prevent his team from squirting out four losses. We Don't Give a Split climbs 1 spot in the standings to 4th place, while BMs remain in 10th.

Finally, down on lanes 11 & 12: In a pairing of teams of similar strength, Bowling For Beers shared a lot of 122s with Teeby Dee. Showcasing Pat Hamell with his above-average 411 series, Beers split the series with TBD. In the midst of this, Curtis Whiles with his 409 series called the shots for TBD as they matched their opponent in wins. Bowling For Beers remains in 8th place, while TBD remains in 9th.

Bowlers entering The 200 Club include: Aaron Barber (203,202), Carl Goetz (236), Dennis Laube (212), Matthew Taylor (200), Michael Gordon (210), and Rob Kaszuba (200)

In this week's Tournament of Champions brackets: Nick Kinney swept Division 1, while Brian Byfield triumphed over his enemies in Division 2. Dennis Laube cleaned up Division 3, and nobody claimed victory in Division 4 (though Pat Hamell and Chuck Kissee came closest). Finally, Freda Schroeder (Division 1) creamed this week's Interdivisional bracket. In terms of overall points: Nick Kinney dominates Division 1; Scott Murdock is in the driver's seat in Division 2; Neil Hufford calls the shots Division 3; and Chuck Kissee runs the show in Division 4.


  • First, on lanes 3&4, 7th-place Gucci Lane (hcp 47) will challenge 1st-place Red Strikes Matter. Gucci is expected to maintain their current strength as they and split the series with Red Strikes; while Red Strikes are forecast to drop their average a bit while they keep the series tied.
  • Moving to lanes 5&6, 4th-place We Don't Give a Split will test their mettle against 9th-place Teeby Dee (hcp 65). Split Not Given might maintain their current strength as they sweep the series; while TBD ought to drop their average a bit while they endure a rough night.
  • Then, over on lanes 7&8, 6th-place Open Frames R Us will spend some quality time with 10th-place Bowl Movements (hcp 36). Open Frames will likely maintain their current strength as they sweep the series; while BMs will probably hold steady as they endure a rough night.
  • Next up, on lanes 9&10, 3rd-place Serious Bowlers will compete against 8th-place Bowling For Beers (hcp 140). Serious Bs might maintain their current strength as they win the series; while Beers ought to hold steady as they avoid getting swept.
  • Finally, on lanes 11&12, 5th-place BDE (hcp 93) will chill with 2nd-place 8 Balls. BDE is predicted to perform well, yet still manage to lose the series but avoid getting swept; while 8-Balls are anticipated to hold steady as they enjoy their victories.

*(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!)


Chuck Kissee
Runner Up:
(See Posting)


Dennis Laube
Runner Up:
Brian Byfield


Dennis Laube
Runner Up:
Brian Byfield

"I don't think I've ever felt a ball that was as smooth yours."

Dennis Walling, rubbing AJ's ball. (Freshly repaired.)

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins Change
1 Red Strikes Matter 23-9 .719 14,894 n/a
2 8 Balls 22-10 .688 16,975 n/a
3 Serious Bowlers 20-12 .625 16,531 n/a
4 We Don't Give a Split 19-13 .594 14,862 +1
5 BDE 19-13 .594 14,053 -1
6 Open Frames R Us 15-17 .469 12,886 n/a
7 Gucci Lane 13-19 .406 14,291 n/a
8 Bowling For Beers 12-20 .375 12,432 n/a
9 Teeby Dee 10-22 .313 12,792 n/a
10 Bowl Movements 7-25 .219 11,599 n/a

Top Individual Achievements for Week 8
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Carl Goetz - 603
Aaron Barber - 600
Michael Gordon - 554
Dennis Laube - 549
Dennis Walling - 546
Monica Hufford - 475
Freda Schroeder - 468
Alison Radke - 446
Emily Nicolet - 352
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Dennis Laube - 678
Brian Byfield - 650
Scott Murdock - 640
Conrad Bonney - 632
Rob Kaszuba - 625
Alison Radke - 628
Freda Schroeder - 592
Monica Hufford - 580
Emily Nicolet - 560
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
Carl Goetz - 236
Dennis Laube - 212
Michael Gordon - 210
Aaron Barber - 203
Rob Kaszuba - 200
Matthew Taylor - 200 (t)
Alison Radke - 183
Monica Hufford - 177
Freda Schroeder - 159
Emily Nicolet - 135
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
Dennis Laube - 255
Carl Goetz - 239
Rob Kaszuba - 236
Conrad Bonney - 231
Scott Murdock - 230
Michael Gordon - 230 (t)
Pat Hamell - 230 (t)
Alison Radke - 243
Monica Hufford - 212
Emily Nicolet - 204
Freda Schroeder - 200
Men's Pins Over Average Women's Pins Over Average
Dennis Laube - 66
Pat Hamell - 47
Rob Kaszuba - 45
Conrad Bonney - 43
Scott Murdock - 41
Alison Radke - 59
Emily Nicolet - 22
Monica Hufford - 21
Freda Schroeder - 11

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