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Posted by ScooterJ December 4, 2018 Fall 2018, Week 16 View Score Sheets

The Fall 2018 season draws to a close, with 8 Balls officially earning this season's championship title! But we aren't quite finished yet -- next week we will meet at our usual time to name all the award winners and hand out prize money (in the meeting room on the Finnegan's side, through the back of the snack bar), followed by 9-pin no-tap fun night. The final week saw three teams climb in the standings, while three teams slipped. One bowler set a new personal best series, and one rolled new personal high game. Freda Schroeder picked up this week's high game (191) and series (451) for the women. As for the men, Michael Gordon and Russell Bingham both tied for this week's high game with a 224, and high series was earned by Russell Bingham with a 605.

But before we get on with all the details, Please remember to vote for your season favorites by Monday afternoon!

First up, on lanes 3 & 4: Red Strikes Matter, by all accounts, should have at least forced an additional tiebreaker game if not won the championship outright. But that's not going to happen when they essentially roll their average while the lowest game by 8 Balls was +52 pins over theirs. Scott Murdock tried to lead Red Strikes with his above-average 493 series, but it had no hope of keeping the Strikes from being swept by the Balls for the first time this season. Especially with the big balls of Most Valuable Bowler Russell Bingham and his better-than-normal 605 series, not to mention the over-average series rolled by everyone else on the team. In fact, every single member of 8 Balls saved one of their top three performances of the season for this very night! An interesting strategy. Congrats, guys, by coming together at the very moment it counted, you earned it. Red Strikes Matter drops 1 spot in the standings to close out in 2nd place, while 8-Balls move 1 spot to go home with 1st. This is Michael Gordon's second championship, and the first for Dennis Walling, Matthew Taylor, and Russell Bingham.

Another look at the sneaky bastards who stole first place, this time photobombed by one of Scoot's brothers.

On lanes 5 & 6: BDE couldn't stop inappropriately groping Serious Bowlers, but that's okay, those guys like it. Even though highlighted by the skills of definitely-being-upgraded soon in the card deck Rob Kaszuba with his above-average 519 series, BDE accomplished only 1 win against Serious Bs. In the meantime, sub Carl Goetz with his 560 series dominated Serious Bs as his team took the match with 3 wins. BDE drops 1 spot in the standings to finish in 4th place, while Serious Bs move 1 spot to wind up in 3rd.

On lanes 7 & 8: We Don't Give a Split had a bit of an off night, but still kept ot together enough to mostly fend off Teeby Dee. Uniting behind the leadership of Aubrey Moren with his 511 series, Split Not Given collected 3 wins against TBD. Among the other players in the match, Curtis Whiles with his 435 series showed off for TBD despite his team notching only a single win. We Don't Give a Split completes in 5th place, while TBD crosses the finish line in 6th.

On lanes 9 & 10: Open Frames R Us faced off against Gucci Lane. Despite being led by James Tott with his above-average 497 series (because he "bowled better", and k"nocked down as many pins as he could"), Open Frames accomplished only 1 win against Gucci. Meanwhile, Brian Byfield with his miraculous 512 series took charge of Gucci (with props to #1 Head-to-Head Brian Orrick and #1 Power-Ranked Brian Orrick) as his team took the match with 3 wins. Open Frames R Us drop 1 spot in the standings to end in 8th place, while Gucci moves 1 spot to end up with 7th.

Finally, down on lanes 11 & 12: Bowling For Beers took swigs of what they thought was PBR but instead found themselves choking on mouthfuls of Bowl Movements. Although topped by Jeremy Varnell with his 438 series, Beers got completely crapped on by BMs. Conor Clarke, with his better-than-normal 480 series, was the most satisfying BM as they flushed the competition. Bowling For Beers 9th place, while BMs had no chance of escaping 10th no matter how many laxatives they employed.

Bowlers enjoying one final visit to The 200 Club before it gets shut down by the city and re-opens under new management next month include: Aaron Barber (206), Dennis Walling (200,207), Matthew Taylor (202), Michael Gordon (224), Nick Kinney (202), and Russell Bingham (224)

A new personal high game was set tonight by James Tott (192, previous best 189). In addition, a new personal best series was rolled by Brian Orrick (501, previous best 494).

After a hard fought season, the Tournament of Champions was won tonight by Matthew Taylor (Division 1), with AJ Hofmann (Division 2) and Aubrey Moren (Division 2) tying for second place. Matthew will pocket the nice first-place pot, while AJ and Aubrey will split the second-place pot. Congratulations!

Though tonight was the last night that counts, we still have one more week to go! Next week begins with a league meeting led by 8 Balls, where awards winners will be announced and prize money handed out. Everybody gets cash! The meeting will be at 6:30 and, unless otherwise announced later, will be held in the Small Meeting Room in Finnigan's Hall. (Go through the door in the back of the snack bar and turn right.) After that, 9-pin tap bowling just for fun! (Knocking down 9 pins on the first ball counts as a strike.)


Russell Bingham
Runner Up:
(See Posting)


Brian Orrick
Runner Up:
Brian Byfield


Brian Orrick
Runner Up:
Brian Byfield

"Seriously? You guys blew it after being in first almost the entire season? Come January I'm going to have to re-think who I allow to mooch off my average for 2/3 of the season."

Ben Spencer, on his team's miserable championship-round failure.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins Change
1 8 Balls 42-22 .656 34,148 +1
2 Red Strikes Matter 40-24 .625 30,072 -1
3 Serious Bowlers 38-26 .594 33,014 +1
4 BDE 38-26 .594 28,421 -1
5 We Don't Give a Split 37-27 .578 29,678 n/a
6 Teeby Dee 29-35 .453 25,859 n/a
7 Gucci Lane 27-37 .422 26,112 +1
8 Open Frames R Us 25-39 .391 25,901 -1
9 Bowling For Beers 24-40 .375 24,759 n/a
10 Bowl Movements 20-44 .313 21,817 n/a

Top Individual Achievements for Week 16
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Russell Bingham - 605
Michael Gordon - 572
Carl Goetz - 560
Matthew Taylor - 553
Dennis Walling - 551
Freda Schroeder - 451
JoAnne Gordon - 429
Alison Radke - 362
Emily Nicolet - 300
Emmy Hanlon - 275
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Brian Orrick - 673
Russell Bingham - 665
Brian Byfield - 658
James Tott - 641
Seth Gunderson - 638
JoAnne Gordon - 604
Freda Schroeder - 595
Alison Radke - 542
Emmy Hanlon - 531
Emily Nicolet - 511
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
Michael Gordon - 224
Russell Bingham - 224 (t)
Dennis Walling - 207
Aaron Barber - 206
Matthew Taylor - 202
Nick Kinney - 202 (t)
Seth Gunderson - 197
Freda Schroeder - 191
JoAnne Gordon - 156
Alison Radke - 125
Emily Nicolet - 113
Emmy Hanlon - 109
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
Michael Gordon - 244
Russell Bingham - 244 (t)
James Tott - 240
Brian Orrick - 239
Seth Gunderson - 228
Brian Byfield - 227
Freda Schroeder - 239
JoAnne Gordon - 214
Emmy Hanlon - 194
Alison Radke - 185
Emily Nicolet - 183
Men's Pins Over Average Women's Pins Over Average
Brian Orrick - 54
James Tott - 52
Michael Gordon - 49
Russell Bingham - 49 (t)
Brian Byfield - 40
Seth Gunderson - 36
Curtis Whiles - 36 (t)
Freda Schroeder - 51
JoAnne Gordon - 29
Emmy Hanlon - 16
Emily Nicolet - 1

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