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An Electric Season Midpoint

Posted by BowlingBot March 12, 2024 Spring 2024, Week 8 View Score Sheets

As we roll into the midpoint of the Spring 2024 season, the stakes are higher than ever, with teams vying for a chance to seize the championship. The eighth week unfolded with the intensity of a a humping by Seth, though in the end the standings stood still. Amidst the gripping competition, JoAnne Barber emerged as the queen of the lanes, claiming both the high game (122) and high series (317) titles for the woman. On the men's front, AJ Hofmann unleashed a striking performance with a powerful 214 for the high game, while Michael Gordon dominated the series with an impressive 553.

"It's Tarts Now!" shouted the Fists with excitement, mistaking their renamed opponents for a tasty snack.

First in the spotlight on lanes 1 & 2 were the formidable clash between Schindler's Fists and the freshly renamed It Starts Now! (formerly Glory Bowl). Michael Gordon's stellar 553 series propelled the Fists to a triumphant evening, clinching 3 wins against Starts. The elation within Schindler's Fists was palpable as they maintained their grip on 2nd place, while Starts, led by Brett Affolter's valiant effort with a better-than-normal 502 series, could only secure a lone victory, leaving them in 3rd place, and undoubtedly feeling the sting of the competition and wondering if maybe it starts next week instead.

Next on lanes 3 & 4, the showdown unfolded between the powerhouse Squid Row and the seasoned (and actually somewhat grumpy) Grumpy Old Men. Dennis Walling, a triple threat holding the #1 Head-to-Head, #1 Power-Ranked, and Most Valuable Bowler titles, spearheaded Squid Row to an impressive 3 victories over Grumpy Old Men. Despite AJ Hofmann's motivational 510 series for Grumps, the taste of victory remained elusive, leaving them with a single win and in 4th place. Squid Row continued to reign supreme in 1st place, reveling in the glow of their success.

Lastly, the lanes 5 & 6 witnessed an evenly matched duel between the spirited Sun Dolphins and the resilient DB Lenz a Hand. Scott Thompson's solid 442 series fueled the Dolphins, resulting in a split series against the determined Lenz Handlers. Meanwhile, Doug Lenz, with a better-than-normal 466 series, rallied his team to match their opponent in wins. Sun Dolphins held their ground water in 6th place, savoring the saltwater taste of a hard-fought battle, while Lenz Handlers remained in 5th, feeling the echoes of a well-matched contest.

Bowlers who preferred a visit to The 200 Club after bowling rather than hanging out at the park across the street watching the lightning show include: AJ Hofmann (214), Matthew Taylor (201), and Michael Gordon (213)

In this week's Tournament of Champions brackets: Dennis Walling spanked Division 1, while Jeremy Varnell won Division 2. Nobody claimed victory in Division 3 (though Doug Lenz came closest), and Carl Mueller swept Division 4. In terms of overall points: Matthew Taylor reigns over Division 1; Scott Thompson leads Division 2; Doug Lenz is in the driver's seat in Division 3; and Ryan Sisco runs the show in Division 4.


  • First, on lanes 1&2, 6th-place Sun Dolphins (hcp 64) will share a couple of pitchers with 4th-place Grumpy Old Men. Dolphins are expected to maintain their current strength as they and split the series with Grumps; while Grumps are forecast to drop their average a bit while they keep the series tied.
  • Moving to lanes 3&4, 5th-place DB Lenz a Hand (hcp 47) will compete against 3rd-place It Starts Now!. Lenz Handlers might maintain their current strength as they win the series; while Starts ought to drop their average a bit while they avoid getting swept.
  • Finally, on lanes 5&6, 1st-place Squid Row (hcp 3) will test their mettle against 2nd-place Schindler's Fists. Squids are predicted to maintain their current strength as they win the series; while Fists are 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!)


Dennis Walling
Runner Up:
(See Posting)


Dennis Walling
Runner Up:
Scott Murdock


Dennis Walling
Runner Up:
Seth Gunderson

"I'd take you home with me, sweet thing"

Nathan Burrows, to Matthew Taylor, after Scoot declined taking the whisky bottles home.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins Change
1 Squid Row 22-10 .688 15,087 n/a
2 Schindler's Fists 21-11 .656 15,945 n/a
3 It Starts Now! 15-17 .469 13,706 n/a
4 Grumpy Old Men 14-18 .438 14,215 n/a
5 DB Lenz a Hand 13-19 .406 12,618 n/a
6 Sun Dolphins 11-21 .344 12,368 n/a

Top Individual Achievements for Week 8
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Michael Gordon - 553
Seth Gunderson - 551
Dennis Walling - 543
Matthew Taylor - 535
Ben Spencer - 519
JoAnne Barber - 317
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Dennis Walling - 653
Seth Gunderson - 625
Scott Murdock - 624
Michael Gordon - 622
Brett Affolter - 614
JoAnne Barber - 494
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
AJ Hofmann - 214
Michael Gordon - 213
Matthew Taylor - 201
Dennis Walling - 190
Seth Gunderson - 188
JoAnne Barber - 122
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
Michael Gordon - 236
AJ Hofmann - 233
Dennis Walling - 226
Scott Murdock - 223
Brett Affolter - 219
JoAnne Barber - 181
Men's Pins Over Average Women's Pins Over Average
Michael Gordon - 42
AJ Hofmann - 38
Dennis Walling - 36
Jim Koger - 35
Scott Murdock - 34

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