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Despite Eclipse, Games Shine Bright

Posted by BowlingBot April 9, 2024 Spring 2024, Week 12 View Score Sheets

The twelfth week of Spring 2024 resulted in absolutely no movement in the standings, the only change being that the third place team went from a losing record to an even record. However that detail obscures that there was a lot of good bowling happening tonight, including the most 200s we've seen this season. JoAnne Barber picked up this week's high game (142) and series (363) for the woman, while Matthew Taylor earned this week's high game (257) and series (659) for the men. Read on for all the rest of the details!

Battered Dolphins have their sun stolen by the Fists

First up, on lanes 1 & 2: Sun Dolphins hoped to frolic in the sun but found their plans eclipsed by Schindler's Fists. Though somewhat emboldened by Scott Thompson with his below-average 412 series, Dolphins instead were fisted right in the blowholes. It was only a game 3 surge by Ryan Sisco that cleared the blockage and gave them 1 win against Fists. Meanwhile Aaron Barber with his 525 series powered his Fists as his team took the match with 3 wins. Sun Dolphins remains in 6th place, while Fists remain in 2nd.

We said that DB burned their eyes out, not DT! Stupid AI.

On lanes 3 & 4: With closely-matched team strength, Grumpy Old Men waged a heated competition against DB Lenz a Hand. New team member Dustin Schmeltz with his better-than-normal 559 series dominated Lenz Handlers, giving them a decisive game 1 victory. However they stared into the sun too long and burned out their retinas, giving AJ Hofmann with his above-average 552 series the encouragement needed to come back for 3 wins against DB's Lenzes. Grumpy Old Men remains in 3rd place, while Lenz Handlers remain in 4th.

Squids happily delivering bad news to their opposition

Finally, down on lanes 5 & 6: It Starts Now! deliberately ate cheese sticks in front of Squid Row. It backfired. Though reinforced by Most Valuable Bowler Brett Affolter and his above-average 545 series, Starts accomplished only 1 win against Squids. Simultaneously, #1 Power Ranked and #1 Head-to-Head Matthew Taylor and his better-than-normal 659 series reigned supreme within Squids as his team took the match with 3 wins. It Starts Now! remains in 5th place, while Squids remain in 1st. Making matters worse for It Starts Now, three of them will miss the tax filing deadline next week and the other two can expect surprise audits. Fun!

Six people got a bingo this week.

Bowlers who got their taxes filed correctly and on time so got to kick back at The 200 Club include: Aaron Barber (211), AJ Hofmann (202), Brett Affolter (216), Dennis Walling (212), Dustin Schmeltz (212), and Matthew Taylor (257,235).

The 659 rolled by Matthew Taylor is this season's new high series for men.

In this week's Tournament of Champions brackets: Matthew Taylor shut down Division 1, while Brett Affolter decimated Division 2. Buck Nasty trounced Division 3, and Clayton Burrow conquered Division 4. In terms of overall points: Matthew Taylor holds the reins in Division 1; Scott Thompson is in the driver's seat in Division 2; Chris Windham tops Division 3; and Carl Mueller runs the show in Division 4.


  • First, on lanes 1&2, 1st-place Squid Row will share a couple of pitchers with 4th-place DB Lenz a Hand (hcp 73). Squids are expected to perform well and sweep the series; while Lenz Handlers are forecast to drop their average a bit while they endure a rough night.
  • Moving to lanes 3&4, 5th-place It Starts Now! will tussle with 6th-place Sun Dolphins (hcp 55). Starts might roll a little low, but split the series with Dolphins; while Dolphins ought to drop their average a bit while they keep the series tied.
  • Finally, on lanes 5&6, 2nd-place Schindler's Fists will test their mettle against 3rd-place Grumpy Old Men (hcp 50). Fists are predicted to have a bit of an off night, yet still manage to win the series; while Grumps 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!)


Brett Affolter
Runner Up:
(See Posting)


Matthew Taylor
Runner Up:
Dustin Schmeltz


Matthew Taylor
Runner Up:
Brett Affolter

"Jeremy, you act like I know where my balls are going."

Jim Koger, after Jeremy gave Jim a suggestion for how to adjust his balls.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins Change
1 Squid Row 36-12 .750 23,398 n/a
2 Schindler's Fists 29-19 .604 23,775 n/a
3 Grumpy Old Men 24-24 .500 21,306 n/a
4 DB Lenz a Hand 19-29 .396 19,274 n/a
5 It Starts Now! 18-30 .375 20,436 n/a
6 Sun Dolphins 18-30 .375 18,630 n/a

Top Individual Achievements for Week 12
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Matthew Taylor - 659
Dustin Schmeltz - 559
AJ Hofmann - 552
Brett Affolter - 545
Dennis Walling - 532
JoAnne Barber - 363
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Matthew Taylor - 690
Brett Affolter - 648
Dustin Schmeltz - 647
Dennis Walling - 618
AJ Hofmann - 614
JoAnne Barber - 543
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
Matthew Taylor - 257
Brett Affolter - 216
Dustin Schmeltz - 212
Dennis Walling - 212 (t)
Aaron Barber - 211
AJ Hofmann - 202
JoAnne Barber - 142
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
Matthew Taylor - 267
Brett Affolter - 250
Dustin Schmeltz - 241
Dennis Walling - 240
JC Cox - 231
JoAnne Barber - 202
Men's Pins Over Average Women's Pins Over Average
Matthew Taylor - 70
Brett Affolter - 59
JC Cox - 49
Dustin Schmeltz - 49 (t)
Dennis Walling - 48
Nathan Burrows - 38
JoAnne Barber - 17

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