Season 33: Spring 2016

Welcome to Season #33, the Spring 2016 session.

With 33 seasons of bowling now behind us, the Spring 2016 season ended tonight as the 3rd best season in league history in terms of combined league average, and 4th best and in terms of the number (215) of 200+ games rolled. Congratulations, everyone, on a great season!

  • Carl Goetz and Phil Schroeder became the 3rd and 4th bowlers to pass 200,000 career pins knocked down.
  • In game 2 of week 12, Carl Goetz became the first bowler to log 400 career 200+ games. His count currently stands at 409.
  • Also this season, Kody became the 4th bowler to claim 200 20+ games.
  • Aaron Barber is now the 2nd best bowler in league history to never win a championship.
  • Sean Simmons improved his game by 36 pins since establishing his base average after week 3, the second biggest single-season improvement in average in league history.
  • John Boren currently holds the highest win percentage of any bowler in league history. Teams that have John Boren rolling in a particular week win a staggering 69.08% of their games. His win-loss record is 309.5-138.5.
  • Based on team power rankings, Fallop Ian comes in as the 4th strongest team of all time.

SEASON INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:Women's High Series Scratch: Angela Bradford (529) Women's High Game Scratch: Michelle Shoemaker (209) Women's High Series Handicap: Freda Schroeder (654) Women's High Game Handicap: Amber Waddle (242) Men's High Series Scratch: Aaron Barber (721) Men's High Game Scratch: Dennis Blake (278) Men's High Series Handicap: Michael Mead (741) Men's High Game Handicap: Michael Gordon (271) Sean Simmons is #1 Power ranked bowler, Kody Karnes is runner up. Fallop Ian is #1 Power ranked team, Bowlgasmic is runner up. Head to Head: Sean Simmons would have won 68.168% of all possible one-on-one matchups this season, Carl Goetz comes in second with 63.588%.


See you in August!

Rookie of the Season(Which first year bowler did the most for his or her team in their initial outing?)
  • Runner Up: Michelle Shoemaker
  • Winner: Michael Mead

Seth Gunderson Captain of the Season(Which team captain provided the most leadership, dedication, and inspiration to their team?)

  • Runner Up: Seth Gunderson
  • Winner: Aaron Barber

Carl Goetz Defensive Bowler of the SeasonWhich player with an average of 150 or above proved to be the strongest finisher in crucial tenth frame situations?

  • Runner Up: John Boren
  • Winner: Kody Karnes

Underdog of the SeasonBowler with an average under 150 who was the biggest spark for their team.

  • Runner Up: AJ Hofmann & Michelle Shoemaker (tie)
  • Winner: Leslie Patton

Bob Brunker/Rob Kaszuba Sportsmanship AwardThis award should go to the one male bowler who continually shows the best example of good sportsmanship throughout the entire season.

Emily Podhajsky Sportsmanship AwardThis award should go to the one female bowler who continually shows the best example of good sportsmanship throughout the entire season.

  • Runner Up: Leslie Patton
  • Winner: Amber Waddle

Pat Searcy 'Life of the Party' AwardNamed for a man whose exuberant personality made bowling nights more fun for all those around him. Given to the person who livens up Tuesday nights and brings a smile to all our faces.

  • Runner Up: Mark DeVoe
  • Winner: Seth Gunderson

Favorite Team to Roll Against

  • Runner Up: Bowies In Space
  • Winner: Split Sisters

Most Feared Team to Roll Against

  • Runner Up: Fallop Ian
  • Winner: Split Sisters

Gone But Not ForgottenNik Domann. Nik joined the league in our 2nd season, Fall 2000, and rolled with is for 15 of the next 16 seasons. He began as a 130s bowler and ended his career in the 160s with a high game of 246 and a high series of 630. During his tenure he rolled alongside 18 different teammates and accumulated 3 titles. Nik moved to Springfield in 2008 to tend to the needs of his ailing father. He has since married a veterinarian named Vanessa and has two daughters: Karly (age 3) and Amelia (7 months)Scott Murdock "Get 'er Done" AwardNamed each Spring to thank someone who went above and beyond to help the league. This was a tough one this year, because there were several good choices to pick from. But when it comes down to it, there was one clear standout.

  • Runner Up: Aaron Barber, for his continual recruiting efforts. He has brought at least one new bowler in every season since he joined the league.
  • Winner: Angela Bradford, for recruiting an entire team: Split Sisters.

Most Valuable Bowler – People’s ChoiceWho did everyone think did the most for their team?

  • Runner Up: Sean Simmons
  • Winner: John Boren

Actual MVB, Runner Up:

  • AJ Hofmann, personally responsible for 11 of his team’s wins

Actual MVB, For Real:

  • Sean Simmons, personally responsible for 16 of his team’s wins.

Recruiting is now underway for the Fall 2016 season, which begins on August 23. Please let Scoot know is you know anyone who'd like to join!


Sean Simmons
Runner Up:
AJ Hofmann


Sean Simmons
Runner Up:
Carl Goetz

"I tried to get a look at his balls while he was in the restroom, but he finished up too fast. As soon as I get another chance to see what he's got in there I'll let you know."

Scott Murdock, to the significant other of one of our league members, after she asked him to look inside his bowling bag to help her with an idea she had for a birthday gift.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins
1 Fallop Ian 43-21 .672 36,465
2 Bowies In Space 41-23 .641 34,840
3 Holy Sandbaggers, Batman! 39-25 .609 32,438
4 404: Team Name Not Found 33-31 .516 28,509
5 Bowlgasmic 29-35 .453 32,042
6 Split It & Hit It 28-36 .438 29,258
7 Glory Bowl 28-36 .438 28,465
8 Split Sisters 15-49 .234 21,657

Top Individual Achievements for Spring 2016
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Aaron Barber - 721
Kody Karnes - 708
Michael Mead - 696
John Boren - 694
Carl Goetz - 682
Angela Bradford - 529
Freda Schroeder - 527
Michelle Shoemaker - 479
Amber Waddle - 454
Michelle Tollefson - 416
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Michael Mead - 741
Aaron Barber - 730
Sean Simmons - 713
Kody Karnes - 708
Dustin Schmeltz - 704
Michelle Shoemaker - 671
Freda Schroeder - 653
Amber Waddle - 640
Leslie Patton - 640 (t)
Angela Bradford - 637
Michelle Tollefson - 611
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
Dennis Blake - 278
Michael Mead - 267
Carl Goetz - 265
Kody Karnes - 259
Seth Gunderson - 257
John Boren - 257 (t)
Aaron Barber - 257 (t)
Michelle Shoemaker - 209
Freda Schroeder - 192
Angela Bradford - 189
Amber Waddle - 180
Michelle Tollefson - 166
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
Dennis Blake - 291
Michael Mead - 282
Michael Gordon - 271
Seth Gunderson - 270
Carl Goetz - 265
Michelle Shoemaker - 273
Amber Waddle - 242
Leslie Patton - 237
Freda Schroeder - 237 (t)
Michelle Tollefson - 224
Men's High Pins Over Average Women's High Pins Over Average
Dennis Blake +95
Michael Mead +86
Michael Gordon +75
Seth Gunderson +74
Sean Simmons +74 (t)
AJ Hofmann +73
Michelle Shoemaker +89
Leslie Patton +63
Amber Waddle +58
Freda Schroeder +49
Michelle Tollefson +41
Men's Most Improved Bowler Women's Most Improved Bowler
Sean Simmons +36
AJ Hofmann +19
Dustin Schmeltz +13
Dennis Laube +11
Seth Gunderson +9
Carl Goetz +9 (t)
Leslie Patton +15
Amber Waddle +5
Freda Schroeder +4
Angela Bradford +3
Michelle Shoemaker +3 (t)

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