Season 35: Spring 2017

Welcome to Season #35, the Spring 2017 session.

35 seasons of bowling are now behind us, and while this season may not have set a lot of records, it still has a few firsts and a lot of fun moments. And the surprise come-from-behind championship win by Omaha Hambone marks the first title win in quite some time that didn't come from ne of the long-time dynasties.

They speak softly, but they carry big strikes

Never break a growler in the bowling alley unless you want $100 of your team's prize money confiscated for cleaning fees!
(Luckily for Michael Gordon, this was a prank and we gave him his money before he launched a tirade at the counter.)


Women's High Series Scratch: Freda Schroeder (514)
Women's High Game Scratch: Abby Kearns (176)
Women's High Series Handicap: Chantal Jacot (612)
Women's High Game Handicap: Savi Benfer (215)

Men's High Series Scratch: Carl Goetz (739)
Men's High Game Scratch: Ken Wilson (276)
Men's High Series Handicap: Michael Mead (715)
Men's High Game Handicap: Dustin Schmeltz (286)

Aaron Barber is #1 Power ranked bowler, Ken Wilson is runner up.

Frankee's Uncles is #1 Power ranked team, Omaha Hambone is runner up.

Head to Head: Phil Schroeder would have won 62.456% of all possible one-on-one matchups this season, Carl Goetz comes in second with 62.413%


Rookie of the Season
(Which first year bowler did the most for his or her team in their initial outing?)

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

  • Runner Up: Jonathan Vigliaturo
  • Winner: Aaron Barber

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

  • Runner Up: Carl Goetz
  • Winner: Michael Mead

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

  • Runner Up: JoAnne Gordon
  • Winner: Chantal Jacot

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

  • Runner Up: Bob Brunker
  • Winner: Carl Goetz

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

  • Runner Up: Abby Kearns
  • Winner: Chantal Jacot

Pat Searcy 'Life of the Party' Award
Named 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.

Favorite Team to Roll Against

  • Runner Up: Ebowla
  • Winner: Omaha Hambone

Most Feared Team to Roll Against

  • Runner Up: Omaha Hambone
  • Winner: Frankee's Uncles

Scooter J. Murdock "Get 'r Done" Award:
AJ Hofmann, for directly recruiting 5 of this season's rookies + one more indirectly. (Runner up: Aaron Barber for directly and indirectly recruiting 4 of this season's bowlers.) Combined, these two's recruits were just shy of a third of the league.

Honorable Mention: Zach Cross — for putting his sick family first last week even though he was in a very good position to win the ToC.

James Tott fulfilled a lifelong dream by rolling a strike while holding a beer. But, since it was a 9-pin-tap strike, he still feels hollow inside.

Most Valuable Bowler — People's Choice
Who did everyone think did the most for their team?

  • Runner Up: Aaron Barber
  • Winner: Michael Mead

Actual MVB, Runner Up:

  • Dustin Schemltz, personally responsible for 10 of his team's wins

Actual MVB, For Real:

  • Dan Crosby, personally responsible for 8 of his team's wins.

Hall of Fame: John Boren became the 11th inductee.

P&P Pillar Award: Phil Schroeder and Dennis Laube became the first inductees.


Dan Crosby


Phil Schroeder

"Freda, Phil, Pops, Aubrey,... thank you, for always being their for me, so I can kick your asses."

John Boren, in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins
1 Omaha Hambone 44-20 .688 37,004
2 Frankee's Uncles 44-20 .688 36,308
3 Holy Sandbaggers, Batman! 43-21 .672 32,267
4 Terra Bowler 30-34 .469 25,658
5 Trump's Toupee 28.5-35.5 .445 25,769
6 FYWFK 26-38 .406 22,658
7 Ebowla 24.5-39.5 .383 23,053
8 Suckeredusintoit 16-48 .250 20,377

Top Individual Achievements for Spring 2017
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Carl Goetz - 739
Kody Karnes - 692
Michael Mead - 677
Aaron Barber - 673
Michael Gordon - 666
Freda Schroeder - 514
Abby Kearns - 432
Angela Bradford - 375
JoAnne Barber - 335
Chantal Jacot - 322
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Michael Mead - 713
Kody Karnes - 692
Aaron Barber - 688
Dustin Schmeltz - 685
Phil Schroeder - 684
Abby Kearns - 648
Freda Schroeder - 646
Chantal Jacot - 610
Savi Benfer - 587
Claire McKeon - 573
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
Ken Wilson - 276
Dustin Schmeltz - 268
Bob Brunker - 267
Kody Karnes - 267 (t)
Michael Mead - 267 (t)
Carl Goetz - 259
Aubrey Moren - 257
Freda Schroeder - 198
Abby Kearns - 176
Angela Bradford - 150
Chantal Jacot - 130
JoAnne Barber - 126
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
Dustin Schmeltz - 286
Michael Mead - 279
Aubrey Moren - 268
Scott Murdock - 267
Kody Karnes - 267 (t)
Phil Schroeder - 263
Abby Kearns - 248
Freda Schroeder - 242
Chantal Jacot - 226
Savi Benfer - 215
JoAnne Barber - 206
Men's High Pins Over Average Women's High Pins Over Average
Dustin Schmeltz +94
Michael Mead +83
Scott Murdock +76
James Tott +75
Phil Schroeder +72
Abby Kearns +67
Freda Schroeder +53
Chantal Jacot +51
Savi Benfer +41
Claire McKeon +28
Men's Most Improved Bowler Women's Most Improved Bowler
Phil Schroeder +22
Dennis Laube +16
James Tott +14
Dennis Walling +12
Scott Murdock +7
Savi Benfer +10
Freda Schroeder +7
Chantal Jacot +4
Abby Kearns +1

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Seth attempts to fill in Searcy's bald spot.