The weather outside was frightful but bowling at Olivette was delightful? Sorry folks but we are getting into the Holiday season. Plus, I know that statement is stretching things. Like anything, it depends who you ask. The weather people were issuing winter weather advisories. Did it affect our attendance? Once again we had some speed bowling with 7 bowlers missing on 6 lanes. Only the Decker & Harris teams were full.
There was some good competition between Cowell & Soifer on 17 & 18. Splitting the first two games with only an 8 pin difference in total pins it came down to Game 3. Ken Schuman led the way to a 15-7 victory for Team Cowell with a 666 handicap series. Jim Conway and I were both above average as well (630 & 659). Vic DiFate was locked in as usual and had a great night. He led Team Soifer with a 664, Pete Milne was not far back with a 634.
Next door on 18 & 19, Team Weiss threatened to take 21 from Kocher but some late misfortune allowed Kocher to escape with 7 points (instead of just a victory by their blind, Bob Garagiola). Due to some late heroics from Don Klackner with a 245 scratch game, Jack Windish needed a mark in the 10th to secure the 21 points. He made it tough on himself getting only the 7 pin on his 1st ball. Then he buried it in the pocket but got tapped on the 10 pin. Ouch!
4 bowlers had the same score every game and only three were not in attendance. Well, maybe you could argue Kocher was not in attendance – he does spend a lot of time on that cell phone. Bob rolled a 145 three straight times! What are the chances?
Doug Lorenz leading by example rolled a 660 handicap series and got some help from Steve LaFara. Team Lorenz crushed Team Cooper in the most lopsided match of the evening, 19-3. Arnold Hadler (630 handicap series) showed up for Team Cooper but not sure what happened to the rest of them. Rose, in particular, was not happy about the weather. Being a responsible driver seemed to hamper her bowling.
Lastly, there was a lot of complaining down on 23 & 24. Maybe it was because they were cold – and it wasn’t from being by the door. Only Mike Borough and Price Harris managed to hit their averages. Blake Critzas, in particular, was off his game. Leading the league with his 208 average he didn’t need to be having pins deducted from his scratch scores. His scratch scores were low enough. Blake managed to drop his average 9 pins in one night! Blake you get a 1 pin head start every game next week. Something tells me you won’t need it.