It was a spooky night with Olivette filled with a thin fog as Rotarians gathered for the 100th Anniversary Bowling League 1st Quarter Placement night.
Rotarians could hear voices of bowlers who began the league a century before as their haunting crescendo’s so close to the Day of the Dead.
All night strange occurrences took place. Like Don Klackner receiving a ribbon for snaziest bowling alley staff. And Ralph’s team winning only 1 game despite their high scratch score.
You could feel the Ghosts of past Rotarian Bowlers as the 50/50 raffle grew to the biggest of the year. Some more odd going on’s were Jim Conway straight missing contact with the pins when trying to pick up spares, yet strangely the pins would fall. Even once missing seven pins and then one seemed to be nudged by a supernatural force that knocked the rest down one at a time like dominos. In the lane next door, a bowler, named Beth Russell, dressed up in the spirit of the critically acclaimed novel and movie 50 Shades of grey didn’t distract her opponents like Jon Soifer from throwing down dual strikes against them.
The spookiest phenomena of all Hallows bowling Eve of Eves was how quiet Matt Weiss’s team was that night. The regular frame by frame energy was much more tame. I was concerned and then saw upon closer inspection there seem to be vampire bite marks on the entire team. It seems a vampiress, named Katie, was not playing but lured in Rotarians with delicious mummy cupcakes only to dine on those, too distracted by the deliciousness.
The mysterious night came to a close with Blake Critzas scoring a record low 222 average, Dave Wicks heading back to the offices of Glenn Gary, Glenn Ross I presume since it was the first time he’s worn a tie all year. Jeanine Conway and Carl Lane racked up strikes like they were born to do, all the Bob’s had a ghoulish time, Jack Windish did well with his 5 pound bright pink ball, Arnold socialized with Steve Lafara and the ghosts helping them with strikes, and Dan Conway finished his dance moves to help his adopted team beat the onslaught that is Rick Tinucci, Doug Lorenz, Derrick Wendling, and Jon Soifer.
I didn’t see Kent Steinbrueck. But his goatee-less twin, Brent, seemed to enjoy the night very much.
And like that, some teams slated themselves into the finals, another got whipped by Bob Barnes and company, and the spooky centennial 1st Quarter Roll Off was over.