I would like to start off by sending our heartfelt condolences out to Paul Holt and his family on the loss of his wife, Cheryl, over the weekend. Cheryl had been battling cancer and had been under Hospice care for the last month. Please keep Paul and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Week 2 of the 100th season is in the books and it would be hard to match the happenings of Week 1. Especially when Coach Decker decided to sit Blake with his 230 average. At least that is what Blake reported. It appeared to work out well for Team Decker- read on. Blake, you do need to bowl 60% of the nights or 20 weeks to qualify for high average. Captain Ralph had the high average last year and has a tall hill to climb- 186 after 2 weeks.
The night saw the top 4 teams from Week 1 squaring off. Once again it was a full house with all spots taken.
It all starts where you walk in the door- Lanes 23 & 24. At least that’s how it’s getting reported this week. I was subbing for Captain Matt of Team Weiss who was up against Team Kocher. Bob and his bunch prevailed 16-6 under his leadership and bowling (a 201 scratch game and 646 handicap series). He also got some help from Bob Garagiola who had a 658 handicap series. Warning to teams bowling against these guys. Don’t get Bob G started talking about Italian food it seems to really spice up his game. Katie LaMarsh and Paul Holt had good nights for the Weiss guys but it was not enough.
On 21 & 22 it was Team Cowell who was victorious over Team Soifer 20-2. I would like to take credit for the coaching decision to put me on the bench/ Team Weiss but my schedule is always predetermined. Much of the credit for this victory goes to Beth Russell who had a 690 handicap series. She also took home a nice pot of $63 in the 50/50. Team Soifer had a rough night with a high handicap game of 768 for the night.
On 19 & 20 Team Cooper won a good match over Team Lorenz 14-8. Rose watched her team take Game 1 and then headed out turning the reins over to Arnie Hadler for the rest of the night. Dave Wicks (678 handicap series) and Doc Jones (216 scratch game & 651 handicap series) had strong performances for Cooper just besting Rick Tinucci (226 scratch game & 676 handicap series) and Kent Steinbrueck (642 handicap series).
And way down on Lanes 17 & 18 it was Team Decker giving lessons to Team Harris, 16-6. Mike Borough had a good night for Decker with a 648 handicap series. Jeannine Conway led Harris with a 615. Price is new to the league and already taken on a leadership role as Team Captain, bravo! I noted that Ralph was giving some instruction after the match.
Ralph made his normal mid-game announcements and asked why should bowling alleys be quiet? So you can hear a pin drop! Wha! Wha! Wha! Can’t wait for Thursday when Ralph take the podium for Sergeant at Arms duties.
Well that wraps it up. See you again next week at Olivette Lanes.