ST. LOUIS ROTARY REGAINS TROPHY FROM KANSAS CITY
Last Tuesday 23 stalwart bowlers trekked to Columbia to take on the Kansas City Rotary Club in this long standing rivalry. Last year was a dark time as KC trounced the boys and girls from STL and took home the trophy. This year was different as STL won with a final tally of 9 games to 6. Low scores predominated as Bob Kocher had more oil on his hair than the 10 lanes we were assigned. But the bowlers were well oiled thanks to meticulous planning and execution by Matt Weiss and Jack Windish. Our League President, Ralph Decker, kicked the proceedings off with our national anthem and I am pleased to report everyone stood.
The trip down was boisterous but under control. Bidding got a little preposterous for the 12 Liar’s Poker players as Richard Loscaile won with a bid of 22 (he was attempting to recoup losses from other wild bids). Arnold Hadler just challenged for most games and raked in the money, but his surprise bid of 19 was also a winner. The lunch was great and we must tip our hats to the bus driver who managed to find the bowling alleys tucked somewhere within the confines of Columbia. The camaraderie between the bowlers was better than the bowling skill, and everyone had a great time. The following dinner and the resulting trophy transfer was also first class. It was quiet time on the journey back to STL. Some did not talk because the liquid refreshments occupied the lips, while others just sat back and savored the victory. (This is not quite true as one could hear Matt Weiss above the din for the whole trip.)
Bowling Comments for Week 30
· Wicks Team swept the Hadler Team with a strong performance by Jon Soifer and Tom Keeline as they were the only two bowlers of the seven who managed to meet or exceed their average.
· Lanes 17 & 18 were hot as six of the seven bowlers on the Lane Team and the Loscaile Team exceeded their average. The Lane Team took 18 hard earned points.
· Despite Blake Critzas’ awesome scratch series of 665 (with a high of 255) the Critzas Team only took 13 points, leaving nine for the Linton-Finch Team. But Critzas remains firmly entrenched as number one in the standings.
· The Barnes Team battled the Decker Team or should I say Ralph Decker as he was the sole bowler. Nevertheless Ralph’s team picked up 13 points to maintain their second place position.
· The remaining six teams look to vindicate themselves in the upcoming Position Round in a couple of weeks.