Feb 27, 2017
Kuhl Wins His First T.D.K. Memorial in Staten Island - Top 7 Announced!
MBA CHAPTER – STATEN ISLAND, NY
It was a bit unlike any of the Theodore Donald Kerabatsos Memorial Tournaments in league history. With 65 degrees in February and a meager 28 out of 61 attendees, people were very confused. “I think I should have gone to the beach.” Claimed Charley Aspatola.
The February haul
While the snow melted aggressively outside of Rabs Country Lanes, the 5th annual Memorial Tournament was underway with 3 games. While the top 5 players on the leaderboard were pretty much cemented, the 6th and 7th seeds were pretty much up for grabs between 7 people.
Game 1 had a few people who stood above the rest. James Ciccone, who is usually on his game, bowled a 167. Dan Derwin also had a solid first game with a 161. The stand out game came from Keri Sheeheen who bowled a 182. “It’s true.” She said afterwards.
While Ryan Petersen has clearly moved on from his experience representing Mother Pugs Saloon at Punk Rock Bowling 2016 in Asbury Park, George Karyczak has not
In Game 2, former champion Mike Calascibetta had a resurgent game that harked back to glory days gone past. Bowling a 161, Calascibetta dreamed of the day when he held the Roy L. Munson cup above his head in the league’s inaugural season. “I still get asked for autographs.” He said while looking at pictures from 5 years ago on his cell phone. “Now, I’m just trying to get into the top 7.”
"This is how you throw a ball!" "I know, I had a great year"
Game 3 had the ever villainous Sean Kuhl bowling a 174 to give him an event average of 155.6. This victory gives Kuhl every regular season trophy except for December’s Great Divide. “I’m running out of shelf space, but there will always be room for the elusive Munson Cup.” Kuhl said. Kuhl, has historically played down to the competition during the March Badness season.
Not today, though. He will get to enjoy this new addition to his collection, the Pour Donny. We’ll see what happens next month when it all matters.
Notables for the evening (FINAL STANDINGS TOO YOU BOZOS!) include:
- With Mike Contardo absent and former Rookie of the Year Joe Tavalare having a rough event, Mike Calascibetta DID INDEED make into the Top 7 for the Roy L. Munson Chapter Championship next month along with Kris Mork, who had an amazing event with 8 spares in Game 3 and 16 overall which broke the TDK record set by Mark Eadicicco in 2015 with 15. “Fuck!” said Tavalare. “Yes!” squealed Mork from Lee’s Tavern postgame.
- On Lane 24, there were problems reminiscent of the “Princess Stare” at Showplace Entertainment Center in 2015. With kids from Lane 23 spilling into their lane, many of the bowlers were obviously distraught. “This wasn’t just mental interference, this was physical interference.” Kevin Rogers would tell the press afterwards. At press time, Rogers finished #5 over all. Put a sock in it.
Live from the "Princess Stare" sequel
- Todd Currier and his girlfriend Alicia Phillips both finished with 7 gutters in the TDK Memorial Tournament, in which Currier thought he had the trophy on lock down. When Phillips threw one less strike than him (0) she took the elusive Gutter Trash out of his hands. “I was drunk on zombies and it still didn’t matter.” He said. “But at least it’s in the same house!”
- Here are your regular season trophy winners: First Overall Trophy (1st Place in Regular Season) Phil DiMarco with a 157.5 AVG --- Helen Dillon Memorial Award (Most Strikes) James Ciccone with 36 --- Fred Glasier Memorial Award (Most Spares) Kris Mork with 50 --- Most Mediocre Bowler’s Pin (Median Average in Regular Season) Catherine Picozzi with a 118.8 AVG --- MBA Staten Island Chapter’s Rookie of the Year is Phil DiMarco with a 157 AVG
EVENT WINNER: SEAN KUHL (155.6 AVG)
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DUDE AWARD WINNER: MEGAN GAUL
GUTTER TRASH AWARD WINNER: ALICIA PHILLIPS
MOST STRIKES OVERALL: 9 (S. KUHL, K. ROGERS, J. CICCONE)
MOST SPARES OVERALL: 16 (K. MORK)
MOST GUTTERS OVERALL: 7 (T. CURRIER, A. PHILLIPS)
MOST STRIKES IN ONE GAME: 5 (S. KUHL, K. ROGERS, J. CICCONE)
MOST SPARES IN ONE GAME: 8 (K. MORK)
MOST GUTTERS IN ONE GAME: 5 (T. CURRIER)
HIGHEST SCRATCH SCORE IN ONE GAME: 179 (J. CICCONE)
LOWEST SCRATCH SCORE IN ONE GAME: 59 (J. REITER)
EVENT MEDIAN SCORE: 120 AVG
MBA CHAPTER: STATEN ISLAND
EVENT DATE: 2/19/17
LOCATION: RABS COUNTRY LANES