Nov 5, 2019
Wrap Up: A Membership Flood Takes Sweetness Open; Ciccone Does Too
MBA CHAPTER – STATEN ISLAND, NY
The chapter’s 8th Annual Sweetness Open kicked off the 2019-20 season on the rainiest of days. Even veteran Leigh Janicki mused that she didn’t want to leave the house. “Once we got here though, we still determined it wasn’t worth it.” She added.
An incredible 68 people joined the Staten Island chapter this season, and an even more incredible 59 of those showed up this past Sunday. The bowling alley needed to find two more lanes for the tournament as their usual ten lane reservation wasn’t enough. League brass has seen to this issue and we will be set going forward.
Our youngest new member
The high scores in Game 1 to set the tournament on fire out of the gate belonged to both the familiar and unfamiliar: Kevin Rogers (195), Sean Kuhl (188), Mark Eadicicco (187), Justin Krstinic (182), and Nick Arico (178). Returning member Mike Dillon told the press that it wasn’t surprising to see the 2014 Munson Cup champ Krstinic back in the running. “I’m just pissed that I’m not up there so far.” He added.
AA moment in time
As usual, with games 2 and 3 in these lengthy battles, the drinkers get drunk and the rest start to lose their energy. Who can keep up the pace to take home the hardware? The second game saw Nick Arico keep pace with a solid 176, Dave Derwin and Jimmy Ciccone throwing 175’s, and league founder Hillary Scott throwing a strong 172. “Would it be enough?” Scott asked rhetoricaly? We don’t know. Why don’t you finish bowling and find out?
By the end of the evening, the winners began to emerge. In 3rd place came Sean Kuhl. This was his second Sweetness Open medal to go along with the one he brought up in 2013 (1st place). In 2nd place, Jimmy Ciccone took home his fourth overall Sweetness medal (Two 1st places, two 2nd places.) Now he just he needs a 3rd place!
To much surprise and general wonderment, Nick Arico, who had a very pedestrian rookie season in 2018-19 (99.6 AVG), was the one who had the last laugh. “I saw this in my dreams.” Arico said in the parking lot while twirling in the rain. “I made it to the semi finals in April at the World Tour and knew the momentum would carry me into the new season.” Arico brought a 22 handicap into October, but now that’ll probably drop dramatically. “Who cares.” He smiled.
See everyone on Sunday November 24th!
Notables for the evening include:
- Gobbles could be heard far and wide throughout the lanes, as SEVEN were thrown and 4 new members joined the MBA Turkey Club! Hillary Scott threw her Turkey first in Game 2. “You could have heard my yell in the parking lot.” She told the press. The same could be said for both Darla DeNyse and Krystal Stanley who threw theirs in Game 3. Dave Derwin, who designed the actual enamel pin that is awarded, already had one on his jacket as part of his fee, but on this day, he earned. “Did anyone doubt it??” he said with tears in his eyes.
Hillary can (can't) believe it!
- The league has been keeping of track of what they call Walk The Lines since it’s inception, but starting this season, bowlers will be awarded for them. A Walk The Line is when you throw zero strikes, spares, and gutters. It’s pretty much the perfect demonstration of bowling mediocrity that exists. In this tournament alone, both Diane Bradley and Keri Sheheen earned one. Details coming soon on the award!
- Newcomers Robert Long and Christine Regula really knew how to bowl with cat like presision. Long, who got progressively better as the tourney went on, threw a 68, 69, and 70 in his 3 games. Not to be outdone, Regula felt she was happy with what she was doing. She threw scores of 81, 81, and 80. “I don’t want to show off too much just yet.” She announced to her lane.
MBA CHAPTER: STATEN ISLAND
EVENT DATE: 10/20/19
LOCATION: RABS COUNTRY LANES
EVENT WINNER: NICK ARICO (164.3 AVG)
EVENT WINNER: JIMMY CICCONE (163.6 AVG)
EVENT WINNER: SEAN KUHL (160.6 AVG)
DUDE AWARD WINNER: JACK WILLIAMS
GUTTER TRASH AWARD WINNER: CARL GALLAGHER
MOST STRIKES OVERALL: SEAN KUHL (13)
MOST SPARES OVERALL: STEVE CHIAPPI (16)
MOST GUTTERS OVERALL: CARL GALLAGHER (15)
MOST STRIKES IN ONE GAME: SEAN KUHL (7)
MOST SPARES IN ONE GAME: STEVE CHIAPPI (7)
MOST GUTTERS IN ONE GAME: JEN GRUNWALD / CARL GALLAGHER (6)
HIGHEST SCRATCH SCORE IN ONE GAME: KEVIN ROGERS (193)
LOWEST SCRATCH SCORE IN ONE GAME: REBECCA FIORE (47)
EVENT MEDIAN SCORE: 123.3