Trevor (42-30-0) : Tyson (42-30-0)
Match #1 – LOURENCO vs COOK
Team Lourenco had a grind of a week last week, taking 14 points off Team Nelson thanks to a big comeback in game four that saw them make a 180-pin comeback to win grand total 3826-3808. The charge was led by team captain Belle Lourenco (1027) who might go down as the only leadoff this season to shoot over 1000 and get swept, as she faced her former teammate Jon Linley (1084). The team’s savior was Kevin Naugler (995) who came up clutch in 10th frames, getting quite comfortable in his role as anchor. Team Cook will gladly welcome back their anchor this week, after a Week 9 that saw no one shoot over 900. The biggest player of focus for this week will be Corey Chaikowski (829) who after a strong start to the season has been limping along the last month or so, averaging 208 since the start of October. AT leadoff, Char Hurd (821) now holds the team’s longest win streak at four, and will have her work cut out for her as she faces the league’s highest averaging leadoff, 228, Quinton Crockett (957).
Over/Under: Corey Chaikowski corner spares (2.5)
Tyson’s Pick: Team Lourenco
Trevor’s Pick: Team Cook
Match #2 – MEURRENS vs. STEVENSON
With Team Meurrens currently sitting in 5th place, this is a must win week for them if they want to stay in the hunt for top spot in the half. Team Stevenson on the other hand is currently in 10th and in the middle of an 8-team pileup from 6th to 12th, and could use this win to move themselves closer to the top of that pack. Last week has them moving in the right direction as they had probably their best team match of the season. On her hunt for her first 800 this season Alley Bourcier (904) tripped and fell straight into the 900s, and steamrolling Derek Sanderson (807) in the process. This was accented really nicely by a season high from her captain Dylan Stevenson (1101) who left barely any discernable pieces of Jennifer Devenney (836) behind. Team Meurrens also had their own season best from Jesse Gagnon (814), not in total but for points, as he picked up 3 on the night, and his first win of the season, taking down Mark Prystupa 3-2, and winning the last game 240-221 to do it. The rest of the team did alright, nothing bad but nothing great either, but they chose a good week to do it, facing with Team Howarth, which Brooke Goulet (947) took full advantage of as she easily swept the first three points after Craig Enns (793) started with a 513 triple.
Over/Under: Michael Young corners thrown (6.5)
Tyson’s Pick: Team Meurrens
Trevor’s Pick: Team Meurrens
Match #3 – YOUZWA vs. S. GELARDI
I assume Colton forgot he needed a spare last week, and Derek Sabourin (960) was the only one available, and out of pure habit Jayson May (908) assumed a 360-double to start the night would be more than enough, however that was not the case as Derek picked up the win at anchor. Similarly, Calvin Cline (930) was stunned by Tracy Jubinville (977) who had been struggling till this point in the season, but came out firing on all cylinders last week taking 3 points. Fun fact though, Tim Hooper (649) and Jeff Fraser (736) now share the record for lowest game not resulting in a loss at 141, since that’s what they tied with in their first game of the night. Team S. Gelardi had better looking scores but basically the same number of points. Both Ralph Gelardi (933) and Brett Hendrickson (964) had season highs last week but thanks to Blair Graff (999) and Matt Turanski (988) the pair only combined for three points. Brett’s was nearly a winning week with the deciding factor being his loss in game four 232-238.
Over/Under: Brett Hendrickson headpins (5.5)
Tyson’s Pick: Team S. Gelardi
Trevor’s Pick: Team S. Gelardi
Match #4 – D. GELARDI vs. STEEVES
For once this season Team D. Gelardi was carried by their top half with Cordell Galbecka (970) and Robbie Hendrickson (939) leaving only a single point for Carter Schade (636) and Cindy Cousins (824). This makes it back-to-back sweeps for Cordell since dropping to the leadoff position, and will come in as the favorite facing Jennifer Duncan (818). At second Robbie is the only player on his team who has managed to string together more than two wins, as he currently sits at four straight going into his heavyweight showdown with Dave Duncan (896). Another fun fact, Team D. Gelardi has never won on an even numbered week or on any week where Roland Flaig (812) shoots over 820. Team Steeves looks to make that trend continue after taking down Team Armstrong last week. Albeit was a fairly average week for them but with everyone picking up the win. Dave will be looking to win in back-to-back weeks for the first time this season, but the real pressure will fall to the bowlers on either side of him who come in as underdogs in their matchups, definitely not much room for slaking off tonight.
Over/Under: Robbie Hendrickson pins left (38.5)
Tyson’s Pick: Team D. Gelardi
Trevor’s Pick: Team D. Gelardi
Match #5 – LEYTE vs. NELSON
This match has big standing implications as the league’s top two teams, and they come into the match tonight a combined 17-1 on the season. Team Nelson nearly choked away their lead on Team Lourenco last season, giving up grand total in the process. The team was dragged across the finish line by spare Jon Linley (1084) who dominated his old captain in what may be one of the closest sweeps we see this season at 57 pins. The rest of the team looked lack luster with only Ray Bartel (888) showing signs of life right up until he shot himself in the foot with a game four 143, to lose both total and the matchup to Quinton Crockett (957). In the same kind of way, Team Leyte also hopped on Linda Orne’s (1044) back as she put up a season high, leaving Kevin Grabowski (875) in the dust. The key to Linda’s success has always been her corner spare ability, and more specifically this season her right corners, she is undefeated when missing two or fewer right corner spares, but winless when missing more than two. The team did unfortunately see Alycia Mann (758) snap her seven-week winning streak taking the 3-2 loss to Char Hurd (821).
Over/Under: Alycia Mann middle hits (26.5)
Tyson’s Pick: Team Nelson
Trevor’s Pick: Team Nelson
Match #6 – RODYCH vs. ARMSTRONG
Both these teams have a lot to still prove this season and this will be the match that really cements one ahead of the other. They have almost identical lineups when you compare them as you have two struggling females up top, looking to turn their season around, the thirds have high ceilings but have yet to show real consistency and the anchors have been top caliber so far this season. True to form Kevin Boyko (1036) won his total by 54 points over Marc Steeves (982) in what ended up being a 2-3 loss, as his entire lead came from a 331-194 thrashing in game three. Brandon Mansell (1025) had a similar score but ended up with four points off Will Thompson (953). Joining them in the 1000+ club was Matt Rodych (1004) who cooked Roland Flaig (812) for four points. With Jesse Gagnon picking up a win, he now leaves Karen Armstrong as the only winless player this season at 0-6, but looking to snap that facing Cindy Cousins tonight.
Over/Under: Matt Rodych pins left (28.5)
Tyson’s Pick: Team Rodych
Trevor’s Pick: Team Rodych
Match #7 – LAMONICA vs. HOWARTH
Team Lamonica is one of those teams sitting in the middle of the pack and going up against the last place team they will be hoping to use tonight to gain some ground on the rest of the field. Last week they had a decent night, but running into season highs from both Alley Bourcier (904) and Dylan Stevenson (1101) certainly did not help. The big area they want to make sure they come out on top is the battle at the bottom two positions, where Craig Enns (793) and Glen Howarth (990) are always a big game threat, even despite a slow start to this season. As the only one with a winning record on the team Chris Dewar (978) will need to be the one to lead the charge once again, as he facing Glen, and looking to continue his three-week winning streak. Glen won’t go down easy as he has been averaging 244 over the last three weeks.
Over/Under: Derek Sanderson Game 2 (200.5)
Tyson’s Pick: Team LaMonica
Trevor’s Pick: Team LaMonica
Match #8 – COSTELLO vs. MAY
Team Costello comes in as one of the few teams still in the hunt for top spot in the half, coming off a season high 3982, wiping the floor with Team S. Gelardi. The low man on the team was Russel Knight (953) who still pulled off the win over Kelly Smith (890) 3-2 but only by the skin of his teeth, winning game four 219-218. The high man on the team was Kyle Costello (1042) who has been the top bowler in the league the past three weeks averaging 273, and picking up 12 points over that span. Also winning his matchup with Sam Gelardi (975) thanks to game four, 293-222. Team May pulled off a much-needed win last week over Team Youzwa with a big chunk of that coming from Kyle Young (1075) who is slowly showing us that he can bowl like the Kyle we expect at St. James. He picked up his second win and first sweep of the season, facing Ethan Buckman (898) who was outnumbered in both pins and tattoos. Also almost getting nearly his first sweep of the season as well was Jeff Fraser (736) who took 4.5 points from Tim Hooper (649) in a matchup can only be described as two homeless guys fighting over a hot dog, kinda sad, but also entertaining enough that you kept watching.
Over/Under: Kyle Costello middle hits (33.5)
Tyson’s Pick: Team Costello
Trevor’s Pick: Team Costello