With tonight’s election, we may be seeing a cast of characters. But they don’t compare to some of the creative, interesting, funny, creepy, beautiful, and ingenious characters that were out last Saturday to celebrate Halloween with us!
DJ Big Daddy was spinning tunes, including some special Halloween Party tracks. He had the most . . . unusual dance floor of the year rocking so hard it took three turns of the light switch to finally shift it on over to the Sonny’s!!
Prizes were given for the best costume and the best couples costume, as well as a few honorable mentions.
For best costume, it was hard to beat our champion dressed as the most impressive Oompa Loompa ever to cross the threshold of Dorko’s!
Our couples costume went to the most convincing Stone Age couple of the night, Fred and Wilma Flintstone!
Other attention grabbing costumes included, but were not limited to . .
a home made porcupine!
“Hollywood” Joe Defrancesco . . . .
and Khal Drogo from the Game of Thrones series . . .
The Halloween Party is one of the best gatherings of the year! Thanks to everyone who came out and made the evening so much fun!
Here’s a gallery of all the party goers i could corner for a picture . . .
With two weeks left in the first half of the season, it looked as though things were shaping up in the standings. Team Schu had not lost a match so far, and they built a lead over the other teams that looked to be enough to carry them into being first half champions.
Then, they ran into Team Snoz!
During the first game of the match neither team was able to grab an early lead. It wasn’t until the 8th that Team Schu stumbled in the top of the inning, if you call a 13 inning stumbling. Team Snoz took advantage and fired an 18 inning in response, led by Joey Hawkins’ 6 (on his way to a 41 game). Down by 7 going into the 9th, Team Schu wasn’t able to go deep and come away with enough points to close the gap. Despite Rudy’s 47 game, they fell 151 – 141.
Team Schu regrouped and came out firing in game 2, posting a 20 inning to start. But Team Snoz responded with a 19, and the fight was on! Teams traded leads through the middle innings with Team Snoz building a 9 point lead after the 6th. From there they fired a 21 inning in the 7th and an 18 inning in the 8th. That was enough to secure a 154 – 142 win.
The landscape of the standings could certainly change if Snoz and company completes the sweep with a victory in game 3 of the match. Neither team pulled ahead during the early innings. During the middle innings teams traded good and bad innings, exchanging leads. Up by 4, Team Snoz finished the game with 18/17/18, giving them a 156 for the game, their highest score of the night. That’s when Team Schu reached back and gave it hell, posting a 26 points in the top of the 7th. They followed that effort with 20 and 24 to finish with a 169, sopping their skid and taking the final game of the match 169 -156.
Next week they will face Team Zaharick on the back board to finish the first half of the Fall season.
On the front board, Team Joe Z faced Team Doug. In the first game it became apparent that Doug was feeling the effects of physical therapy as his darts were off the mark. Without their captain being at full force, the team struggled posting a 120 game. On the other side of the coin, Bob Bogutski lead Team Joe Z with a 35, on their way to a 141 – 120 victory.
In game 2 Doug recovered some of his form, and Cowboy pitched in with a 43 game, his highest of the season. Add in Skinner’s 33 and they were able to post a 135 game as a team. But, that score would be paired up against solid scores from Team Joe Z, including Daya’s season high offering. In the end, Team Joe Z took the game 162 – 135.
Game 3 was competitive from the start, with teams exchanging leads through the first four innings. In the 5th, they stood tied. Four innings to go, and everything was even when Team Doug banged a 20 inning and took a 7 point lead.
Team Joe bit into that lead with a strong 7th inning, and found themselves down 2 going into the 8th. There they led off with a 13, and Team Doug roared back with a 21 score setting them up with a lead going into the 9th. They didn’t falter, and finished the game as 152 – 145 winners avoiding the sweep and setting the stage for next week’s action!
Teams started to get a second look at each other last week. Team Joe Z and Team Snoz met again, this time on the front board to start the night’s darting activities.
In the first game of the match Team Snoz crept out to a 4 point lead after 5 innings on the strength of Joe Hawkins strong shooting. That lead was all but erased when Timmy Wargo woke up in the 6th inning with an 8, helping fuel a 23 inning by Team Zaharick. In the 7th, Team Zaharick took the lead and were ahead by 7 going into the 9th. There they led off the inning with 15 points, giving Team Snoz a 22/23 to tie/win.
Mikey Z lead off with a 5, Caveman jumped in with a 7, Hawkins added 4 points and all of a sudden that tall task looked a lot easier. Combined with Zig’s 4 points for his average, Snoz was the final shooter needing 2 to tie, 3 to win. But, all of his darts went astray. He blanked the inning, and Team Zaharick took the first game 163 – 161!
In game 2, Snoz came alive, hitting the night’s first white horse in the 2nd inning. Timmy Wargo and Bobby Bogutski countered in the top of the 3rd inning with a 7 and 6 of their own (Bogut narrowly missing the white horse) to keep their team ahead. After that though, Team Snoz pulled ahead to stay. Caveman hit a 42 for the game, Snoz a 46 to tie him with Joe Hawkins for high game of the night. The final score for game 2 was 171 – 152, and the series was tied at 1 game each.
The bully game was all Team Joe. They jumped out to a lead in the first inning and held it all the way to a 169 – 149 victory. Jason Parker had the hottest hand of the game with a 44.
Meanwhile, on the back board, Team Schu and Team Doug squared off for the second time. In the first week of the season, Team Schu swept the match 3 games to 0.
Team Schu built a 5 point lead during the first three innings of the game. Then they stumbled with a weak 8 point inning. Team Doug jumped on the opportunity, posting 15 points of their own and taking over the lead 60 – 58. From there, team captain Chris Schu couldn’t find his game. Team Doug continued to put up enough points to stay out in front, and walked away with a 136 – 133 win.
In the second game Team Schu shuffled their lineup. Rudy was put in the hammer slot. The strategy may have helped as Team Schu worked themselves into a 7 point lead by the middle innings and finished with an 11 point victory, 153 – 142, evening the series at one game a piece. Amber led her team in defeat with a 35 game, besting Rudy’s 33 game.
In the final game of the night, Team Schu came out firing with back to back 22 innings, and it was all over from there. Team Doug never got any traction going, and fell 152 – 121.
Tonight is Week 5, Pasta and Sauce, and perhaps the final game of the World Series!
The front board this week saw Joe Zaharick’s team taking a shot at the league leader Team Schu.
In game one of the match, Team Zaharick stumbled coming out of the gate. They righted themselves in the fourth inning and put together a series of 20+ innings.
That didn’t seem to matter because Team Schu had three shooters in the 40′s (Joe Remash, Rudy Klinger, and Chris). That was enough to push their team score to a season high 179 game. Team Zaharick’s 162 performance would usually win a lot of games, but not this one.
In game two, Team Zaharick failed to get hot with the exception of the 4th inning where they posted a 27 score. On the other side, Rudy led his team with a 45 on route to a 157 – 137 victory.
In the third game of the match Team Zaharick came out firing!
Shooting 20+ in four of the first five innings, they built a 28 point lead going into the final stanza. Jason Parker led shooters in the game with a 44 helping Team Zaharick to a 163 – 140 win.
On the back board, Team Doug matched up against Team Zig (Snoz).
In the first game, Team Doug slowly worked their way out to a 14 point lead at the end of 7 innings. Then, things shifted gears. Team Doug’s 13 inning was countered by Team Snoz’s 23, cutting the lead by ten points.
Team Doug’s 12 point offering in the top of the 9th left the door open for Team Snoz to take the game away at the very end. The final darts of the game were in Joey Hawkins hands, needn’t a 4/5 to tie/win. He was only able to land 3 points, and Team Doug survived the last minute scare 156 – 155!
In the second game, Team Doug once again worked their way out to a lead at the end of 7 innings. This time there were ahead by 12 going into the 8th.
Their 14 inning in the 8th was countered by a 19 inning by Team Snoz. This looked familiar, and when Team Doug posted a 13 in the top of the 9th it left the door open for Team Snoz again.
But this time the challenge was tougher,with Snoz and company needing a 20 inning to tie. They managed an 18, dropping the second game of the night by a score of 154 – 152.
In the bully game, Team Doug was not able to build a lead. In fact, both teams were tied at the end of the 6th, 7th and 8th innings.
This time when Team Doug stumbled in the 8th inning, posting a 10 score, Team Snoz was jumped into the lead (by 5).
Team Doug came back with a 15 inning in the top of the 9th, but Team Snoz only needed 10/11 to tie/win. And once again, the game finished in the hands of Joey Hawkins. Needing 1 to tie, 2 to win, he made his darts count, hit the two, and secured the victory for his team!!
Net week the teams start to see each other for a second time this season, and we’ll see what changes come. As it stands, Team Schu holds the advantage in the standings with a 7 – 2 record. This week, that’s thanks in part to Rudy Klinger who posted a 130 series with scores of 43/45/42!
In the second week of the Fall League, Team Schu had their second of three consecutive weeks on the front board. There, they faced Team Snoz.
In the first game of the match teams exchanged the lead in the early innings. By the 6th, Snoz and company put together a 5 point lead that they would grow to 7 by the end of the 8th. Leading off, Team Snoz posted a 15 during the final inning, giving Team Schu a look at 22 to tie, 23 to win.
Those are tall numbers for a five man team, but Aaron, Remash and Rudy all did their part posting 5′s or better. That gave Chris Schu a chance to put them ahead in the end with a 6 inning. A 5 inning would tie the game and send it into the tenth!
Chris came close, hitting four points. Team Snoz squeaked by with a one point victory 144 – 143.
In the second game of the match everyone on Team Snoz improved their scores, putting up a 161 game!
But, Team Schu hit their stride with 40 games by Mr. Remash, Rudy and Chris Schu on their way to a 170 game! That evened the night at one game a piece for either side.
In the final game of the match teams were within a three points of each other at the end of each of the first six innings. It wasn’t until the 7th that Team Schu pulled into a 5 point lead on the strength of their second straight 20 point inning.
By firing a 22 in the top of the 8th, Team Snoz erased that lead and both teams went into the 9th tied at 136.
In the 9th, Team Schu outlasted Team Snoz and came away with a 150 – 147 win to put them in first place with a 5 – 1 record.
Meanwhile, on the back board Doug’s Team faced off with Joe Zaharick’s crew.
In the first game, Doug’s team moved out to an early lead that they held the rest of the game. Tony Ford was high shooter (with a 32) of a game the ended 134 – 125.
Game two was tied at the end of 5 innings 79 -79. At the end of the 7th Team Doug held a one point advantage. Then, Team Zaharick came to life putting up a 19 and a 21 inning to finish the game and record a 154 – 143 victory.
On to the second bully game of the night!
In the third game, Team Doug never found their stride. They nearly wore out a pencil by posting 12 blackouts on their way to a 129 total for the game. Joe Z countered with a 152 game and took the match 2 games to 1!
High shooter of the evening was Joe Zaharick with his pair of 42 games.
After a year’s absence, the Dart League is back underway as of last Tuesday Night (which, as everyone may know, was the first Tuesday after the Bloomsburg Fair). Not making the line-up was the traditional Burgers in Sauce. They will be appearing this Tuesday, the 11th!
Teams for the Fall are as follows . . .
- Joe Zaharick
- Jason Parker (yes, you read that correctly.)
- Timmy Wargo
- Bobby Bogutski (first time league shooter)
- Derrick Daya (also first time league shooter)
- Joe Hawkins (former #1 draft choice)
- Damien Zigler
- Caveman (Kerrick)
- Mikey Z
- Doug Troutman
- Tony Ford
- Amber Klinger (first time league shooter)
- Chrissy Schu
- Rudy Klinger
- Joe Remash
- Chris Kanezo
- Aaron O’Niel
Zaharick’s Team took on Team Snoz to open the season.
In the 1st inning of Game 1 Team Zaharick put up a 21 inning to jump out to a 9 point lead. That lead was erased by the 7th inning on the strength of a solid 6th and 7th by Team Snoz (23 pos and 19pts). Snoz and company had a 2 point lead entering the 9th, and posted a 15. Zaharick’s squad needed 17 to tie.
They had put up 17 or better in 50% of their innings, so the game could have gone either way. But, they came up short, and Game 1 went to Team Snoz 147-144.
In Game 2, players started to settle in and post some 40 games. Joey Hawkins led Team Snoz with a 42, And Jay Parker counter for Team Joe Z with a 43. In this game, the supporting cat made the difference with Caveman, Snaz and Zig all posting 30+ games on their way to a 167 – 147 victory.
The third game of the series started out in favor of Team Snoz, who held a 9 point lead after 3. Then Team Joe Z countered with two strong innings and cut the lead to 2 points midway through the contest. Although they hung tough, they were never able to close the gap any further, and fell by a score of 158 -154. The hot hands for the winning team were Zig with a 41, and Hawkins with a 38.
Team Snoz completes the sweep on opening night!
On the other board we had the “long car ride home” match up. Amber Klinger was shooting for Team Doug, and he rider and husband Rudy Klinger shot for Team Schu. Someone would have bragging rights for the week, starting with the car ride home!
In Game 1 Rudy came out firing, leading all shooters (for the night) with a 45, propelling his team to a 149 – 131 victory.
Game 2 saw Skinner rise up and lead Team Doug with a 35, but that was countered by Joe Remash’s 42 as Team Schu powered their way to a 152 – 138 win.
After the first inning of Game 3, Team Doug was down 3 points. That lead didn’t change much, and they found themselves down 4 after the 6th inning. At that point, Team Schu ripped off innings of 21/20/19 to break away to a 153 – 143 win, despite Doug’s 44.
Heading into week 2 – two teams are 3 – 0, two teams are 0 – 3.
Next Week Snoz v Doug, and Zaharick v Schu
It’s that time of year again. After taking a pair of seasons off last year, darts are back in the air again this Fall! We have 16 names on the sign up list so far, with room for 4 more – so if you are interested in some Tuesday Night dart action stop by and sign the sheet!
Games begin the Tuesday AFTER the Bloomsbury Fair!
you see on the internet. Abraham Lincoln said that.
This DID happen to me one time when a fellow who “wasn’t from around here” came into the bar and had to run outside to his car to grab something. When he came back, his drink was poured out, and the glass was being washed – to his surprise.
If you put a coaster on top of your glass in the coal region, it means “I’m done drinking, don’t pour any more beer into the glass”. And remember, “when in Rome …”, so while in the coal region, don’t take this the advice from the inter webs poster
The FINALS are coming up this weekend.
We sent two teams to qualify over the past two weeks, and both advanced through some very difficult competition!!
Congrats to Mike Sinkovich, Timmy Wargo and Joe Zaharick who teamed up for the tournament. They had to make it through the team of John Kroh, Mark Kroh and Todd Harder to advance. They did just that with some 9th inning heroics that led to an extra inning victory where Sinko hit a trip on his last dart to seal the win.
We didn’t have a dart league this year, and these guys made it to the bar on Tuesday nights when they could. They decided to go up together just to compete. Joe is a traveling dart shooter. Sinko and Timmy learned to win on the Red Tornadoes. Put that together and they were able to leave their mark on the tournament. They continue the journey this Saturday!
The second team to compete from Dorko’s was Joe Swatski, Doug Troutman, and Bruce Unverdorben Jr. In order to advance, they had to compete with Haganey’s Aces II. That team consists of Tommy Hill (2006 inductee into the American Baseball Darts Wall of Fame), Joe Haganey (2011 inductee) and Mark Weurstle (2013 inductee).
I wonder if that’s what Murderer’s Row from the ’27 Yankees looked like?
It didn’t matter. Doug, Swat and Bruce sent them into the loser’s bracket!
It was a tough road for both teams so far. They start off in the One Loss bracket on Saturday, and things won’t be getting any easier.
So, we’re making a road trip up this weekend to support the fellows in Freeland. The event is kicks off at 10am at the Freeland Event Center (300 Fern St, Freeland, PA 18224).
We are 70-odd games into the shuffleboard season of 2015-2016, and thats enough games for the pecking order to begin to sort itself out.
Here’s how all of the teams are doing as of last FRIDAY (so that’s BEORE this past Saturday Night’s set of games).
K of C 51 21
Dorko’s Cafe 54 27
Wilburton 1 44 49
Eagles 2 49 32
Wilburton 2 45 36
Clover Hose 34 47
Atlas 33 48
Eagles 1 32 49
Centralia 31 50
VFW 23 58
There is a make up game that needs to be played between K of C and Wilburton 1.