Well, the season has come to a close, and the Final Standings are in! Things were up in the air until the finish of the very last game of the year. When the dust settled, Dorko’s made it to the top to tie for First Place for the second time in recent years!
Wilburton 2 113 – 58
Dorko’s Cafe 113 – 58
Wilburton 1 111 – 60
Eagles 2 109 – 62
Centralia 93 – 78
Eagles 1 81 – 90
Atlas 77 – 94
American Hose 76 – 95
VFW 67 – 104
Mt. Carmel Legion 44 – 127
It’s almost Summer! And at the beginning of the warm weather season, we take a trip over the hill to Rolling Meadows Golf Course and enjoy a Saturday morning together trying to whack a ball into each of the 18 holes while failing to injure ourselves or roll a golf cart. Or put a golf cart into a body of water, although that’s not meant to be a challenge. And don’t mention that to Tanney.
Saturday June 14th.
It’s the same as it ever was because why mess with a good thing? The format is a 4-Man Scramble. The bar opens at shortly after 7am so people can catch rides, down an eye opener and grab a six pack if need be. Then we close up shop and the party starts anew in Mowry. Balls start flying at 8 am, cuss words shortly thereafter.
If your team is not there and registered by 7:50 you probably won’t be able to join in the games, but you will be able to join in the cussing. I know some people like to be fashionably late. During the tournament those people will be referred to as “spectators”. Don’t worry, it’s a term of endearment.
For the entertainment of the golfers who have put forth effort acquiring skill in the game, there will be various “mini-games” including a pot of gold, long drive, and closest to the pin. Hopefully we can add a putting contest to the mix.
The winners of the tournament will receive prize money, but it will be so little that anyone who went out of their way to stack their team will be sorely disappointed. And your ringer teammates will yell at you for wasting their time. Don’t be that guy. That guy has a fun morning, but the rest of the weekend sucks because people keep giving him crap.
THERE WILL BE FOOD. It’ll be served back at the bar at roughly noon. Right now I have pulled pork BBQ in mind.
During lunch we will award the prizes for the day.
There will be a sign up sheet at the bar. And I’ll put in place some sort of system to address folks who agree to participate in Saturday events, but then go out on Friday Night, get smashed, end up at the Sonny’s and magically have to help Uncle Elmo move to Reading on super-short notice Saturday morning. That will probably mean some sort of deposit or pre-pay system.
Oh – the cost is $45 and that includes the round of golf with a cart, food and prizes. Don’t feel you need to measure up to anyone with your golf skills to join in, it’s a “golf outing” as in we leave the building and go out somewhere for the morning. It’s a good time, so find some friends and join in!
Over the weekend, Dorko’s had a fantastic showing defeating our opponents by a score of 8 – 1. But, other teams also fared well on the shuffleboard tables, so we were unable to completely close the gap int he standings. As of this afternoon, here is how things stack up in the Mt. Carmel Shuffleboard League!
Wilburton 2 103 – 50
Dorko’s 99 – 54
Eagles 2 97 – 56
Wilburton 1 96 – 57
Centralia 86 – 76
Atlas 74 – 70
Eagles 1 65 – 79
American Hose 61 – 83
Vets 58 – 86
Mt. Carmel Legion 38 – 115
I have a sheet with the standings as they were BEFORE this last weekend’s action. So, things have changed. but until we get all the results in from over the weekend, this will is the best we have . . .
Wilburton 1 95 – 49
Wilburton 2 94 – 50
Eagles 2 97 – 56
Dorko’s 91 – 53
Centralia 86 – 67
Atlas 69 – 66
Eagles 1 65 – 79
American Hose 55 – 80
VFW 54 – 81
Mt. Carmel Legion 35 – 109
Dorko’s is enjoying a stretch of HOME matches on Saturday Nights, and hopefully the “home field advantage” will help us close some ground on the squads from Wilburton. They hold both 1st and 2nd place in the standings at this point.
Here is a list of how everyone in the league is stacking up:
Wilburton #1 88 – 38
Wilburton #2 84 – 42
Dorko’s Cafe 83 – 52
Eagles #2 80 – 55
Centralia 81 – 63
Atlas 64 – 62
American Hose 53 – 64
VFW 50 – 67
Eagles #1 53 – 73
Mt. Carmel Legion 33 – 102
This weekend we will be hosting the American Hose Co, with a big game against the Wilburton #1 looming on the horizon!
The Shuffleboard team from Dorko’s has spent a lot of the season on the road so far. That’s about to change. We will be having Home matches for the duration of March. So, going into the stretch where we get to shoot on the Home Board, the Standings look like this . . .
Wilburton 1 67 – 32
Eagles 2 63 – 36
Wilburton 2 63 – 36
Dorko’s 66 – 42
Centralia 56 – 43
Atlas 54 – 54
VFW 40 – 41
Eagles 1 43 – 56
American Hose 42 – 57
Mt. Carmel Legion 22 – 68
Sons of Poland has left the league, and makeup matches are in the works for several of the teams.
We recently received a call, reminding us that Dorko’s has sponsored a team in the PA State Dart Tournament every year for decades. Which was something that we kind of knew. And that often we sent three, four or five teams during a year. We kinda knew that too. But there’s more . . . The folks behind the scenes at the State Dart Tournament wanted us to know that our level of participation in, and support of the event was both appreciated, and of merit.
We were informed that we would be receiving the FIRST of the George Haines Memorial “Wall of Fame” Awards in the category of Team/Sponsor for our years of consistent support. It’s certainly an unexpected honor to be inducted into the Wall of Fame.
Over the years we did send flight after flight of shooters to the tournament. Some had intentions of advancing, and some had aspirations of winning. Others simply went to enjoy the experience. And several of them had quite . . . colorful, experiences. The only requirement was that you were a shooter in one of the Dorko’s Leagues. There was certainly no “minimum skill level” required. If you wanted to shoot, go shoot. It’s that simple.
The induction was schedule for 9:45 AM on a Saturday, which leads me to believe that there are still a lot of people out there who don’t drink.
We did manage to gather over a dozen shooters who made the trip in time for the opening ceremony. It was held at the Lakeside Ballroom, and they have a team in the Sunday League. So, we were traveling familiar roads.
Included in the picture, from left to right are Ed Dormer, Fatty (Scott Paul), Muff Money (Dan Lawler), Elvis (Larry Wisneski), Shicky, Ponytail (Randy Kasenych), Hobo (Dave Hobowski), Bob Marinelli, Joe Swatski, Curtis Susnoski, Ando Mekosh, Bushy (Dave Bush), Salami (Rick Prezlomski), and Frank Petruskevich. Kirk Wimble and Tony Ford made the early morning trip as well, but for the moment, are not in the photograph.
Also being inducted was the team from Savitski’s Edge. They are a long time staple of the American Dart scene, hosting tournaments and sending shooters and teams to compete for years.
Johnny Kuczynski was also inducted. Besides being one of the top ranked American Dart players in the world, he holds an annual fundraising dart tournament that benefits Toys for Tots every year in early December. The tournament raised tens of thousands of dollars last year alone. He’s also travelled the world competing as one of the nations top dart shooters in the English Steel Tip dart scene. Johnny was a bit choked up during his acceptance speech, which is why I kept ours to 6 words or less
It was great to have everyone together for a few hours. Hobo still had a team alive in the tournament – he’s shooting for Etter’s VFW now since he’s moved down to York. So, we had the chance to watch him shoot his match. And between the story telling and watching them kick off the final day of States, including the Wall of Fame ceremony – a great time was had by all!
Big News on the darts front to report. On SATURDAY, Dorko’s will be going up on the Wall of Fame in the ceremony preceding the Finals of the PA State Dart Tournament at the Lakeside Ballroom (you go to Mahanoy City, and then . . . keep going. We play them in the Sunday League so it’s not that far).
Anyone who ever shot for Dorko’s in the State Dart Tournament over the last 20 years or so is welcome to be included in the team picture! we’ll leave about 8:30.