Playoff positions at stake
With only three weeks remaining until the playoffs, every match is important to either seeding order or making the post-season.
On Tuesday, July 8, DeGroots moved closer to a playoff spot by downing Rathjens 136-146. Jimmy Gilbraith’s net 33 led the DeGroots effort.
Like Sherman, Skellos continued their march by dispatching Johnson Construction 133 to 141. Net 33s from Stan Nelson, George Bockhouse and Ralph Rohrbaugh was just too much for Johnson Construction. Skellos even had to throw out a net 34 in their balanced scoring.
Needing a win to keep in the playoff hunt, Blade Trucking readied their forces for next week’s big match-up with Skellos by brushing off Robbie’s 135 to 142. Jeff DePorter and George Gavin notched net 32s in the win.
In Wednesday night action, a valiant net 30 from captain John Catour helped Little Johns stay in the playoff hunt by squeaking by Gold Star FS 135 to 136.
Division leader Cambridge Pattern put a clamp on Duricks playoff plans by winning a fifth man tie breaker after they had deadlocked at 137. Fifth man Tim Schmoll’s net 40 beat Durick’s fifth man Larry Roth by one.
Bell Insurance desperately needed a win and got one 135 to 147 over hapless Highland Pak. Bob Hanson’s net 28 was too much for the Pak.
The Faculty kept on the playoff track by rolling by Orion Tool and Die 133 to 142. Rod Janson and Brian DeJohn each shot a net 32 for the Faculty.
A short-handed Hepner Insurance team went low as they processed Darling International 129 to 139 as Mike Hepner and Gary Walters each had net 32s.
The stars were in line again for Phillips as they kept their record perfect by slipping by Cambridge Commodities in a tie-breaker. Each team recorded a 141, but because the Commodity team had no fifth player, the win went to Phillips.
With only three weeks to go, the division leaders are Cambridge Pattern, 7-4; Faculty, 7-4; and Phillips and Skellos, 11-0. In playoff position are Hepner Insurance, 8-3; DeGroots, 7-4; and Blade Trucking and Duricks, 6-5.
Battling to break into the lineup are Bell Insurance, Little Johns and Darling International, all 5-6.