The following is a review of the highlights of this year’s department bowling tournament. Given that a record 62 people put a lot of energy into great costume, creative videos and their team (varying from mere seconds of thought/prep to hours), take some time and read through the recount of a fun afternoon. Put your busy world on pause for a few minutes, sit down with a cup of coffee and improve your quality of life as you marvel and smile at the creative members of our CHP family.
We had a record 14 teams for this year’s event at Alley Katz Lanes. Using the modified format of bumpers and 8 pins or more = a strike, confidence and trash talk was high. Each team whether they had 4 or 5 bowlers took their highest 4 scores in each of the two games bowled for their team total. Here is a review of each team, including their order of finish and the theme behind their attire.
This group of 5 Superfriends banded together to destroy evil (see the dreaded TwoFace in their video) and any standing pins in their way. Led by Captain Danielle “Wonder Woman” Lespinasse, this team would not be denied. She was the third highest bowler on the team and crossed her power bracelets together when the strikes were needed. Duane “Superman” Dede bowled faster than a speeding bullet in route to two perfect no-tap games (300 each) and was the high male bowler. Larry “Green Lantern” Keen was the 2nd highest male bowler with a total score of 403. Jonathon “Batman” Trinastic and fiancé Laura “Batgirl” Telepak made key strikes along the way and kept the team spirit high.
Just in time for the premier of the 2nd Hunger Games movie, the Victors entered the arena to compete and eliminate pins instead of the peacekeepers of the Capital. Fortunately, they put their weapons away and focused on the pins. Brenda “District 11” Dede bowled well including a perfect no tap game. Danielle “District 12” Dede has improved every year and was 2nd high female this year. Tributes Siyah and Kaitlin survived the arena in their camouflage and tried to win it for Peta and Katniss.
These medicated bowlers came to compete and missed out on 2nd place by only 6 pins. Variability was the key word for this team. Paul Mangal and Koki Mendis led the way as high scores. While Eugene Dunne and Talia “Hollywood” Seider each had their moments to contribute. But captain Jacob Lafo (center) found his way to get personal recognitition by posting the low score in the tournament and earning the coveted “Male Statistically Most Likely to Improve” Award. But the best example of their wide ranging skills was the team being awarded the “Best Vine” (7’ video) that is listed below.
This team of 4…or is it 8…took their meds and integrated their divided personalities to knock down as many pins as possible. This was a decorated team as they also won awards for best team name and best Intern team. Chris Sege was high bowler on the team, followed by Ali “Two Face” (half male/half female) Vargovich. Christi Culpepper (who’s other personality is a Tennessee Vol fan) and Kaitlyn Switalski rounded out this team. This team even thought of alternative hairstyles for each personality.
This innovative group of first year student demonstrated their mastery of the DSM with the creative name complete with the ICD-9 code for sexual disorders (note the 302.8-Sarah) in the center of the picture. Edged out of 4th place by one mere pin, the group did finish as the best of two first year student teams. Captain Loren “Hype” Hizel led their team in scoring followed closely by Vaughn Bryant. Sarah Stromberg had the team’s high game of 186, followed closely by Kendra Krietsch’s 182 game. Casey Lawless proved that she is not only a great diagnostician but she is an accomplished statistician, showing great reliability in only varying 3 pins between her two games.
This talented group of interns and spouse spared no expense in getting t-shirts printed and topped it off with Sharpie messages on the backs of their shirts. Captain Erika Mellott led the way as high bowler on the team (averaging 161) followed by hubby Brad and his 155 average. The back of Erika’s shirt says “Keeping more than our minds out of the gutter.” Shelley “XXX” Anvy and Shellie “Split Happens” Levy battled for team spirit award, including making an epic chest bump after a strike.
These bowlers put on their jammies, grabbed their teddy bears but were not able to sleep. So they decided to make nightmares for the other teams with their skillz. Captain Breanna Dede led the way in her stylish pink onesie. She was the high female bowler with a score of 351. Morgan “Red Jammie” Gravely was the high female bowler 18 or under. Prescott “The Robe” Cowles was the high male bowler 18 or under. Joy “Black Jammies” Kuykendal led the team spirit and while Micky got the award for the biggest teddy bear.
Another dedicated group whose clever name, Psy-Bowler Disorder, almost won best team name. Karlyn Vatthauer applied her considerable energy to take out 314 pins over the two games. Dan Postupak led the way on his team toppling over 337 pins, followed by Tanisha Hill-Jarrett. Captain Rachel Postupack organized this dream team and kept everyone on pace and even conquered computer malfunctions.
These five first years combined their significant talents to challenge the other teams and most importantly the other first year team. Although they came up a little short, it was not for lack of trying. Breton “Tarheel” Asken led the way with an impressive 358 two game total. Molly McLaren and her 278 were next, followed by Beyonce’s “Boy Toy” Larry Burrell (284) and Aviva Ariel (255). Beth Kacel was the last member of the Fab Five but her agent wouldn’t allow her likeness to be listed here. We will try to do a better job of negotiating for the next tournament.
This busy group of interns took time out of report writing to rock it old school channeling Dr. Sigmund. While the jury is still out if it helped their bowling, it did seem to make them feel better…and isn’t that what’s important? A strong effort was rendered by captain Sarah O’Rorke and her 332 total. Maia Feigon bowled 289 and Kat “Left Coast” Giles added a respectable 276 for her two games. Brit “Big Apple” LeMonda found her own way to earn distinction. She was the low female bowler, earning the “Female Statistically Most Likely to Improve Award.” Given that the last few SMLI awards have been neuropsych trainees, this may be a first year research project for someone. Or it could just mean that we need to add some questions about bowling skills to our application process.
The backstory of this group is that when they were first year grad students they coined the name “First Ladies” and dressed up as one of the former inhabitants of the White House. Fast forward 3-4 years later and they have shed those political affiliations or the sponsorship money didn’t come through, but they are still a team ready to file an executive order to take out some pins. Jared (supporting his boo Kelsey) led the way with 313. Page Klitzman was next up with 281 over two games. Kelsey was consistent bowling 136 both games. Marissa Gowey took out 234 pins for the team’s efforts. Stay tuned to see if the White House garb returns for the spring tournament.
Medicated and with impulses in check, this entertaining group joined forces to topple pins. Phil led the way with 312 pins. Sarah Szymkowicz bowled a respectable 266, Jen Mundt took out 261 pins and Diego avoided the dreaded most likely to improve award by a strong second game, finishing with a 237. The group plans to bowl the next tournament OFF of Lithium to see if that helps.
These creative young ladies applied all of their studying for the Physio course by recreating the influential neurotransmitter as a costume and bond for their team. Alyssa Fritz led the team scoring with 307, followed by Jackie Maye at 262. Molly Sullivan scored 257 and Julia Carmody had 240. Maybe next time they might add a little Dopamine?
Friends from high school who separated to follow their dreams, reunited for one epic CHP bowling tournament…The Jung and the Restless. Laurence was a nerd in school, only to reinvent himself as a super jock personal trainer. Olivia sold out and is now living the fast paced Wall St. life. Francesca is a super glam glitter bomb, looking for the next big party. Kathy is a wealthy widow, absconding from her boring life to reunite with Francesca and the gang. Will they bowl a perfect game? Will their fabulous-ness intimidate other teams? Find out on this shocking episode of Jung And Restless. With such a backstory, it is no wonder that they also won the Best Costume Award. The above picture leaves no doubts eh? Who are these rock stars? Sarah Mayer-Brown (aka Kathy) led the way with 263, followed by Danny Gering (aka Lawrence) with his 242. Amanda (“Franchesca”) Garcia took care of 220 pins while Captain Alicia (“Olivia”) Roth took care of 204 pins. Although talented and a nice story….on the lanes, this team got one more distinction by their efforts: Team Statistically Most Likely to Improve. Here is their amusing and creative vine. https://vine.co/v/htnXJh5Ldlw/embed
A special thanks to the Dean’s office and department for supporting some of the prizes awarded. A special thanks to Amaris Tippey who led the judging of many of the awards. She had ratings, weighted for spirit and theme.