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By Stan Hook
League Reporter 

Sugar River Euchre


January 11, 2018

Wow, last Thursday night provided quite the start to the second half of the season. There was a 111-point thrashing in one match, while another required a tie breaker round be played. It was the match between S’wisco Taphaus and Hooterville where the Express systematically shredded the Cheese Eaters by 111 points. Hooterville won 24 of the 32 games, and six of the eight rounds. The only highlights for the Cheese Eaters came from the compelling determination wielded by Ed Wettach and Kendal Wenger, who stopped two Hooterville Express couples from putting up perfect scores. The first came when Ed and Kendal held Steve Hoffmaster and Steve Thoni to 9 points in the seventh frame and the second when they allowed Opie Taylor and Dave Steinhauer just 6 points in the eighth frame. Steve and Steve ended the night with 114 points, this week’s high score, while Dave and Opie finished with 111 points. All four Hooterville couples packed more than 100 points into their assigned railcars; while the closest a Cheese Eater came to 100 was Ed and Kendal’s 90 points. Hooterville Express hung on to barely win this one with a score of 441 points to the Cheese Eaters’ 330.

Eagle Heights, still flying high from last week’s playoff win over Kleeman’s, flew into Mountie territory (It’s Time) hoping to continue their feast from the previous week. At the end of regular play, both the Mounties and the Eagles realized they would have to play an extra round to break a 398-point tie. With both teams winning two of the four extra games played, it came down to the 9-point win by Randy Schmid and Pat Dann over Leo Humphrey and Harold Grabandt. Eagle Heights won this one by 4 points in overtime.

In the match between Kleeman’s and 5th Quarter, the 111 points shuffled in by Derek Skogen and Erik Massey (5th Quarter) wasn’t enough to hold off four 100-point plus totals turned in by the Hay Shakers. Kleeman’s took this one by 23 points. Harrold Schlimgen and Mike Pickett (Norsk Cowboys) could only round up 73 points, this week’s low score, in the match between the Norsk Cowboys and the Norsk Pranksters. With none of the Pranksters breaking the 100-point barrier, the Cowboys made this another 23-point victory.

In the remaining match of the evening, Mark Losenegger and Tiny Zander (Jones’ Plumbing) plus Ernie Sarbacker and Jim Gehin (J&M Bar) recorded 112 points for their respective teams. But it was the River Rats that finished the evening with a 15-point advantage over the Pipe Benders.

Standings: Eagle Heights 1-0; Hooterville Express 1-0; J&M Bar 1-0; Kleeman’s 1-0; Norsk Cowboys 1-0; 5th Quarter 0-1; It’s Time 0-1; Jones’ Plumbing 0-1; Norsk Pranksters 0-1; S’wisco Taphaus 0-1.

Schedule for January 11: Kleeman’s @ Hooterville (8:00); S’wisco Taphaus @ 5th Quarter (8:00); Norsk Cowboys @ It’s Time (7:30); Eagle Heights @ J&M Bar (8:00); Jones’ Plumbing @ Norsk Pranksters (8:00).


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