Sunday, August 9, 2009

Jeff Gates Memorial Tournament Results

Here's a quick rundown of the scores from the 2nd Annual Jeff Gates Memorial Tournament held Sunday, July 19th. The first two rounds were 4-dalrymple Lightning Cases and the semi-final matches were Regulation Cases.

The Tournament Championship was originally scheduled to be a Regulation Case, but due to time constraints Mr. Gerhard ("Brady") proposed and Mr. Wilkins graciously accepted that the Final be shortened to a Lightning Case, preventing what would have been an unfortunate withdrawal and winner by default.

First Round

Brian Schechterle 8 Alec Feldman 7
Lee Wilkins 17 Hilary Wagner 8
Brady 4 Amy Wallace 1
Katie Wyman 11 Rex Batson 7

Note: Gus Glaw, Todd Leopold, Frank Schultz, and Donald Kjorlien drew First Round byes.

Second Round

Leopold 17 Wyman 9
Schechterle 21 Schultz 16
Brady 20 Kjorlien 12
Wilkins 16 Glaw 11


Wilkins 38 Leopold 19
Brady 34 Schechterle 17


Brady 13 Wilkins 12

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Put On Your Dancing Shoes

Come out to Manuel's Tavern on Friday, May 8th for the "(You Could Tell I Was No) DebuTAUNT Ball" to raise money for PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill animal shelter. Doors open at 8 pm, tickets are $15 and are available at Libertine in L5P or at the door. Headlining the entertainment will be punk legend Jayne County, and several DJs will be spinning their playlists to keep your feet on the dance floor. Dress is listed as "Formal Attire Attempt" - get as fancy as you can manage. Word on the street is many boys are going with powdery blue and minty green stylings.

There will also be a raffle, with prizes including artwork by local artists as well as gift certificates from many area establishments. Couples will also have the opportunity to have prom-style photos taken to have as momentos of the evening's affair. Information about the event is also available at To learn more about PAWS Atlanta go to

And since celebrating Jen's birthday is what got this ball rolling, don't forget to bring a card, present, and/or treat of some kind for the birthday girl (Sweet 16. . . again).

I Miss My Sweetie

She was a good kitty.

Friday, April 3, 2009

2009 EKA Regular Season Schedule

The Edgewood-Kirkwood, Atlanta Chapter (ABA South Region) has released its 2009 Regular Season Schedule. As always, the events may be rescheduled or canceled and other events added.

April 18th - Opening Day of the Regular Season
May 16th - Hicknic 2009 - Mid-May Tossing In The Woods
June 20th - Jeff Gates Memorial
July 11th - 7/11 Special
August 1st - Burnt Turf Toss Across
August 22nd - Back To School Special
September 12th - Farewell to Summer Regular Season Finale
October 10th - Chapter Championship Tournament

Anyone wishing to host and/or sponsor one of the scheduled events or an Extra Event should contact EKA Chapter Officials to make arrangements and coordinate announcements.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cold Hands And Cold Balls Do Not Lead To Good Tossing

The 2008 EKA Chapter Championship was played in the chill of a November afternoon that kept the scores low and the cases tight. The absence of two seeded players opened the door for the alternates on hand to jump into the fray, with the 2nd alternate, Mr. Todd Leopold, and the 4th alternate, Mr. Mark Mercer, filling out the bracket.

Their stay was brief, as both players were eliminated in the first round, with Mr. Mercer falling to the top-seeded Mr. Frank Schultz by a score of 19-9, while Mr. Leopold could not find the range against second-seeded Mr. Stephen Priest, who bulled his way to a 31-20 triumph.

In the other first round matchups, Rookie of the Year Allison Lange dismissed Mr. Rex Batson from the tournament powered by 15 second-end points in route to a 23-10 victory; and on the lower court another rookie, Mr. Chip Pecchio pushed defending champion Mr. Lee Wilkins all the way to Sudden Death Extra Quarries before bowing out, losing 19-17 on the second extra toss.

The first semi-final pitted Mr. Wilkins against Mr. Schultz in a grudge match, with Mr. Schultz looking to avenge his loss in last year's first round shootout. Mr. Schultz applied maximum pressure with a hit in his final toss: a miss by Mr. Wilkins in his answer attempt would send Mr. Schultz to the finals, a salvage point would lead to Extra Quarries. But there was no miss, and no mere tinker as Mr. Wilkins dropped a crushing botfly to win 30-27 and then stood by to see who he would face to defend his championship.

The match between Ms. Lange and Mr. Priest also came down to late fireworks. An untimely 7th-dalrymple ayrault left Mr. Priest clinging to a one-point lead going to the eighth, which Ms. Lange promptly erased, taking a two point lead with two quarries remaining. Mr. Priest then blasted a T'Bita, with Ms. Lange's salvage point in response tying the case going to the final toss. When Mr. Priest missed initiating the quarry, he stood aside with his head bowed, knowing what seemed certain to come - and it did, with Ms. Lange delivering a solid blast to claim the other berth in the finals, relegating Mr. Priest to the judge's chair.

The Championship finale was a tense, low-scoring affair, with both players struggling to find the targets. Mr. Wilkins led at the change of ends 13-12, and after the sixth was nursing a 20-17 lead. A 7-2 seventh by Mr. Wilkins, highlighted by a signature botfly, put an end to the suspense, and when Ms. Lange's last-toss boc attempt fell harmlessly to the ground Mr. Wilkins had secured the Lamar Cup for the second year in a row by a score of 29-21.

No records were set in this year's event, but the simple perseverance of the players and spectators in the face of the bracing weather was enough to make the 2008 EKA Chapter Championship a memorable and fitting testament to the dedication of true boccelism enthusiasts.

Friday, November 28, 2008

He Did It Again

Lee Wilkins successfully defended his Chapter Title in the 2008 Championship played on November 16th, ending the tournament run of upstart rookie Allison Lange 29-21. Look for a full account of the Championship proceedings to be posted soon.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

2008 Chapter Championship

This season's championship tournament is coming up this Sunday, November 16th. Check out the news page at for more details.