The New Hyde Park Inn was rockin' and rollin' last Saturday evening, as the Floral Park Knights of Columbus bowlers and their ladies celebrated the end of another "blockbuster" season - one that saw many outstanding performances by the local keglers Thursday night.
Needless to say, the retelling of many of the season's happenings added to the enjoyment of the evening and no table could say they outdid the others in describing the highlights of the battles that took place, week after week, at the Sterling Lanes.
The high spot of the evening was the usual big-league handling of the Master of Ceremonies bit by Chet Strzepek, whose caustic wit, in his treatment of his brother bowlers added, immeasurably, to the fun that this great evening generated.
First-place trophy (the usual dust collector) winners were The On-Timers, captained by Mike Gallagher and manned by Frank Dehler, Joe Oswald and Pat Pallisco followed by The Bombers, in second place, bossed by Sean Brady with brother Brian, Mark Mazzo and Joe O'Donnell filling the roster. The Cliffhangers, with Ed Hackimer in the driver's seat, assisted by Greg Micciche, Joe Sivestri and Cliff Weinberg, took the third select spot.
The High Average (Tom O'Neill Award) was won by Mike Gallagher with a 178.71 season average, while John Fittipaldi, at 176.44 and Greg Simicich, at 175.82 latched on to the second and third baubles.
High Series honors went to John Fittipaldi, with a 658 followed by Rich Lahey, at 644 and Mike Gallagher's 641.
Paul Simonetti grabbed High Game Honors with a sizzling 278 as Greg Simicich, with a 257 blazer, was a step off the pace. Joe O'Donnell landed the third trophy, with a 247 beauty.
Greg Simicich took home the highly-coveted Most Improved Bowler Award, named after the much-loved and admired Past Grand Knight Joe Gibbons, with a 12.79 boost over last season's effort.
This wonderful evening, once again, showcased the warmth and closeness that is always present when Brother Knights set together for activities of any sort and the annual bowling dinner is on top of the list.
Now the cry is: "Wait 'til next year!"