up to the Lexington Scrabble® Club
This reports on the season which ran from September, 1999 through August, 2000.
The Lexington, Massachusetts Scrabble Club #108 has been running continuously since it was started by Edie Berman and Muriel Sands in January, 1980. We meet nearly every Thursday night of the year in a comfy basement meeting room of the First Parish Church, which is situated on Lexington Green behind the Lexington Minuteman Statue. Judy Horn has been directing this club for about 17 years. Ellen Miller serves as associate director. Mike Wolfberg joined the club within its first month of existence, and he took on the role of club statistician within the first year. The club has operated with its own rating system, designed primarily by Alan Frank, since early 1981. Ratings are based on the percentage of points each of the players scores in each game. The club web site includes a detailed description of this system.
In this season, individuals played 3182 games, and so there were 1591 games in all. The average score in all of these games was 374.
Of the 3182 individual games, 2918 were played by an "active player". We define an active player as someone who played at least 20 games in the season. The average score of the active players was 376 for the season.
These are the top 16 active players in decreasing club average rating:
Jere Mead - averaged 417, and won 18 of 24 games Joey Mallick - averaged 414, and won 32 of 43 games Steven Saul - averaged 395, and won 139 of 210 games Joel Horn - averaged 398, and won 129 of 184 games Richard Buck - averaged 404, and won 103 of 159 games Mike Wolfberg - averaged 402, and won 100 of 167 games Mark Fidler Dave Mallick Judy Horn - won 155 of 266 games, totalled 103,438 points Bruce Adams Rod MacNeil Ben Loiterstein Elaine Patterson Arnie Horowitz John Van Pelt Gerri Martin 1999-2000 Season Average Ratings of Those who Played at Least 20 Games ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1802.30 Jere Mead 1703.56 John Van Pelt 1767.14 Joey Mallick 1681.98 Gerri Martin 1742.04 Steven Saul 1680.32 Ellen Miller 1741.20 Joel Horn 1675.37 Gregg Foster 1739.93 Richard Buck 1620.75 Joel Kershner 1738.30 Mike Wolfberg 1616.67 Nora Tolins 1722.93 Mark Fidler 1607.01 Hilda Siegel 1719.69 Dave Mallick 1594.70 Sherrie Saint John 1716.56 Judy Horn 1593.90 Pat Hennessy 1716.22 Bruce Adams 1593.87 Marshall Finn 1714.05 Rod MacNeil 1504.21 Liz Ashby 1711.42 Ben Loiterstein 1472.96 Mike Rosen 1711.06 Elaine Patterson 1461.96 Leland Fidler 1707.32 Arnie Horowitz 1426.32 Julius PerlOur club roster also includes CGP list mistress, Sherrie Saint John.
In this past season, the highest game score was 668 by Mike Wolfberg. Other over-600 games were: 665 by Mike Wolfberg, 622 by Joey Mallick, 619 by Rod MacNeil, 618 by John Van Pelt, 604 by Judy Horn, and 601 by Richard Buck. The club record is 709 by Mike Wolfberg on 4-Nov-82.
The highest losing score for the season was Bruce D'Ambrosio's 449 on 10-Aug-00; the winner of that game was Mike Wolfberg, with a 458. Bruce was a visitor from Los Angeles on the same day as the NSC2000 finished in nearby Providence, RI. The club record is 480 by Merrill Kaitz, losing to Mike Wolfberg's 493 on 12-Jan-89.
The highest tied score for the season was a 416 by Joey and Dave Mallick. The club record is a 462 by Merrill Kaitz and Richard Buck during the 1998-1999 season.
Our club was represented by 25 players and 2 workers at the NSC2000. These are the top finishers in their divisions: Jere Mead was 6th in Divison 1, John Van Pelt was 2nd in Division 2, Dean Cullen was 2nd in Division 3, Scott Pianowski was 33rd in Division 4, Scott McDougall was 18th in Division 5, and 12-year-old Leland Fidler was 28th in Division 6.
Leland Fidler was also on the 2nd place 2-player team in the 2000 Massachusetts School Scrabble tourney for 5th and 6th graders.
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