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Bayshore shuffleboard fetes top teams, players

March 29, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

One has to wonder if one of the requirements of becoming a Lazy Days resident is the ability to play shuffleboard.

It isn't. But it sure seems like it after the community won the Bayshore Shuffleboard League regular season title for the 12th straight year.

It also seems as though the Canadians have taken command of the courts, as they were among the award winners in last week's tournament in abundance.

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Bayshore Shuffleboard League president Pete Longjohn, Betty Rossi, William Barnes of Ellsworth Heating & Cooling, and Shirley Bryan accept the winner’s plaque for Lazy Days for the 12th straight year during the annual banquet at Crystal Lakes on Wednesday.

CHUCK BALLARO

Of the 16 award winners from the main event and consolation round, 11 were from north of the border, with five of them, the Bryans, from the same family.

"The Canadians really outshined us this year. They're able to play all year, unlike me who picks up my stick in October and put it away at the end of March," said Pete Longjohn, president of the league. "Lazy Days also captured most of the main event awards."

The main event winners were Maureen Bryan and Donna Blom of Lazy Days. Fellow Lazy Day residents Bill Bryan and George Steven were second. Jackie and Gary Carpino of Poinsettia Park were third, and Ken Taylor and Abe Peters of Poinsettia Park were fourth.

In the consolation, Charlie and Shirley Bryan of Lazy Days were the winners. Mike Wilson and Red Gaudreau were second. Don Woods and Phil Paight were third, with Pay Wilson and Joe Helling fourth. The latter three teams were from Pioneer Village.

In the team competition, Lazy Days overcame some challenges to again coast to victory, winning 22 more games than runner-up Pioneer Village. Crystal Lakes was third.

Rendell Bilton, who became the Lazy Days captain after Betty Rossi stepped aside to become just part of the team, had a medical emergency and had to return to Canada. Shirley Bryan took over, and despite a thin roster, was able to win.

"We're just fortunate. We have more good luck than bad when we play. We are in need of some players. Most teams have 20 and this year we only had 17," Bryan said.

This year's shufflers, as well as the winners of last week's doubles championship at the Lee County Shuffleboard Club, were feted at the Crystal Lakes community center on Wednesday for the end-of-year awards banquet.

Once again, the awards were presented by Ellsworth Heating & Cooling, which has served as the sponsor for the league since 1990.

Longjohn said the more things change, the more they stay the same. With Ellsworth, that's a good thing.

"That's awesome. They do so much for the community and really give back," Longjohn said. "Their service people are also great."

"You become friends with all these people. A lot of people, we don't do their work. We just like to give back. We're really lucky," said William Barnes, Ellsworth's president.

 
 

 

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