Spelling Success

Michael Bauer | reporter

The Pittsburg Scrabble Club has spelled eight years of success.

Paul Mulik looks over his letter options while playing Scrabble on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Pittsburg Public Library.

Paul Mulik looks over his letter options while playing Scrabble on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Pittsburg Public Library.

Founded in 2005 by brothers Dan and Jeff Lee, the Scrabble Club ordinarily meets bi-monthly at the Pittsburg Public Library.
The number of members is not recorded, but the club has grown ever since it was started.
“As of early 2013, we’ve had 13 people,” said Dan Lee. “There are two other players who have indicated that they will come down. We’ve got people from far and wide and it’s good to see the club growing.”
Just like most of the members, Jeff and Dan are no strangers to Scrabble and have been playing the word game since they were in elementary school.
“We’ve played ever since I could remember,” Jeff Lee said. “When I was a kid, we would play a lot. I’ve played all my life.”

The club members have been to tournaments in parts of the country.

“I’m seeing four or five people who have played in tournaments before or have the potential to play in tournaments,” Dan said. “Basically, I’ve scaled it down to the Kansas City tournament … This year, we are going to the national tournament in Las Vegas in July.”
“We’ve gone to tournaments in Oklahoma and Arkansas and Kansas City,” Jeff said. “Over the years, probably half a dozen.”
Dan has never been to the national tournament before. But he has competed in another big tournament in Reno, Nev., in an experience he says he will never forget.
“It was one where I got off to a great start,” Dan said. “It was kind of scary because there were some ESPN reporters there… it was a good experience. I finished in the top 20 in the leader board in my division.”
Paul Mulik is another member who has been playing in tournaments for nearly a decade.
“I’ve been a member ever since the club started,” Mulik said. “I’ve played Scrabble for as long as I could remember and I’ve been playing competitively for about 10 years.”
It’s been an eventful eight years for the club and as far as the future is concerned, Jeff and Dan say they hope to add more members. They say they have relished seeing people of different age groups join every once in a while.

Megan Stoneberger plays a game of Scrabble on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Pittsburg Public Library.  It was Stoneberger’s first time coming to the Scrabble Club.

Megan Stoneberger plays a game of Scrabble on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Pittsburg Public Library. It was Stoneberger’s first time coming to the Scrabble Club.

Anyone is welcomed to join the club. There are no fees and not everyone has to have a lot of playing experience.
“We like seeing more people,” Jeff said. “We’ve seen 60 different ones over the years and that’s probably a source of pride for my brother and I.”

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