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2022 Sportsmanship Award Nominees Last updated December 3, 2022.
 
Without any further ado, let's present the class of 2022, and as always, it is a deserving group. The following individuals, listed alphabetically, were just some of the many nominated for the reasons indicated below and owe their appearance here to both their own actions and the fervency of their sponsors in relating it to the BPA. As is our practice, all BPA members are urged to vote for one of the following when submitting their membership form and voting for Trial events before January 31, 2023. Reward a good sport with our biggest prize … free lodging at the next WBC.
Star Wars Rebellion - Ty Hansen. Throughout the tournament, Ty was gracious and accommodating to all opponents. He accepted his opponents’ requests to play with the base game or expansion every time. He patiently helped opponents with the rules in the early rounds, including a teaching game with one player. In the Final, his opponent was unfamiliar with the expansion being used, so he offered to make his hand of tactics cards open to his opponent. These cards are normally private but experienced players usually have them memorized and can play around them. Ty made sure his opponent would not have a tactical disadvantage due to inexperience. Nominated by the GM.

 

 

Memoir '44 - Tim Hitchngs. This happened in the second game of a 2-game match , where Tim had lost the first game 2-6. Tim’s opponent was winning 2-0 and played the “Finest Hour: Card. While his opponent was making his moves, Tim offered to reshuffle the deck and he accidentally shuffled his hand into the deck. Tim conceded the game and two Assistant GMs adjudicated how the score should be counted. Also, Tim regularly recommends Sportsmanship candidates when he sees them and has always exemplified good sportsmanship himself. Nominated by the GM.

 

 

Titan Two-Player - Sean McCulloch. Sean took the wrong recruit when it was clear what he should have taken and graciously accepted the penalty in the rules, which probably cost him the win. Nominated by the GM (his final opponent).
Victory in the Pacific - Ed Menzel. Ed was playing in the final. His opponent had an unsurmountable lead when he ran out of time on his chess clock. Rather than accept victory by the clock, Ed gave his opponent the championship. Nominated by the GM.

 

 

Here I Stand - Chris Miller. In Here I Stand, the English leader is put in the deck on Turn 6. A Catholic Mary is bad for England and Protestant Edward is good. At Chris’ heat, another player mis-managed the deck and put Mary in the deck, costing Chris a strong position before the error was caught. Chris handled the error with class and grace. Nominated by the GM.

 

 

Monsters Menace America - David-John Pack. David advised an opponent, who was new to the game, how best to use a specific military research card. That caused this player to win the game. In another heat, he allowed another new player to take a military branch best suited for his monster. That contributed heavily to that new player winning that game. He gave lots of advice during games to his opponents. Nominated by the GM.

 

 

MBT - Doug Smith. During the final, Doug allowed his opponent to fire n one of Doug’s tanks ion a space already moved through. Had Doug’s tank been destroyed by this fire, it would have had serious implications hindering his chances of winning. Nominated by the GM.

 

 

March Madness - Peter Staab. During the fourth heat, Peter played a brand-new player. His opponent played a card on the center that was not a legal play. Peter allowed his opponent to pick up the card and return the card to his hand. Peter went on to lose the game. Nominated by the GM.

 

 

Wooden Ships & Iron Men - Brian Stuck. Brian helped many new players learn the game, giving them pointers while playing against them. Nominated by the GM.

 

 

Honorable Mention: Susan Cornett, Mike Kaltman, Steve Munchak, Paul O'Neil, Bill Thomson, Phil Watkins, and Mac Willingham.