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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending December 2014 Membership Trial Vote

Bruce Reiff, OH

2011-13 Champion

Event History
2001    Peter Staab    54
2002    Kevin Youells    36
2003    Ken Gutermuth    44
2004     Arthur Field    44
2005     Arthur Field    48 
2006     Thomas Browne    52
2007    Bruce Reiff    40
2008     Bruce Reiff    45
2009    Bruce Reiff    40
2010    Bruce Reiff    48
2011    Sean McCulloch    40
2012    Sean McCulloch    36
2013    Sean McCulloch    40
2014    Bruce Reiff    48

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bruce Reiff        OH    14    117
  2.  Sean McCulloch     OH    14     96
  3.  Arthur Field       SC    09     52
  4.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    14     52
  5.  Kevin Youells      FL    10     36
  6.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    05     36
  7.  Barrington Beavis  uk    11     30
  8.  Peter Staab        PA    01     30
  9.  Chris Yaure        PA    11     22
 10.  Jason Levine       NY    10     20
 11.  Thomas Browne      PA    06     20
 12.  Jonathan Miller    DC    02     18
 13.  John Leggat        CA    01     18
 14.  James Tyne         NJ    07     18
 15.  Kate Taillon       SC    09     16
 16.  Rob Kilroy         PA    14     12
 17.  Samantha Berk      OH    13     12
 19.  Brad Raszewski     MD    13     12
 19.  Jeff Mullet        OH    12     12
 20.  Bill Banks         KY    07     12
 21.  Mike Nagel         NJ    05     12
 22.  Andrew Cummins     uk    01     12
 23.  Cliff Ackman       PA    01      9
 24.  Steve Raszewski    PA    12      8
 25.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    12      8
 26.  Eric Filipkowski   MD    11      8
 27.  Craig Melton       VA    10      8
 28.  Greg Kulp          NJ    07      8
 29.  Keith Schoose      CA    05      8
 30.  Michael Sosa       FL    13      6
 31.  Austin Walzl       VA    08      6
 32.  Andy Latto         MA    06      6
 33.  Richard Irving     CA    04      6
 34.  Carol Caler        PA    03      6
 35.  Kaarin Engelmann   VA    01      6
 36.  Chris Greenfield   NY    14      4
 37.  David Rennert      MD    13      4
 38.  Doug Galullo       MD    12      4
 39.  Rob Kircher        RI    11      4
 40.  Eric Kleist        MD    08      4
 41.  Alan Kaiser        OH    06      4
 42.  Stuart Tucker      MD    04      4
 43.  Lance Fogel        PA    03      3
 44.  Gordon Elgart      CA    01      3
 45.  William Austin     VA    14      2
 46.  Matthew McCracken  PA    13      2
 47.  Joseph Yaure       PA    09      2
 48.  David Burkey       PA    08      2
 49.  Mike Stanley       OH    06      2
 50.  Tom Powell-Bullock OH    05      2
 51.  Laurie Wojtaszcyk  NY    04      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Sean McCulloch, OH
2nd

Rob Kilroy, PA
3rd

Aaron Fuegi, MA
4th

Chris Greenfield, NY
5th

William Austin, VA
6th


Past Winners

Peter Staab, PA
2001

Kevin Youells, FL
2002

Ken Gutermuth, TX
2003

Arthur Field, SC
2004-05

Tom Browne, PA
2006

Bruce Reiff, OH
2007-10, 2014

Sean McCulloch, OH
2011-13
     

Conestoga 2 was filled with Euroweenies and the world did not come to an end.

There is no joy in Mudville for mighty Sean has struck out, ending his three-year victory streak and giving the best-of-seven series to the Big Kahuna.

Sadly, no cherry on top ...

What a week it was for our esteemed convention director. He announced the new location for WBC going forward to generally positive, if cautious, reviews, we had very few issues for him to address and the Host held together for yet another year thanks to the temporary AC unit and hot water systems. In addition, I had lost my team event Football Strategy while my three teammates all won their events making me the dead weight of the team. I hadn't won even one event. Don was positively beaming. What does this have to do with Battle Line? We'll get to that...

So a near record crowd of 48 people showed up for this great event. You should consider joining us next year. What other event can you guarantee playing three competitive games, against friendly opponents and be done in less than two hours or win the entire event in under four? Plus next year we will be adding additional prizes above and beyond the WBC plaque!

12 pods of four were split up and play began. In Group #1 Travis Nesmith led the first group in by winning a head to head tiebreaker over Lisa Gutermuth, my personal nemesis in this event. I was sure glad to see her in a different group this year.

Yours truly won Group 2 without breaking a sweat over Lyman Moquin, Jeff Burdett and Lyle Wenger.

Brad Raszewski went 3-0 in Group 3 sending Andrew Long, Jean Younkin and Jim Ferdette to the sidelines for another year.

Aaron Fuegi took Group 4 by going undefeated vs Derek Landel, Richard Comfort and Aiden Powers.

In Group 5 William Austin won a head to head tiebreaker over perennial finalist Barrington Beavis to advance.

Young Ben Gardner went 3-0 over young Joe Yaure, young Adam Nesmith and old Mike Stanley to advance from Group 6.

Owen Kyrollos took Group 7 by storm by defeating Yoshiya Narita, James Miller and Bert "why did I pick this for my team game" Schoose.

In Group 8 Andy Latto needed the head to head tiebreaker over Chris Mattos to advance.

Over in Group 9 Stuart K Tucker celebrated his election to the Board by running roughshod over three of his constituents: Mike Power, Sharon Bryant and George Galuschak to keep his goal alive of trying to beat me.

In Group 10 Chris Greenfield ousted Israeli Yossi Dvora on a head to head tiebreaker.

In Group 11 defending champion Sean McCulloch lost his first game 5-4 to Derek Miller but won his last two to forge a three-way tie with Derek and Darren Kilfara. I added up the tie breaker three times and, sadly, Sean kept coming out on top. Sigh.....

Finally, in Group 12, Philly boy Rob Kilroy triumphed in a three way tiebreaker over Greg Staton and Chris Yaure.

So the 3-0 players were matched up with the 2-1 players to form six elim games. Your GM defeated Travis Nesmith, Aaron Fuegi and Andy Latto battled in the longest game of the round with Aaron sneaking past. Chris Greenfield sent Owen Kyrollos to the curb while Sean got back his mojo and handled Brad Raszewski. Todd Austin bested young Ben Gardner and Rob Kilroy denied Stuart Tucker his chance at fame and glory.

In the quarterfinals, I defeated Aaron in a tight game while Sean, feeling it, beat Chris and Rob tousted Todd.

Sean, being the defending champ, got the bye to the Final leaving Rob and I tas the lone semifinalists. In a game where Rob could draw nothing right and I could draw nothing wrong I had a comfortable victory. Since we both drove out together we agreed to postpone the Final until Sunday so we could play Liars Dice. We also had the additional side wager of loser drives home while the other naps!

Back to Don......so I walk into registration late Sunday morning and Don is absolutely beaming - for Don that is. I almost can't bring myself to do what I'm about to do, but I found the fortitude. I hand Don the Battle Line signup sheet with the results. His response? "You see, this is why I don't get my hopes up. You always find a way to ruin my week." I said, "come on, you're in such a good mood even I can't ruin your week". To which Don says "well, it could have been the cherry on top". Sorry, Don, no cherry this year, but it was still a pretty good year.

For next year the only change will be the additional prizes mentioned above and Sean will be the official GM. You won't really notice any changes other than you'll get a much better report next year!

 GM     Bruce Reiff  [11th Year]  NA
   BDReiff@aol.com   NA 

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