can't stop  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Greg Zegalia, PA

2014 Champion
 

Event History
2006    David Burkey    104
2007     Rob Winslow    116
2008    Anne Norton    148
2009    Danny Lewis    184
2010    Elaine Pearson    178
2011    Rob Drozd    172
2012    Sceadeau D'Tela    161
2013    Ben Collinson Jr    205
2014    Greg Zegalia    229

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Greg Zegalia       PA    14     30
  2.  Ben Collinson Jr   MD    13     30
  3.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    12     30
  4.  Jay Fox            NJ    12     30
  5.  Rob Drozd          IL    11     30
  6.  Elaine Pearson     NC    10     30
  7.  Danny Lewis        DE    09     30
  8.  Anne Norton        NJ    08     30
  9.  Rob Winslow        NY    07     20
 10.  David Burkey       PA    06     20
 11.  Tim Packood        DE    14     18
 12.  Lissa Rennert      MD    13     18
 13.  Sean McCulloch     OH    11     18
 14.  Marco DeLaurentis  PA    10     18
 15.  Brian Hanechak     MA    09     18
 16.  Ted Drozd          IL    08     18
 17.  Chris Long         PA    14     12
 18.  Scott Sunderlin    NY    13     12
 19.  Dave Bohnenberger  PA    12     12
 20.  Jeff Mullet        OH    11     12
 21.  Mary Ellen Powers  VA    10     12
 22.  Anna Marion        PA    09     12
 23.  Cheryl Burkey      PA    08     12
 24.  Nick Page          on    07     12
 25.  Andy Latto         MA    14      9
 26.  Holiday Saccenti   MD    13      9
 27.  Mark Moore         PA    12      9
 28.  Josh Githens       SC    11      9
 29.  Eric Monte         NY    10      9
 30.  Evan Cagwin        PA    09      9
 31.  Ben Gardner        VA    08      9
 32.  Jordan Flawd       PA    07      8
 33.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    06      8
 34.  Trella Bromley     FL    14      6
 35.  Peter Staab        PA    13      6
 36.  Lynda Shea         CT    12      6
 37.  Anna Marion        PA    11      6
 38.  Doug Galullo       MD    10      6
 39.  Larry Lingle       PA    09      6
 40.  Paul Bean          MA    08      6
 41.  Lance Fogel        PA    07      6
 42.  Steve Cameron      PA    06      6
 43.  Patrick Shea       VA    07      4
 44.  Matthew Amitrano   VA    06      4
 45.  Richard Meyer      MA    14      3
 46.  Richard Beyma      VA    13      3
 47.  Caire Brosius      MA    12      3
 48.  Ralph Gleaton      SC    11      3
 49.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    10      3
 50.  Chris Greenfield   NY    09      3
 51.  David Bohnenberger PA    08      3
 52.  Nate Hoam          OH    07      2
 53.  David Fritsch      VA    06      2

2014 Laurelists                          Repeating Laurelists: 0

Tim Packwood, DE
2nd

Chris Long, PA
3rd

Andy Latto, MA
4th

Trella Bromley, FL
5th

Richard Meyer, MA
6th


Past Champions

David Burkey, PA
2006

Rob Winslow, NY
2007

Anne Norton, NJ
2008

Danny Lewis, DE
2009

Elaine Pearson, NC
2010

Rob Drozd, IL
2011

Sceadeau D'Tela, NC
2012

Ben Collinson Jr, MD
2013

Greg Zegalia, PA
2014
 

Anyone want to play some Can't Stop! ... ???

Someone always doesn't get the "dress up" memo.

Hey! Jack Doughan and Andrew Drummond have a dice roller. Is serious dice rolling allowed?

The Weiss family obviously splurges on their games and goes all out with the ultra deluxe versions. See below.

Playing the WBC Lottery ...

After a while you can spot the GMs who put some effort into the job and show up prepared. I guess I've got to give Rebecca a raise.

Can't Stop ... Looking Fabulous!

Thank you to the 229 entrants who joined us for the 9th annual Can't Stop tournament, and special love to those players who showed up looking extra fabulous. I've always thought Can't Stop players were awesome, but it's hard to top gamers in top-hats!

As always, the tournament was punctuated with special moments of odds-defying dice and player shenanigans.

PJ Livingston's board was a first come, first served group, as ALL the fabulous players at that table rolled snake eyes the first round. But PJ was the first to cap 2's, win his board, and subsequently have skittles thrown at him by his fellow players.

Slow and steady won the game for Andy Latto who closed one column each turn to win his preliminary board.

James Kramer closed the 7's and 9's columns and was one away from closing the 8's, but kindly stopped to allow his fellow players an extra turn to try and beat him. Hubris? Perhaps. Regardless, he proceeded to claim victory the following turn.

Philip Yaure taught his competitor Ian Streeb that stopping = losing as he advanced to the next round, leaving less fabulously dressed players in the dust.

Jack Doughan, props to you, won his board without any checkpoints. Don't stop 'til you reach the top, Jack!

But, oh, Bonnie Bugovich, I know the game is called Can't Stop, but still? Failing to stop after capping the 4's, TWICE, is a little egregious. Hope you learned a valuable lesson.

Props to Carolyn Strock & Steven Smith for winning particularly close boards - Steven's board had three players who had capped two columns and all players on Carolyn's board had two columns when they eeked out the third for the win.

Greg Zegalia advanced from his quarterfinal table where the first player capped the 7's column their first turn and the second player capped the 6's. Woe to those who stop when players have that kind of dice-strategy!

Trella Bromley schooled her quarterfinal board, capping the 6's, 7's, AND 8's without another player's piece on the board. Nicely done, Trella!

Good showing, everyone!

On-a-Roll-Call 2014

Roll call of those players who deserve extra kudos for exemplifying the Can't Stop spirit of not-stopping-ness and general good dice strategy:

Props to the Gutsy Kevin Wojtaszczyk (12's), the Daring Jim Bell (10's), the Bold Christina Schoose (8's), and the Plucky Phil White (3's) who each closed an entire column in a single turn.

Mad respect to the Fearless Carmen Petruzzelli (8's & 9's), the Audacious Andy Latto (4's &10's), and the Undaunted James Kramer (6's & 12's) who all closed two columns on their last turn to win their table.

A special shout-out to the Stouthearted Brett Fox, who closed THREE columns (5's, 6's, 7's) on the same turn. Fine rolling there, Brett.

Final

The final table was a nail biter, with Chris Long, Andy Latto, Tim Packwood, and Greg Zegalia vying to be Can't Stop champion of the world. Chris, Andy, and Tim started strong by closing a column each (11's, 6's, and 2's respectively). In response, Greg, who had yet to join the capped-column-club, said, "You're going to close out two, then you're going to close two, and then I'm going to win."

Chris advanced his lead by closing the 8's, and Greg makes his first appearance capping the 3's. With five columns closed, it was a long struggle for these players to advance up the columns, eventually Tim closed his second on the 5's, much to the chagrin of Chris who, after coming from a semi table where he held out for four or more turns to roll a single 11 to advance, had three shots to roll a single 5 for the win, but couldn't close the deal.

With two players a single column away from sweet victory, Greg, in true Can't Stop fashion, methodically advanced the 7's and 9's to cap both, sealing victory over his more cautious and/or unlucky competitors. Self-fulfilling prophecy or just good luck? Either way, congratulations to Greg Zegalia, Can't Stop Champion 2014.

   

 Can't Stop Junior

The Parauda brothers, James and Tom, are educators experienced with working with children at the Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey. Every year they bring a contingent of their students on a field trip to WBC. This year they even leant their considerable talents to manning one of our juniors events - always a task that earns lots of extra brownie points with Saint Peter I'm told.

This year they had their hands full with 31 junior Can't Stoppers. My daughter, the elementary school teacher, says that is an apt description.

The best energizer bunny this year happened to be Lucas Holmquist, age 11, shown getting his plaque at right. He was followed in order by the following perpetual motion purveyors:

~ 2nd: George Parauda. age 9

~ 3rd: Charlotte Parauda, age 10

~ 4th: Carter Gambill, age 9

~ 5th: Tessa Lytle, age 12

~ 6th: Alex Freeman, age 10

Look out adults - another class of WBC Juniors graduates is about to be unleashed.

 GM     Rebecca Hebner [3rd year]  NA 
   Rebecca.Hebner@gmail.com   NA 

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