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Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report  

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

David Cross, VA

2013 Champion

Event History
1991    Winston Forrest      17
1992    John Kilbride      32
1993    Fred Gosnell      38
1994    Larry York      37
1995    Phil Thomas      49
1996    Fred Gosnell      36
1997    Tim Evinger      64
1998    Winston Forrest      59
1999    Gordon Rodgers     42
2000    Gordon Rodgers     42
2001    Thomas Wojke     55
2002    Michael Sincavage     42
2003    Matt Evinger     50
2004     Bill Peeck     30
2005    Wade Fowble     31
2006    Evan Hitchings     28
2007     Matt Evinger     32
2008     Robert Eastman     46
2009    Matthew Bacho     42
2010     Tim Hitchings     38
2011    Scott Driessen     45
2012     Tim Hitchings     33
2013    David Cross     39

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    13     96
  2.  Matt Evinger       PA    12     78
  3.  Tim Hitchings      DE    12     63
  4.  Mike Sincavage     VA    02     48
  5.  Evan Hitchings     DE    12     47
  6.  Bill Peeck         NY    10     47
  7.  Rob Kilroy         PA    12     36
  8.  Blair Morgen       NJ    11     36
  9.  Mike Mitchell      GA    04     36
 10.  Robert Eastman     NV    08     33
 11.  David Cross        NC    13     30
 12.  Scott Driessen     MD    11     30
 13.  Matthew Bacho      MD    09     30
 14.  Tom Wojke          PA    01     30
 15.  David Brooks       TN    13     27
 16.  Bill Alderman      VA    10     27
 17.  Alan Arvold        IL    04     27
 18.  Bill Powers        VA    12     25
 19.  Jon Izer           MD    11     24
 20.  Pat Mirk           FL    11     24
 21.  Kevin Coombs       GA    08     21
 22.  Wade Fowble        MD    05     20
 23.  Dale Long          NJ    12     18
 24.  John Elliott       MD    08     18
 25.  Neal Schlaffer     MD    99     18
 26.  Joe Burch          MD    13     15
 27.  Michael Wojke      PA    13     12
 28.  Stephen Squibb     PA    10     12
 29.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     12
 30.  Bill Place         PA    05     12
 31.  Dave Long          NC    04     12
 32.  Jon Lockwood       VA    03     12
 33.  Forrest Speck      MD    03     12
 34.  Nick Evinger       PA    02     12
 35.  Larry York         CA    00     12
 36.  Mike Windle        DE    11     11
 37.  Dan Gavrilovic     on    09      9
 38.  Tim Evinger        PA    08      9
 39.  John Speck         MD    07      9
 40.  Robert Kirchner    MA    01      9
 41.  Bill Burch         MD    06      8
 42.  Ben Knight         MD    05      8
 43.  Mike Cannon        MD    07      6
 44.  Beth Zhao          VA    03      6
 45.  Rob Navolis        OH    00      6
 46.  Steve Scott        CA    99      6
 47.  Jim Mehl           VA    06      4
 48.  Paul Weintraub     MD    13      3
 49.  Nick Paciorek      DE    10      3
 50.  James Pei          TX    02      3
 51.  Randall MacInnis   NJ    01      3
 52.  Todd Surgoine      OH    00      3

2013 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

Gordon Rodgers, PA
2nd

Michael Wojke, PA
3rd

David Brooks, TN
4th

Joseph Burch, MD
5th

Paul Weintraub, MD
6th

Past Winners

John Kilbride, PA
1992

Fred Gosnell, VA
1993, 1996

Larry York, CA
1994

Tim Evinger, PA
1997

Gordon Rodgers,PA
1999-2000

Thomas Wojke, PA
2001

Mike Sincavage,VA
2002

Matt Evinger, PA
2003, 2007

Bill Peeck, NY
2004

Wade Fowble, MD
2005

Evan Htchings, DE
2006

Robert Eastman, NV
2008

Matthew Bacho, MD
2009
 

Tim Hitchings, DE
2010, 2012

Scott Driessen, MD
2011

SOL Dave Stiffler has a ketch off the starboard bow in the form of Trevor Schoenen.

Longtime player but rookie GM Matt Evinger confers with David Brooks and Chris LeFevre.

 Stephen Squibb, Bill Powers and Tim Hitchings trade broadsides and boarding parties.

 Bill Alderman, Frank Mestre, Roger Covington, Randall MacInnis and Jim Bell

Under New Management ...

Attendance rebounded nicely with more favorable weather conditions for rookie GM Matt Evinger. It always helps to have the weather gage. A trend I hope continues. Of the eight finalists, five (Joe Burch, Michael Ussery, Alan Arnold, Michael Wojke & Gordon Rodgers) qualified in their first heat. While the other three (Dave Cross, David Brooks & Paul Weintraub) required a second try. Five players played in all three heats without qualifying even though they were heavily laureled and boasted several former champions.

The first round was relatively quiet, with players feeling one another out. Wojke sank one ship and took a prize to take the early lead with 39 points. Two-time champ Rodgers followed with 25 points from two sunk ships. Weintraub held third position with 20 points from two prizes. Brooks and Cross were shut out and thanking their lucky stars that the low scorer each round no longer walked the plank between hands as that House Rule had been jettisoned recently.

There was much more action in the second round with four ships captured and 15 sunk. Wojke discovered what happens when you have an early lead, no matter how slight, and had his entire line sunk out from under him for a 15-point loss, dropping him to 7th. Burch pulled into the lead at 71 with a prize brought back to port (34 points) and three sinks (29 more). Rodgers added a sink and one captured prize for 26 more points to maintain his stalking position in second with 51 points. Brooks recovered nicely from his first round shutout with four sinks for 44 points, and third place. Cross also recovered and got on the scoreboard for 38 points. Arnold's three sunk ships (30 points) brought him to 39points after two rounds.

There was plenty of carnage in the third round also, with six prizes taken including one that was captured TWICE (three returned to port), with 10 more ships sent to the bottom. Burch had red cards for his first four turns, giving him little chance to defend his line which quickly disappeared. The bull's-eye on the leader is hard to avoid. While trying to draw an additional ship card, Joe drew an Admiralty's Orders card and it was passed because he had no line to order, a first in all my years of playing this game. He ended the round without a line and that 15 point setback dropped him to 56 points. Weintraub had a single sink bringing him to 50 points as did Ussery's pair of sinks. One more sunk ship brought arnold to 47 points. Free of the lead spotlight, Wojke captured another prize and sunk two ships for 33 points - giving him a total of 57. Brook's single prize gave him another 12 bringing his total to 56 points. But Gordon Rodgers now deemed the time right to strike from the cat bird's seat with a paid of captured prizes (one returned to port) and two sinks for 54 points and a total of 105. Enough to end the game with the lead as he's done so many time before. But not this time. David Cross had a mammoth round - scoring an impressive 96 points from a pair of returned prizes and three sunk ships to win the day and his first EIS title with 134 points!

Doug Richards and Evan Hitchings scan the horizon for targets.

GM Matt Evinger oversees his motley crew of finalists.
 GM      Matt Evinger  [1st Year]  NA  
    mattevinger@yahoo.com   NA

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