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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Rob Kilroy, PA

2014 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
2014    Rob Kilory    37

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    13     96
  2.  Matt Evinger       PA    12     78
  3.  Rob Kilroy         PA    14     66
  4.  Bill Peeck         NY    14     65
  5.  Tim Hitchings      DE    12     63
  6.  Mike Sincavage     VA    02     48
  7.  Evan Hitchings     DE    12     47
  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.  Joe Burch          MD    14     21
 22.  Kevin Coombs       GA    08     21
 23.  Wade Fowble        MD    05     20
 24.  Dale Long          NJ    12     18
 25.  John Elliott       MD    08     18
 26.  Neal Schlaffer     MD    99     18
 27.  Stephen Squibb     PA    14     15
 28.  Mike Dwyer         FL    14     12
 29.  Michael Wojke      PA    13     12
 30.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     12
 31.  Bill Place         PA    05     12
 32.  Dave Long          NC    04     12
 33.  Jon Lockwood       VA    03     12
 34.  Forrest Speck      MD    03     12
 35.  Nick Evinger       PA    02     12
 36.  Larry York         CA    00     12
 37.  Mike Windle        DE    11     11
 38.  William Kendrick   uk    14      9
 39.  Dan Gavrilovic     on    09      9
 40.  Tim Evinger        PA    08      9
 41.  John Speck         MD    07      9
 42.  Robert Kirchner    MA    01      9
 43.  Bill Burch         MD    06      8
 44.  Ben Knight         MD    05      8
 45.  Mike Cannon        MD    07      6
 46.  Beth Zhao          VA    03      6
 47.  Rob Navolis        OH    00      6
 48.  Steve Scott        CA    99      6
 49.  Jim Mehl           VA    06      4
 50.  Paul Weintraub     MD    13      3
 51.  Nick Paciorek      DE    10      3
 52.  James Pei          TX    02      3
 53.  Randall MacInnis   NJ    01      3
 54.  Todd Surgoine      OH    00      3

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Bill Peeck, NY
2nd

Mike Dwyer, FL
3rd

William Kendrick, uk
4th

Joseph Burch, MD
5th

Steve Squibb, PA
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

Dave Cross, VA
2013

Rob Kilroy, PA
2014
     

1997 champ Tim Evinger points out a better target to 2009 champ Matt Bacho and Jon Izer.

2007 champ Matt Evinger with his cheerleader fends off two-time champ Gordon Rodgers.

Chris LeFevre and Chaka Benson contemplate a truce.

Pat Mirk, Rob Kilroy, Doug Landon and Tim Miller compare fleets.

Still afloat and firing broadsides ...

There were a few less ships in the water ... a trend I hope we can change with word of mouth, social media discussion, and some out and out begging and pleading. Of the eight players that qualified for the Final, two choose not to continue - doubtlessly already well on their way home. EIS's Sunday finale has always made it somewhat of a local extravagance. As it was, we were the last event firing and turned out the lights on 2014. Among the finalists, only Joe Burch laureled last year, having qualified again in his first heat. In fact, five of the six finalists qualified in their first heat played. Only Rob Kilroy needed a second attempt, after finishing fourth in his first try. And as seems to happen regularly, numerous previous champions (sadly including myself) didn't survive the preliminaries.

The first round of the Final distributed points fairly evenly. Only Rob & Mike took prizes. With additional end of round points Mike enjoyed a point lead over Joe. William had 24, closely followed by "Neal" at 23 from two successful Run Agrounds. Rounding out the field were Rob with 18, Steve with 15 and Bill with 11 after having his Santissima Trinidada first rate ship strike. So, there was only a 29-point spread, easily within reach of everyone.

In the second hand, the action grew heavier with a couple strong, but unsuccessful attempts to reach 100 and end the game in just two hands. Rob, Bill and Mike all brought prizes back to port. Steve began falling behind, but had another successful Run Aground. William scored 43 points this round, but his comined total of 67 left him behind Rob whose 63-point hand with the prize gave him a total of 81 and Mike's 51 bringing him to 91. Close, but not enough to win.

Bill and Joe remained in the hunt with 39 and 8 more points bringing them to 50 and 47 respectively. Steve brought up the rear at15 and may have been wishing for the mercy rule of prior years that eliminated the trailing player after each hand.

So we went to a third hand and it did not disappoint as the action got even wilder. After some initial damage had been spread around, Steve attempted to board Mike and continued his lousy luck, failing despite a +3 grape shot advantage. This left Bill with a chance to board Mike's ship, again with a +3 grape shot advantage, and AGAIN they repelled boarders. That left the morsel to Joe, who finally over powered Mike's valiant crew. On the very next round Bill again tried to board a Mike ship with a +3 grape shot advantage and was again repelled. Joe followed suit, but also failed. William joined the repulsed boarders in his turn, leaving it for Bill to finally take the spoils. After several more rounds of carnage, Bill boarded the last ship in Rob's line, but Rob was saved from the 15-point penalty for loss of his entire fleet by a Refuse Battle allowing him to bring a ship from port. Steve's bad luck continued with him scoring only 11 more, finishing sixth. Joe could only garner 14 additional points for 61 and fifth place. William scored 33 points to reach 100 but had to settle for fourth. Mike lost his lead and with only 10 more points finished with 101 and in third. Bill made a strong run with a 60-point hand for a total of 110, but that only made him the runner-up. Rob's 45 ,on the other hand, gave him a total of 126 and the win.

Mike Dwyer trades broadsides with 2006 champ Evan Hitchings and 1994 champ Larry York, back from California after a five-year absence.

 GM     Matt Evinger  [2nd Year]  44 N. 5th St, Bangor, PA 18013  
   mattevinger@yahoo.com   610-349-4927

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