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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

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 2015 Status: pending December 2014 Membership Trial Vote

Curt Collins II, PA

2014 Champion

 

Event History
2003    Andy Lewis    28
2004    Tom Stokes    22
2005    Bill Peeck    23
2006    Bob Wicks    36
2007    Grant LaDue    38
2008     Kevin Wojtaszczyk    43
2009     Kevin Wojtaszczyk    44
2010    Tom DeMarco    40
2011    Michael Shea    32
2012     William Herbst    38
2013    Rob Kircher    34
2014    Curt Collins II    42

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rob Kircher        RI    13     70
  2.  Bill Peeck         NY    14     58
  3.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    11     58
  4.  Michael Shea       CT    13     50
  5.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    10     48
  6.  Andy Lewis         DE    13     40
  7.  Chris Palermo      NY    13     34
  8.  Rob Winslow        NY    14     32
  9.  Bob Wicks          CT    08     32
 10.  Curt Collins II    PA    14     30
 11.  William Herbst     NY    12     30
 12.  Grant LeDue        NY    14     28
 13.  Patrick Mirk       FL    14     27
 14.  Phillip White      MD    09     22
 15.  Tom Stokes         NJ    04     20
 16.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    10     15
 17.  Jeffrey Senley     PA    13     12
 18.  Richard M. Shay    MA    12     12
 19.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    07     12
 20.  Jeff Bakalchuk     NY    03     12
 21.  Tom Saal           MI    05     10
 22.  Roger Budz         RI    12      9
 23.  Ken Rothstein      NY    08      9
 24.  Doug Smith         PA    04      8
 25.  Barb Roeper        MD    12      6
 26.  Steve Shambeda     PA    11      6
 27.  Tom Bissa          MI    09      6
 28.  Stan Hilinski      MD    06      6
 29.  Vien Bounma        NJ    11      4
 30.  Mike Backstrom     MN    06      4
 31.  Karl Musser        MD    03      4
 32.  Sara VanderWal     on    14      3
 33.  Steve Cuyler       NY    08      3
 34.  Paul Rubin         MA    07      2
 35.  Roger Whitney      FL    06      2
 36.  Donna Balkan       on    04      2
 37.  Lee Presser        NY    03      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Bill Peeck, NY
2nd

Rob Winslow, NY
3rd

Pat Mirk, FL
4th

Grant LaDue, NY
5th

Sara VanderWal, on
6th

Past Winners

Andy Lewis,DE
2002

Tom Stokes, NJ
2003-04

Bill Peeck, NY
2005

Bob Wicks, CT
2006

Grant LaDue, NY
2007

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY
2008-09

Tom DeMarco, NJ
2010

Michael Shea, CT
2011

William Herbst, NY
2012

Rob Kircher, RI
2013

Larry Loiacono and Alistair Thatch plot routes in the second heat of the week.

Andrew Drummond, Lori Miskoff, Andy Lewis and Rob Winslow push trains.

 Stephen Cuyler tries to cut off Vien Bounma.

 GM Rob Kircher with three of his four finalists.

Pacific Northwest or Bust ...

I would to thank everyone for playing again and express special appreciation to those bringing games. We had seven games in the first heat, and five each in the second and third heats. During the heats, in 4-player games Mike Shea took top score honors with 211 and was the only player to top 200. Top cash went to Andrew Drummond with 79. Proving that you don't need cash to win, Vien Bounma only needed 17 cash. In the same game Vien also took top score honors in the 3-player games with 261.

In the semifinals, the margins of victory shrank to an average of 4.75. Curt Collins bested Grant LaDue with doubles of Spokane and Seattle in the northwest. Rob Winslow downed the defending champion with a double Tucson for 12 each. Bill Peeck outlasted Sara VanderWal with a double San Diego with two trains. Pat Mirk beat Vien Bounma with four trains into Portland and double Sacramento with three trains.

Semi #1
Curt Collins 49 cash + 134 cities = 183
Grant LaDue 42 cash + 136 cities = 178
Andy Lewis 23 cash + 146 cities = 169
Mike Shea 33 cash + 126 cities = 159

Semi #2
Rob Winslow 33 cash + 126 cities = 159
Rob Kircher 49 cash + 107 cities = 156
Tom DeMarco 20 cash + 120 cities = 140
Paul Rubin 26 cash + 97 cities = 123

Semi #3
Bill Peeck 57 cash + 152 cities = 209
Sara Vanderwal 50 cash + 153 cities = 203
William Hoch 12 cash + 167 cities = 179
Frank Mestre 34 cash + 99 cities = 133

Semi #4
Pat Mirk 29 cash + 140 cities = 169
Vien Bounma 34 cash + 130 cities = 164
Andy Drummond 59 cash + 98 cities = 157
Stuart Tucker 32 cash + 122 cities = 154

The Final table composition this year had no repeating finalists and but one previous champion. Bill was playing in his fourth final; Pat his third, and Rob his second. Only Curt was making his first appearance, but he was riding a four-year winning streak in Union Pacific so he was no babe in the woods. Looking at the turn log, each player used the 2X card three times and no one used the 3X or 4in1 cards. Opening move was the Kansas Pacific to run south. This allowed Curt to take advantage of the third seat to play a 2x on Turn 3 to reach Denver for 12 cash. Rob didn't like his hand and flushed his hand twice on Turns 2 and 3. By Turn 4 the Kanas Pacific was out of trains reaching Tucson and Mexico. Union Pacific was dead in Duluth after reaching Wichita before turning north. During the midgame, the pocket trains started to arrive in Turn 8. The race was on in the north with the Great Northern Railway first to reach the Pacific. Bill went for the big money grab running GNR into Seattle on a 2X. Pat often collected from Bill's moves, collecting 6 for Portland and another 12 on the following turn after Bill ran the South Pacific Lines into Los Angeles then on to San Francisco. By this time 3 trains had reached the Pacific coast. On Turn 13 the deck had run out with 4 trains reaching the West coast. Curt opened with San Francisco but held on to his other three 7 cities till late in the game. By then it was too late. Both Curt and Rob never played a city smaller than 5. Rob was lowest in cash by a wide margin. Pat suffered from bad card draws with more than half his cards being 5 or less. Bill only scored 35 off the 7pt cities in comparison to Curt's 56 as we crowned a new champion for 2014.

Final Scores:
Curt Collins 46 cash + 121 cities = 167
Bill Peeck 39 cash + 120 cities = 159
Rob Winslow 26 cash + 129 cities = 155
Pat Mirk 51 cash + 102 cities = 153
In the five games which turned in full trackers, we again had five cities topping out over 20 points (Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Sacramento and Minneapolis). When we track cities scoring 15 or more, we add nine more cities to the list. Denver hit the list four times and Sacramento appeared three times. Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Casper, El Paso and Minneapolis appeared twice in the 15+ column. Dallas, El Paso, Spokane, Canada, Portland and Sacramento each appeared three times among the five winners. Albuquerque was on four of the winners.

 GM     Rob Kircher  [11th Year]  NA 
   rhk_1@yahoo.com   401-474-6268 

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