last chance for wood ...
It's a different year but the scene
are the same as Bill Edwards (left) and John Emery
The voice of Slapshot schools
the youngest sailor in the field
as Kevin Emery takes advantage
of his Up Front lineage.
There were seven past champions in attendance trying to recapture
past glory. Only three players emerged from the three swiss rounds
with unblemished records; John Emery (who showed no favoritism
in defeating his son Kevin who also had a 2-0 record at the time),
George Young, and James Fleckenstein. Tiebreakers were used to
decide which five of the13 players with 2-1 records would join
these three in the elimination rounds. The final eight included
four past champions: John Emery, Bill Edwards, Bruce Young, and
David Sidelinger. Joining them were Tim Mossman (who had just
learned the game), George Young, Rob Schoenen, and James Fleckenstein.
Mossman continued his rags to riches run by defeating two-time
champion John Emery in the Quarter Final round. Another two-time
champ fared better as Bill Edwards handed George Young his first
loss. Rob Schoenen defeated 1993 champion Bruce Young. And 3-0
James Fleckenstein remained unbeaten by making 1997 champion
David Sidelinger his fourth victim.
In the semi-finals, the rookie's luck ran out as Edwards bested
Mossman in an exciting match of Scenario H. Bill successfully
commanded the Soviet boomer and its escort sub, against Tim's
Los Angeles attack sub. It looked like a quick end for Tim as
Bill's escort sub gained a firing solution on the Los Angeles
and hit. But the Los Angeles was not sunk, just very badly damaged.
Tim fought on, making aggressive active sonar searches trying
to get a firing solution on the boomer. Just as he attained good
contact, the boomer opened range to reduce contact and avoid
attack. Meanwhile, the boomer's escort sub had developed sensor
and attack system malfunctions. Tim tried to get Asheville to
come to help Los Angeles, but it was too busy chasing whales
to respond. Finally, Bill's escort sub finished off the Los Angeles
for the win.
The other semi-final also used the Boomer scenario. Unlike
Tim, Rob was able to get the Asheville to join the Los Angeles
during the first deck and finished off Jim's boomer for the win.
That matched Bill Edwards against Rob Schoenen in the Final.
Rob won the draw and chose to defer for choice of side. Bill
chose the Boomer scenario and Rob took the NATO forces again.
This would be the second match in a row of the same scenario
and sides for each, but for one the results would be different.
Rob got off the first shot, but missed the boomer. Bill likewise
missed his first shot on the Los Angeles, but by just 1! All
Los Angeles could do was to play passive sonar. Bill's second
attack did sensor and attack damage to the Los Angeles. The Los
Angeles' attack system malfunctioned twice in attacks on the
boomer. Three successive calls for Asheville to join the fight
failed to get a response. The escort sub experienced a sensor
malfunction. Damage control parties on the Los Angeles managed
to repair her attack system. Meanwhile the boomer also experienced
a sensor malfunction. It looked like Rob might be able to turn
the tables when he finally got Asheville to join the fight at
the start of the second deck, but it was not to be. The boomer
managed to escape on its third try in the second deck for the
Congratulations to Bill Edwards on becoming the first three-time
Attack Sub champion!