Century Bound Again ...
Bob Wicks, Mark F. Smith, Jeff Heidman
and Tom Demarco in a Heat.
Rob Winslow, Rob Kircher, Pat Mirk
and Mike Backstrom.
I would to thank everyone for playing this year and especially
those who brought their games. We had seven games in the first
heat, three in the second and another five in the third heat.
Pat Mirk took the top score from the 15 Preliminary games with
250. In the short game department, Andy Lewis had the lowest
winning score with 92 in a 3-player game and Mike Shea won his
4-player contest with only 102. Top cash went to Rob Kircher
with 76 just edging out Phil White. Proving that you do not need
cash, Bob Wicks won his game with only 15 cash. In another notable
game, Chris LeFevre was able to make 14 connections in 7-point
cities for 112 points in his victory.
In semi #1, Tom Demarco upset two-time defending champion
Kevin Wojtaszcyk on the strength of four 7-point city cards in
play to Kevin's one. In semi #2 Chris Palmero and Bob Wicks kept
butting heads leaving lots of cash for Laurel Stokes who crushed
them both in the end. Semi #3 provided another close contest
with Mike Shea winning on the strength of having both Phoenix
city cards. In semi #4, inaugural champ Andy Lewis kept steering
the trains away from the west coast and seven of his nine city
cards had at least three colors per city.
Tom DeMarco 41 cash + 129 cities(10) = 170
Kevin Wojtaszcyk 32 cash + 134 cities(11) = 166
Pat Mirk 48 cash + 108 cities( 9) = 156
Kelly Krieble 58 cash + 86 cities( 9) = 144
Laurel Stokes 66 cash + 144 cities(15) = 210
Bob Wicks 36 cash + 138 cities(13) = 174
Chris Palmero 22 cash + 150 cities(13) = 172
Mike Shea 34 cash + 142 cities(12) = 176
Phil White 41 cash + 124 cities(10) = 165
Steve Shambeda 36 cash + 114 cities(11) = 150
Mark Smith 20 cash + 115 cities(10) = 135
Andy Lewis 57 cash + 137 cities( 9) = 194
Rob Kircher 58 cash + 109 cities(10) = 167
Rob Winslow 36 cash + 110 cities(10) = 146
Paul Rubin 34 cash + 97 cities( 9) = 131
In the Final we had three former finalists plus Laurel who
was making her first appearance there. The game went the distance
again this year. Andy played a very different game ... playing
four 7-city cards and kept pushing to the west. Tom benefited
from taking the most cash. Mike tried to keep pace in the cash
race but suffered from bad luck with his city cards. Laurel was
able to play the most city cards but wasn't left much opportunity
after Mike. Andy earned the most city points, but could not make
up the 29 point difference in cash giving Tom DeMarco the win
and our seventh different champion in eight years.
Tom DeMarco 68 cash + 117 cities(10) = 185
Andy Lewis 39 cash + 138 cities(11) = 177
Mike Shea 51 cash + 102 cities( 8) = 153
Laurel Stokes 21 cash + 126 cities(12) = 147
In the five games for which I have received full trackers,
only four different cites topped the 20 pt mark (Denver, San
Francisco, LA and Sacramento). This was down from six cites last
year with only four games. LA was the only city to top 21 twice.
When we track cities scoring 15 or more, we add six more to the
list. No cities scored 15+ in any of the tracked games. Your
best bets were San Francisco, Sacramento, Spokane and El Paso
each scoring 12+ in all five games.
Next year we will look to move the third heat back to Thursday.
The perfect accessory gift for the
railroad gamer who has everything.
Kelly Krieble, Tom DeMarco, Kevin
Wojtasczyk and Pat Mirk.
Original champ Andy Lewis eyes
a return to the title with GM Rob Kircher constituting the current
impediment to that goal.
The finalists: only Lewis was
a former champ but Laurel could claim half a title having trained
husband Tom to the 2004 championship.