ace of aces   

Updated Nov. 23, 2012

2012 WBC Report  

 2013 Status: pending December 2012 Membership Trial Vote

Bill Burch, MD

2012 Champion

Event History
2004    Bruce Young     48
2005     Richard Irving     33
2006    George Deutsch     33
2007     George Deutsch     41
2008     George Deutsch     29
2009    Richard Irving     32
2010    Joseph Belyeu     49
2011    Joseph Belyeu     36
2012    Bill Burch     34

 Laurels

 Rank Name              From  Last  Total
   1. Richard Irving     CA    12     76
   2. George Deutsch     MD    11     64
   3. Grant LaDue        NY    11     60
   4. Joseph Belyeu      AL    11     46
   5. William Burch      MD    12     34
   6. Bruce Young        SC    12     34
   7. Chris Villeneuve   MI    08     22
   8. Doug Porterfield   VA    12     22
   9. Michael Schoose    IL    09     20
  10. Ray Stakenas Jr    MI    12     16
  11. Dan Lawall         WA    06     14
  12. Phil Barcafer      PA    05     12
  13. Bill Ashbaugh      NY    09     10
  14. Paul Weintraub     MD    04      8
  15. Craig Yope         MI    09      8
  16. Ray Stakenas Sr    MI    05      6
  17. Kevin Brown        GA    06      4
  18. James Pei          TX    04      4
  19. Noah Engelmann     MD    11      4
  20. Andrew Kieffe      ns    12      2
  21. David Zande        MI    08      2

2012 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists 

Richard Irving, CA
2nd

Bruce Young, SC
3rd

Ray Stakenas II, CA
4th

Doug Porterfield, VA
5th

Andrew Kieffe, ns
6th


Past Winners

Bruce Young, SC
2004

Richard Irving, CA
2005, 2009

George Deutsch, MD
2006-08

Joseph Belyeu, AL
2010-11

William Burch, MD
2012

Rick Bynaker emits an evil cackle as he gets the young Andrew Kieffe in his sights.

GM Doug Porterfield fends off John Keatings' maneuvers in an opening circus.

 Paul Weintraub and David Anderson duel during a circus meeting. Paul missed qualifying when he was shot down in his last flight.

 Mark Smith discovers the true Red Baron-ess as Kaarin donns her lucky headgear to add a touch of authenticity to the theme.

        Veteran Makes Good ...

The roar of rotary engines again filled the skies over Lancaster. In the short week, many flights occurred during the nightly Circuses and battles continued throughout the area under the free formatting style of this event. With its two books and short game time, many chose to work in a game or two while waiting for other activities or just where they can find a bit of room to sit and enjoy a quick game.

Continuing with the style of the past, combats during the week led to qualification for the Final Circus. During the week, several good dogfights occurred and a couple not-so-good ones. Twice during the free flying time, a dogfight ended after the third move with a shot down. Since 2 points a turn is required, this is the shortest a dogfight can go ­ not really something the loser wants to dwell on. I know that both losing pilots continued flying and did shoot others down later.

Six pilots earned their way into the Final Circus. Bill Burch flew to the top spot with 12 wins in 15 flights while only being shot down once, on his last flight before the Final. The next set of qualifiers had less gaudy records. Andrew Kiefte, Doug Porterfield, Richard Irving, and Bruce Young all had 46 or 47 points in 15 flights to qualify. This provides for an average flight score of just over three points, which means they usually shoot down their opponent or end the dogfight with more damage inflicted on the other pilot, but on a rare occasion or two met sudden death in the skies. Rounding out the field was a close contest between Paul Weintraub and Ray Stakenas II. Ray, known as the "Yellow Baron" for some of his previous exploits, edged into the sixth and final spot for the Circus when Paul's last free form flight was shot down by Tom Knapp, costing him a shot in the Final Circus.

The Final included two former champions, three previous laurelists, and one green pilot. Andrew Kiefte was the rookie flying among the aces. A round robin duel ensued over five rounds. In Round 1, Andrew faced 2004 Champion Bruce Young and managed to win in a dual kill by virtue of damaged caused, 8 to 6. Bill Burch flew against Ray and won 7 to 6. Rich and Doug used this first stanza for shooting practice by continually shooting each other into overtime as the highest score of the session was achieved with Doug making the first mistake to allow Rich to win 11.5 to 9.5.

In Round 2, Bruce ambushed Ray for a quick 6 points. Andrew flew this round against two-time Champion, Rich Irving, and again scored an upset 6:2 victory. Doug fought Bill for an extended dogfight with multiple hits at medium and far ranges before finally prevailing 7.5 to 5.5.

In Round 3, Ray found redemption and handed Andrew his first loss, 6-0. Welcome to the Final Circus! Bruce continued his Ace ways with a quick 6 to 2 victory over Doug. Rich and Bill settled in for a long dogfight with Bill scoring his second victory; 7 to 4. After three rounds, Andrew, Bill, and Bruce led with two wins each, but everyone remained in the hunt with at least one win.

Rich and Ray began Round 4 with a close-up, head-on maneuver (the famous page 20). Unfortunately for Ray, the start was the high point and, after a lengthy battle, Rich prevailed, 7 to 2. Bill pulled ahead of Bruce in a battle of the leaders with a 6 to 2 victory. Doug found another win at 7 to 2 against Andrew.

Bill now held the lead as the only pilot with three wins. It was up to the Young Turk, Andrew to reel in the leader, but he was no match for the veteran as
Bill earned his first AOA title with a 6-3 win over the newcomer. Ray again rallied and held a hard fought victory over Doug, 6 to 5. Ending the day, Rich and Bruce fought the longest battle of the Circus. With the other results already posted, it became known that this flight was for second place. Rich finally prevailed, 6 to 4.

Richard Irving and Gordon Stewart trade shots during one of the preliminary Circus "heats". The scheduled Circus heats only help locate opponents. Games can be played anytime and anywhere.

Bruce Young and William Burch duel in the round robin with William scoring a 6-2 decision to win his first AOA title. This win put Bill in the lead and deprived Bruce of his second AOA title.

 GM      Doug Porterfield  [7th Year]  NA
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