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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

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Rob Beyma, MD

2011-12 Champion

Event History
1991    Pierre Menard      14
1992    Rob Beyma      13
1993    Randy Heller      12
1994    Phil Evans      12
1995    Randy Heller      14
1996    Bruno Sinigaglio      10
1997    Phil Evans      15
1998    Bruno Sinigaglio      13
1999    Bruno Sinigaglio     13
2000    John Grant Jr       8
2001    Bruno Sinigaglio     10
2002     Steve Likevich     18
2003     Steve Likevich      23
2004     Steve Likevich      20
2005     Bob Ryan        20
2006      Bill Morse      18
2007     Steve Likevich      21
2008      Steve Likevich      18
2009     Phil Evans      20
2010     Phil Evans      21
2011     Rob Beyma      23
2012      Rob Beyma      18


Rank  Name             From  Last  Total
  1.  Steve Likevich    OH    08    152
  2.  Forrest Pafenberg VA    12    139
  3.  Bill Morse        VA    12    114
  4.  Phil Evans        fr    10    112
  5.  Bruno Sinigaglio  AK    11     66
  6.  Rob Beyma         MD    12     60
  7.  Bob Ryan          MI    09     60
  8.  Frank Sinigaglio  NJ    12     57
  9.  Vince Sinigaglio  NJ    12     42
 10.  John Clarke       VA    11     34
 11.  Randy Heller      MD    08     21
 12.  John Grant Jr     CT    01     20
 13.  Martin Musella    NC    12      6
 14.  Bill Scott        VA    04      6
 15.  Jim Falling       IL    99      4
 16.  Bill Riggs        VA    07      3
 17.  Chris Withers     CA    05      3
 18.  Mike Mitchell     GA    02      2
 19.  Martin Svenson    VA    99      2
 20.  Buddy Sinigaglio  CO    02      1

2012 Laurelists                                      Repeating Laurelists: 

Bill Morse, VA

Forrest Pafenberg, VA

Frank Sinigaglio, NJ

Martin Musella, VA

Vinny Sinigaglio, NJ

Past Winners

Pierre Menard, CT

Rob Beyma, MD
1992, 2011-12

Randy Heller, CT
1993, 1995

Phil Evans, fr
1994, 1997, 2009-10

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK
'96, '98-'99, '01

John Grant Jr, CT

Steve Likevich, OH
2002-04, '07-'08

Bob Ryan, MI

Bill Morse, VA

"Yankee judge" Johnny Hasay and Virginia rebel Bill Scott relive old war stories.

Defending champ Rob Beyma scores again as he denies Bill Morse in the Final.

still fighting the Bulge ...

Defending What's His ...

At least the "weather" issues in Lampeter had one silver lining ... Grumpy Greenwood was too busy dealing with real problems to find time for his annual torment of the grognards. A pair of past champions, Roy Beyma and Bill Morse, and two perennial contenders, Frank Sinigaglio and Forest Pafenberg, persevered through the tropical rain forest to make the elimination rounds.

Paffy's Germans got off to an average start with four kills on the 16AM turn, but the killing slowed and there were only 13 eliminated units after Beyma's 18AM turn. Still, Rob's Americans were stretched thin in some places and he had to make a daring counterattack at 5-1 in order to hold the line -- daring, because an exchange would have killed the only unit able to plug the line and Paffy would have waltzed through to victory. Rob didn't roll the exchange and the breakout opportunity slipped away as US reinforcements reached the front. Paffy had one more chance with a 2-1(-1) on Bastogne on the 19AM turn, but he rolled high and the defending champ returned to the Final.

In the other semi, a lousy opening by Frank resulted in the US losing only two units, but the Germans pressed on until favorable results erupted on the 19AM turn. Frank captured Stavelot and the fuel dump therein and also overran an artillery unit near Houffalize permitting a four hex advance, which put pressure on Parker's Crossroad. At the end of the German 19AM turn the allies had lost 17 units and could not afford the loss of any more, so Bill dropped back into forts and choke points with stacks of defenders hoping to avoid an exchange. On the 19PM turn, the Germans were able to launch a 3-1(-1) attack on Bastogne and a 2-1(-1) attack on Trois Ponts. With these odds, Frank had an 83% chance of taking one of the towns and winning the game, but, he rolled a Contact and an Engaged and Bill was able to weather the storm.

The Final was a rematch of the 2011 title game, but with the sides switched. On the 16AM turn, Rob eliminated 99/393, 99/394, 14Cav and 28/112 thus making it difficult for Bill in the center. The Americans received a brief respite on the 16PM turn when Rob rolled high on a 3-1(-1) at St.Vith. However, Rob rolled great on the next two turns and the Americans were down 15 units at the end of the 17PM turn. Bill was now suffering "Unit Hunger!" and had to resort to risky low odds attacks in order to keep the Germans away from nearby victory point hexes while also blocking routes west. Rob continued to press and three turns later Bill had lost 29 units and could no longer form a line. Rob, (aka Colonel Hessler), was one of the original Bulge 81 playtesters and he continues to demonstrate his prowess in the Ardennes with his third title.

 GM      Frank Sinigaglio [5th Year]   NA 
   franksinigaglio@hotmail.com   NA

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