march madness

MMS   
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     Salon E       Derby

Bruce Reiff, OH

1998 Champion
2nd: Dennis Nicholson, NY
3rd: John Coussis, IL
4th: Harry Flawd, PA
Event History
1991    None      -
1992    Bruce Reiff      14
1993    Terry Coleman      18
1994    Terry Coleman      37
1995    Ken Gutermuth      46
1996    Jon Diminnie      41
1997    Bruce Reiff      47
1998    Bruce Reiff      44
AREA Ratings
1    Bruce Reiff      1738
2    Dennis Nicholson      1702
3    Steven Caler      1616
4    John Coussis      1613
5    Jim Gutt      1595
6    Chris Bauch      1576
7    Mark Mitchell      1567
8    Ed Okimoto      1561
9    Harry Flawd      1550
10    Derek Landel      1543

March Madness in July x 2 ...

The 1998 tournament began Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM with 18 players competing in the East regional. Several lesser seeds made impressive runs with 12th seed Georgetown '85 (Ken Gutermuth) making the fourth round and 26th seed North Carolina '82 (Terry Coleman), 25th seed Duke '64 (Debbie Bell) and 22nd seed North Carolina '91 (Ken Gutermuth) making the third round. In the end, the final saw 1st seed Kentucky '54 (Ed Okimoto) and 2nd seed North Carolina '57 (Dennis Nicholson) making the finals. Dennis prevailed to advance to the Final Four.

The second heat started at 9:00 on Friday morning and was only attended by 14 players. The southeast regional included a couple of impressive performances by lower seeds with 14th seed Illinois '89 (Derek Landell) making the fourth round and 21st seed Cincinnati '92 (Bruce Monin) making the third. The final matched 2nd seeded Kentucky '48 (Terry Coleman) against 4th seeded UCLA '71 (Harry Flawd) with Harry advancing.

The third heat started Saturday morning at 9:00 and was attended by 16 players. Although favorites did very well in this heat, it had the most impressive underdog performance with Debbie Bell winning two games with 31st seed Michigan '92. In the final, 1st seeded Kentucky '93 (defending champion Bruce Reiff) met the lowest seed to make the regional finals, the 7th seeded Indiana '76 (Chris Bauch). Bruce made the finals to continue his defense of his title.

The fourth heat started Saturday afternoon at 3:00 and was the best attended with 22 players. Again favorites dominated but 21st seeded UNLV '77 (Dennis Nicholson) managed to reach the fourth round. The final matched 1st seeded UCLA '68 (Steve Caler) against 6th seeded Seton Hall '89 (John Coussis). John won to qualify the lowest seeded finalist in a tough battle.

The Final Four went according to seeds as Dennis's 2nd seed defeated Harry's 4th seed and Bruce's 1st seed defeated John's 6th seed. Bruce then won the final to successfully defend his title. The best records for the tournament were Bruce Reiff 8-1 in one heat, Dennis Nicholson 10-3 in two heats, Ken Guttermuth 11-6 in three heats and Terry Coleman 10-8 in four heats. Ken wins the title of upset king with eight upset victories against only one upset defeat. Finally, Ken wins the title of best player by virtue of his performance with lesser seeds. The title of sportsman goes to Carrie Lewis, who after a Final Four appearance last year, was one of my designated instructors and helped a rookie achieve his first victory by defeating her on the last die roll.

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