In Heat 1 Kristie Moser & HEMI jump in with a catch of 24-yds. Then the
much-feared strikeout showed it's ugly self by taking Diane Ziegler &
TOBY, and made things easy for Liz Lovins & KIT. In the Final Round Liz
Lovins & KIT take the lead with their first throw (27-yds). An extra
painful much-feared strikeout was waiting for Kristie Moser & HEMI, as two
of their throws were long enough to get the job done (29.5 and 29). So in
her first QUAD Liz Lovins & KIT are off to the Finals.
Danielle O'Niell & ZEEK start Heat 2 going really short and safe with two
throws of less than 10-yds, both were misses. On their last throw Team
ZEEK got serious and scored a nice 39.5-yd catch. Debbie Kugler & GRACIE
went 3 for 3 and a best catch of 27.5-yds. Kat Fahle & TALI just come up
just short on their first catch (27-yds). Team TALI's last two throws
would have got the job done, but two misses equal the axe for Team TALI.
In the Final Round Team GRACIE starts with a miss. Team ZEEK on the other
hand lands a leading 42.5-yd catch. With their last two throws Team GRACIE
score a pair of catches, but it's too much to overcome. Danielle O'Niell &
ZEEK are in the Finals.
With three teams in Heat 3, it meant only 9 possible throws in the First
Round. Of those 9 throws only one was a catch, Sarah Duke & JAVA 27.5-yds.
It was a tie breaker between Andrea Deptula & JUBILEE and Sally Saxton &
HASTY to see who gets the axe. Team HASTY scores for 22-yds, and Team
JUBILEE is gone. The Final Round was as close to a double strikeout as it
could get, but a 1-yd catch by Sarah Duke & JAVA puts them in the Finals.
It's the perfect example of why throwing later or last is such a huge
Kristie Moser & HEMI grab the lead in the Last Chance Heat with their last
throw, good for 30-yds. A few teams later on their first throw Kat Fahle &
TALI take over by one yard (31-yds). Team TALI improves their throwing by
a few yards on their last two throws, but two misses leave them exposed.
Sally Saxton & HASTY had two throws well in excess of what was needed (35
and 40), yet their one catch of 27.5-yds is not enough. Kat Fahle & TALI
are in the Finals.
Looking to do some damage in their first QUAD Liz Lovins & KIT begin the
Finals with a flat tire (much-feared strikeout). Sarah Duke & JAVA almost
join them, yet team JAVA's last toss is good for half a yard (Fix a Flat).
It might have been only 18 inches but it told the ice cold axe of
elimination to call out another name (Liz Lovins & KIT). Round Two was
much better for Team JAVA, 34.5-yds. Kat Fahle & TALI found themselves
with a flat tire in Round Two (much-feared strikeout), and it was extra
painful because their last throw went 37.5 yds. Danielle O'Niell & ZEEK
were throwing well in the mid 40's, but that flat tire was winking at
them. Danielle winked back as Team ZEEK scored a 44.5-yd catch on their
last throw (Fix a Flat). Team TALI was gone. In the Final Round quite
possible the smallest dog to ever compete in The QUAD went first, JAVA,
and it was a miss. A few tosses later Team ZEEK throws down with a 44-yd
catch for the lead. All Sarah Duke & JAVA had left was, you guessed it, a
flat tire (much-feared strikeout). Danielle O'Niell & ZEEK steam roll to a
win on a pair of catches on the 40's. Welcome to the Open Division
WOMEN'S OPEN DIV.
With just 6 teams in this division, it meant 2 heats with 3 teams each,
and the Last Chance Heat would take the top 2 teams into the Finals.
Ann Farmer & PARTY BOY ACE began Heat 1, they went 2 for 3 with a best
catch of 35-yds. As soon as Ann Farmer left the throwing line, an
approaching weather front changed the wind direction and the weather
conditions got ugly very quickly. Since we began throwing in a certain
direction, we stayed with that throwing direction until the Women's Open
Division decided it's finalists. That resulted with some seriously short
catches in the Women's top division. Heather Bednar & FLICK were up next
and it was the much-feared strikeout for them. Team FLICK's longest throw
was only 18-yds. Donna Schoech once again borrowed another dog, DiAno's
MAGGIE, and went 2 for 3 with a best catch of 29-yds. Team FLICK was gone.
In the Final Round Donna Schoech & MAGGIE took the lead on their first
toss, good for 29.5-yds. Ann Farmer & PARTY BOY ACE avoided a strikeout,
but their single catch of 22-yds was well short, and they were gone. Donna
Schoech made the Finals, but a performance commitment many miles away made
her withdraw from the competition. So now the Last Chance Heat would take
the top 3 teams into the Finals.
Heat 2 started with Connie Carstens & KARMA getting toasted by the
much-feared strikeout, their longest throw was 14.5-yds. Colleen Hegyi &
HAZE used one throw to advance, good for 23-yds. Meanwhile Angela Ewtushik
& RALLY got their first taste of the much-feared strikeout, their longest
throw was 13.5-yds. The strikeout tiebreaker had Connie Carstens & KARMA
missing at 9-yds. Angela Ewtushik & RALLY advanced to the Final Round on a
half yard catch. In the Final Round Team RALLY took the lead on a 10-yd
catch. The punishing wind was too much for Colleen Hegyi & HAZE and their
fate became that of another victim for the much-feared strikeout. Team
RALLY makes the Finals.
The Last Chance Heat would take the top 3 out of 4 teams. The much-feared
strikeout got both Team PARTY BOY ACE and Team KARMA. Heather Bednar &
FLICK got into the Finals on a single 1.5-yd catch, that includes Team
FLICK's heat and the Last Chance Heat. Colleen Hegyi & HAZE squeaked in on
their 3rd and last throw, good for 5-yds. The strikeout tiebreaker saw Ann
Farmer & PARTY BOY ACE advance to the Finals on a 3-yd catch.
WOMEN'S OPEN FINALS.
We changed throwing direction for the Finals (with the wind), yet the wind
conditions were still brutally ugly. Heather Bednar & FLICK needed all 3
throws to score a catch, good for 28-yds, yet in the Open Division that
left them seriously exposed. Colleen Hegyi & HAZE managed to go 2 for 3
with a best catch of 31-yds, not normally something to be happy about, but
today it was something to be happy about. Both Angela Ewtushik & RALLY and
Ann Farmer & PARTY BOY ACE were scorched by the much-feared strikeout.
Both teams struggled in the strikeout tiebreaker, and it ended with some
controversy. On the 4th throw of the tiebreaker, PARTY BOY ACE got a hold
on a 20-yd throw, as in the dog locked down on the disc. However, it came
out of the dog's mouth in a fraction of a second. This brought up the
question of what is the definition of a catch, something that is not
clearly defined in the QUAD rules (yet). After a lengthy meeting between
both spotters and myself, we all agreed that the dog did lock onto the
disc, even if it was only for a fraction of a second. The ruling on the
field was a catch and it eliminated Team RALLY to 4th place. The issue of
definition of a catch will be discussed at the rules meeting in Indiana
and Colorado. The 2nd Round of the Finals was nearly a triple strikeout,
with Ann Farmer & PARTY BOY ACE saving themselves on their last throw,
good for 20-yds. Both Team FLICK and Team HAZE struggled in the
tiebreaker, it took 4 throws to decide it. A 29-yd catch by Team FLICK
sent them to the Final Round against Team PARTY BOY ACE. Somehow Ann
Farmer suffered two strikeouts during the competition, yet there she was
at the throwing line in the Final Round with a shot to win the Women's
Open. Ann Farmer & PARTY BOY ACE's 3rd strikeout of the day made sure they
did not win, and it was extra painful because all 3 of their throws would
have done some damage (41, 31, 34). Team FLICK's last throw of the day was
their longest catch (31-yds), and it won them the Women's Open Division,
as well as gave them the lead in the women's half of The QUAD SERIES.
In Heat 1 it was Tony Bonadeo & CHARLEY, Leroy Golden & KARMA, and Chris
Engel & BANDIT who advanced into the 2nd Round. Tony Bonadeo & CHARLEY
flirted with the much-feared strikeout in the 2nd Round and then avoided
it with their last toss, good for 47.5-yds. Leroy Golden & KARMA just
missed at 50-yds and then score a 47-yd catch, half a yard less than what
they wanted. Chris Engel & BANDIT used only one throw to do the dirty deed
(52-yds), and Team KARMA was gone. In the Final Round Team CHARLEY and
Team BANDIT almost produced a double strikeout, but on his last throw
Chris Engel went short and safe to BANDIT for a 20-yd catch. Team BANDIT
makes the Finals.
Heat 2 saw Michael Pastrana & ILIO make a statement in the 1st Round with
a 65-yd catch (longest of the day in the Men's Div) and then we didn't
hear another peep out of Team ILIO for the rest of the day. Everyone in
the 1st Round had a very strong round, except for that much feared
strikeout by Todd Bybee & INDY. A 50-yd miss on their last throw sent Team
INDY to the Last Chance Heat. The 2nd Round for Michael Pastrana & ILIO
was not good, a rather soft much-feared strikeout, and the remaining
suspects of Hegyi & Farmer wasted little time in making it official, Team
ILIO gone. Bob Hegyi & HAZE started the Final Round very strong with a
54-yd catch. Tracy Farmer & RUSTY came close, yet a 51.5-yd catch was
short of the need. Team HAZE scored another pair of catches, yet none were
an improvement. With their 2nd throw Team RUSTY picks a good time to
unload possibly the longest catch in Team RUSTY's history, good for 57-yds
and a spot in the Finals.
Heat 3 had a double strikeout by the last two teams in the 1st Round, Matt
Dipiero & BROOKE, and Eugene Hensley & WENDY. In the tiebreaker Team
BROOKE misses in the mid 30's, and it allows Team WENDY's 1-yd catch to
eliminate Team BROOKE. In the 2nd Round Jack Fahle & RUCKUS make a pair of
throws in the mid to upper 40's that would have done some damage, but the
much-feared strikeout rears it's ugly head and takes Team RUCKUS out.
Eugene Hensley & WENDY trying to make it official do not go safe, they go
long and miss at 50-yds. However, Team WENDY's 1.5-yd catch on the next
throw makes it official. So a pair of catches that add up to a total of
2.5-yds gets Team WENDY into the Final Round. Team WENDY then takes the
lead in the Final Round with their first throw (44.5-yds). It takes Brett
Johnson & HUMPHREY two throws to do something about that, and by half a
yard Team HUMPHREY grabs the lead at 45-yds. The last two throws by Eugene
Hensley would have done the job (49 and 47), but two misses brings the axe
of elimination down upon Team WENDY. Making the Finals by throwing 1st in
the 3rd Heat is the hardest way to get there (other than through the Last
Chance Heat) and that is how Brett Johnson & HUMPHREY make the Finals.
Tony Bonadeo & CHARLEY throw first in the Last Chance Heat, and it is
extremely hard to win this heat as the 1st thrower. Team CHARLEY ignores
the trouble they are in and pops for a 56 and a 56.5-yd catch to take the
lead. Brenton Bassinger, Todd Bybee, Jack Fahle, and Eugene Hensley all
threaten that mark, but everyone of them gets toasted by the much-feared
strikeout. The only real contenders were catches from Leroy Golden & KARMA
at 53-yds and Bob Hegyi & HAZE at 54-yds. Tony Bonadeo & CHARLEY pull it
off and go to the Finals by throwing 1st in the Last Chance Heat.
MEN'S DIV FINALS.
The Finals start with Brett Johnson & HUMPHREY needing two throws before
scoring a 33-yd catch. Their last throw was a 50-yd miss, and it was a
costly miss because the remaining suspects were fast, ruthless, and
efficient. Three throws later Team HUMPHREY was gone. The 2nd Round was
almost a triple strikeout, but Tracy Farmer & RUSTY managed to save
themselves on their last throw, good for 38.5-yds. In the strikeout
tiebreaker Chris Engel & BANDIT went first and missed at 45-yds. Tony
Bonadeo & CHARLEY didn't go safe, but didn't go all out either, and their
33-yd catch eliminated Team BANDIT. In the Final Round Tracy Farmer &
RUSTY missed long, while Tony Bonadeo & CHARLEY missed short and safe.
With their 2nd throw Team RUSTY made a strong argument why the Farmer's
QUAD trophy case should expand with some more top hardware, good for
52-yds. Team CHARLEY came within 4-yds, yet their destiny was that of
another victim for the much-feared strikeout. The sweet taste of victory
goes to Tracy Farmer & RUSTY. Welcome to the Open Division Tracy Farmer.
MEN'S OPEN DIV.
Heat 1 starts with Nate Bednar & MARCY needing all 3 throws before scoring
a 64-yd catch. Meanwhile Matt DiAno & MAGGIE use just one throw to seize
the lead (64.5-yds). Jeff Duff & JESSE and Gary Duke & BAYER give us the
double strikeout. In the tiebreaker Team JESSE misses at 51, and this
allows Team BAYER's 1-yd catch to advance them. The 2nd Round is a painful
much-feared strikeout for Nate Bednar & MARCY, their longest toss was 65.
The remaining suspects of DiAno and Duke dispense the justice quickly,
8-yds and 1-yd. DiAno & MAGGIE begin the Final Round by immediately
seizing the lead at 67.6-yds. Up next Gary Duke & BAYER unload the longest
throw of the entire day while dealing with some ridiculously brutal wind
conditions, but it is a miss of 88-yds. Team MAGGIE feeling the
temperature rise on that last throw then get busy and reel in an 84-yd
catch. Team BAYER does not even come within 20-yds of that in their
much-feared strikeout. Team MAGGIE grabs a spot in the Finals.
Heat 2 is a 3 team modified heat and it starts well for Rick Rauwerda &
RIFF RAFF as their first throw is good for 78-yds. The wind conditions
were ugly to everyone, yet it seemed like a few teams got it a little
worse than others. One of those teams was John Troelstrup & ROOSTER who
began the title defense with a much-feared strikeout. Joe Ryan & MIA
almost join them, but with their 3rd throw avoid the strikeout on a safe
30-yd catch. Team ROOSTER is gone. The Final Round has Joe Ryan & MIA
going first and scoring the lead on a 58-yd catch. It takes Team RIFF RAFF
all of one throw to do something about it, good for 65-yds. Team MIA gets
off two throws that were close, but both are misses and it's Team RIFF
RAFF off to the Finals.
Also a 3 team modified heat, Heat 3 begins with a much-feared strikeout by
Kevin Eroskey & BROOK. Chuck Hensley & RICO only need one throw to deal
with it, good for 18-yds. Darron Barrus & The EDGE need all 3 throws but
still end up face down in the dirt with a much-feared strikeout. Going
short and safe to get past another team's strikeout is sometimes the
hardest catch to make, and we saw a lot of teams get burned like that at
this competition. In the tiebreaker neither team wanted it and we had to
do multiple throws, it was a 19-yd catch by Barrus & The EDGE that gets
them into the last round. In the Final Round Chuck Hensley & RICO miss
their first throw at 42.5. Barrus & The EDGE continue getting burned by
the short and safe strategy. Team RICO grabs the lead on their 2nd throw,
good for 23-yds. The much-feared strikeout is all that awaits for Barrus &
The EDGE, Team RICO to the Finals.
Last Chance Heat in this division is always tuff, and this was no
exception. Nate Bednar & MARCY pop a couple of upper 60's misses, yet
score for a 72-yd catch to get the lead. It takes Jeff Duff & JESSE two
throws to do something about that, they get the lead by half a yard on a
72.5-yd catch. Both Gary Duke & BAYER and Joe Ryan & MIA made throws that
would have done some damage, but misses end their day. The only one left
that made any noise was Barrus & The EDGE, good for 71-yds, but not good
enough to get the job done, Team JESSE is in the Finals.
MEN'S OPEN FINALS.
Chuck Hensley & RICO are crushed with a much-feared strikeout to begin the
Finals. The remaining suspects dispense the justice quickly, 4-yds, 3-yds,
and 8-yds. In Round 2 it's Jeff Duff & JESSE who are crushed with a
much-feared strikeout. Remaining suspects...... quickly..... 3-yds,
10-yds..... Team JESSE gone. There is no sympathy or compassion in the ice
cold axe of elimination. Matt DiAno & MAGGIE get the Final Round off to a
start with a lead at 57-yds. Meanwhile Rick Rauwerda & RIFF RAFF miss at
56 on their first throw. It doesn't hurt them because Team MAGGIE also
misses on their 2nd throw. Then by 20yds Team RIFF RAFF grabs the lead on
a very healthy 77.5-yd catch. Down to their last throw, it was now or
never for Team MAGGIE. As the words "Don't Suck" are echoing across the
field, Matt DiAno reaches deep down inside and finds his inner gorilla. It
looked like the wind was going to kill it around mid field, but the
gorilla got enough on it that it powered through and kept going. MAGGIE
had a radar lock on it the entire way down the field, she took off at the
79 and when she landed at 83-yds they had the lead. Rick Rauwerda gets off
a good catch to RIFF RAFF on their last throw, but it's just shy of the 70
and that gives the win to Team MAGGIE.