Nice weather was our reward for picking
April this year. Mid 80ís with a nice little breeze for our competitors.
Speaking of which, the competitors willingly handed over some absolutely
fantastic memories this weekend. Great sportsmanship, electric
performances, and not a single foot fault all day long.
As promised, there was a vote in the rules meeting about what direction we
would be throwing in. The wind pattern was explained, and then they were
asked their opinion. Every single competitor stepped south, turned and
faced north, except one. Darran Barrus, keeper of The MOO, was the only
thrower who wanted to throw into the wind. Mr Barrus took it well as he
faced the entire field that was trying hard to contain their laughter.
Womenís Div. Heat 1 was a mother and daughter duel with Brittaney Mattison
& JOULES spanking mom on their way to the Finals. Heat 2 was won by Lyn
Vautier & CHACO TOCO by ten yards. Heat 3 was a painful strikeout in the
Final Round by Ann Farmer & RUSTY. It gave Ruth West & TIGGER, the first
Grey Hound in a QUAD, an easy path to the Finals. In the last chance heat,
Carol Tresan & SKEETER took the lead on a 34-yd catch. They held it right
to the end when Ann Farmer & RUSTY edged them out by about a foot (34.3).
Ann & RUSTY then had the same thing happen to them by the last team. Chara
Helton & MAGGIE MAE ll snag the last spot in the Finals on a 34.6-yd
In the Womenís Div. Finals, Chara Helton & MAGGIE MAE ll are stung by the
much feared strikeout in Round One. The rest of the teams moved on with
catches in the upper 20ís. Round Two gobbled up Ruth West & TIGGER with a
much feared strikeout. In the Final Round Brittney Mattison & JOULES took
the lead on their 2nd toss, good for 32.3-yds. Lyn Vautier & CHACO TACO
put the pressure on with their 2nd throw, good for 40-yds and the lead.
Down to her last throw, 13 year old Brittney Mattison competing against
all adults, who had averaged only upper 20ís and lower 30ís to that point,
needed something big. With possibly the throw of her young life, Brittney
completes to JOULES for 49-yds, takes the lead, and gets bathed in a huge
ovation. Team CHACO TACO gave it a great effort on their last catch, good
for 45.5-yds, but not enough to spoil the win for Team JOULES.
Womenís Open Div. Heat 1 gobbled up Connie Carstens & CALI right off the
bat with a strikeout. The remaining teams only needed one throw each to
advance. Christi Goodman & RIDER made it to the Final Round, but Joel BUDD
& RIVERís 47-yd catch sent them to the Finals. Heat 2 was a painful
strikeout for Michelle Chenoweth & JAKE, their last throw went 64-yds.
Linda Lack & RILEY were not able to overcome Colleen Hegyi & BUSTERís
43-yd catch, sending Team BUSTER to the Finals. With only two heats in
this division, the last chance heat had the top two advancing. The two
that made it were Linda Lack & RILEY(39.5), and Michelle Chenoweth (45.5).
In the Womenís Open Div. Finals, Linda Lack & RILEY were the first to be
introduced to the axe. They scored for a 33.5-yd catch, but is was 4-yds
short of what they needed. In Round Two Michelle Chenoweth & JAKE came up
with some big throws, one that went 54-yds, but you guessed it, STING, the
much feared strikeout. Does Joel Budd go short and easy to make the Final
Round, NO. Team RIVER cranks one out good for 46-yds. Colleen Hegyi &
BUSTER grab the lead first in the Final Round, only to watch Joel Budd &
RIVER grab it right back with a 41.5-yd catch. Team BUSTERís 2nd throw was
weak at 31-yds, but on their last throw, they get off a 44.3-yd catch that
takes the lead back. The last throw from Joel Budd & RIVER was a nightmare
come true. It hooked hard right and into the EZ-Ups, absolutely no chance,
giving the win to Team BUSTER.
Menís Div. Heat 1 gobbled up yet another team with the much feared
strikeout, Joe Ryan & JC. In the Final Round, Michael Pastrana & ILIO
moved onto the Finals with a 46-yd catch over Bob Hegyi & BUSTER. Heat 2
was a battle between Mark McConnell & DALTON and Mathew Wise & TWIX. It
was the veterans Mark McConnell & DALTON who delivered the axe and moved
onto the Finals with a 49-yd catch. Also with only two heats in this
division, the last chance heat had the top two advancing. Joe Ryan & JC
needed all 3 throws, while Tracy Farmer & OREO only need one throw before
both teams moved into the Finals.
Over the years, Joe Ryanís dog JC has been the only Weimaraner to ever
compete in The QUAD. In the Menís Div. Finals
we had two Weimaraners, JC
and Michael Pastranaís ILIO (beautiful dogs). Round One was very tight,
with QUAD virgins Tracy Farmer & OREO getting the axe first. All 3 teams
remaining turned it up a notch in Round Two, suddenly catches went from
the upper 40ís to the upper 50ís. Unfortunately for Mark McConnell &
DALTON, their 57.5-yd catch was not enough to make the Final Round. It was
awesome to watch the two Weimaraners battle it out for the win. Joe Ryan &
JC did not wait until their last throw to make a catch this time. They
jumped out to a 64-yd catch on their first throw. It was too much for
Michael Pastrana & ILIO to overcome and gave the win to Team JC.
Menís Open Div. Heat 1 started slow and then exploded. Greg Tresan &
STINGER just avoided the axe with their last throw, good for 46-yds. It
was Tim Boyce & TARA who felt the brutal axe of elimination first. Round
Two started with throws in the 70ís, but it was a painful strikeout for
veterans John Macmillian & SPARKY. The Final Round was simply an epic
adventure. Andy Busby & LC, with a mild tailwind, unload an 82-yd catch.
Greg Tresan & STINGER on their second throw seize the lead by just one
foot, good for 82.3-yds. Down to their last throw, Andy Busby & LC need
something special, and they did not fail us. When it left Andyís hand, it
was clear, this was the throw that dreams are made of. Perfect hyzer,
perfect height, perfectly right down the middle, and it floated at the end
of the field (hovered). For some reason, LC lost it for just a fraction,
but picked it up almost immediately, yet that was all it took. We are
talking about a 95-yd throw that was missed by nothing more than a few
whiskers. Call it a lucky break for Team STINGER if you want, however, I
find it hard to view an 82.3-yd catch just when it was needed as luck.
Heat 2 was a close duel between Todd Duncan & LEVI and the keeper of The
MOO, Darran Barrus & MOOLY. They both went into the Final Round with
catches in the upper 60ís. Darran Barrus & The MOO pulled it out on a
71-yd catch to make the Finals. Heat 3 saw Chris Sexton & LAIKA get
toasted by the much feared strikeout. Craig Rogers & RIGGS then pull off a
major upset by taking out 3-Time Champions John Troelstrup & RILEY on a
60-yd catch. The last chance heat started with a pair of strikeouts, and
then Andy Busby & LC took control on a 76-yd catch. They held it right up
to the last Open competitor. Needing only one throw, Chris Sexton & LAIKA
take the last Finals spot with a 79-yd catch.
Round One of the Menís Open Div. Finals was almost a strikeout for Greg Tresan & STINGER. Their last throw went for a catch of 52-yds sending that
nasty axe of elimination in the direction of Craig Rogers & RIGGS. Round
Two was almost a strikeout for Darran Barrus & The MOO. Their last throw
was rather high and it forced MOOLY to look and look and look to find the
disc. MOO finally found it, then made a fantastic catch to keep them alive
(50-yds). Throws in the 40ís was not what Chris Sexton & LAIKA wanted, but
a 44-yd catch was all they could produce. Out came the ice cold steel axe,
and CHOP, Team LAIKA was eliminated. With a wind shift, the Final Round
was a different place, it was now an into the wind throwing direction.
Team MOO takes the lead, only to watch Team STINGER take it away on their
second throw, good for 45.5-yds. Team MOO makes a good second throw, but
the wind shift makes for a tuff catch. At 50.5-yds, MOO bounces it off the
snout and a potential winning toss falls as a miss. Both teams then get
off last throws in the upper 50ís, yet both are missed, giving Greg Tresan
& STINGER ďThe Bell RingerĒ first place.