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April 14, 2001
Tri Cities Paintball - Richland, WA
by Scott Jensen
Our first trip east of the Cascade mountains this year brought us terrific weather for the second event of the NWTS season. Mostly sunny, without a hint of wind, and about 60 degrees made for a very comfortable day to play paintball.
Twenty-one teams made it over to the fast, fun fields of Tri Cities Paintball. Local 'ballers commented that this was the biggest event in eastern Washington in a long time. Also, for the first time ever in this part of the state, the NWTS brought over a Sup' Air to use in the event. It took some coordination (thanks to Jason Strand, Steve and Brian Albin) to clear a field and prep it, but the players thought it was well worth it.
Once again, the rookie turnout was tremendous with 14 teams showing. Landslide went undefeated in their sub-division, and waltzed into the finals as the first seed. Following close behind were their nemesis Game On Gear Factory Team and "N" Control (Rookie.) Rounding out the six finals spot were; Sub-Zero, 395 B.C., and Evolution.
The rookie finals were hard fought. Evolution dropped only one game (to Landslide) to garner their first win of the season. Landslide lost a game to Sub-Zero and stalemated their game against Game On Gear, which secured their second place finish. 395 B.C. put in an impressive performance (even beating their sister team, G.O.G.) to take third.
The novice division, although relatively small for this event, was still very competitive. Team KC nearly went undefeated in the prelims, once again turning in a great performance. Wormwood also turned in a great prelims performance, despite some large penalty points, to gain the second seed. "N" Control Novice and Nitro II filled the remaining final's spots.
One flag pull and one elimination separated first from second. Ironically, it came in the same game between 1st place finishers "N" Control Novice and runners up Nitro II. "N" Control got the first pull and two eliminations, but Nitro II held on for the win and the hang. Team KC followed with a respectable 3rd, and Wormwood finished 4th.
Gregg Ingram, a local reporter from KVEW (an ABC affiliate TV station), was on the scene to tape a few games and interview players from various teams. He runs a monthly sports segment for KVEW and said the spot should air sometime in May.
For the season overall
championship standings, Evolution moves into 1st for the Rookie division,
and Team KC holds onto 1st and continues to gain ground on the others.
The next NWTS event is at Weekend Warriors in Silverton OR on May 19th. Full details and registration information can be found at www.nwts.org
Scott "Bear" Jensen
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