In a season dominated by the club's New Guard--in terms of games played and boards topped--it was the vaunted Old Guard that crested the ridge on the final day of play yesterday at our 11th Weasel Pyle in Wayne. Carrying the colors were Eric Brown, Christian Kline and Matt Sundstrom, veterans of our first, third and ninth games, respectively.
Here's how the games went down on a beautiful summer day at Castle Brown, Eric's stately home in bucolic Wayne.
Game No. 308, In the Two-Story Library
This one ended by draw vote in Spring 1908 in the following center counts:
Austria (Brian Shelden): 6; 14.754 points.
England (Bryan Pravel): 8; 26.230 points.
France (John Ritz): 0; 0.000 points.
Germany (Jake Trotta): 8; 26.230 points.
Italy (Ted McClelland): 0; 0.000 points.
Russia (Brandon Fogel): 4; 6.557 points.
Turkey (Eric Brown); 8; 26.230 points.
Afterward, it was fun to watch Bryan Pravel commend Eric for his play. The new guys still haven't run into everyone yet, so there's often a sense of wonder when they encounter one of the longtime vets. We're not all as active as we'd like to be, that's for sure, but there are a lot of players in the club who can play.
Game No. 309, In the Dining Room
This one ended by draw vote in Spring 1907 in the following center counts:
Austria (David Spanos): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Barry Preece): 1; 0.313 points.
France (Christian Kline): 11; 37.813 points.
Germany (Tony Prokes):1; 0.313 points.
Italy (John Gramila): 2; 1.250 points.
Russia (Matt Sundstrom): 12; 45.000 points.
Turkey (Don Glass): 7; 15.313 points.
Kline was in fifth place going into the game. He was in second when it ended. Sundstrom, meanwhile, needed a result to crack the Royale field, something he's failed to do only once before. With this board top, he climed into sixth place.
The supply center charts are here. Players, tell us the real stories.
More Pyle coverage is coming, but I need to sign off now. Give me a few days.