Midway through Season 11, his first full season with the Weasels, Brandon Fogel opened up a big lead in the standings and then held off a late charge from club vet Christian Kline to win his first Weasel of the Year award. Two other Weasel rookies, Bryan Pravel and Jake Trotta, made the Royale that season, prompting club founder Jim O’Kelley to talk about a “New Guard”, pushing the Old Guard to look for new tricks.
Well, seasons come and go, and everything new eventually ages. Season 15 has found a new newcomer, Wes Ketchum, sitting atop the standings for most of the season, with other newcomers Chris Brown, Jay Honnold, and Michael Stover hunting Royale berths. This time, however, the narrative has shifted just as it nears the climax.
Now a grizzled vet, Fogel entered this Red Wednesday showdown with Ketchum and showed that the Old New Guard isn’t quite ready to step aside for the New New Guard. Holding off a spirited charge by Morgante Pell, Fogel rode the 10-center board top to the top of the standings.
The result leaves Ketchum just 7 points behind Fogel in the race for Season 15’s Weasel of the Year. Check out the standings here.
|Austria||(Michael Stover)||0 centers||0.000 points|
|England||(Chris Brown)||2 centers||9.000 points|
|France||(Brandon Fogel)||10 centers||41.000 points|
|Germany||(Wes Ketchum)||2 centers||9.000 points|
|Italy||(Morgante Pell)||9 centers||16.000 points|
|Russia||(Jens Forsgård)||5 centers||12.000 points|
|Turkey||(Kevin O'Kelly)||6 centers||13.000 points|