Jean Smedly, Gene Mason and Debra Stanley-Lapic
Following the preliminary matches on Wednesday there was a past champions tournament, which was eventually won by Debar Stanley-Lapic, the 1973 champion. She beat the first ever girl champion, Jean Smedly winner in 1949. The contestants for this ranged from Hank Altyn, winner of the 1935 tournament to 1992 champion Trish Tressler and Wesley Thompson.
At the end of the preliminary rounds all the results are recorded and the final league produced – the top eight boys and girls will play in the semi-finals on Thursday.
The first game on Thursday was a play off for the last semi-final position for the girl’s tournament as two players Alease Gardler and Amy Gain were equally placed, Alease won and following this the semi-final contest was played.
In the semi-finals each player played the other three players in their league four times (i.e. the first placed player played the third, fifth and seventh and the second played the fourth, sixth and eighth) the top player in each league then qualified for a place in the finals.
Before the final matches are played there is a short presentation ceremony where the awards for ‘most sticks’ and sportsmanship are awarded.
The boy’s final was played first, starting at 11 am it was refereed by the tournament director, Gene Mason, and commentated live from the side of the ring. The match is played over fifteen games with the champion being the first player to win eight times. The winner of the final was David McGee of Pennsylvania who beat Brett Johnson, eight games to two. David was immediately swept off his feet by his coach and fellow players as he was proclaimed 1993 champion.