North Central Regionals Capsule Recaps
Cincinnati vs. Arch Rival. Photo: Jason Bechtel.
Arch Rival's Eli Wallop tries to slow the Cincy jammer. Photo: Jason Bechtel.
Detroit vs. Burning River. Photo: Gil Leora.
Windy City vs. Minnesota. Photo: Gil Leora.
Cincinnati's Sadistic Sadie. Photo: Jeffrey Sevier.
Madison's Jewels of Denile and Detroit's Bruisie Sioux. Photo: Jon Kontio
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Championship Bout: (1NC) Windy City 150, (3NC) Madison 56 -- Windy City's pack control was aces in the first half here, as they completely asserted their will on Madison's blockers -- Madison could not get on the board until Windy had scored 30, and by the time Windy cracked 50, the score was 56-3 after just 11 minutes.
Madison didn't really get anything going until there were about 13 minutes left in the bout. A 10 point jam on a star pass to Mouse with about 13 minutes to play gave the Madison fans a rare chance to cheer, as it increased Madison's score to 37 from 27 -- but at that point the score was out of hand at 113-37. Though Madison picked up their play in the final ten minutes -- even going so far as to call timeout with 2.6 seconds remaining to force a final jam -- there was no getting out of the halftime hole.
Windy City earns a bye at Nationals with their victory; Madison will battle Boston in the first round at Nationals.
See DNN's archived boutcast here.
Third Place Bout: (2NC) Detroit 126, (4NC) Cincinnati 62 -- The final score in this bout didn't fully reflect the closeness of the contest overall, as Detroit scored a single monster jam in the first half that was responsible for nearly half their lead. With the score a very manageable 32-11 favoring Detroit with 10 minutes left in the first half, Cincinnati gave up a 10-0 to Sarah Hipel and then an enormous 30 point jam where Sista Slitycha scored 10 and then passed the star to Racer McChaseher for an extra 20. Suddenly Detroit had more than doubled their score in two jams, and Cincy was looking up from a 73-18 hole at the halftime.
To their credit, through, Cincy played the second half tough and kept it almost perfectly even with Detroit in the second half, with Detroit taking 53 points to 44 for Cincinnati -- but the big two-jam, 40-0 blast from Detroit in the first half was really the deciding moment of the bout.
Detroit heads to November's Nationals for the second time in three years, where they will face Gotham in the first round.
9th/10th Place Bout: (6NC) Minnesota 91, (7NC) Grand Raggidy 75 -- Narrowly contested all the way through, the opening bout of Day 3 found Grand Raggidy with a small early lead, but Minnesota grabbed it back at 15-14 about halfway through the first half, and from then on had to work hard to keep Grand Raggidy from making good on a consistent comeback threat. Minnesota's lead was 20 points at 39-19 with nine minutes left in the first half, but that was the largest it got for the remainder of the bout. Grand Raggidy charged right back to make it 39-34 going into the half's final jam, where Sweet Justice gave Minnesota some halftime momentum with a 7-2 run that left MN up 46-34 at the break.
GRRG pulled to within 74-72 with about eight minutes left in the game, but just when it looked like they were poised to finally snatch the lead back, Minnesota's Psycho Novia took advantage of a very spread out pack and powerjam to go 10-0 and give Minnesota a 84-72 advantage with about five minutes left. Grand Raggidy had multiple shots in the last few jams for a comeback, but had to call jams early with no margin until the last jam, where a LJ call for Minnesota's Harmony Killerbruise plus a box trip for Grand Raggidy jammer Viva La Boom iced the victory for Minnesota.
Both teams finished three slots lower than their seeding -- Minnesota in 9th and Grand Raggidy in 10th.
See DNN's archived boutcast here.
5th/6th Place Bout: (8NC) North Star 85, (6NC) Arch Rival 43 -- Things here started very low scoring, as only 10 points were scored in the first ten minutes, all to North Star. Arch Rival didn't get on the board till about 15 minutes were off the clock in an 8-0 to South City Shiner -- and that was pretty much their entire offensive production for the half. Arch Rival jammers weren't getting much help in the pack, but their defensive work kept them within comeback range. North Star was only up by 36-8 with 4 minutes to play in the half -- but by halftime it was 51-8 favoring North Star.
While Arch Rival improved their game in the second half and seemed like they could be a few big jams away for most of it, North Star never allowed them to close to any closer than 66-32 with about 11 minutes to play, and the small-margin jams consistently piled up in favor of North Star, ending the bout at 85-43.
North Star improved on their 8th place seeding by finishing 5th for the weekend, while Arch Rival placed 6th.