Nominees | Past
While lots of people get caught up in the quest
for “wood,” the folks listed below subscribe to a higher standard.
These are the sportsmen and women of the WBC…the shining example
of sportsmanship that we should all aspire to. These folks are the ones
that make it all bearable for our GMs and contribute most to the friendly
atmosphere of the convention. Their shining example contributes to the
remarkable esprit de corps and camaraderie for which the WBC has always
are not accepted for individuals who conceded a victory to allow
a beaten opponent to continue in an event in their place. While
a player who allows another to play on in "his" place
may well have good intentions, doing so is contrary to the purpose
of a tournament. A player who concedes a won game is circumventing
the rules of the event by dispensing byes in a non-random, unearned
manner and is actually committing an unsportsmanlike act in the eyes
of some. Such a kindness bestowed upon one player is actually grossly
unfair to the other participants who had to win their right to advance
and tarnishes the event as a true test of skill.
So without any further ado, let's present the class of 2010—and a classy group it is too. The following individuals were
just some of many nominated for the reasons indicated below and
owe their appearance here to both their own demeanor and the fervancy
of their sponsors in relating it to BPA. When more than one event
is mentioned with a nomination it is because that individual was
nominated by both events.
As is our practice, all prospective BPA members are urged to vote for
one of sportsmanship nominees listed below when submitting their 2011 membership form and voting
for new Trial Events. All ballots are due by Jan. 1, 2011. Reward a good sport with our
biggest prize…free lodging at the next WBC.
ADVANCED CIVILIZATION: Susan
Cornett is not your typical WBC competitor. She games more
to please and empower her family than out of any vicarious thrill
from victory. So an eight-hour game is not high on her list of
ways to pass the day. Yet her daughter enjoys the game and when
their six-player game suffered a casualty two hours into play,
a substitute was needed lest the game be irrevocably damaged by
the withdrawal of Crete. Answering the call at the expense of
a planned shopping excursion was mom who dutifully soldiered on
for six more hours in a losing position—but not without getting
her licks in by trading her daughter several calamities by way
of thanks, and generally making the game more social and fun for
AGE OF STEAM: Pierre
Paquet is a two-time champion and perennial contender in this
event. When the number of qualifying semi-finalists opting to
advance resulted in an ungainly number, Pierre volunteered to
drop out to allow two-five player games.
AUTOMOBILE: Lyman Moquin volunteered to substitute his board for a borrowed one which
had been damaged by a liquid accident.
B-17: Paul Weintraub has been instrumental in the escalating popularity of this event
with his help in administering it - even going so far as to make
dozens of control tower replica dice rollers to be used in the
DUNE: Phil Barcafer graciously volunteered to coach a beginner's table in one heat
and traded his faction for a weaker one of a newer player in anoher
FORMULA MOTOR RACING: Katie
McCorry helped the GM who was busy with a record turnout by
teaching the game to new players.
GETTYSBURG: Ed Menzel was denied his chance to extend his championship streak to five
when, after being announced as a playoff participant, a clerical
error was discovered that knocked him back to fifth place and
out of contention. He took it with his customary good grace.
HELL OF STALINGRAD: Bill
Powers lent a hand with an inexperienced GM to get the event
IVANHOE: Brian and Nessa Mongold subbed
for the GM on occasion, running heats and standing ready to play
as needed to complete four-player games.
MONSTERS RAVAGE AMEICA: Joanna
Melton was a victim of the confusion which often accompanies
events that allow multiple versions of the same game. Joanna had
won her semi-final game, but the Menace and Ravage rules
differ on the order in which Military monsters are attacked in
the Monster Challenge so she graciously replayed the Challenge
from the point of the infraction - this time losing.
PUERTO RICO: Debbie
Anderson helped the GM by switching to a table with two former
champs to resolve a seating issue in another game.
RICHARD III: Rob Buccheri graciously declined an offer of a rematch when it was discovered
that the Final he had just lost was influenced by some missing
ROBO RALLY: Jason Levine was seemingly assurred of winning the event, so large was his
lead, that he was going to play his cards face up befoe crossing
the finish line. When Ewan McNay, currently in sixth place, told
him to pick up his cards because he wasn't going to win, Jason
was incredulous. But sure enough, Ewan had found an unexpected
back door move—that while it would not help Ewan win—pushed
Jason off the final flag—much to the amusement of the entire
table long afterwards. Jason, always upbeat, remained the perennial
smile machine as Alexandra passed him for the win.
RUSSIA BESIEGED: Marty
Musella allowed his opponent to adjust an obvious setup mistake.
SETTLERS OF CATAN: Jeremy
Osteen allowed a player who misunderstood a rule to redo his
STAR WARS; QUEEN GAMBIT: Tony
Musella graciously instructed a new player how to play—only
to lose and be knocked out of the elimination rounds as a result.
TIGERS IN THE MIST: GM Ray
Freeman who is the designer and frequent champion may have
taken his role as instructor too seriously...making several
suggestions for improving his opponents moves that resulted in
a tie game.
UP FRONT: John Emery and Ray Stakenas Sr were engaged
in another of their memorable championship matches culminating
the eight rounds that compose the gauntlet of the Up Front tournament when a bystander noticed an irregularity in that John
was playing with more men than listed in the scenario. As the
players had been responsible for checking each others OB and no
one wanted to be a kibitzer, the error went otherwise undetected
to the conclusion of the match which saw John win his sixth title
while turning away Ray as a bridesmaid yet again. When discretely
informed of his error by an onlooker, John immediately offered
to forfeit the title to Ray who responded with equal class by
declining and requesting a rematch instead. And with that, they
refought the championship match in total with nary a hint of anomosity
or controversy. Not that any was expected from these two competitors
who have always exhibited the greatest integrity and class while
spawning a cadre of compatriots who share their values.
Angiolillo graciously consented to a delayed start of his
semi-final game to allow his opponent to finish another semi-final.
WELLINGTON: Melvin Casselberry continuously coached less experienced players often to his own
WOODEN SHIPS & IRON MEN: Defending champ Derek
Whipple repatedly coached less experienced opponents; some
of whom went on to defeat him.
HONORABLE MENTION: Those nominated with no specific
reason given other than their generally pleasant demeanor include: Paul Gaberson, Pierre
LeBoeuf, Bob Hamel, Rob Olsson, Renee Dudley, Tom Browne, Phil
White, Ray Stakenas II, Dennis Culhane, Rebecca
Hebner, Dirk Knemeyer, David Anderson, Bill Morse, James
Past Sportsmanship Winners
1992 - NJ
Tiger Von Pagel
1993 - FL
1994 - PA
1995 - AE
1996 - MI
1997 - NJ
2001 - OH
2002, 2008 - VA
2003 - MD
2004 - MD
2005 - AK
2006 - PA
2009 - CA