Nominees | Past Winners
The third leg in the BPA Triple Crown of year end honors is
the Sportsmanship Award. Coupled with Caesar honors for prowess
on the gameboard and our GM of the Year Award which honors those
who sacrifice their time to make WBC the memorable event that
it is, the Sportsmanship winner completes our annual virtual Hall
of Fame by reminding us that there is no fun to be had with these
games without an affable and enjoyable opponent with which to
cross vicarious swords.
Doubtless there are many more good sports at WBC than those
we acknowledge here. But we limit the nominees to those endorsed
by WBC GMs or other observers for outstanding sportsmanship and
further reduce their number by selecting only the most fervent
While some admittedly
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 bearable for our GMs and attractive to our members by contributeing
most to the friendly atmosphere of the conference. Their shining
examples contribute to the remarkable esprit de corps and camaraderie
for which the WBC has always been noted by those in the know.
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 2015—and as always, it is a deserving group. The following individuals
were just some of many nominated for the reasons indicated below and owe their appearance here to both their own actions and the
fervency of their sponsors in relating it to BPA. As is our practice,
all BPA members are urged to vote for one of the following when
submitting their 2016 membership form and voting for Continuing
Trial games before Jan. 1, 2016. Those who have already joined
for the 2016 season are encouraged to submit their votes separately. Reward a good sport with our biggest prize…free lodging at
the next WBC.
ACQUIRE: Dan Farrow - A semifinal alternate, he was seated after the mandatory
5-minute wait for qualifiers, only to have the tardy qualifier
appear. Dan volunteered to give up the seat cheerfully although
by rule it was his.
Schmittgens - For generally being WBC's most consistent
smile machine, win or lose AND helping others learn games AND
being a buttons and jerky dispenser.
BREAKOUT NORMANDY: Kevin
Hannond - The defending champ served as an eliminator
at the cost of playing in another event.
Tempkin - Always came early with a copy of the game and
helped with event setup and teaching new players.
HERE I STAND: Justin
Rice - Justin who was first alternate for the Final, was
offered a seat by first-time qualifiers Ed and Matt Beach. At
least one of the Beaches was needed to GM their Junior event that
conflicted with the Final. Justin, however, insisted thatthey
both play and instead volunteered to run the Junior event himself.
The event went off without a hitch and with a record number of
Stewart- For maintaining good cheer and a positive attitude
despite enduring the daily challenges of navigating the Host's
archaic handicap accessability isses for a decade and coming back
for more each year.
KAISER'S PIRATES: Dan
Lawall - When an opponent spotted a misplay one turn later
in a semifinal, Dan was willing to back up and readjust the game
to his detriment even though the GM ruled it was past the point
Staab - Always helpful. On several occasions he corrected
misplaced markers to his own detriment in Kremlin. At the Kanban
event. he dropped out of the Final so that a late arriving winner
could claim the last seat
LIAR'S DICE: Mark
Love - For being his useful thoughtful and considerate self
and bringing extra copies of the game to accommodate others.
ROLL FOR THE GALAXY: Andy
Lewis- Volunteered to run a teaching game for new players
and did such a good job he lost the game by a point.
SQUAD LEADER: Chuck
Leonard - Always assists new players in learning the game.
THROUGH THE AGES: Richard
Boyes - When counting up the score at the end of his semifinal
it was discovered that his opponent had failed to notice that
he had a "happiness problem" and needed to disband a
worker or he would not have produced any culture. Richard granted
the takeback, stating that he wouldn't want to win like that.
VICTORY IN EUROPE: Fred
Bauer- Coached less experienced opponents throughout
the event with patience despite the longer durations that ensued.
WAR AT SEA: Greg
D. Smith - Volunteered to be the odd man out in all five
rounds to accomodate an odd number of players.
WIN, PLACE & SHOW: Craig
Fox - Always brings at least one copy of the game to heats
and helps new players - often to his own detriment.
HONORABLE MENTION: Others recommended include: Emily
Allbert, Anthony Bosca, Peter Brickwood, Doug Bryant, Carolyn
Caton, Gus Collars, Henry Dove, Roberto
Fournier, Joshua Githens, RJ Gleaton, Chris
Godfrey, Lisa Gutermuth, Joe Kelleher, Andy Latto, Steve
Lewinter, Rich Meyer, Mark Mihm, Norm
Newton, Ed O'Connor, Michael Sana, William
Wojtaszcyk, Eric Wrobel, Nicole Yuhase.
Honorable mentions are eligible for the vote on a write-in
only basis due to the nature of their nominations usually being
short of details or having more to do with simply being courteous
or helpful as opposed to conduct more often associated with great
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
2010 - SC
2011 - PA
2012 - uk
2013 - NY
2014 - PA