ace of aces   

Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report  

 2014 Status: pending December 2013 Membership Trial Vote

Ray Stakenas II, CA

2013 Champion

Event History
2004    Bruce Young     48
2005     Richard Irving     33
2006    George Deutsch     33
2007     George Deutsch     41
2008     George Deutsch     29
2009    Richard Irving     32
2010    Joseph Belyeu     49
2011    Joseph Belyeu     36
2012    Bill Burch     34
2013    Ray Stakenas II     39


 Rank Name              From  Last  Total
   1. Richard Irving     CA    12     76
   2. Grant LaDue        NY    13     66
   3. George Deutsch     MD    11     64
   4. William Burch      MD    13     46
   5. Joseph Belyeu      AL    11     46
   6. Ray Stakenas Jr    MI    13     36
   7. Bruce Young        SC    12     34
   8. Doug Porterfield   VA    13     26
   9. Chris Villeneuve   MI    08     22
  10. Michael Schoose    IL    09     20
  11. Dan Lawall         WA    06     14
  12. Phil Barcafer      PA    05     12
  13. Bill Ashbaugh      NY    09     10
  14. John Keating       IN    13      8
  15. Paul Weintraub     MD    04      8
  16. Craig Yope         MI    09      8
  17. Noah Engelmann     MD    13      6
  18. Ray Stakenas Sr    MI    05      6
  19. Kevin Brown        GA    06      4
  20. James Pei          TX    04      4
  21. Andrew Kieffe      ns    12      2
  22. David Zande        MI    08      2

2013 Laurelists                                           Repeating Laurelists 

Bill Burch, MD

John Keating, IN

Grant LaDue, NY

Doug Porterfield, VA

Noah Engelmann, MD

Past Winners

Bruce Young, SC

Richard Irving, CA
2005, 2009

George Deutsch, MD

Joseph Belyeu, AL

William Burch, MD

Nobody told me there would be books here. I never studied this hard when I was in school.

Joe Angiolillo, one of the original developers of the game, regales the circus with tales of yesteryear.

Andrew Kiefte chalks up a kill over Paul Weintraub as he completes the paperwork for his claim.

William Burch and Greg Ziemba dogfight during one of the four scheduled circus meetings.

        Curses, Yellow Baron! ...

Dogfights were conducted during pre-arranged target rich environments dubbed Flying Circuses and all around the convention through the free form format. Pilots were sortieing to qualify for the Final Circus. The six top qualifiers at the Final Circus then flew a round robin series of dogfights to determine this year's Ace of Aces.

Qualifying for the Final Circus were six former laurelists. Defending Champion Bill Burch lead this year's worthies. He would be ably opposed by Noah Engelmann, Grant Ladue - returning after a one-year self-imposed exile to break his streak of five runner-up finishes, two-time Champion Rich Irving, GM Doug Porterfield, and frequent flier Ray Stakenas II - aka the 'Yellow Baron'. As Rich Irving was awol as GM for another event, John Keating entered the aerodrome as first alternate. All were familiar faces in the Ace of Aces skies. Ray had the extra noted distinction of not flying during any of the Circuses and doing all of his kills asa lone stalker in the free-form format. That didn't prevent Ray from logging the most flights of any pilot among the 206 duels recorded. Ray was the sixth qualifier and only after winning his last dogfight to qualify.

Round 1 of the round robin contest began with Bill going the distance against Grant with a 7 - 5 decision. John quickly shot down Doug 6 - 3. Noah and Ray went into overtime before Ray managed to find the killing shot and win 8 - 7. Curses Yellow Baron!

Round 2 saw the champlon continue his strong title defense with a quick kill of Noah 6 - 2. John also jumped into a tie for the lead with another quick 6 - 2 kill over Grant for his second win. Suddenly, second place didn't look so bad to Grant after all. Doug flew a tough set against Ray and reached 6 tied, but Ray again prevailed in overtime with an 8 - 6 win. Curses Yellow Baron!

Round 3 began with three unbeatens. Bill chalked up his third kill over Doug in a 7 - 4 win. Grant finally gets on the board with a 6.5 - 2 victory over Noah. In a duel of unbeatens, Ray takes John into his third straight overtime contest, again winning 8 - 6. Curses Yellow Baron!

Round 4 gives Bill a fourth kill - dropping John to 2-2 with a 6.5 - 4.5 decision. Doug denied Noah his first kill, winning 7 - 5. Grant, now looking to keep his runner-up streak alive, met Ray - needing a win to do so. He manages to be the first to avoid Ray's secret strategy of overtime endurance, but only by losing in regulation, 6 - 4. Curses Yellow Baron!

The stage was thus set for a climactic Round 5 between two unbeatens for the title. One would emerge as a true ace with five kills against the best pilots the year could provide. But first Noah flew against John and finally logged the winning flight plan with a 6 - 2 victory for his first kill. Grant and Doug met in a battle for fourth with Grant prevailing 6 - 4. In the finale, Bill squared off against Ray for all the marbles - err wood. Bill's stellar title defense came to an abrupt end as he chose the wrong time to zig when he should have zagged and lost his first game as the Yellow Baron prevailed in a 6.5 - 4.5 win. Proving yet again, its not how often you win, but when and timing is everything in the skies.

Ted and Robert Drozd engage in some friendly patricide.

Ray Stakenas takes down the defending champ "Yellow Baron".

 The 2013 laurelists minus Grant LaDue who ducked out after his sixth straight also-ran finish. And he thought I wasn't counting!
 GM      Doug Porterfield  [8th Year]  NA   703-930-0295

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