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The August leaderboard of the World Tunnel League did not pitch any teams from the east and west coast of the U.S.A. directly against each other, as the Florida teams signed up for the AAA and AA sequences, while west coast teams competed in the A and Rookie categories. However, there was enough internal competition, and some of the sequences were similar enough to allow a rough comparison.
The internal competition was closer in Florida than in Northern California. DeLand Kickers and Team Kaputt were separated by only three points after ten rounds, and Bob Byrne's two SCZ FutheranZe XP lineups battled for the second place in the AA Class.
Lori Connor organized the World Tunnel League competition at iFLY Sacramento and provided the insights of the event.
World Tunnel League - August 2017
|1||SDC ZEUS 2.2||FTL||10||14||18||12||11||11||8||8||13||9||114||11.4|
|2||SCZ FutheranZe XP 2.1||FTL||6||10||15||10||10||9||4||10||12||7||93||9.3|
|3||SCZ FutheranZe XP 2.2||FTL||5||9||13||9||9||11||6||7||14||8||91||9.1|
|3||Out of Order||NCTL||9||13||11||13||8||8||-||-||-||-||62||10.3|
There was internal competition among two A Class teams with the Err Speed lineup of John Verley, Lisa Larkin, Calli Waltrip and Ron Ashcraft ranking 1st in this category with 16 points.
The Rookie Class teams were the most competitive, as usual, with three teams flying RRR and four flying RR sequences. Even though the team with the Stephens family (father Monty and brothers Travis and Matt, along with Lori Connor) scored 13 points in RRR, their score did not qualify since the lineup rules only allow one player coach to fly in RRR. So the top score in RRR went to Ryan Kihm, Reed Lawson, Matt Lawson and player coach Pete Swan with 11 points.
Both the RR and R Class highscores went to Brenda Jacobs, Keith Clayton and player coaches Lori Connor and Matt Stephens. They added 27 points in RR and 21 points in R to the iFLY Sacramento account. This was the first event that 4-way rookie Brenda Jacobs had ever flown with the NCSL Sacramento team!
NCSL coaches held another August Tunnel Kicker on August 23rd where Matt Stephens, Lori Connor, Jason Russell and Steven Walker performed their AAA and AA Class rounds and added 20 points in AAA and 17 points in AA. Collectively, the Sacramento team scored 112 for iFLY Sacramento, which is hopefully enough to defend the 1st place on the ICL leaderboard for the 12-foot tunnels.
The WTL lineup for Sacramento included three A Class teams and two Rookie Class teams.
Flight Club took 2nd place with 105 points and a 17.5 average at Kristen and Justin Breaux's first time A Class competition! Out of Order, with Monty Stephens, Russ Hebert, Scott Rainey and Matt Stephens, took 3rd with a 10.4 average.
Rookie Class team Grip Tease (Maria Sheets, Michelle Hart, Sona Santos-Linsenbach, Brenda Jacobs) won the Rookie Class, where Hot Fuel was close in 2nd place. Thanks iFLY Sacramento for the awesome tunnel, great staff and for being such a great host! Next up is this Thursday's 3-way tunnel scrambles! It's always a favorite...!