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Paraclete XP won the last month of the year by four points over the Hurricane Factory and reduced the final difference and Czech 2018 winning margin from six to two points (1461 - 1459). It was the closest finish in the history of the Indoor Cloud League.
It was a dramatic finish too. The Czech team had first submitted the video of a 24-pointer for the RR Class sequence that the HF Flying Rebels had scored. It turned out that the junior team was not eligible for this category any longer, after posting 31 and 25 points in October and November. The HF Dragonflies helped out with their 21-pointer for the same sequence, and the monthly total of the Hurricane Factory for December dropped from 146 to 143 points.
Paraclete XP's scores were not known at that point in time. However, according to the final scores, as they were posted on December 31st, Paraclete would have won the December competition by six points. The 6-point difference at the end of November would have been eliminated, and the two ICL powerhouses would have been tied in 1st place for an unbelievable finish after the 12 months of ICL indoor competition this year.
|Indoor Cloud League 2018||Jan||Feb||Mar||Apr||May||Jun||Jul||Aug||Sep||Oct||Nov||Dec||Total|
|Flying Chamber: 14+ Feet|
The story on December 29th then explained how the Czech 4-way team High Five added two more points to the December total of the Hurricane Factory before the Paraclete XP scores for December were submitted and posted. The Czech total was now up to 145 points, which was also the final number for the month.
High Five, who had also competed and won the Rookie Class for the Czech delegation at the ESL Championship 2018, were eventually the year's match winner for the Hurricane Factory, as well. They were not eligible for R and RR sequences any longer and had not submitted ICL scores in October and November, while they posted their first A Class scores at both World Tunnel League meets in November and December.
Then they came back with ICL scores just in time to save the 2018 victory for the Hurricane Factory with the additional two points for the RRR sequence.
Indoor Cloud League 2018
Paraclete XP finished the ICL 2018 season with the highest total of the year on the 14+ leaderboard, which was almost enough to turn the top of the leaderboard. The Paraclete December team claimed or tied five of the six highscores. Only HF Flying Circus was able to fend off the Paraclete world class lineup in the AA Class, and only due to a point deduction.
At the end, the highest total for a month during the 2018 season was still not enough for Paraclete XP to win this year. The Hurricane Factory had won the 14+ title in 2017 by 102 points (1529 - 1427), and the difference is down to two points at the end of the 2018 season (1461 - 1459). The duel between the two ICL powerhouses can be expected to continue in 2019, while it can hardly get any closer...
|Paraclete XP - December||AAA||AA||A||RRR||RR||R||Total|
|Kirk Verner, Jeana Billings, Morgan Womble, Brian Krause||26||28(-1)||-||-||-||-||54|
|Nik Grimm, Chris Webb, Dee Caminiti, Kirk Verner||-||-||23||-||-||-||23|
|Bubba Brunson, Emily Hill, Kirk Verner, Jeana Billings||-||-||-||24||-||-||24|
|Jessica Belanger, Olivia Bauder, Brian Krause, Morgan Womble||-||-||-||-||23||27(-1)||48|
|Paraclete XP's Best of December||26||28||23||24||23||25||149|