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16 teams competed in three competition classes, and the AA/Intermediate Class was the most popular one with a total of nine teams.
Three teams of the Texas Skydiving League had the whole AAA/Open Class for themselves, and Dallas Thunder won with a 15.5 meet average.
The interview took place during the SSL Valentine's Meet 2006 in Eloy, when Brian Kause and team videographer Larry Miller drove hours to visit the event in Eloy that they had originally planned to attend as competitors. The Golden Knights had to cancel the trip to Florida in March, as well, when they had to help out for the Army's short-handed demo team.
This time, missing the Carolina Skydiving League 2006 season opener was caused by an injury shortly before the meet. Brian Krause once again informed the NSL News with the sad news ahead of time:
The Golden Knights will be back, no doubt, and Brian Krause promised to update the NSL News when they will be back in action. Last weekend, the AAA/Open Class competition had to take place without the Golden Knights representing the Carolina Skydiving League in Raeford.
The Sunday morning was clear and calm with eight teams competing at this meet, four in the Rookie Class and four in the AA/Intermediate Class. The CASL competition should be interesting this year. This was the first meet since the start of the CASL that there was no established team returning in any of the competition classes.
Last year's league champions, who were also the winners of the Intermediate Class silver medals at the USPA Nationals 2005, Carolina Ice, has moved up to the AAA/Advanced Class competition. Ice was not at this meet due to an injury, and we hope to see them at the next meet.
CASL Director Randy Garman had Rhonda Roper and Keith Walter on his side as the event judges.
The next TSL team, Dallas Avalanche, was only two points behind the Furious Foxes and Crazy Ivan and the Crew. The whole 9-team ranking of last weekend's AA Class competition is a regular exchange between teams from Texas and Carolina. More team information and a meet report from Texas will follow soon.