Good Za In West Linn, Oregon

Za Nov 2014

Sixteen players enjoyed the ambience of Round Table Pizza while playing six games November 15.  Rich Moyer was our able director.  Winners were Carl Johnson, Betty Cornelison, and Joanne Manson.  We contributed $80 to the 2015 Word Cup fund.

Carl Johnson, Division 1 Winner

Carl Johnson, Division 1 Winner

Betty Cornelison, Divsion 2 Winner

Betty Cornelison, Divsion 2 Winner

Joanne Manson, Division 3 winner

Joanne Manson, Division 3 winner

Good news for East Coast players

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The word game scene has become livelier with the addition of several WGPO tournaments this Fall.  Winter ran Collins tournaments in Cambridge, Maryland, on October 25 and 26 and November 8 and 9.  Shown here are players at the November 8 tournament, won by Carl Durdan.

TWL and Collins players are invited to participate in two tournaments in Charlottesville, Virginia, on December 13 and 14.  See “Upcoming Tournaments” for details.

 

Colorado sent pictures, Iowa sent results

We’ve heard from two tournaments conducted over the weekend.

Loveland 1             Loveland 2   Loveland 3     Loveland 4

David Goldberg sent these scenes from Loveland, Colorado, November 8.

Wisconsin won the Minnesota-Wisconsin Border Battle, waged in Decorah, Iowa, November 8 – 9, with 2.8 games over expectation.  Director Mike Johnson reported these winners:

Team Minnesota:
1st: Steve Pellinen (11-3 +1332)
2nd: Lisa Odom (10-4 +1377)
Performance 1: Kathleen Murphy (+1.1 over expectation)
Performance 2: Bobbi Hendrickson (+.2 over expectation)
2nd Best Upset: Melissa Brown (+477 rating diff)
Team Wisconsin:
1st: Mike Johnson (10-4 +589)
2nd: Namoli Brennet (9-5 +68)
Performance 1: Ron Malzer (+2.1 over expectation)
Performance 2: Helen Flores (+1.5 over expectation)
Best Upset: Trish Coriden (+990 rating difference)

Dells Spell – 31st Edition

Stephanie Steele

Stephanie Steele

Oct 10 – 12, 2014.  Wisconsin Dells, 31 years and counting.  First under Scrabble® Players, then under NSA, then under NASPA and now under WGPO auspices.  Some things change, but it’s still Scrabble®, still a great group of players, great fall colors and often great weather.  It’s even enough of a home away from home for Minnesota players that we took advantage of Stephanie Steele’s last minute attendance and inducted her into the Minnesota Scrabble® Hall of Fame.

 

After hours found players sharing meals together, trying their hand at some informal Collins games with cheat sheets, sampling local beers and cheese, doing a special Dells-themed crossword puzzle created by Steve Bachman, or trying their hand at the hilariously depraved Cards Against Humanity.  A silent auction ably run by Helen Flores raised over $400 for next year’s Word Cup in Portland OR.

 

The Early Bird winners were Steve Pellinen Div A and Julia Bogle Div B (as the bottom seed!).  Main Event winners were Lisa Odom Div A, Kevin Schmiedicke Div B, Bobbi Hendrickson Div C and Paul Kyllonen Div D.  The Collins Event was won by Scott Jackson.

 

By Steve Pellinen, Tournament Director

 

 

 

 

 

Dells Players Doing Their Thing

Dells Players Doing Their Thing