Firstly, apologies that it took so long to get this out. I've been busy. As always, reading these articles are something that may not excite but is a good way of thanking those that helped out Camden Youth Soccer Club. The delay also allows me to advertise the new season, so there is that.
Anyway, we had a record 24 participants for the actual dart tournament. It meant four groups of six. In Group A, two-time champion Jeff Schroth came in first and Bill Sandone was the runner-up. Kieran and Harmony Todd along with Ed Waldeyer and Shelly Rabouse were eliminated. Group B had Michael Barycki in first place, Zach Van Benthem beating Maurice Keningsteen by virtue of winning their match and Becca Van Benthem, Jake Kelly and Harry Simons not qualifying for the next stage. In the next round, both Group winners won, with Michael beating Bill and Jeff beating Zach.
In Group C, there were two players clearly ahead of everyone else. Mike Roskiewich and Chelsea Barrish finished first and second respectively. Mariano Wisnowski, Wayne Rozecki, Leanne Abelino and Willem Simons were those easily beaten. In probably the toughest group (these "Random draws" can be a pain), an unbeaten Me won the group stage, with second place being taken by Derek Lutz. It was the first time Brian Barrish didn't qualify, and he was joined on the sidelines by Erwin Van Zanten, Linda Kelly and Roderick Rabouse. Strangely, both group winners in this instance lost their quarterfinal ties, meaning that the semifinals pitted Michael Barycki against Chelsea Barrish, and Jeff Schroth against walk-up entrant Derek Lutz.
In the semifinals, as a change to make it easier for someone to catch up, we went to a game of 501, where you score points, count down from 501 and end on a double. Maybe it was that change, or maybe it was a year of practice, but Chelsea Barrish beat Michael Barycki, who just couldn't get that double. There was going to be a new winner as Jeff Schroth also lost his semifinal.
The third place game started first, and Michael Barycki came in third to follow up two second place finishes. Jeff Schroth went home without a trophy for the first time, and at the end Michael made a promise that if he doesn't win next year, he will donate $50 to CYSC. In the final, nerves may have gotten the better of Chelsea, or it may have been the fact that Derek Lutz is a great dart player. In any case it wasn't all that close, and Derek took home the two big trophies.