The North County Shootout



OCTOBER 9, 2011 – LEOMINSTER, MA – Ten contestants were on hand to participate in this annual event. The weather conditions were clear and  seasonably warm with a  moderate wind. A good day for GX combat.

At the end of round one, Richard Sherman had the early lead posting a 725 point two cut win. Dick Sherman and Neil Simpson were close with 620 point round one wins of their own. In round two Dick and young Richard faced off in a match that ended in a one cut apiece draw. Next, Neil and Chris Sarnowski flew to a low scoring draw. In the very next match Brian Stas and Joe Fustolo flew to a one cut apiece draw both moving into contention in the process.  At the halfway point Richard  had the clear lead with 1235 points followed by Dick, Neil and  Brian who were bunched 100 points or so behind Richard. Round three started with Richard and Neil flying to a one cut apiece draw. In the next match Dick and Brian suffered a fly-away following some good action early. Next Joe continued to move toward the front with a two cut  to one win over Chris, who was flying very steady. Both Jeff and Jake Vader were flying steady, as well. Going into round four they were also beginning to move toward the front of the pack. Going into round four it was Richard with 1745 points, Neil with 1540 points with Dick and Joe both at 1435 points. Chris, Brian, Jeff and Jake were just behind Dick and Joe. Round four started with Jake earning a one cut win over Paul Kubek.  Next Jeff got a one cut win over Glenn Simpson. Next Chris got a two cut to one win over Brian. In the semi-final Dick and  Neil mid-aired taking each other out of contention, in the process. In the final Joe earned a two cut to one win over Richard. When the scores were added  up Joe had the win, Chris and Richard were tied for second with Jeff fourth and Jake fifth. A coin flip decided the second place tie. Richard took home the Sportsman “gold”.

Thanks go out to Lloyd Seymour who promoted and CD’ed this annual event. Also a special Thank You to Lloyd’s wife, Cheryl, who invited us back to her house, at day’s end, for food and drink. Cheryl has done this for many years now and it’s certainly a treat. Cheryl also sent everyone home with an apple crisp. Thank you Cheryl for your hospitality and generosity.

The North County Shootout
Formula GX Combat
10 contestants (8 from MA) (2 from NH)
20 matches - 3 mid airs -1 fly-away

(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA2060pts
(A) Chris Sarnowski-Bedford, MA    2045pts  (won coin flip)
(S) Richard Sherman-Andover, MA  2045pts  (lost coin flip)
(E) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH             1855pts
(S) Jake Vader-Franklin, NH           1830pts
(E) Neil Simpson-East Brookfield, MA    1740pts
(E) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA          1725pts
(E) Dick Sherman-Andover, MA      1635pts
(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA1310pts
(A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA        1110pts

The top three were Joe Fustolo (1st), Chris Sarnowski (2nd)
and Richard Sherman (3rd plus Ist Sportsman)

photos courtesy of Jeff Vader