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Farside Win Amateur at WPF Great Lakes 5 Man 

Futureball Paintball, owned and operated by James Zander was host to the World Paintball Federation's 5-Man regional tournament near Detroit, Michigan on September 22nd,  2001. The event was part of the Zap Tour, a series of tournaments across the United States in which teams earn points towards the World Paintball Federation Ace championship titles. Farside from Chicago, Illinois took 1st place in the amateur class, Headhunters from Colorado took 1st in the novice class, and Split from Michigan took 1st in the rookie class. Over $15,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to the top three finishers in each of the rookie, novice, and amateur classes. 

Rookie, novice and amateur teams in attendance were treated to a full day of WPF style 5-Man competition complete with 5 man referee squads, arena style fields, and classification-based scheduling. Rookie and novice teams played on a field that consisted of drainage pipes and spools, while the amateur teams played on a Sup'Air field. Spectators were allowed to observe the games from netted viewing areas along the sidelines.

While many of the teams in attendance were from the Detroit area, several WPF member teams came from out of state trying to improve their standing in
the WPF Ace circuit. The New York Dogs arrived with 300 points and left with 340, Missouri Magic Black arrived with 310 points and left with 320,
Colorado Headhunters arrived with 320 points and left with 380, and Team
Juveniles arrived with 240 points and left with 310. 

In addition to earning WPF Ace points, competing teams played hard for a
portion of the generous prize purse. In the amateur class, Farside took home
$2,500 cash, 5-Warp Feeds from Airgun Design, 5-$25 gift certificates from
ACI Sports, and 1 team entry into the 2001 WPF/Zap International Masters for their 1st place finish. In the novice class, Colorado Headhunters received
5-Warp Feeds from Airgun Design, 5-Fifty-One cu Bottles from Crossfire,
Inc., 5-Ricochet 2K Hoppers, 1-team entry into the 2001 WPF/Zap International Masters, and 5-$25 gift certificates from ACI Sports. Split, the rookie winner, received 5-Ricochet 2K hoppers, 5-Gear Bags certificates
from PB Planet, 5-Team Jerseys from REDZ Comfort Gear, and 1-team entry into the 2001 WPF/Zap International Masters.  All players who attended received barrel plugs compliments of Allen Paintball Products.

Title sponsor Zap Paintball supplied their High Octeal Performance Plus TM
paintballs for the tournament. Zap Paintball of Canada, one of the largest
manufacturers for the sport, supplies factory fresh paintballs for all World
Paintball Federation events for the 2001 season. Performance Plus, the result of years of development, is their premium paintball.

Officials for the WPF Great Lakes 5 Man Challenge were hand picked by Bill
Bryant, ultimate for the WPF and designer of the WPF Referee Corps. Sponsored by Raven USA, the WPF Referee Corps teaches an extremely
proactive method of officiating, as well as, interpersonal and communication
skills. The day before competition began, the referees participated in 8 hours of intense training to prepare them for the tournament. 

Response from attending teams was overwhelmingly "thumbs up". They enjoyed the separate classification format, the well-paced game schedule, the
quick and intense five-minute games, the unlimited paint, and the considerations
given to them by the staff. 

Sponsors for the event and the Zap Tour include: ACI Sports, Airgun Design,
Allen Paintball, Crossfire, Inc., Crossfire Paintball Digest, Custom Products, Indian Creek Design, JT USA, Kingman International, Paintball Planet, Raven USA, Redz Comfort Gear, Ricochet, Scott USA, Tippmann Pneumatics, Unique Pro Gear, and Zap Paintballs.

For more information on the Great Lakes 5 Man Challenge, contact Sam
Caldwell at 615-383-6533, or by email at sam@wpfonline. To learn more
about the WPF Referee Corps, contact Bill Bryant at 615-383-6533 or by
email at bill@wpfonline.com.
 

Finishing Positions - Amateur Class
1st     Farside - John Rathbun
2nd    Aces Wild - Dan Brandi
3rd     Redline - Shane Gustafson
4th     NY Dogs - Al Pennino
5th     Mayhem  - Tim Montressor
6th     Xtreme Impact Black - Alec Hunt
7th     Xtreme Impact Blue - Kent Currie
8th     Missouri Magic Black - Steve Short

Finishing Positions - Novice Class
1st     Colorado Headhunters - Anthony Manzanares
2nd     Bizzaro - Jason Nelson
3rd     Team Juveniles  - Jason Ramsey

Finishing Positions - Rookie Class
1st     Split   - Josh Lewis
2nd     GDL - Scott Breitmoser
3rd     Disposable Heros - Jason Berube
4th     Blood Lust - David Kazanowski
 


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