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NWTS
Northwest Tournament Series
Field - Operation Paintball
Graham, WA
February 15, 2003

The second stop of the Northwest Tournament Series (NWTS) this year was
held under the sunny skies in gorgeous and rural Graham, WA (U.S.) at
Operation Paintball. Now in its third season, the NWTS is the oldest and largest paintball circuit in the Northwestern part of the United States

Located about twenty minutes from Tacoma towards the Godly Mount
Rainier, Operation Paintball (operationpaintball.8m.com) is a mix-use
paintball facility featuring a few wooded recreational fields as well as a few concept tournament fields. For this tournament, event producers decided to use the airball/hyperball combo field, a smaller hyperball field and an urban, village field featuring cars, a two-story pink house and a satellite dish.  All of the tournament fields at Operation Paintball are netted off with picnic tables for spectators to watch the action.

The sun was hiding behind the clouds as the typical Northwest drizzle
decided to spend the cool February day at Operation Paintball. A total of 30 young gun, rookie and novice teams mixed it up for the second event of the NWTS season.

The Young Guns Division was very close with strong competition from the
young ballers. Portland Paintball Kids 1, Naughty Dogs Jr. and a new team from Weekend Warriors in Marquam, OR called Consumed. All of the Young Gun teams were given a free T-shirt thanks to DYE-the NWTS Young
Guns sponsor.

Again, the Rookie Division would prove to host the largest division of the event and the most competition. This tournament would showcase four
brand new rookie teams jumping into the finals—Tilt, Asylum, Nurv and N
Control Rookie. Also present were Kaotic Impact and BK Factory Rookie
Team—both of which were in the finals for the first event last month.  The competition was so close that Explicit Chaos missed the finals by only one point.

The Novice Division was extremely competitive with newcomers Groundhogs and Landslide joining STP in the novice finals. Landslide, the 2002 NWTS Series Champs, were considered the frontrunners for this event as they have brought back four of their five players from last season and
have added Evan “Goon” Neale from Naughty Dogs Silver to their roster.
Landslide maxed both of their finals games to win the five Works Guns
that were being given out for first place. Canada's Method made the trek down across the border for their first venture with the NWTS but unfortunately had to settle for a fourth place finish and had to watch the finals instead of play. Hopefully, the Canucks will fare better next time.

Final Standings for the NWTS on February 15th, 2003:

Young Guns Division:
1st Place: Consumed (OR)
2nd Place: Portland Paintball Kids 1 (OR)
3rd Place: Naughty Dogs Jr. (OR)

Rookie Division:
1st Place: N Control Rookie (WA)
2nd Place: Asylum (WA)
3rd Place: Nurv (OR)
4th Place: Tilt (WA)
5th Place: BK Factory Rookie (ID)
6th Place: Kaotic Impact (WA)

Novice Division:
1st Place: Landslide (WA)
2nd Place: Groundhogs (WA)
3rd Place: STP (WA)

The NWTS is sponsored by National Paintball Supplies, Smart Parts, Dye
Precision, Diablo Paintballs, Works Paintball, Chipley Custom Machine,
Facefull, Empire Paintball, Generation E Sports, Sire Paintball,
Portland Paintball, The Paintball Store, Richochet Development and
Operation Paintball.

We have four five-man NWTS events left:
Sat, March 15th - Operation Paintball (WA)
Sat, April 19th - The Paintball Store Field (WA)
Sat, May 17th - Weekend Warriors (OR)
Sat, Oct. 4th - Weekend Warriors (OR)

We are also presenting for the first time in the Northwest a special prize event in the 7-man format on Sat, July 12 at Operation Paintball (WA). This event is a $500 entry with two divisions (novice/open and rookie).

For more info about the NWTS, please visit nwts.org
 


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