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The 2017 World Championships

The 2017 edition of the USGPA Worlds featured twelve of the best guts teams from around the country competing in Livonia, MI over Labor Day weekend. Saturday went as scripted, with the top 4 seeds all advancing to the winner's bracket semi-finals. Those four teams were Blame The Dog (WI, IL), Shottlebop (MI), Bataan Park Bros. (NM), and O'Malley's Alley (MI). Bataan Park Bros., who traveled the furthest for this tournament, struggled early in the day, losing to the Hipsters in their morning round robin game before righting the ship and sending Buck's Brigade to the loser's bracket to close out Saturday. 

Sunday morning featured a dog fight in the winner's bracket as Shottlebop and Blame The Dog both took care of business and advanced to the bracket finals. Meanwhile, in the loser's bracket it was Buck's Brigade upsetting the US Nationals champion O'Malley's Alley in a 21-15 shocker. Bataan Park awaited that winner and eliminated Buck's Brigade 21-18 in a thriller and advanced to the loser's bracket finals where they found themselves trailing the young, upstart Shottlebop team 19-14 after the third switch. It was then that Bataan Park dug down deep and showed what they were made of. Bataan used their pinpoint accuracy to continuously hit their end man target and got some help from some errant throws from the young guns from Michigan's upper peninsula. With game point on the line it was Keenan Jackson making a sensational diving catch in the background to extend the match and propel Bataan Park to a 22-20 comeback win. 

Waiting for Bataan Park in the finals was a rested Blame The Dog but it didn't matter. Bataan Park had momentum and played with a purpose as they bombed their target repeatedly and put up a wall on defense. Bataan Park played their most complete match of the weekend at the right time and won the World Championship in convincing fashion 21-14 and 21-15. Congrats to Bataan Park, you guys are freaking awesome.

Dailey Jackson was named the MVP of the tournament but made sure to share his award with Bull, who played phenomenal defense all weekend as he was the most targeted member of the team. 

Pictured below from left to right are:

Joe Klesert, Daily Jackson, Bull, Keenan Jackson, Evan Davis, and Frank Brady

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