US Nationals 2018


The Appleton Assassins won the US Nationals. Again. For a seventh time. They're good.

The tournament featured 14 teams from around the Midwest in a picturesque setting in Marquette, MI. Saturday ended with the defending champions O'Malley's Alley (aka O'Malley's Saints, aka Boomtown Alley, a combination of Lansing and Marquette players), Shottle Bop (BOP!), Beer City, and the Assassins as the four remaining teams in the winner's bracket. Sunday featured perfect temperature and some great guts as Beer City eliminated Blood & Guts and Shottle Bop dispatched Blame the Dog in the early afternoon. The winner's bracket finals featured the Assassins only loss of the tournament at the hands of O'Malley's Alley in game one but Appleton rallied, like they are known to do, and eventually won the best-of-three match in resounding fashion. In the loser's bracket it was Shottle Bop using their devastating offense after a slow start to knock out Beer City and then the defending champs O'Malley's in the loser's bracket finals. That set the stage for a fantastic guts match between Shottle Bop and the Assassins as the young upstarts Bop fought a good match but were unable to prevail over the best team in the world. While Appleton continued their current eight year run of dominance in guts this match proved that the gap may be closing between Shottle Bop and the Assassins. In the end the Assassins swept Bop two games to none in the finals by scores of 21-16 and 21-15 to secure their record 7th US National Championship. Jonathan Luedke proved why he is one of the top players in guts history by securing ANOTHER MVP after playing near perfect guts and holding down the middle position for Appleton all weekend. Congrats squad!

Pictured below (back row L to R) is Alex Tews, Jon Luedke, and Jericho Leudke and (front row L to R) Adam Swampton, their biggest little fan Myles Leibson, captain Josh Tews, and Brian "Poppa" Tews. 




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