We had a great event! We had 16 teams and (9) brand new 1st time ever players, notably the 6-man team from NMU's Ultimate team called "Thunder Flick and those Ultimate Players"
We were so pleased to have Dave and Kaye Nesbitt join us all the way from Kone, New Caledonia! What a treat! We also had a lot of fun recognizing the 34th wedding anniversary of Mark and Kathy Banghart.
1st place - Appelton Assasins
2nd place - Boomtown Saints
3rd place - Beer City
4th place - Silverbacks
Cash Prizes were:
The Player Package included: • Red Commemorative Disc, • Tournament Tshirt, • Car Decal, • "I Love GUTS" sunglasses & • a program for each of the players. (also "Things to Do in the UP" booklets)
The weather cooperated with temps near 70's, partly cloudy and breezy at times.
Our tournament theme was "Fan Appreciation" and with the help of our sponsors we were able to giveaway many prizes to our fans. Our wonderful MC, Adam Holloway, was back and he kept us moving and added a lot of fun.
We paid tribute to our good friend Gary Ciaglaski. I actually had written something to share but did not get a chance to read it as the tournament duties took on a life of its own (which it always does:) But at the end, Buck asked us to raise our hands to the sky in tribute to Gary, and it was a very moving moment. The visual of it was touching. We did incorporate some of the fun Gary brought to the US Nats in 2011, such as the bead toss and had some posters with photos of him through the years. The best tribute to him however was that his son, Kirk Ciaglaski, designed and handmade the trophies which were wood medallions with Gary's HOF silhouette on one side, and another image on the back. They were awesome!