2017 Year of the Rooster Coldcock Winter Tournament Recap
By: Peyton Sivak
This past Saturday marked the beginning of the Chinese year of the rooster and the first ever Coldcock tournament to celebrate it. Many teams from the local area, Pittsburgh and Buffalo showed up at Enchanted Mountain Spirits in Jamestown to see what fortune the rooster had in store for them in this monumental season of Stones. The course consisted of four exterior stretches sculpted from ice and snow with the fifth and final stretchindoors on a brand new turf playing surface. Although the course and weather were unconventional for a stones tournament, the competition, intensity, and quality of play were as good as always.
In one bracket, the Rock E. Balboas (Frank Besse and Rob Loll) seemed like the team to beat. They began the day with a tough matchup against Jason Sivak and Greg Benson. Balboas sprinted out of the gates to an early lead and poured it on the for the remainder of the game. They ended up winning by double digits, knocking Jason and Greg out of the tournament and sending them back to the bar to lick their wounds. Their next matchup was the
young duo Victorious Secret (Kade Sivak and Erik Johnson). The game was a shootout. Throw after throw each team would one up the other and every round of scoring finished with a cluster of stones surrounding the mark. It was a tight game down to the wire on the fifth landing, but in the end Balboas edged out Kade and Erik 9-7 For the win. Following that, they advanced to the semifinals to face Like Brothers (Adam and Josh Eckert). The Balboas started the game strong, jumping out to an 11-0 lead and were looking to coast their way to the finals, but the Eckerts had other plans. Balboas’ lead swiftly slipped away due to Josh throwing lights out Stones again and again, until the Balboas found themselves hanging on to a measly two point lead, as they went inside to the final stretch. Like Brothers stole another couple points and soon they were out in the snow again to settle it in overtime. Like Brothers kept the heat on and knocked out Rock E. Balboas. Like Brothers were headed to the finals against a skilled and determined adversary…
In the other bracket, the story was all about team Julius (Larry King Jr. and Jeff Breen). They started the tournament in a rematch of the championship game from 2016 World Championships against the strong young team Foos Gold (Lake and Peyton Sivak). What seemed like a tough draw at the time
turned out turned out to be a walk in the park for team Julius as they trampled the young talent 16-5 and were on to the next round. Their following matchup was against another top team, Frosty Freeballers (Camren Nelson and Jake Weidner), in which Julius handed out another crushing defeat. They continued into the semifinals where they battled against another team of brothers, the Ball Busters (Ryan and Reid Smith). The game was hard fought and their closest game of the day. Only up by a few going into the last stretch, Julius gave up another point and were soon facing a high pressure situation. However, they stayed cool and consistent and defeated the Ball Busters on the fifth landing. Team Julius was headed to the finals to face off against Like Brothers.
As the sun was going down and darkness began to creep over the now beaten and battered icy cou
rse, spectators gathered around to witness the Coldcock Championship game. The final began as a tight battle, with the Eckerts carrying the momentum from their miraculous overtime victory, but it turned into a slaughter. Team Julius’ consistency was too much in the end, as it had been for every other team they faced that day and they defeated Like Brothers 17-9. Larry King Jr. and Jeff Breen were crowned champions of yet another tournament and were awarded with a couple bottles of Enchanted Mountains Spirits to celebrate their victory. Overall, it was another great day of stones competition, kicking off the Year of the Rooster in exceptional fashion.