98 Expression Session Review
An excellent time was had by all at the 2nd Annual
"Expression Session." Kudos to host Steve Scannell who did
an excellent job organizing the event/party. Freestylers
from five states attended including Massachusetts,
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New York to meet
for a wintertime tourney/jam in Lakeville, MA. Also
attending were significant others and a rare appearance by
Joe Proud, legendary tourney announcer, disc man
extraordinaire and winner a numerous freestyle drinking
contests, otherwise known to most as "Lick me."
An interesting experiment in video judging, using FPA
scoring sheets, resulted in the standings below. The final
point results were tight across the board.
Open pair results:
1) Brad Keller/Scott Sailor
2) Rick Williams/Carl Emerson
3) Petri Isola/Alan Caplin
4) Steve Scannell/Mark Ide
5) Toddy Brodeur/Chris DePaola
6) Nikki & Rick Ross
Playing order for open pairs was selected randomly in the
First up: Petri/Alan. Alan and Petri had the highest diff
scores and played well-including a total of 8 double spins
between them and several co-ops. Petri alone closed four
hard double spinning catches including a double laser,
flaud, gitis and scarecrow (I thought this was the muy hein
and can't remember seeing this in competition recently).
Alas, they had a few too many drops and came in third.
Second up: Toddy/Chris. Toddy and Chris came out flowing and
working the disc between them well. In spite of too many
drops they had high diff. Chris pulled off some moves I
haven't seen him do in the few competitions he's been in
lately, especially a real nice barrel catch, an excellent UD
crow, plus his original rapid gitis pull to a gitis catch.
Third up: Steve/Mark. Other than Nikki and Rikki Steve and
Mark had the most planned routine starting out with three
discs and juggling. Their ex was good and helped them clinch
fourth place, with Steve doing his signature moves. A
relative newcomer to competition, Mark raised his level,
held his own and helped boost pres scores.
Fourth up: Rick W./Carl. Not knowing in the car who he would
jam with, having an unmentioned styler bail on him that
morning, Rick teamed up with surprise show Carl Emerson.
Both these guys have been around and have their patented
moves down. With good ex and both pulling off their moves
they came in second. WTG! (Way to go)
Fifth up: Nikki & Rick. We all keep marveling at the
progress that Nikki Ross is making (she will rule one day).
Both Nikki and Rick played well with some nice speed flow
moves and choreography. Plus Rick pulled off a nice crow!
Sixth up: Brad/Scott. These guys from New York came up and
pulled the rug out from under New England. With Scott
showing improvement every time you see him and Brad doing
his NYC flowstyle they pulled out a win. Variety, co-ops and
flow says it all.
After open pairs, co-op teams were selected randomly and
given 30 minutes to pick music and come up with an impromptu
routine. Judges were asked only to name the top team (Petri,
Todd & Brad).
Random Co-op results:
1) Petri, Todd, Brad
T2) Scott, Alan, Carl
T2) Rick W., Steve, Nikki
T2) Rick R., Chris, Mark
After jamming we all went to the Chateau duLac (Steve's) for
chow and merriment.