USARPS chAMPionship – DAY 6


No, you’re not missing Day 5 … the action at Panama City Beach was too intense to get a blog entry for day 5, so we’re skipping right to day 6. (Yes, I mean the RPS action-  thank you very much)

Let me catch you up.

Week 2 is a shorter week for the USARPS chAMPionships with qualifying competitions spanning Monday and Tuesday, leading up the finals on Wednesday.

On Monday we were Roshamboing with mother nature as she threaten Panama City Beach with thunderstorms.   But a few clouds and an occasional drizzle couldn’t stop the masses here in Florida.  Spring Breakers packed the AMP – USARPS booth on the beach and 5 semifinalists emerged.

Tuesday was all about finding that final fist to fill the semis for a shot at 20 grand for tuition.  That final fist was attached to the arm of Josh “Stone Thrower” Stone from Oklahoma.  He claimed his berth- shockingly – with a rock and moved on to the round of sixteen played later last night. 

Ten campus winners joined our six beach qualifiers in the lobby of the Boardwalk Resort Hotel.  16 players entered knowing full well that only 4 would survive to play on stage ahead of the NERD / FLO RIDA show on Wednesday.  And of those 4, only one would face off against Naco, our winner from week 1.

Highlights from the round of 16-

“Sunny” Patel from Rutgers eliminated “Quick Draw” Haynes from U of Maryland in just 2 throws.

Vanessa “Loch Nessa” Gomez schooled “Brown Sugar” Navarro.

“El Presidente” from Alabama stopped the music for “Happy Feet” Godsey from Tennessee.

Tricky Nikki Vaverka from Oklahoma smashed “Scissorhands” Sturges from Iowa.

Joey Smashwell… smashed well and cleaned up “the Janitor” for Colorado State.


We were left with 8, but we only needed four-

3 of our final matched went down to the last possible throw.  In the end, moving on the the stage are:

John “Stone Thrower” Stone from Oklahoma, Arkady “RKD” Sokolov from Rutgers, Creighton “El Presidente” Rhodes from Alabama and Joey Smashwell from Georgia Southern.

These four student athletes will play down to one Wednesday afternoon. That one man will play “Naco” Monaco from Syracuse for $20,000 in tuition.  It’s gonna be good.


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