Crans captures crown at paintball tournament
Having only taken part in paintball for two years, it is safe to say that Dirk Crans had his most successful day of competition on Saturday at Spirit Fire Park in Devlin.
Crans was able to outlast six other fighters during the course of a double elimination tournament, as he was able to capture the second-annual Fritz Bujold Memorial Singles Tournament title.
“The weather cooperated, which was a first, and everyone really gave it their all out there.
“There was some really fierce competition between the guys,” Crans added.
The final fight of the day saw Crans clinch the championship against Chris Sobkowicz, in a match that Crans easily considered to be the most memorable one of the event.
“I basically made a quick charge from the other end of the speedball court and was underneath where (referee) Joe (Carlson) was,” Crans recalled.
“Chris was circling around the bush at that point, and I was just able to get lucky and caught him out in the open,” Crans reasoned.
Though the weather at the Park turned out to be much better than initially forecast, the overall tournament entries were down from last year, which left Carlson, the event organizer, with mixed emotions.
“We had a downturn on the turnout, but our main core of guys were here,” Carlson said.
“It was a bit unfortunate that we didn’t get to see a lot of new fighters join us, but the core group of fighters had some really fierce fights, which was great to see,” Carlson added.
A female competition also took place on Saturday, with Susan Stewart taking home the tournament title.
The next scheduled paintball event at Spirit Fire Park will be the annual doubles tournament, which is set to take place during the final weekend of August.