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Bracket battle

Make 13 your lucky number.

The Landmark’s 13th annual NCAA basketball bracket contest is just days away. It’s the original and longest-running public bracket contest in Platte County.

Entry, as always, is free and limited to one per person. This year’s winner will receive a $100 prize, as well as bragging rights and much publicity in the pages of your Landmark and at

Again this year, Landmark publisher Ivan Foley is offering rewards to those who finish with a higher score than he does. Anyone with a better score than Foley will receive two one-year subscriptions to The Landmark, the only countywide newspaper in Platte County. To these winners, both years can be applied to the entrant’s subscription or keep one for yourself and pass the other year to a friend or family member.

Bracket pairings will be announced on Sunday, March 15. Entries in The Landmark’s contest are due by 11 a.m. On Thursday, March 19.

To enter, fill out a copy of the bracket, which you can clip out of the daily papers or pull one off the many Internet sites that will have them. Pick a winner for every tournament game.

Any lines left blank will be counted as a loss. As a potential tiebreaker, write in how many total points you think will be scored in the national championship game.

Entries can be faxed to 816-858-2313. They can also be emailed to or dropped by The Landmark office at 252 Main Street in historic downtown Platte City.

Entries can also be mailed to PO Box 410, Platte City, Mo, 64079, but must arrive by 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19.

Be sure to write your name and phone number on your bracket, as well as how many total points you think will be scored in the championship game.

Scoring will be done as follows:

Two points for each correct first round pick; four points for second round winners; six points for third round winners; eight points in the fourth round; 15 points in the fifth round, and 30 points for picking the tourney champion.



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