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4-8-2015


Daniel Bunge wins
Landmark Bracket Battle

by Ivan Foley
Landmark publisher

The results are in. The winner of this year’s Bracket Battle in The Landmark is Daniel Bunge.

Daniel, a well-spoken third grader at Siegrist Elementary School and the son of Brad and Kerri Bunge of Platte City, said this is the first year he has entered The Landmark’s contest.

Daniel said he filled out his Landmark bracket at the home of a friend and that he also filled out a bracket at home. “I took the one at home more seriously,” he said.

“He won the contest at home, too,” said his father.

Daniel finished with a total of 232 points in The Landmark’s Bracket Battle. For his performance, Daniel earns $100 in cold hard Landmark cash. His dad drove him to The Landmark office Tuesday night to collect his winnings and pose for a picture.

The tournament wrapped up Monday night when Duke defeated Wisconsin in the championship game.

Daniel’s bracket was impressive, as he correctly picked all of the teams that would make the Elite Eight, all that would make the Final Four, and had Duke over Wisconsin in the championship game. It’s one of the best brackets in recent memory in our contest, which attracted 170 entries this year.

Around 110 of the entries incorrectly predicted a Kentucky championship. There were about 22 entries picking Wisconsin and around 11 who correctly predicted a national title for Duke. No other schools were in double digits.

Finishing second in the Bracket Battle is Brenda Sinclair with 194 points. Coming in third is Nic Blaha with 191.

Both Sinclair and Blaha get a free copy of Landmark columnist Chris Kamler’s new book “The Silence, The Series & The Season of Sungwoo,” which can be picked up at The Landmark office at 252 Main Street in Platte City.

But the real treat? Everybody who entered this year is getting the opportunity to claim a free one-year subscription to The Landmark, because the entry of Landmark publisher Ivan Foley was officially declared a disaster.

Foley finished near the bottom this year, so close to the bottom in fact that he is offering the free one-year subscription to everyone who played along.

If you entered, claim your free one-year Landmark subscription by calling the newspaper at 816-858-0363 or emailing ivan@plattecountylandmark.com. To claim your prize, you must contact us with your name and give us your mailing address for your one-year subscription by June 1, 2015.

Thanks for playing. We’ll do it again next spring.

Here are the final standings for this year’s contest:

Daniel Bunge - 232
Brenda Sinclair - 194
Nic Blaha - 191
Jackson Gregory - 184
Gage Fulk - 184
Amy Amos - 179
Chris Seufert - 179
Hannah McEnaney - 177
Mike McCarty - 172
Ashley Scanlon - 171
Rob Willard - 169
John L Steffel - 168
Janet Keim -167
Linda Foley - 165
Sue Palm -165
Taylor Sampsell - 165
Kathleen Scanlon -163
Elley Scanlon - 163
Kerry Scanlon - 163
Sam Elliott - 161
Court Sinclair - 161
Robert Schultz - 161
Daryl Grame - 161
Steve Plumb - 159
Kelli Cupp - 159
Blaire Sampsell - 159
Kim Moppin - 159
Cory Kincaid - 159
Judy Wilson - 159
Brad Verkamp - 157
Lance Otto -157
Anna Nutt - 157
Austin Shanks - 157
Bobby Hensley - 157
Jerry Grame - 155
Doris Delzeit - 155
Kirby Holden - 155
Josh Malone - 153
Eddie Highlander -153
Steven Soendker - 153
Art Brown - 153
Curtis Kitchen - 152
Mike Godsil -152
Warren Williams - 151
Parker Amos - 151
Judy Eckhart - 150
Heather Strueby - 149
Curtis Moppin -149
Judy Moppin - 149
Andrew Hernandez - 149
Duane Eckhart - 149
Derek Shultz - 149
Brian Zenner - 149
Trisha Zenner -149
Johnny Shultz - 149
Jimmy Hensley - 149
Judy Grame - 149
Corla Dawson - 148
Virgil Johnson - 147
Kevin Lockhart - 147
Ryan Reineke - 147
Steve Kincaid - 145
Brady Testorff - 145
Anne Thomas - 144
Tim Orth -144
Anthony Hernandez - 143
Jeff Prybil - 143
Toni Desselle -143
John Elliott - 143
Julie Elliott - 143
Robert Eckert -143
Jenny Pence - 142
John Steffel - 142
Matt Chapman - 142
Steve Manville - 142
Grant Jackson -142
Kurt Foley - 141
Irvin Reineke - 140
Megan Kincaid - 140
Bruce Mead - 140
Brian Kubicki - 140
Jane Johnson -140
Brody Fulk - 139
Melvin Grame - 139
George Honaker -139
Terrie Taylor - 138
Doug Baldwin -138
Bill Williams - 138
Tom Sellmeyer - 138
Lorri Koesema -137
George Weigel - 137
Bill Hankins - 137
Judy Williams -136
Cindy Rinehart - 135
Christi Fulk - 135
Linda Godsil - 135
Sherry Jackman - 134
Ron Nelson - 134
Steve Sampsell -133
Neil Getzlow - 133
Karla Weigman - 133
Chris Meck -132
Kathy Roelofsen - 132
Hannah McEnaney - 132
Cameron Kincaid - 131
Kelly Harris - 131
Kenna Sampsell - 131
Katie Kauffman - 131
Jody Minder - 131
John Gregory -130
Brianne Steffel - 130
Michael Willis - 130
Benita Williams - 129
Lew Meyer - 128
Kirk Amos -128
Beth Taulbee - 128
Matt Demarco - 128
Troy Jones - 128
Tom Taulbee - 128
Larry Whitmore - 128
Alyssa Shifflett - 127
Kyle Baldwin - 126
Staci Blaha - 126
Brad Zenner - 126
Frank Roe - 126
Jacob Tomlinson - 126
Travis Steffel - 125
Karrie Strough -125
Sandra Thomas -124
Jennie Hernandez - 124
Steve Heuton -124
Ken Corum -122
James Thomas III - 122
Peter Pence - 122
Brandon Zenner - 122
Rob Desselle - 122
Toni McMahan -122
Linda Whitmore - 122
Dianne Lockhart - 122
Grace Tinder - 123
Larry VanFosson - 120
Sadie Elliott - 119
Wes Minder - 119
Kelly Turner - 118
Brooke Zenner - 118
David Lowry - 118
Meghan Amos -116
Christy Myers - 116
Donna VanFosson -116
Shannon Thomas -114
Molly Scanlon - 114
Chris Kamler - 114
Lori Meyer - 114
Ryan Nichols -114
Ann Riggs - 112
Brayden Tinder - 112
Stan Kijowski -110
Kevin Lynch - 110
Steve Nichols - 110
Greg Hall - 110
Ione Roe - 110
Travis Mauvey -106
Kathy McKay -106
Seth Kincaid - 106
Ivan Foley - 102
Kobe Koehler - 102
Helen Steffel - 102
Kim McEnaney -96
Dalton Amos - 90
Weber Koesema -74

DANIEL BURGE
Bracket Winner