Eight Seasons, One Champion: Chris Wins LPL Finals

Chris watches Mike play Ghostbusters in the final match.

Chris watches Mike play Ghostbusters in the final match.

The final tournament for Season 8 of the Lansing Pinball League, held May 9 at The Avenue Café, ended with another win for Chris.  Chris has won the league all 8 seasons, and once again did so without losing a single match in the double-elimination tournament.  The final match was between Chris and the ultimate second place finisher, Mike S.  Rounding out the top three was Adam, who forfeited his first match due to a late arrival but battled through the second-chance bracket to take home the third place trophy.

Mike plays Ghostbusters in the final match.

Mike plays Ghostbusters in the final match.

In past seasons, A division has been the top eight qualifiers, but due to the low attendance at finals, Matt put the top six qualifiers who attended into A and the rest in B.  Kristen, who returned to the league this season after a long absence, won B division, with Russell in second and Dan in third.  Kristen looked very happy and said that this was her first pinball trophy.

There is one bit of unfinished business left in Season 8: the traditional post-season Zen (split flipper) tournament, Super-Ball VIII, taking place at The Avenue on Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m.  The dates for Season 9 are yet to be determined, but will be posted at lansingpinleague.com when they are announced.

Mike, Chris, and Adam with their A division trophies.

Mike, Chris, and Adam with their A division hardware. Mike is, in his words, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.”

B division winners Kristen (1st) and Dan (3rd).

B division winners Kristen (1st) and Dan (3rd). Russell (2nd) ran off before I could get a photo.

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