Fan-tastic Contests

Peter Perry leads 3rd World Cup contest

So far, Peter Perry has been perfect.

He picked all 8 round of 16 matches, then went 4-for-4 in the quarterfinals. That gives him 16 points, and a razor-thin lead in our World Cup contest.

A mix of current players, alumni and friends are right behind, with 15 points: Luka Autard, Patrick Beusse, Dan Donovan, Andres Marmelo, Nicholas Perry and Chris Swan.

And still in the hunt are 3 contestants with 14 points: Johnny Donovan, Kyle Hoberman and Gabriella Perry.

The prize is a $50 Athletic Shoe Factory gift certificate. Point totals increase with each of the next 2 rounds: 4 for each semifinal winner, 6 for the ultimate victor. Stay tuned for the results.

We’ve got winners in the 1st 2 contests!

It came down to the wire — as so many World Cup games have so far. We had to go to the tie-breaker.

Andres Marmelo, Steven Sobel and Nicholas Perry all picked the most correct finishes at the end of group play: 18 out of 32 teams. But Marmelo — a rising junior at Staples — nailed 7 of the 8 group winners, to walk away with the $50 Athletic Shoe Factory prize. Sobel — a varsity player who graduated last week — and Perry both got 6 of 8.

The only winner that Marmelo missed was Group D. He picked Uruguay on top — and eventual leader Costa Rica to finish last. Otherwise, he was spot-on.

Sobel, current tri-captain Patrick Beusse and Chris Swan ’68 all got a perfect 4-for-4 in Group G: Germany 1st, US 2nd, Portugal 3rd and Ghana 4th.

Also correctly picking the US to go through: Sobel, Shane Dasbach and Jack Zeldes.

Interestingly, over 95% of the entrants picked Group E perfectly: France, Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras.

Meanwhile, Peter Perry took the tie-breaker for the previous contest, to pick the starting US lineup in the 1st match, versus Ghana. The tie-breaker was to choose the leading US scorer. Perry had Clint Dempsey, beating out Jack Zeldes (Jozy Altidore) and Kyle Hoberman (no answer).

Congratulations to Marmelo and Perry! The next contest will be posted soon.