From: "Mike Willis"
On Saturday, February 12, the eleventh annual State of Texas Scrabble Championship began in the Longhorn Ballroom of the Stagecoach Inn in Salado, Texas. Under beautiful sunny cool skies fifty-three Texans squared off for the first game of an eleven round tournament. It was absolutely gorgeous and good times abounded. On Sunday, we enjoyed the Texas Scrabble Hall of Fame ceremony in which Pat Barrett and the late Jim Bodenstedt were the year 2000 inductees. Congratulatory letters from players about the nation were read, including one from John Williams, head of the National Scrabble Association. When the voting for next year's inductees was tabulated, Hildagard Powell of Buffalo Gap, and Caesar Jaramillo of Austin had been selected. Thanks to Jim Barrett for a super (as always) job of directing the event. We are already anxiously looking forward to next year. Here are the top finishers in each of the three divisions: Novice/Recreational 1. Hugh Benton 9-2 +618 2. Judy Newhouse 8-3 +305 3. MaryLou Thurman 7-4 +422 Intermediate/Competitive 1. Robin Lewis 11-0 +1159 2. Mic Barron 8-3 +47 3. Scott Lucas 7-4 +292 Expert/Supreme Being 1. Pat Barrett 10-1 +1223 2. Iffy Onyeonwu 9-2 +488 3. Mike Willis 7-4 +86