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FINAL FOUR PLAY BY PLAY
PLAY BY PLAY
Our Final Four was made up of the four cast winners with highest combined score.
Slammer, O: Felderman H: Spautz with 1125+ combined score
Bones, O: Mott H: Stratil with 1075+ combined score
Daisy, O/H: Koch with 850+ combined score
El Chapo. O/H: Wes Gilroy with 600+ combined score
After two long nights of hunting and competing, four hounds and their handlers saw their hard work pay off, and were rewarded with an appearance in our 2019 Heartland Classic Final 4! Judging our final round was Jamie Swan, and once again, Donnie Lydic graciously guided us to his tried-and-true final round slice of heaven. Several trucks made up the early morning caravan that traveled to the woods. Most of which, only to listen to what turned out to be one of the most action packed final rounds in recent Heartland memory. The dogs were lined up and cut loose at 3:05am. Daisy started the action by striking for 100, Bones 75, Chapo 50, Slammer 25. Not long after, Daisy was treed for 125, followed by Bones for 75. The coon was scored quickly, plus up Daisy and Bones. Next up, Slammer was treed just 10 yards away. While walking to his tree, the handlers decided that you can’t score points with your dog on the leash and recast Daisy and Bones. Arriving at Slammer’s nearby tree, they found that Slammer had one of his own and plussed him up as well. After scoring, Slammer was recast and struck for 25, and the stationary was started soon after. Daisy struck back in for 25. Chapo made his way to his destination, and was called treed for 125. On the way, Bones was struck back in for 25. While walking to El Chapo’s tree, it was determined that Slammer could not be judged accurately and his stationary was broken. Wasting no time, little Daisy was treed again for 75, believed to be with El Chapo. While the cast continues to move in the direction of the treed dogs, Bones is treed in for 125, and Slammer treed for 125 as well. When the cast got closer to Daisy and El Chapo, it was discovered Daisy was split, she moved up to 125. El Chapo’s tree was circled, and the cast moved on to score Daisy. Daisy’s tree has a hole in it, and the cast peeks in to see a littler of kit coon. After plussing her up for 125, the cast moved on to score Bones’s tree and found that he had the evidence as well! Add 150 to his tally! That leaves all the dogs on leash as they walk down to Slammer’s tree. Slammer made a mistake on this tree, costing him 150-. And with that, the time ran out on the final 4 of the 2019 Heartland Classic and left Daisy victorious with a final score of 375+, followed by Bones with 300+, El Chapo with 150 circle, and Slammer with 0. A total of 4 coon were scored in the witching hour of 3 am, making this one of the most exciting Final Four casts yet! This is a great cast, seeing a couple of new faces in Nick Koch and TJ Stratil. Tim Spautz was a returning Final Four contender, having placed in 2018 as well. It was great to see such a young little dog do so well, the Heartland Classic being her first UKC hunt. With this pair being so new to us, they were also nominated for and won the Rookie of the Year award, CONGRATS TO NICK AND EVERYONE IN THE FINAL FOUR! Thank you for competing, and for your sportsmanship.
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