The 14th Military Police Brigade won the Commander’s Cup Paintball Tournament for the second consecutive year Friday, sweeping the competition in each of its three matches to bring home the tournament trophy from the Outdoor Adventure Center course.
“We had a game plan before we came out, and we stuck to it,” said Ryan Mauk, team captain of both last year’s and this year’s winning squads.
Mauk described that plan as simply: “Shoot. Move. Communicate.”
“Nobody else figured out our game plan, I guess,” he said.
Mauk, along with teammates Carlos Green, Lonnie Austin, Anthony Thompson, Nicholas Petricca, Chris Ollis and Dominique Cooper, received the 2018 tournament trophy after defeating the 31st Engineer Battalion team, 2-0, in the championship match.
To win a match, teams had to win the best-of-three rounds either by capturing an opponent’s flag or eliminating all opposing players from the course. The 14th MP Bde. repeatedly outshot or outflanked their opponents to secure wins in six consecutive rounds.
The brigade didn’t even have one player eliminated until the final match, when Ollis charged ahead in an attempt to take out the 31st Engr. Battalion’s final player.
“It’s always fun,” Ollis said. “It’s good to come out and just enjoy spending time out on the course with people — whether it’s this or some other sporting event. A lot of us work together in the same office, so this gives us a chance to build as a team and work together.”
Mauk said this year’s 14th MP Bde. team has played together — and won — several previous tournaments held at the OAC paintball course.
“We kind of have a chemistry, and we click together,” Mauk said. “When we come out and start shooting, we kind of know what we’re going to be doing before anybody else does. We just key off each other and rock on.”
The 31st Engr. Bn. team of Jose Arriaga, Michael Dickerson, Jesus Hernandez, Dylan Coffman, Visesio Ulberg and Tyler Potter took second place.
The U.S. Marine Corps Detachment fielded two teams: The Marine Det. A team took third, while the detachment’s B team took fourth.
Players who want to sharpen their paintball skills are welcome to play on the OAC course seven days per week.
“It’s an awesome facility,” Mauk said.
Jeffrey Barrett, OAC manager, said the course is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Field fees, rental rates and other details are available online under the “Paintball” tab at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/programs/outdoor-adventure-center-oac.
The paintball tournament was the penultimate event in the 2018 Commander’s Cup series, which will end with a 3-vs.-3 basketball tournament, scheduled for Sept. 21. Military units wanting to compete should have their sports representatives file a letter of intent with the Sports Department. For more information, call FMWR Chief of Sports Coleman Swinton at 573.596.4359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.