2017-2018 (Season 13)
Jon Sandino wins his second league title
Eleven weeks, 29 players, 120 unique teams, and 960 total KanJam games played. The 13th season (2017-2018) of the Buffalo, NY KanJam League was one that saw many league records broke, and ended with a very close showdown for the league championship, with only three points separating the top three players. Prior to the final league night of the season, Jon Sandino was tied with Connor Matteson in points for first place, with Eric Klavoon seven points behind them. Jon and Connor both tied at 11-5 in the final week, but Jon beat Connor 2-0 in head-to-head play to lock up his second league title. Jon also won back in Season #10 (2014-2015), and becomes just the second player in league history to win multiple league titles.
A huge reason this league is so successful year after year is due to the commitment and talent of all the players. Of the 26 regular players (not including subs), 21 of them missed only two weeks or less. The dedication of players has provided yet another fun and competitive activity throughout the fall and winter. As it has been since the beginning, this is a random-draw league, so players are randomly paired up with a new partner each week, which makes for different matchups week by week. For this reason, stats and standings are all individual-based for this league. This marked the fourth season utilizing two drop weeks (for points). The "original six" all returned to play this season, these players having played in all 13 seasons of the league (Eric Klavoon, Dana Misenheimer, Josh Greenauer, Bob Greenauer, Tim Klavoon, and Phil Schneider). One new regular, Kyle Merrifield, joined the league for his first full season, and three others played as subs, including returning players Jim Daugherty and Tom Iak, as well as newcomer, Drew Hynes.
It was a two player battle for most of the season, with Connor Matteson leading over Jon Sandino most of the way. With two weeks left, Connor held a nine point lead over Jon. After putting up a first place finish in Week 10 at 14-2, Jon closed the gap to tie Connor in points, settting up a showdown in the final week, where Jon ultimately won by beating Connor in head-to-head play. Jon led the league this season with overtime games played (72) and overtime wins (45), including two weeks where he put up seven wins in overtime. Jon also had three first place finishes along the way, and threw the second most perfect games with 27 on the season. Jon was also paired up with Connor in Week 3, putting up the only undefeated week this season when they went 16-0. As an interesting note, Jon has now been on each of the last three teams over the last two seasons to put up an undefeated week.
Connor Matteson was this season's runner-up, and one of the best players this season. He was in first place in the overall standings for most of the season, until being passed by Jon at the very end. Connor led the league with 38 perfect games thrown, including three weeks where he threw six perfect games. Like Jon, he threw at least one perfect game with every partner he had. He also tied for the league lead in wins (124), winning percentage (.705), and first place finishes (4). Coming up just one point shy of Jon in the overall standings, Connor had a great season which also included one Instant Win along the way.
#1 Jon Sandino, #2 Connor Matteson, #3 Eric Klavoon, #4 Austin Matteson, & #5 Josh Greenauer
Eric Klavoon was in third place most of the season, but made an incredible run at the end to make it interesting. With three weeks left, Eric was 17 points out of first place, but he then posted the best stretch of the season in the final three weeks, going 41-7 to close the gap. In the end, he finished just three points shy of first place. He tied Connor for the league lead this season with wins (124), winning percentage (.705), and first place finishes (4). Eric also posted the best overtime winning percentage this season at .650, and was the only player this season without a losing record any week.
Austin Matteson finished in fourth place overall, having a solid season with a record of 109-67. Austin put up four second place finishes along the way, and threw the third most perfect games on the season with 23. No question, one of the highlights of the season came when him and Phil Schneider threw a new record of nine perfect games in one week on Week 9. He also had an impressive 40-26 record in overtime games.
Heading into the final week, Josh Greenauer sat in 7th place, but made a comeback in the final week to jump up two spots to lock up 5th place overall. In that week, Josh threw an Instant Win as well to help his cause. Josh put up an overall record of 94-66, and threw 17 perfect games on the season.
Only four players hit 100 or more wins in Season 13, and they were the the top four players from the regular teams of Matteson Brothers and Stallion Survivors. Connor Matteson and Eric Klavoon led the league in wins, each hitting 124 wins this season. For Connor, it is his second time with 100+ wins, and for Eric, his 13th time, having achieved this feat in all 13 seasons. Jon Sandino was next best with 123 wins, for his 5th time, followed by Austin Matteson with 109 wins, for his second time.
There was a very close finish for #6 this season, with Evan Sardo tying Matt Nelson with 159 points. Since both played a different amount of weeks, their records could not break the tie, so their season head-to-head matchup ultimately decided their placement. Evan beat Matt 8-7 over the course of the season to land 6th place, resulting in a 7th place finish for Matt. Evan had a great season, with four second place finishes along the way, while Matt put up two first place finishes. Alex Reincke finished as #8 with 151 points, putting up one first place finish. Kyle Merrifield made the top 10 in his first full season with 147 points and two second place finishes. And in one of the closest finishes for the last spot, Adam Williams landed the #10 spot with 139 points, including one top finish. Adam just beat out TJ Burns (137) and Scott Silverman (136), with only three points separating the three players.
Records were broke in the perfect games category. Connor Matteson crushed the old record of 27 in season by throwing 38 perfect games. Jon Sandino was next best with 27, which now ties for the second most in a single season. Both Connor and Jon threw at least one perfect game with all 11 partners they had this season. Austin Matteson put up 23 and Eric Klavoon put up 22 perfect games this season, followed by 17 for Josh Greenauer. In total, all 26 regular players (not including subs) threw at least one perfect game on the season, including 14 players hitting 10 perfect games or more. A grand total of 151 perfect games were thrown by the entire league this season, breaking the prior record of 109 set two seasons ago. In addition, last season's record of the most perfect games thrown by the entire league in one week was broken. The prior record set last season was 17, but this season saw two weeks with more. On Week 9, 24 total perfect games were thrown by the league, a new record, followed by the next best on Week 7 with 18 perfect games total thrown. Also, the prior record of 7 perfect games by one team in a single night was broken. Austin Matteson & Phil Schneider threw 9 perfect games in Week 9, raising the bar once again. There were also three teams that put up six perfect games in single night, and they were: Connor Matteson & Jon Sandino, Matt Lafferty & Connor Matteson, and Connor Matteson & Shane Nelson.
Overall, there were less Instant Wins thrown this season (20 total). Leading the way was Kim Klavoon and Phil Schneider, who each threw three Instant Wins on the season. Next best was Kyle Merrifield and Jamar Carroll, who each threw two, with both of Kyle's coming in a single night. Ten others threw one Instant Win, and they were: Connor Matteson, Eric Klavoon, Austin Matteson, Josh Greenauer, Matt Nelson, Adam Williams, Bob Greenauer, Chad Cowell, Kim Miller, and Trevor Trethewey.
Jon Sandino led with 72 overtime games played, which tied a season-long record with Josh Greenauer who hit that number back in Season 6. Josh was also next best this season with 69 overtime games played, followed by Alex Reinecke and Matt Lafferty with 68, which are now second and third most all time. Jon also led with 45 overtime wins, breaking the prior record of 42. Next best this season was Eric Klavoon with 41 overtime wins, followed by Alex Reinecke and Austin Matteson, who each hit 40. Eric Klavoon was the top player in overtime, posting a .650 overtime winning percentage (41-22). The most overtime games played in one week was 10, and this was done by five teams: Eric Klavoon & Kim Klavoon (Week 3), Alex Reinecke & Matt Nelson (Week 8), Austin Matteson & Kyle Merrifield (Week 8), Jamar Carroll & Josh Greenauer (Week 8), and Kim Klavoon & Alex Reinecke (Week 9). The best performances in overtime were Adam Williams & Jon Sandino (7-0 overtime record), Scott Silverman & TJ Burns (7-1), and Alex Reinecke & Jon Sandino (7-1). The longest game of the season happened in Week 3, and tied a record for the longest game in league history. Connor Matteson & Jon Sandino defeated Adam Williams & Austin Matteson in a game that went to nine overtime rounds.
There were no weeks where a tiebreaker game or shootout was needed to determine first place, but there was occurrence where two teams tied in record for first. On Week 4, Eric Klavoon & TJ Burns tied with Austin Matteson & Evan Sardo at 12-4, but Eric & TJ won their head-to-head matchup to claim first place that week. Although it was not for first place, there were two instances of a four-way tie in record; one that happened on Week 4 (for 4th place) and another on Week 5 (for 6th place). The first including a tiebreaker game between the middle two teams that split their series, while the other week had a tiebreaker game between the two bottom teams in that group that had also tied in head-to-head play.
The top weekly performance of the season of course was Connor Matteson & Jon Sandino, who went 16-0 with six perfect games in Week 3, putting up one of the best performances in league history. Next best was four teams that all went 14-2, and they were: Matt Lafferty & Connor Matteson (6 perfect games), Matt Nelson & Eric Klavoon (4 perfect games), Adam Williams & Jon Sandino (3 perfect games), and Eric Klavoon & Bob Greenauer (2 perfect games).
New records were set in the total number of perfect games and overtime games played in a single season by the entire league. Here are the totals by season, with this season (13) highlighted in yellow:
This season averaged about 11 teams (24 total players) each league night. Also, even with drawing random partners each week, there were a few instances of current and past major tournament teams that got paired up this season:
- Alpha Bros AF (Chad Cowell & Jamar Carroll) - Week 1
- Game of Throws (Bob Greenauer & Scott Silverman) - Week 3
- Slackers (Jim Daugherty & Kim Klavoon) - Week 4
- Show Me Some Leg (Chad Cowell & Kim Miller) - Week 4
- Der Geheime Bruder (Austin Matteson & Evan Sardo) - Week 4
- Daddy DayKare (Matt Lafferty & Trevor Trethewey) - Week 7
- Stallion Survivors (Eric Klavoon & Jon Sandino) - Week 8
- Dorkus Malorkus (Bob Greenauer & Josh Greenauer) - Week 9
- Jam Session (Tom Iak & Jeff Clemo) - Week 11
With Season 13 in the books, Matt Nelson has now played enough weeks of league to qualify for the all-time league overall standings (minimum of 60 weeks). Also, Scott Silverman became the fifth player in league history to record 1,000 wins in league, accomplishing this feat on Week 1 to join Eric Klavoon, Josh Greenauer, Bob Greenauer, and Dana Misenheimer. Next up on that list is Kim Klavoon (961 wins), Phil Schneider (944), and Tim Klavoon (943). Check out the updated all-time overall standings here.
Thanks to all the players for another great season! This cannot be possible without their dedication, week after week. Of the regular players, 21 of them competed in at least 9 of the 11 total weeks. The league set records in the total number of perfect games thrown (151) and total number of overtime games played (351). This was the first season where league was held at two different facilities. For Week 2 and Week 3, league was held at the North Buffalo Community Center, while the remaining weeks were at The Apex. No question, The Apex has provided a great location for this league, marking the 7th season for the Buffalo, NY KanJam League at their facility. Special thanks goes out again to Adam Williams for helping coordinate the use of the facility each week.
|Winning %:||Connor Matteson
|Instant Wins:||Kim Klavoon
|Perfect Games:||Connor Matteson||38|
|OT Games Played:||Jon Sandino||72|
|OT Wins:||Jon Sandino||45|
|OT Winning %:||Eric Klavoon||0.650|
|First Place Finishes||Connor Matteson