More than 100 DeMolays and Advisors from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia met in Utica, NY to attend the 29th Annual Region II Mid Atlantic Tournament of Champions (MATOC) over the weekend of September 7-9, 2012. The 2012 MATOC was host to over 65 competing teams that performed more than 15 hours of DeMolay ritual in a single day!
TOURNAMENT SITE - All competition events took place at the Utica Masonic Hall - located at 251 Genesee Street, Utica, NY, 13502 (View Map). This beautiful building provided MATOC competitors with several competition areas and various other rooms for contests and support functions.
TOURNAMENT HOTEL - The Hotel Utica was the official 2012 tournament hotel. Located a short walking distance from the tournament site (just over a 1/4 mile) at 102 Lafayette Street, Utica, NY 13502 (View Map), the hotel was conveniently located in the heart of downtown Utica and within one mile of the Utica Zoo, the Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology, and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad heritage railway. For more information about the hotel, visit the web site: http://www.ascendcollection.com/hotel-utica-new_york-NY261.
THE CONTESTS - As in previous years, MATOC offered competition in 3 divisions for 17 individual and team categories. See our contest archives for a list of this year's winning teams!
The Region II Mid Atlantic Tournament of Champions committee thanks the following DeMolays and Advisors who made this weekend possible by volunteering their time and efforts to judge the competitions:
- Richard Naegele (Maryland DeMolay)
- Peter Brusoe (Nations Capital DeMolay)
- Michael Morehouse (Virginia DeMolay)
- JoAnn England (Maryland DeMolay)
- Linda S Aspinwall (General Torbert - Delaware)
- Brad Westerman (Cmdr W L Herndon - Virginia)
- Frank DeBenedictis (Cmdr W L Herndon - Virginia)
- Brian Shaffer (Pennsylvania DeMolay)
- Thomas R Labagh (Pennsylvania DeMolay)
- Stephanie Piston (New York DeMolay)
- David Penney (General Torbert - Delaware)
- Chris Pendleton (Cmdr W L Herndon - Virginia)
- Craig Riha (Charles W. Taylor - New York)
- Randy Watson (Maryland DeMolay)
- Jeremy Gill (Cmdr W L Herndon - Virginia)
- Jess Leidig (Pennsylvania DeMolay)
- Wes Hirschhorn (Cmdr W L Herndon - Virginia)