Eichen-Splat vs. Howlin' Howells
Last week, 12 families entered the
Extreme Arena with one goal in mind... a family vacation with a glowing
piece of our Aggro-Crag in the back seat. The Cyclone Jones were the
first team to get their second piece of the rock. Now the Aggro-Crag and
another slot in the Aggro-Bowl await these two teams...
(Lisa, Jared, Keith, Moriah)
(Annie, Morgan, Marty, Alex)
Semifinals will be a four-event affair
today, with three new events and the familiar charge up an even more
Event 1: AIR SLALOM
Skateboarding without the ramps.
Snowboarding without the powder. It's full air, full gated high-up
slalom. Each gate is worth 10 points up to 140.
Eichens won the toss, so they decide to
go first. Moriah will launch Lisa into the air, while Keith and Jared
will steer. Lisa isn't agile enough to clear the entire course, but they
do clear two gates for 20.
Howells are next as Alex gets launched by
Morgan, and helping cloud-surf are Marty and Annie. Alex has no problem
using his upper body strength and his flexibility to clear two gates to
knot it up at 20.
Event 2: FORMULA GUTS
Ben & Asha are taking it to the broadcast
box because the tracks are down F1/Tour de France/NASCAR style as the
teams race podbikes against the clock. Fastest team wins 100, slowest
will have to settle for 75. A two-and-a-half-lap race will settle this
score at least for now.
Jared will drive for the Eichen-Splat,
followed by Keith in the second lap. They have to work together in the
pits for the switchoff, but in the straight away, you have to build up
the speed and keep stable in the bends. Final time: :54. Very fast
Next up, the Howells will take the pit to
start. Annie's the first driver. Morgan will wrap it up. Another
important bit in this race is keeping upright... unlike the turn to pit
row, where Annie takes a hard fall. The stunt guys are there to guide
her into pit row, where they make the switch. Morgan's got a whole lot
of time to make up, and not just because of that, but because Annie also
ran off the track a few times. In the end, penalties do not figure as
their time of 1:12 is only good for 75 points. Eichen-Splat leads it,
And the big hit in pit row is officially
dubbed "The Crash Heard Round the World"
Event 3: VOLLEY BRAWL
Teams of two are going to go high up into
the air, making Gabby Reece look like a dwarf in comparison if you're
taking it old school as the Extreme Arena is
transformed into a beach volleyball configuration. Each team will have
two setters to set up the spike, and two spikers to throw it down. Each goal scored
in the colored zone is worth 10.
Remember, teams can play defense... and
The Extreme Beach was rocking... and in
the end, it was tied up with eight spikes for 80 points, meaning that
with a lead of 200-175, the Eichen-Splat will have a 2.5 second
Final Event: AGGROCRAG
It's four against one... and it's one
heck of a one, as the mega mountain of the Extreme Arena gets even more
extreme. At the foothills of the Crag are the Mad Mesas, as one player
will have to navigate hill over hill before sending player two to the
Switchbacks to open up Avalanche Peak to reveal the .. err, guts... of
the mountain, the Spiraling Vortex. Player three will await at the
bottom to navigate the Crag Caverns before reaching the ice portal to
send player four up the Vertical Freeze, where it's just you, the fog,
and the call of the mountain, not to mention 22 feet, straight up to
Crystal Peak, where all your dreams come true.
At the Mad Mesas, it'll be Keith vs.
Morgan. At the Switchbacks, it's Lisa vs. Marty. In the Crag Caverns,
it's Moriah vs. Alex. And up the Vertical Freeze, it's Jared vs. Annie.
As stated before, Team Eichen-Splat has
earned a 2.5 second head-start. Players have to brave the obstacles and
activate all their scoring pods including the final one at the summit of
the Crag. First one to do so wins.
One family is going to go to the Aggro
Bowl. The other is going home. Snow goes crazy as the first leg is in
the books. The Howlin' Howells overcome the headstart to reach the
Vortex first. From there, it's all green, they do not let up. Moriah is
still lost in the cave while Annie is halfway up the vertical freeze.
This is a one-sided affair as Annie makes it up the Aggro-Crag as the
Red Squad is consumed by the Cavernous Caves.
Annie silences the beast for now, but the
Aggro Crag awaits another set of semifinalists, the Gahres G-Dogs and
the Kickin' Johnsons. One team will complete the lineup for the Aggro-Bowl.
The other will complete nothing.
Final semi next time. Until then, no ifs,
ands, or buts... my family's got GUTS!