Source Mania 2019

MANSFIELD -- Virginia's overtime win over Texas Tech in Monday night's night's NCAA Championship game was big news for Ashland's Nick Ashbrook.

The 33-year-old man vaulted from fourth to first to win the 2019 Source Mania contest among more than 500 entries. The system was weighted, so correctly predicting winners deeper into the tournament was worth more points, obviously making the title game the most valuable round of all.

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Richland Source managing editor Larry Phillips. Phillips has been in the journalism business for thirty years. He's led the Source newsroom since 2016. 

Ashbrook finished with a 50-17 record and 136 points in our weighted system. He topped a field of more than 500 users, including second-place Stephen Shafstall, and third-place Andy Melick. Both checked in with 47-20 records and 135 points.

"I'm not really a college basketball fan," Ashbrook said. "I spent about five minutes (on my bracket).

"My brother (Gregg Ashbrook, of Mansfield) sent it to me on Tuesday night and I filled it out on Wednesday night."

Ashbrook had Virginia beating Michigan State in the finals. The Spartans lost in the Final Four, but the Cavaliers' victory over the Red Raiders was the decisive game for him.

"It was a toss-up for me between Virginia and Michigan State. I just picked Virginia," he said.

The contest served as a family competition among the Ashbrook brothers, with Gregg, Nick and Bryan all involved. Bryan called Nick at about 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to inform him of his victory.

No one won the $100,000 car offered by Mansfield Motor Group, the title sponsor of the event. A perfect bracket was required for that prize.

As the overall winner, Nick Ashbrook receives a Snow Trails Experience for two, a $50 Deer Ridge Gift Card, a grill set from Joe Behr, a $45 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card, a two-topping pizza from Gionino's, and two day passes to Kingwood Center.

In 2nd place, Shafstall wins a Snow Trails Experience for two, a couple of 18-hole rounds at Twin Lakes, a $50 Two Cousins Pizza gift card and a $10 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card.

For 3rd place, Melick claims a $50 Deer Ridge Gift Card, three games of bowling at Lex Lanes, a $50 Patio Bar & Grille Gift Card (via David Harmon) and a $10 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card.

In 4th place, Darrell Niswander (48-19, 132 points) wins a $75 restaurant gift card via Fannello Concrete, two day passes to Kingwood Center and a $10 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card.

In 5th place, Sue Colangelo (46-21, 132 points) earns a $50 Metronome Music gift card, two day passes to Kingwood Center and a $10 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card.

In 6th place, Jonah Rappuhn (47-20, 130 points) collects a Studio 19 oils and curling iron, a Brennan's Barber Shop haircut and a two-topping Gionino's Pizza.

In 7th place, Nick Gehrisch (47-20, 129 points) pockets a $50 value Good Guy Group gift basket and a Brennan's Barber Shop haircut.

In 8th place, Vince Skoog (46-21, 129 points) wins two rounds of nine holes of golf at Twin Lakes.

In 9th place, Dave Eichinger (50-17, 127 points) earns a $50 Nelly's Hideaway gift card and a Brennan's Barber Shop haircut.

In 10th place, Dawn Winemiller (47-20, 127 points) collects three games of bowling at Lex Lanes and a two-topping Gionino's Pizza.

In 11th place, Jordan Hensley (47-20, 126 points) pockets a $25 In Its Place gift card, two day passes to Kingwod Center and a two-topping Gionino's Pizza.

In 12th place, Edith Gilliland (47-20, 122 points) wins Johnny Johnson Sportswear, two day passes to Kingwood Center and a Brennan's Barber Shop haircut.

In 13th place, Damien Beauford (46-21, 122 points) earns a $25 restaurant gift card via B-Dry.

In 14th place, Nicholas Contino (40-27, 118 points) collects an MVP Sports Bar & Grille gift card.

In 15th place, Brian Morris (43-24, 117 points) pockets a $10 Skyway East gift card.

Account Executive Audrey Longstreth won the Richland Source in-house competition. She went 43-24 for 87 points.

Sports reporter Curt Conrad was the leader on our "expert panel." Curt went 47-20 for 81 points. That total was just enough to edge former Mansfield Senior basketball coach Effie James, who was 45-22 for 79 points.

Your truly checked in with a 45-22 record as well, but only good enough for 70 points. Knox Pages reporter Grant Pepper, a former basketball player at Ohio Northern, posted a 34-33 mark with 59 points.

A huge thanks goes out to all of our entries and sponsors for making the inaugural Source Mania contest a monstrous success.

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