Penny Strand left, and Chris Lee display their winning brackets and the $140 in Imperial Chamber Bucks each of them won for sharing top honors in this year’s March Madness bracketology contest. (Johnson Publications photo)

Lee, Strand tie in March Madness bracketology

    This year’s  March Madness 2017 Bracketology contest came down to a tie between Chris Lee and Penny Strand, both of Imperial.
    As a result, they split the top money with each receiving $140 in Imperial Chamber bucks.
    Going into the Final Four weekend, Lee, Strand,
Ray Lindekugel and Tracy Pribbeno were all tied with 43 points.
    However, only Lee and Strand correctly picked one of the two Final Four games.
    Lee picked North Carolina to beat Oregon but had picked Villanova over North Carolina in the final, yielding him just one more point for a total of 44.
    Strand picked up her final point by picking Gonzaga to go to the finals. She had Gonzaga over Villanova in the championship to keep her point total at 44.
    Lindekugel had Villanova going to the finals by beating Gonzaga.
    Pribbeno had both Gonzaga and Oregon going into the final weekend but picked both teams to lose. That yielded her no points and put her in a tie with Lindekugel and Tyler Spady.
    Spady got to 43 points by choosing North Carolina to go the championship game but had also picked Villanova to win the tournament.
    Final standings in this year’s Bracketology contest are as follows:
Chris Lee, 44; Penny Strand, 44; Ray Lindekugel, 43; Tracy Pribbeno, 43; Tyler Spady, 43; Doug Pribbeno, 42; Chandra Thayer, 42; Jenna Schultz, 41; Alex Strand, 41; Joel Burke, 40; Donna Werkele, 40; Matt Klima, 39; Darrin Schultz, 39; Alan Carman, 38; Brian Carman, 38; Mike Frerichs, 38; Mike Pribbeno, 38; Tyler Pribbeno, 38; Chance Thayer, 38; Tommy Estrada, 37; Janice Kurth, 37; Troy Spady, 36; Leann Weiss, 36; Madelyn Clermont, 34; Ethan Clermont, 33; Courtney Burke, 31; Mike Smith, 31; Leslie Chavez, 29; Uriel Gallegos, 27; and Heston Hamm, 10.
    This year’s sponsors of the March Madness 2017 Bracketology contest include:
    The Imperial Republican, 509 Broadway, AACE Wash Systems, Adams Bank & Trust, Adams Drug, Adams Lumber Co., Beverage Barn, Colson Agency, Crop Production Services, Frenchman Valley Coop, Grosch Irrigation, Harchelroad Motors, Inc., Helena, Holiday Farms, Home Decor,
    Imperial Country Ford, Kwik Stop, M & M’s Natural JAZ, LLC, Markee Ag Services, Pinnacle Bank, Pivot Electric, Pizza Hut, Platinum T-Shirts & Embroidery, S & P Liquor, Schultz Construction—Nick Schultz, Southwest Title Co., Trinidad Benham and Western Insurors—Jeffrey T. Wallin.

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