Fifteen cadets from the Army West Point Paintball team travelled to Kissimmee, Florida last month to compete in the National Collegiate Paintball Championships (NCPA). Led by Cadet Jake Gerak, the team made its first trip to the NCPA championships in 5 years. Despite its long absence, the Army West Point Black team made a strong showing, reaching the quarterfinals before being eliminated by the eventual third place team.
The Army West Point Black team was not the only team to compete at the NCPA nationals. The younger players with the team formed the Army West Point Gold team, displaying excellent grit and resilience in the face of much more experienced teams. The team struggled to get into rhythm early on, losing their first two points perennial powerhouse teams Ohio State and Florida Atlantic. However, they regrouped under the leadership of freshman Cadet Calvin Eisenberg and took home wins against Rochester Institute of Technology and Wisconsin-Platteville. In a close match between Army West Point Gold and Wisconsin-Platteville, Army West Point Gold fell behind early and faced a two-versus-four gunfight. Eisenberg and classmate Skylar Franz held the line, evening the odds before ultimately wiping the field clean of Wisconsin-Platteville players to secure the victory. The future of Army West Point paintball is in good hands thanks to the hard work of Eisenberg, Franz, and the strong group of plebes and yearlings on the team.