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Brigs win fourth consecutive DCA Championship

by Ace Holleran, DCW staff

Syracuse Brigadiers (Syracuse, NY)
Photo by Dan Scafidi

Add the ingredients: wet weather, hot corps, slippery marching conditions, raucous fans and high scores. Stir it up with some Asian spice and you’ve got the 2002 DCA weekend in Scranton. When the mud cleared, the last corps standing was the Syracuse Brigadiers, who walked off with an unprecedented fourth consecutive crown — plus a record-setting body-temp score: 98.6, besting their numbers from two years prior.

An even bigger story might be the two newcomers to the finals elite, what they brought to the table and their rabid reception by the DCA faithful, many of whom were calling this the best finals ever. It’s hard to argue with them. Both Yokohama Inspires and San Francisco Renegades marched into town and took the crowd by storm, one with polished brilliance and the other with flat-out seismic blasts. It was a classic — one for the ages…

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