Participants in this year's annual SCTE Cable-Tec Games matched wits and used their tech skills in a lively, but friendly, competition designed to determine who's the fastest gun in the West. Twenty-eight of the country's best cable techs battled head-to-head and against the clock in five categories to ferret out this year's best of the best. Contestants were tested on their ability to slice coax and fiber cables; read meters and reflectometers; and overall technical knowledge (Cable Jeopardy). Scores were calculated and the results tallied. The results are listed below.
MTDR: First place–Bud Hathaway of Seren Communications in Benicia, Calif.; Second place–Ed Konecny of Comcast Communications in Glenolden, Pa.; Third place–Tom Orvis of Comcast in Royal Oak, Mich.
Meter Reading: First place– Craig Vavruska, AT&T Broadband, Leomister, Pa.; Second place–Brad Hitchens, AOL/Time Warner, Schertz, Texas; Third place–Erv Lange, Charter Communications, DePere, Wis. and Marshall Kurschner, Comcast, Bad Axe, Mich. (tie).
Splicing: First place–Jeff Lewis, Cox Communications, Manchester, Conn.; Second place–Todd Lubbers, AT&T, Laramie, Wyo.; and third place–Hitchens of AOL/TW.
Fiber splicing: First place– Andy Katz, AOL/TW, Tampa, Fla.; Second place–Hathaway of Seren; Third place–Lance Hathaway of Seren in Concord, Calif. And Lewis from Cox (tie).
Jeopardy: First place–Walter Johnson, Comcast, Gaithersburg, Md.; Second place–Orvis from Comcast; Third place–Randy Fondren, Cox, Springdale, Ark.
Overall winners: First place– Kurschner of Comcast; Second place–Orvis of Comcast; and Third place (making it a clean sweep for Comcast): Johnson of Comcast.