Point picks do the Bracket trick
Jessie Stone of Portland, daughter of Dr. Russell Wade Oliver of Shelbyville, won the Times-Gazette/Kincaid Service Company "Bracket Bucks" contest, receiving a 43-inch LG smart television from Kincaid.
Stone, an elementary school music teacher, picked Gonzaga as the overall winner in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament.
"That's why I thought I hadn't won anything," she said. But she had enough other picks right to receive 1,418 points, as determined by Power Points Games, which manages the nationwide Bracket Bucks competition.
"I guess the points were enough," said Stone, who will get to put up her feet and watch TV as she gets closer to the birth of a child.
"This is our lucky year," she said. "We're having our first baby."
Carmen Biggers of Shelbyville was the second place winner, receiving 1,129 points. Biggers did pick North Carolina to win the tournament. She received a Holland portable Companion Grill from Kincaid Service Company.
Biggers works at General Mills in Murfreesboro; she missed out on getting her entry into the company's bracket contest, but lucky for her she did meet the deadline for the T-G's contest.
Appropriately enough, the father-and-son duo of Calvin and Mark Kincaid tied for first place in the celebrity bracket-pickers contest, which included representatives of the contest's other sponsors -- Chamberland Dentistry, Traders Bank, Papa John's Pizza, Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation and the Russell Center for Vein and Vascular Care.
Swing's Cabinetry won a full-page advertisement in the Times-Gazette as part of an advertiser contest related to the Bracket Bucks promotion.
Count the Basketballs
The T-G has already announced the names of the "Count The Basketballs" contest winners -- Shay Luna, James M. Darden, Daniel Woods and Kayla Warren. They received $50 gift cards when they were drawn from among those who correctly counted the the number of basketballs pictured in the special section which contained the "Bracket Bucks" entry form.
The Times-Gazette thanks all of the contest entrants, advertisers and sponsors who made this year's contest another success.
Jessie Stone, right, poses with her new 43-inch LG smart television from Kincaid Service Company. The store's Mark Kincaid makes the presentation. Stone was the winner of the Times-Gazette/Kincaid Service Company "Bracket Bucks" contest.
Carmen Biggers, left, receives her portable Holland Companion Grill from Mark Kincaid of Kincaid Service Company for being the second place winner.
Mark and Calvin Kincaid tied for first place in the VIP bracket-picking contest.