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Lucretia Ranere

Lucretia Ranere

How did the team begin, please give a history leading up to where the team is now?

RM - It all started by going to a birthday party for my son Ryan’s friend 8 years ago. After that day both of us got hooked and few months later Bay Area Explicit was formed.

We continued this every weekend streak of practice for two months before meeting friends that loved the sport too. As we grew together so did our knowledge of the game. A couple young gun tournaments here and there and we were ready. Explicit set out to our first big tournament with a team of 9. XPSL is one of the many leagues that were around for the experienced players. This introduced Explicit to 7-man style of play. XPSL Vegas ’06 was the unveiling of Team Explicit. Although we finished 23rd out of 74 teams we held their heads high. I was determined to make this team a top contender.  Practice schedules came soon after this tournament. We started practicing nonstop against the best teams around.  I kept saying “You only get better by practicing the best.”

What do you like best about paintball?

RM - The bond it created with my son and all the friendships I have developed over the years.  It’s something I wouldn’t trade for the world, my son and I shared it from the start and we’re still sharing it.

Jason and Corey Bornstein, aka “The Hebrew Hammers” are not unknown names in the paintball world; their smiling faces are always a welcomed sight at any paintball tournament.  For the 2012 season, they have signed on with Sacramento XSV and it has started off to be a good one with XSV taking first place at NPPL 2012 Surf City Open, Huntington Beach.  Not often do brothers sharing the same passion, so I took an opportunity to get some insight on this dynamic duo and how they came about in the paintball world.

How long have you been playing paintball?
JB – We’ve been playing about 11 years now.

How did you first get introduced to paintball and where?
JB - Friends from school were all starting to get paintball guns and playing in backyards.  My parents wouldn't let me play because they thought I might hurt someone accidently.  The summer of `99 my parents surprised us with a day of paintball at a local field while we were vacationing in Oregon.  We were just visiting the area and only 6 people, including us, showed up.  The irony behind this particular field was the fact that it was owned by Mike Sinatra, who also owned the legendary Mare Island Paintball Field in Vallejo California.  I was by far the youngest there, but I had found my calling, they switched me around all day as I overwhelmed my opposition.  I had found my passion.

How did you get into paintball?

It was our Nephew, Josh Ouimet, who talked about it when he lived in Florida. When the Yachimec's went to Maui in April of 2000 for a spring break vacation we played our first paintball game and that summer we played every weekend!  I was totally against guns but totally fell in love with the game!

What do you like best about paintball?

I like the adrenaline and almost everything about it! It brings families together, it’s a social gathering at events and we’ve met some great people over the years!!

How long have you been owner/coach of Impact?

Since the beginning in 2000, it was Josh Ouimet's Dad and I playing with the kids.  As we grew we added kids and just kept improving the team! We played 5man and then went 7man!

I remember last year when NPPL had the Chicago Open at CPX Sports in Joliet, IL and the weather was beyond awesome.  Temperatures hovered around high 70’s, no humidity and only a small chance of storms, which nicely passed right over the event.  This May when NPPL Chicago Open went back to CPX the weather was not so cooperative.  We were in the 90’s with around 85% humidity and I for one do not play nicely with humidity!  As well, no matter how many events I attend that have this kind of weather I am so amazed at the amount of players (and these are athletes we’re talking about) who forget to hydrate.  It’s so simple, when you’re sweating that much you need to replenish your body, but once again we saw a number of players down due to heat exhaustion.  All right, there it is, my you must drink water and hydrate yourself speech and now I’ll step off my proverbial soapbox and move on to the actual event.

This year marked 10 years of the NPPL being on the beach in Huntington Beach and ironically enough this event almost didn’t happen.  At this point, the NPPL appears to have come full circle within the industry.  When the NPPL was reformed after bankruptcy four years ago it appeared there was not much support from the industry, in fact that first year being USPL it was a little like going to a regional event.  Little by little the industry came back around to support the NPPL and things started going well, until this last year when all the merger talks failed.  The industry strongly believes that there should only be one league or maybe it’s that they only want to support one league, I’m not really sure right now.  Fact is, the largest companies are backing the PSP and they have a strong track record but the PSP is also owned by some of the same industry companies that don’t seem to be supporting the NPPL.

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