25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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It was a rainy Saturday afternoon on July 14 when the 2nd Franklin Cornhole Doubles Tournament made its way into Franklin history. The dreary weather made no difference to the 16 men’s teams and the three women’s teams awaited the brackets to be set for the events at the Franklin Community Center.

The women started with two strong teams Edwina Hauversburk and Barbara Bullard against the strong competitors of Sue Schultz and Eva Haller. The battle waged and Edwina and Barbara were the Franklin Women Doubles Cornhole Champions.

While the excitement of the women’s competition was overwhelming, the men started simultaneously on the other end of the Franklin community center gym.

First up was the team of Ron Moore and Ron Mueller, The Rons, putting their talents against a strong team of Fred Schultz and Ken Bush. Fred and Ken took their skills on to the winners bracket.

The next team competing was Don Downie and Frank Hauversburk against a young team of Chris Seibeli and Shane Johnson. The youngsters were new to the game and made an admirable attempt to take the seniors down but to no avail.

While that was happening, Charlie Honeycutt and Bob Tennant were placed against fellow seniors Jim White and Jim Zilbaur, The Jims, when the beanbags stopped falling and points tallied, Charlie and Bob came out the ones competing in the winners bracket.

The last team to finish out first play was the current champions, The Family, Don and Mike Kimbrough against Alden Howard and Steve Bullard. The die was cast and The Family came out monumental winners, as expected from a team of that skill level and earned a place in the winners bracket.

The stage was set, the finals here at last. An unknown power found to be David to Goliath, The Rons dared to battle The Family. The game was to 15, The Rons placed their beanbags on the ramp with consistency. The Family tried to get to the cornhole but were blocked by The Rons’ beanbags. The Rons edged out The Family until the magic 15 was reached. The Family, Don and Mike Kimbrough put forth a good effort. The crowd went wild, confetti fell from the rafters, and celebration was profound. The underdogs, The Rons, had won.

All in all, the day was a lot of fun, said organizers. Players with the Macon County Senior Games hope to spread the word as to a good time for all, for there will be another tournament, another opportunity where all can play for that magic title of Franklin Doubles Cornhole Champion.





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