FACTORYVILLE — People enjoyed a break from the heat as they were out under the sun at the Clinton Twp.-Factoryville Borough Joint Municipal Park to compete in a cornhole tournament on a less humid July 8. People in attendance agreed this day was a better day to have the tournament than the previous Sunday when temperatures were close to 100 degrees. The park’s open field had many decorative tailgate boards, one representing football teams such as Penn State and the Oakland Raiders and another advertising Fireball cinnamon whiskey.
The tournament raised funds for future plans of the park, including building a trail to connect this park with the Christy Mathewson Park. The idea of a cornhole tournament came from park board member Erin Jones.
“It’s fun and easy,” Jones said about the game.
Jones presented the idea to the Clinton Twp.-Factoryville Borough Rec Board.
“Erin Jones suggested the idea and we went with it,” said rec board member Steve O’Malley, who competed in the tournament with his wife Beth.
Another husband and wife team was called DOM3, whose players were Factoryville residents Darren and Lisa Maria. Lisa recalls playing a different version of cornhole with her family where the last shooter who throws the bean bag in the hole gets all the points.
This tournament was a double elimination consolation tournament. Every bean bag on the tailgate board or through the hole counted with no cancellations from the opposing team. Volunteers Gerry Henry and his wife Kim helped each other jot down results by recording teams in the consolation bracket and teams in the winner’s bracket.
Each team consisted of two players who were either friends or family members. Twelve-year-old Lisa Ryon, of Factoryville, was paired with her friend Maggie Phillips on a team called Ryon 2.
“It’s fun,” Ryon said about playing in the tournament.
Factoryville resident Jim Boyles was paired with his grandson Austin Fortney. Their team was called GOAT, which stood for Greatest Of All Time. Although the GOAT team didn’t make it to the finals, Boyles enjoyed the sunny weather and being with his family, including his wife Mary, daughter Janine Fortney, and granddaughter Celia Fortney, who watched the tournament under the tent.
“It’s a spectacular day, weather-wise, everything,” said Boyles.
Boyles’ son-in-law Shaun Fortney also competed in the tournament with his partner John Litwin on a team called Fort-Lit that came close to the finals.
Nine-year-old Dalton resident Ashton Thiel, a student at Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center, named his team Lion Pride in honor of his school’s team. He was partnered with his friend William Evans, who is also 9 years old and lives in Dalton.
“I like trying to get the ball in the hole,” said Ashton. “I’m looking forward to the prize.”
That prize was $200 and actually went to Ashton’s father Jason and his friend Ray Oswald, who beat a team called OTC in the finals.
“It was the best cornhole tournament and the only cornhole tournament I played,” said Oswald. “It’s good to support the park. We’ll come again to win the tournament next year.”
Their team was called Pacers because Jason is a graduate of Marywood University.
After the tournament, some people stayed to play another game of cornhole but this time for fun. Some went to Swifty’s Snack Shack, the park’s concession stand named for the late Steve Swift, to get chicken BBQ dinners to take home or eat at the picnic tables. Texas Roadhouse provided cinnamon-flavored butter for the rolls. There were also raffle baskets, which also raised money for the park. Raffle prizes included pizza from Bella Pizza in Factoryville, tickets to Montage Mountain Water Park and a booze basket. Many local sponsors donated cash, food, or prizes for the tournament.
Other sponsors included Antoine Timbering Inc., Printed Products, Altec Industries, Slocum’s Market, The Hoagie Hut, Davis TreeCare, Dapper Dan’s Classic Cuts, The P.A. Hutchinson Company, DGK and McGrath’s Pub.
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