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Lions Club hosts first Scholarship Cornhole Tournament

Lions Club hosts first Scholarship Cornhole Tournament
November 09
08:42 2020

By Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

The Breckenridge Lions Club had great weather and a great turn-out for their Scholarship Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Trade Barn in the Breckenridge City Park.

Breckenridge Police Chief Bacel Cantrell, left, and Bret Chaney with the Breckenridge Fire Department compete in the Lions Club Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 7. Click here to see the Photo Gallery from the event. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

“It was really good. We had teams from Graham, Stamford, Palo Pinto…,” said Breckenridge Lions Club President William Thompson. “For the first time trying it, I was real pleased with the turnout.”

Thompson said there were 35 teams that competed in the social division and nine teams that competed in the open division. He said the open division teams are more competitive, higher level teams that play all of the time and the social division was more for community-type recreational players.

In addition to the teams competing for cash prizes, there were also challenge matches with teams from groups like first responders and service organizations. “They’re just playing for fun and for bragging rights,” Thompson said.

Teams from the first responders challenge group included two teams from the Breckenridge Police Department, two teams from Stephens Memorial Hospital and a team from the Breckenridge Fire Department. Bret Chaney and Wesley Turner with the Breckenridge Fire Department won that challenge match.

Challenge teams from the Service Organizations category included two teams from the Lions Club, two teams from the Rotary Club and two teams from the Elks Lodge. The winners in that group were Wayne Justice and Jaime Mendez with the Elks Lodge.

Breckenridge Independent School District winners were Laura Gibson and Nicole Gibson, representing Breckenridge Junior High

The social and open division teams competed for cash prizes raised from the tournament entry fees. Thompson said 100 percent of the registration money was paid out in prizes to first, second and third place winners in each division.

All the money raised from the tournament’s sponsors, concession sales and silent auction will go toward providing scholarships for Breckenridge High School seniors.

Money raised from the silent auction on the sale of Cornhole boards will be split with the Breckenridge High School wood shop 50/50, Thompson said the Lions Club donated the materials to make the boards, and the students in the shop provided the time and labor to build them.

In past years, the Lions Club has held a basketball tournament at the high school to raise money for their scholarship fund, but this year, because of coronavirus concerns, the UIL prohibited any basketball tournaments from being played at the schools.

“We were looking for other fundraisers to cover our scholarships, and we came up with this idea,” Thompson said. “It’s a hit. Everybody who helped out today, we want to do it again next year. We’ve learned from it and will just keep making it better.”

To see more photos from the tournament, click here to see the Breckenridge Texan Photo Gallery.

Spectators watch as contestants compete in the Lions Club Scholarship Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 7. Funds from the tournament’s sponsors will go toward scholarships for Breckenridge High School seniors. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

 

Open Division Winners

First Place: David Baladez and Mason Vega (Courtesy Photo)

Second Place: J.J. Alexander and Damien Mendez (Courtesy Photo)

Third Place: Gregg Parra and Nico Parra (Courtesy Photo)

Social Division

First Place: Chris Nandin and Adrian Nino (Courtesy Photo)

Second Place: Alex Guzman and J.J. Guzman (Courtesy Photo)

Third Place: Gregg Parra and Nico Parra (Courtesy Photo)

Cutline, top photo: Reyse Hash of Breckenridge eyes a toss during the Breckenridge Lions Club Scholarship Cornhole Tournament on Saturday as his brother Brysen watches. To see more photos from the event, click here to go to the photo gallery. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)


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