|
|
Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • State horseshoe tourney opens today

  • Sheila Brinker and her horseshoes partner, Donna Klott, both of Washington, Mo., were among the people practicing their technique Friday afternoon at the athletic field adjacent to the Hannibal Inn at 4141 Market St.


    • email print
  • Sheila Brinker and her horseshoes partner, Donna Klott, both of Washington, Mo., were among the people practicing their technique Friday afternoon at the athletic field adjacent to the Hannibal Inn at 4141 Market St.
    They were among only a few of the more than 1,000 people who will be competing at some 180 horseshoes pits today and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19, during the 2012 State Knights of Columbus Horseshoe Tournament.
    Brinker and Klott have been competing in the state tournament for 10 years, but they did not have very high expectations about winning - they agreed that “the ladies from South Missouri usually win.”
    The first round will begin at 9 a.m. today, and the public has been invited to attend by the host KC council, Good Shepherd Council 907 of Hannibal. More than 500 two-person teams are competing. A Mass also is scheduled at the horseshoe site this evening. The tournament concludes with trophy rounds Sunday afternoon.
    In 2011, Kevin Fohey and Steve Fohey of Hannibal won the state tournament, which was in Washington, Mo.
    The tournament is made up of seven men flights, four women flights and a senior division for throwers age 65 and older. Participants are all KC members.
    Bill Fisher and John Pierceall, tournament co-chairmen, earlier reported that with 2,500 people in town this weekend, the economic impact for Hannibal will be tremendous. They encouraged Hannibal residents to attend, reporting this is the largest horseshoe tournament in Missouri. Pierceall said the club had great help with the setup and many volunteers ready to help during the weekend, such as announcers, cooks, servers, judges, bracket board worker and souvenir vendors.
    Multi-generation
    families attending
    Several of the horseshoe teams brought three generations of their families to the tournament, although not all the generations planned to compete.
    One such family was John Fleischmann; his son, Ed; and Ed’s 19-year-old son, E.J. , all of Arnold, Mo. E.J. said he just became a Knight, but he plans to compete in 2013.
    Only Ed and his wife, Becky, were competing in the tournament this year.
    As a former division flight champion with his partner, Steve Stork, Ed was asked how to win at horseshoes. “Practice and luck,” he said.
    KC state leaders and former leaders were among the horseshoe competitors, including Tony Braun, who served as state deputy from 1998 to 2000. He and his partner, John Harper, are members of KC Council 6018 in Arnold, Mo., where both are active in KC projects.
    Braun’s wife, Mary Jo, and Harper’s wife, Mary Ann, also were competing.
    Outlining his duties as state KC leader, Braun said he traveled for the entire two-year term, and “each year I put about 45,000 miles on my car.”
    During his term of office, he retired from his 41-year career as a buyer for McDonnell Douglas Corp. in St. Louis.
    Page 2 of 2 - Among Braun’s duties as KC state deputy was starting new councils in parishes where none existed, and he was pleased to report seven new KC councils were started. Now Missouri has 252 KC councils.
    Asked to discuss the KC’s projects, Braun said the club does a lot of charity work, such as for the mentally handicapped and for sheltered workshops.
    KC helps children,
    pregnant women
     
    Also, the statewide KC donates $280,000 a year for a developmental center at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis.
    Pro-life projects are also part of the KC agenda, Braun said, adding that Harper and his wife, Mary Ann, are KC pro-life co-chairpersons.
    Harper reported the KC state group purchases ultrasound machines for pregnancy centers and donated 23 in one year. “Our goal is to eliminate abortion,” Harper said.
    The ultrasound machines help, Harper said, because “once a mother sees her baby on ultrasound, they can’t abort the baby. They can see there is life.”
    Harper became a KC member because, “I saw all the works they are doing. It’s a wonderful organization.”
    Harper said he hopes his grandson, Bryan Billingsley of Shelbina, is coming to watch him compete in the tournament today.
     

        calendar