ISSUE #2017-01
Horseshoe Pitching Newsline
President's Message
New Year, New Opportunities
by Stu Sipma, NHPA President
Happy New Year! I hope all of you were able to spend the Holiday's around family and friends. Here in Bismarck, winter started right away in the first week of December with 18" of snow the first week and then another 12" the second week along with subzero temperatures and wind chills down to -30 degrees F. 

RESULTS: State Tournaments

2016 State Tournament results for the Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Washington, as reported by a Chapter Representative. 

Introduction: Newly Elected 1st Vice President - Gary Roberts
by Gary B. Roberts , 1st VP, By-Laws, Rules and Grievance Director
As of January 1, 2017, I will officially be the new 1st Vice President of the NHPA. It is an honor and a privilege to serve the membership in this capacity. I will make every effort to not disappoint those who elected me to this position. I will always be responsive and accessible to the membership.
Following Dan Sanders into this role is a challenge. Dan's knowledge and dedication would be very difficult to replace. Dan has graciously offered to assist me in any way during the transition and beyond. Other Council members have also offered their assistance.  I very much appreciate this willingness to help.

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Continued Redesign of 
Sanctioned League Patches
by Jerry Smith , 3rd Vice President, Sanction League Director
I am sitting here in Idaho with four inches of snow and temperatures in the single digits.  So with not one indoor facility in this state to pitch horseshoes in, you might believe that the Third Vice President is slacking, and I am.  Oh wait, the sanctioned league program never goes dormant, it only slows down a little.  Let's take a look.

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Hall of Fame Now Accepting Nominations - Deadline January 31
by Vicki Winston, President, NHPA Hall of Fame Committee
Winter has started early in many parts of the nation and I hope you have stayed safe and have had an enjoyable holiday season with your family and/or friends.
The coming of the New Year brings the HOF Committee closer to beginning our very important work.  The deadline for submitting nominations to be considered in the 2017 voting is January 31st.  When I get the voting materials and copies of new nominations ready, I will be mailing them out to all committee members about the middle of February.

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2017 World Tournament
St. George, Utah

The 2017 World Tournament will be held July 17 - July 29. Entry Form and Prize Fund are now available. 

Poem: The Horseshoe Pitchers Prayer

Enjoy the musings of Carl Terrell, a member of the Kentucky Horseshoe Pitchers Association. He was inspired to rewrite a familiar poem to reflect on our wonderful sport.

Junior Pitcher Profiles for Newsline Feature

If you know of a Junior or Cadet Pitcher who should be featured in the next Newsline, please send their name and contact information to Aleena Lepak, Jr. Promotions Director. All nominations and pictures of these young pitchers are welcome. 
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Junior Spotlight: Big Dreams Ahead for Lillyan
by Aleena Cook, Junior League Director
In a small area in Wisconsin between Stratford and Marshfield, lives an amazing nine-year-old girl. Lillyan Kildahl is a fourth grader at Madison Elementary who loves to talk about her family, friends, and her love of horseshoes.        
Starting when she was only five years old, Lillyan found a love for a special game that she seemed to have a knack for. 
Tournament Patch Distribution Under Way
by Bill Marvin, 5th VP, Regional Director, Court Sanctioning Director
Welcome to 2017! Last year was certainly one for the books.  No longer will my Cub fan friends have to say wait till next year.  As a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan, I tried to explain to them what it felt like to back a World Champion team and always came up a little short.  Now they have had that experience, ending 108 years of frustration.  There were many other high lights in 2016, and they will be topics of discussion for years to come.

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State Championship Tournament Results & Stats Posted
by Mel Yockstick , NHPA World Statistician
Fall signifies the end of the 2016 outdoor pitching season for those of us in the North.  It also marks the start for 2017.  New cards are now available for purchase from your Charter Secretary.  One way to recruit new players is to get them a membership for Christmas.  The NHPA card will fit nicely inside a Season Greeting and is a nice surprise to someone who has been thinking about joining the NHPA and will bolster the membership numbers for your Charter.

History: Midwest National Tournament (Des Moines, IA) Part II
by Bob Dunn , Historian
Ted Allen regained his title by winning the 1938 Midwest National Tournament. Allen went through the preliminaries undefeated, winning all 32 games. He also went undefeated in the finals, 15-0 while pitching 84.58% ringers. Isais dropped to 4th place as his average slipped to 78.1%. This year's event was truly a national contest as stars from coast-to-coast entered the tournament. Jimmy O'Shea came from Brockton, MA, Dean Brown and Eddie Packham came from California, Marines Tamboer came from Wichita, Kansas. Brown and Tamboer would later be inducted into the NHPA Hall of Fame.

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