MINNESOTA HORSESHOE PITCHERS'
Ringer Digest
June/July  2018 
A Charter of the NHPA
 
Official Publication of the Minnesota Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers' Association
GOOD LUCK WORLD  PITCHERS!!

Randy Werk,  Dan Belden,  Robin Constance,  Jeff Lawrence,
Steve Berning,  Lonnie Frank,  Dave Anderson,  John Hustings,
Art Longen,  Dale Grunzke,  Marvin Akkerman,  Daren Chambers,
Patti Oakes,  Connie Bachman,  Bob Knudtson,  Richard Giese,
Tyler Condon,  Justice Martin,  Isaac Rasmussen,  Kevin Hagman,
Tyler Lazenby,  Brenna Hagman,  Helen Hawkinson,  April Lynch,
Mark Smith,  Joshua Olson,  Joe Mueller,  Thomas Prokop,
Gary Boots,  Jerry Werk,  Jerry LaBrosse,  Jeff Thompson

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It will be chock full of fun and interesting information 
and updates!   
      
Rick
From the President
Rick Wright

Hey Everyone,
     I hope everyone is having fun in their league play so far. Seems like we went from winter right into summer. I do not have a lot to say at this time except if you choose to participate in a tournament this summer, please sign up and send in your entry fee by the deadline. This is very important to the tournament directors. If any of the tournament directors need more participation, there will be an announcement sent via email.
     I would also like to mention that the new tournament, the MN Mixer has been cancelled due to lack of participation. This tournament was a way to help our membership grow in our sport. We may try this tournament again in the future. If anyone has any ideas or thoughts on how to help our association grow, I would like to hear from you.
     Also, just a reminder that this is the last year that Forest Lake and Pine City will be hosting the State Tournament. If any club is interested in hosting the 2019/2020 State Tournament, please submit your bid by Aug 1st, 2018. 

Also, Remember to enter the MN State Tournament on Labor Day Weekend in Genola. Your entry must be in by August 1st to Ann Hagman.  

Enjoy your summer in horseshoes!
Rick

Alexandria Open Heats Up
by Janet Larson

     Over the years we have always known that the weather can be a crap shoot Memorial Day weekend. We have endured cold, wind, rain and occasionally nice weather, but this year was a first, mid 90 degree temps. In July or August we may have been conditioned. For those of us who are not snow birds and barely survived this year's endless winter, it was just a little too much, too soon. The morning shift did manage to survive the heat, but we had a few people that were starting to suffer from the heat in the afternoon so we ended that shift after four games.
     We always enjoy having our North Dakota friends come join us for the tournament and a big thank you to Joe Martin for photographing the event and placing a great post on Facebook about it. Check out the North Dakota Horseshoe Pitchers Facebook page. We also had six pitchers from MN come for the first time. They included Ron Monson, Lu Cave, Delbert Karsjens, Marlys Timm, Lori York and Christy Schilling. Thanks to everyone for driving out to western MN to join us.
     The results of the tournament can be found under tournament results, but I just wanted to mention the extraordinary achievements in Class D. Ron Monson pitched 18.65 % over his entry average to claim first place with an overall average of 41.43%. He was followed by Don Claseman at 31.43% in 2nd place and Gary Kirckof pitched 25.36 % to claim 3rd. Don was 9.28% over his average and Gary was 8.35% over his. Keep in mind that this was our lowest percentage class of pitchers. Amazing job!

Class A & B Results

Kyler - Henry - Sara

Noah - Joe - Jerry



Brian - Jean - Tim

Ron - Don - Gary

C lass C & D Results










Robin 
South VP
Robin Constance

     It`s that time of year to be thinking about the tournaments we are choosing to play this horseshoe season. I always try to play in a different tournament to meet and compete with some new competitors every season.
     The world tournament is upon us and with a total of 1027 pitchers this is a fairly consistent number compared with the past few tournaments. Minnesota has 32 pitchers which is down a little in numbers but most of the regulars are  attending. League play is under way and the season so far has been exciting to say the least. Bloomington Wednesday night pitchers have voted to become unsanctioned so the State has lost approximately 35 pitchers which is a sad commentary and  a reflection of our times with the game of horseshoes. We need to keep our core of pitchers and try to add tournament pitcher to keep our game progressing.
          So pitch in an extra tournament and meet some new friends and have a good Summer.
 
Janet
North VP     
Janet Larson

The 2018 Dakota Magic Spring Tournaments were held March 16-17-18, 2018.  Here are some photos of the winners.
   

SPRING MAGIC ONE CLASS A
Phil Swenson 2nd, Janet Larson 1st, Henry Greenwaldt 3rd

SPRING MAGIC TWO CLASS J
Donnley Elsen 4th,Marshall Swenson 1st, Devin Stone 3rd


SPRING MAGIC THREE CLASS A
Phil Plotke 2nd, Janet Larson 4th, Mark Smith, Cole Pearson (NE) 1st, Henry Greenwaldt, Connie Filley(WY) 3rd, Lonnie Transgrud(WI)

SPRING MAGIC TWO CLASS I
Tyler Condon 2nd, Justice Martin 3rd, Uria Gabel 1st

SPRING MAGIC TWO  CLASS H
Tyler Stone 3rd, John Hustings 2nd, EJ Messa 1st
          
Devin Stone Happy 16th Birthday on St Patrick's Day
Josh 
From the Statsman

Team World 2018 Recap         By Josh Olson
     Minnesota was represented with 3 tough teams this year, down a little bit from previous years, but things come up and we were able to manage, those that missed this year, we hope you will come back again next year, this year was Warm for a change, and for those of you that have went in the past will laugh, because its always cold during that Tournament and this year it was a nice Change!

      A little Recap from the competition,
Minnesota had 3 Teams travel down to Beloit Wisconsin for the Annual Team World Competition. Minnesota #3 was a Team of ALL 40 Foot Pitchers, (1/2 Teams of all 40FOOT PITCHERS), Wisconsin had a Team of all 40 Footers as well. Minnesota #3 was a Team of, Joe Mueller, Tom Prokop, Gordy Schmidt and Dale Lipovsky. MN #2 was a brought together by Eric Dehkes, Eric, Helen Hawkinson, Jen O'Niel and Tiffany Syring, with Team Captain Al Barclay! Minnesota Team #1 was made up of Mark Smith, Josh Olson, Ray Volkers and Jim Aleckson. Minnesota #3 finished with 26 wins as a Team, Minnesota #2 finished with 29 Wins, and Minnesota #1 finished with 55 wins and a 4th Place Overall Finish, Minnesota #1 made the Play-Offs (Final 5) they entered the step-ladder play-offs against #2 Seed overall Illinois #1, (Minnesota vs. Illinois #1 in the preliminary's won 3 games to 1) and in the play-Offs Illinois #1 would do the same against MN #1, taking 3 games to 1, All Games that were won that round were in the 70% range or higher, Mark Smith had a 82.5% game against another tough pitcher Austin Bailey who is a 2-Time and current Illinois Men's State Champion. Minnesota would lose the 1st round then go onto the 2nd and final Consolation round against the defending champion's Michigan , and MN #1 would win 3 games to 1, to capture 4th place Overall. Putting Michigan in 5th Place , Minnesota #1 in 4th, Missouri #1 would lose to Illinois #1 and take 3rd Place , Illinois #1 would face the Home State Team Wisconsin #1 in the Finale, Wisconsin #1 would win over Illinois #1 to Capture the Team World Championship.


Full Results can be found on the Wisconsin Charter webpage...
http://www.whpahorseshoes.com/team-world

 

   
High Game "Cheesehead" Winners
Ray Volkers, Josh Olson, Jim Aleckson, and Mark Smith
Marlys 
Rockford Ringers News
By Marlys Timm

Rockford Ringers began league play on Wednesday evening May 16th with 18 pitchers and possibly more joining up next week. We welcome back Carl and Carol Jarnig and also new members Sara Otto and Bryan Coles.
Tuesday morning play begins May 22 with 12 pitchers scheduled to play.
Anyone interested in pitching in an additional league is welcome to join us by contacting League Director Debi Pool at 612-387-4102.
 


Jerry
Regional Director
By Jerry LaBrosse

      The NHPA Rules and Bylaws are voted on every three years, and 2018 is a Rules year.  Each charter gets representatives that vote at the convention held during the World Tournament. The number of delegates is based on the charter's membership, so Minnesota and Missouri have the most delegates. If you are attending the WT this year and would like to be a delegate, please contact me ASAP. 
     I will be serving as the delagate foreman for MN. We will assemble our delegates and discuss the proposed rules changes as well as the elections of officers. If you wish to read the proposed rules changes, do so here        PROPOSED RULE CHANGES 2018

     If you have any questions or comments regarding these proposals, or elections, please feel free to contact me.

        The Spring Membership Meeting will be held this coming Sunday the 3rd at the Bud Nelson Open in Forest Lake around noon, so come on over and have a delicious hamburger and share your thoughts at the meeting.

Mark's Memory Corner
By Mark Smith


Here are some photos from the 1996 Mn State Tournament I ran across recently.
I thought would be fun to throw them out and see if you can identify these folks. Have Fun

 





Bloomington Club League Results
by Gene Gross  
       
         Our club reached another new high in membership in recent years to 45, up 4 from last year, as we had 14 new members. The Wednesday Night Team League,
 consisted of 8 three person teams(with teams having four and even five members
 for subs). We completed our season with a playoff on Sep 20, much
 later than usual because of so many rainouts on Wednesdays. The winners were Maxine Abeln, Elaine Dupont, Mary Knoblach and Jeannie White. Jay Tumberg had the best personal win/loss record with 16.5 wins and only 5.5 losses. Larry
 Miller had the High Average of 42.08%. Larry Miller and Kelly Reardon tied for the High Game of 52%.
          Kelly also won The High Game Over Average with his 52% game with a 24.73%
 average. Wendee Martin won the Most Improved going from 9.60 to 15.33%.
 The Rookie of the Year award went to Pat Martin. Bill Lundholm again
 did a great job of the league secretarial duties.
         The Tuesday Night Singles League is a three 50 shoe game league.
 Jim David repeated as champion in this league with 26 wins and 9
 losses. Sara Otto finished in second place with 20 wins and 8 losses as she lost her last game by a nose.
        Sara had the High Average of 60.59% and the High Game of 78%. Wendee Martin  had the High Game over Average with a 36% game with a 18.06% average.
 Rookie of the Year Award went to Bruce Colvet. Dave Wetzlich won the Most
 Improved going from 22.48% to 27.33%.
            We had a great turnout at our Year End Club Tournament. Kelly Reardon
 won the Class A beating Robin Constance, who finished second. Lauri Tumberg
 won the Class B title beating Randy Anderson. Scott Chalmers won Class C
 beating Jeff Walker who had edged out Mary Knoblach by a fraction to place
 second. Because of a great turnout we had a Class D for the second year in a
 row with Craig Johnson beating Ryan Bordwell for first and second place.
            At our Banquet we recognized Vern Bolduc with the Player of the Year Award.
 Vern at the age of 92. He says this was his last year.

News from Upsala
by Janet Larson

        The Upsala Winter Horseshoe League completed their season with a banquet and awards on Monday, April 9, 2018. Mel and Joyce Larson treated everyone to a fantastic ham supper complete with baked potato, coleslaw, fresh fruit, carrots and delicious brownies. The afternoon league had 12 regular pitchers, while the evening league had eight. Mother Nature wreaked havoc in March and early April, causing us to cancel our games on four nights. We finally gave in and eliminated the usual playoff season.
Winners on the afternoon league were:
1st Place - Mel Larson 24.5 wins / 11.5 losses
2nd Place-Walt Beneke 23.5 wins / 12.5 losses
3rd Place- Llyod Barthel 22 wins / 14 losses
4th Place-Jim Volkers 20.5 wins / 15.5 losses
High series went to Lloyd Barthel with 373 total points in 4 games. Al Nicholson came in 2nd with 354 points.
High game also went to Lloyd Barthel with a whopping 110 points. Butch Hennes had a 97 point game, followed closely by Al Nicholson with a high game of 96 points.
Winners on the evening league were:
1st Place-Janet Larson 23 wins / 13 losses
2nd Place-Gary Boots 22 wins / 14 losses
3rd Place-Kathy Welle / 21.5 wins / 14.5 losses
High series went to Mike Holz with 365 points, followed by Janet Larson with 353 points and Gary Boots with 352 points.
High game went to Myron VanderWeyst on the last game of the season, 99 points. Coming in second was Mike Holz with 97 and then Gary Boots with 96 points.
We'd like to applaud two of the afternoon pitchers, Maury Palmerschein, who is still going strong at the age of 94, and Jerry Zastrow who missed all of the 2017 season due to illness. Jerry is back on the courts this year and able to keep up with everyone else with the assist of a walker.


Afternoon group: Back row-Randy Werk, Mel Larson, Walt Beneke, Jim Volkers, Butch Hennes and Jerry Zastrow. Front row - Don Waldoch, Lu Cave, Jerry Werk and Maury Palmerschein. Not pictured were Lloyd Barthel and Al Nicholson. Subs were Vicki Barthel and Joyce Larson.

Evening group: Back row- Mike Hotz, Gary Boots, Myron VanderWeyst, and Kathy Welle. Front row-Janet Larson, DaveGaida and Lois Duea. Not pictured Jim Kotzer.


League officials were Mel and Joyce Larson, with help from Myron VanderWeyst who took care of stats for the evening group. 


Coming Events

West St. Paul Open
23-18-013
SATURDAY
6/9/18
Where:
West St. Paul Courts
$25 Adults
Deadline:
6/1/18
TD: Patti Oakes
Contact Info:
2138 Williams St.
Roseville, MN 55113
651-489-5304
patti22@juno.com



Brooklyn Park Open
23-18-014
SUNDAY
6/10/18
Where:
Brooklyn Park, MN
$30 Adults/ Juniors $5
Deadline:
6/1/18
TD: Jon Von Rysky
Contact Info:
4215 Xenia Ave N
Robinsdale, MN 55422 
612-735-0473
No Email address
50-50 Drawing, Concessions On Site

Bertha Open
23-18-020
SATURDAY
6/23/18
Where: Bertha Lions Building
$30 Adults
Deadline:
6/13/18
TD: Josh Olson
Contact Info:
PO BOX 353
Bertha, MN 56437
scrunchy_8@hotmail.com
NO HANDICAP, 
2 SHIFTS 9AM and 1PM
9AM SHIFT Will play 30 POINTS OR 40 SHOES 
"WHICH EVER COMES FIRST"
1PM SHIFT WILL PLAY 40 POINT GAMES.
 "HIGH CASH PAYOUTS" CONCESSIONS ON SITE, 
RAIN OR SHINE, GAURENTEED TOURNAMENT!!



Moorhead Open
23-18-016
SATURDAY
6/30/18
Where: Moorhead, MN
$30 Adults/ Juniors $5
Deadline:
6/20/18
TD: Sandra Carlson
Contact Info:
PO BOX 101 
Moorhead, MN 56561
701-371-0129
designermn@msn.com

Hibbing Open
23-18-017
SATURDAY 
6/30/18
Where: Hibbing, MN
$30 Adults
Deadline:
6/20/18
TD: Ray Pierce JR.
Contact Info:
12029 Cory Tracts Rd
Hibbing, MN 55746
218-262-5654
pireceray@msn.com
RAIN OR SHINE, 
HUGE TROPHIES, 
10AM START




10  
th Annual Santiago Open
23-18-018
SATURDAY
7/7/18
Where: Santiago, MN
$30 Adults
Deadline:
6/29/18
TD: Jim Aleckson
Contact Info:
12340 44th Ave SE
Becker, MN 55308
763-261-2336
No Email



32  
nd Annual Kolacky Day's
23-18-021
SATURDAY
7/28/18
Where: Montgomery, MN
$30 Adults
Deadline:
7/14/18
TD: Richard David
Contact Info:
13232 Lake Ave
Montgomery, MN 56069
507-364-7673
DickJudyDavid@outlook.com
First 32 PAID ENTRIES, 
8 Person Classes, 
40 Shoe GAMES Handicapped if NEEDED,
 Dicks Cell #- 507-330-3300

North Mankato Fun Days
23-18-019
SATURDAY 
7/7/18
Where: North Mankato, MN
$25 Adults/ Juniors Free
Deadline:
6/18/18
TD: Erwin Tischer
Contact Info:
55903 174th Ave
Good Thunder, MN 56037
blduenow@hickorytech.net



Isanti Open

23-18-022

SATURDAY
8/4/2018
Isanti, MN
$25/Adults, $5/Juniors
7/27/18
Shawn Warnemunde
414 11 th AVE NW
Isanti, MN 55040
763-227-1804
smwarnemunde@msn.com
Depending on Entries, 50 shoe games for 6 person classes, 
40 shoe games for 8 person classes.


Rockford River Days
23-18-023
SATURDAY

8/11/18
Rockford Horseshoe Club Courts
$30
8/1/18
Joe Mueller
2057 152nd Ln NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304
612-718-0921
jmueller0822@msn.com

Leprachaun Open

23-18-024
SATURDAY/SUNDAY
8/11-12/18
O'Brien's Pub
Rice, MN
$30 Adults, $5 Juniors
8/1/18
Ginger O'Brien
39768 Co. Road 1
Rice, MN 56367
gingio421@gmail.com
Class A and B will play Sunday 8/12/18

66 th Northwest Open

23-18-025
SATURDAY
8/18/18
Ramsey Courts
on White Bear Avenue, Maplewood, MN
$30 Adults, $5 Juniors
Dick Dvorak
2038 Orange Ave E.
St. Paul, MN 55119
651-387-2235
dikadv@aol.com
8 Person Classes, handicap if needed, concessions, cash prizes


47 th Donnelly Threshing Bee

23-18-026
SATURDAY/SUNDAY
8/25-26/18
Donnelly, MN
$30 Adults, Juniors Free
8/19/18
Jerry Werk
22662 120th Street
Herman, MN 56248
320-246-3475
werkkrew@runestone.net
Held in conjunction with Old Time Threshing Bee.
Concessions, Bingo, Bean Bags, Mixed Classes, Cash Prizes


Minnesota State Singles

23-18-027
Friday-Monday
8/31-9/3/18
(Labor Day Weekend)
Genola Arena
$40 Adults, Juniors Free
8/2/18
Ann Hagman
652 Cross St.
Anoka, MN 55303
612-636-8214
sec.treas@minnesotahorseshoes.com
Entry Form and Sign-Up online will be available at a Later date.



MGSHPA Executive Board       MGSHPA Directors

President 
Rick Wright
50586 Shorewood Circle
Rush City ,Mn 55069
651-491-2404


North Vice President
Janet Larson
22651Co Rd 82 NW.
Evansville,MN 56326
218-731-5987

South Vice President
Robin Constance
18273 Emerald Trail
Farmington, MN 55024
612-327-0553

 

   
Ringer Digest Editor
Jerry LaBrosse
8170 Fern Lane
Greenfield,MN 55357
612-819-7353
jlabro6186@aol.com

Statistician
Josh Olson
PO Box 353
Bertha, MN 56437
218-639-4641

Webmaster
Josh Olson
PO Box 353
Bertha, MN 56437
218-639-4641

Nominations Director 
Joe Mueller
2057 152nd Lane
Ham Lake, MN 55304
612-718-0921

Constitution and Bylaws
Gordy Schmidt
5631 187th St. W
Farmington, MN 55024
651-460-8084

Promotion/News Media Director
Marlys Timm
4210 Woodhill Drive
Loretto ,MN 55357
612-751-1525
martimm2@aol.com

Junior Promotions Director
April Lynch
25679 Friesland Ct
Wyoming, MN 55902
651-226-7970

Communications Director
Jerry LaBrosse
8170 Fern Lane
Greenfield, MN 55357
612-819-7353
jlabro6186@aol.com



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