Busy weekend features bowling, ‘shoes
Post Independent Sports Editor
Last year, the New Castle SuperBowl had the star power for its Burning Mountain Festival weekend of tournaments. This year the field is wide open.
Professional Bowling Association Hall of Famer and six-time world horseshoe champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. swept the SuperBowl’s King of the Mountain bowling tournament and Burning Mountain Horseshoe Tournament last year.
He isn’t expected back this year, which leaves the opportunity for newcomers to claim the crown.
Still, the competition should be fierce, even without Williams.
“We have some awesome bowlers here in New Castle,” said Tammy Klein, one of the organizers for the tournament weekend.
Klein said Dennis Brown, Webb Jackson and Jack Renshaw are among the “awesome” local bowlers. The trio should be among the favorites in today’s the King of the Mountain tournament, which could boast as much as $5,700 in prize money.
The entry fee is $125, but there is another way. Players can enter this morning’s four-game eliminator tournament for $25 and a chance to earn a free spot in the King of the Mountain. The eliminator starts at 8 a.m.
For those interested in a little family fun at the alley, the third annual Battle for Burning Mountain Family Tournament is set for Sunday evening. Teams of four (three must be from the same family) will have the chance to unseat the Tooker family, which claimed the title last year.
The format is 9-pin no-tap and costs $35 per team (three games and shoe rental).
Sunday also features the Burning Mountain Horseshoe Tournament at the SuperBowl. The invitational tournament in the morning is National Horseshoe Pitchers Association-sanctioned and will features some of the top horseshoe pitchers in the region.
The local tournament follows at approximately 1 p.m. and is open to all.
“Anybody can come in and just have fun and throw some shoes up there,” Klein said. “Nobody has to be intimidated. Come on down and have a good time, if nothing else.”
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