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Hall of famer set to roll, pitch at SuperBowl

The SuperBowl has a superstar coming to New Castle this weekend.Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. will be among the competitors at the New Castle SuperBowl’s King of the Mountain Tournament on Saturday.On Sunday, the six-time PBA player of the year will try his hand in the SuperBowl’s horseshoe tournament. It’s not a new sport for Williams. He’s also a member of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association Hall of Fame and has captured six world championships.SuperBowl general manager Ron Hodgen joked that “bribery, graft and corruption” helped bring the PBA’s No. 3-ranked bowler to New Castle during the Burning Mountain Festival. In reality, Hodgen and Williams hooked up through a mutual friend, and New Castle’s amenities and community helped seal the deal.”It’s a massive thing. I’m tickled,” Hodgen said. “(New Castle) is a heck of a nice place and a great time to come here.” New Castle residents who compete in the bowling or horseshoe events will be rewarded with the chance to test themselves against one of the world’s best in either discipline.The King of the Mountain Tournament starts with check-in at 11 a.m. and practice at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The entry fee is $125, with a limit of 60 competitors and a purse of $5,700 with a full field. Competitors can also earn a spot in the tournament through four-game eliminators at 6:30 p.m. today and at 8 a.m. Saturday. There is a $25 entry fee for each eliminator.The horseshoe tournament is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday, also at the SuperBowl complex.The horseshoe tournament is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday, also at the SuperBowl complex.

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