Kenneth Veach and Jason Prewitt rolled into the finals of the 4th Annual News Journal Corn Hole Tournament Friday night at McBurney Rec Center. The annual Nibroc event was named for Sid Strunk, who helped with the tournament the last three years, providing the game boards and the score sticks.
Veach and Prewitt were the defending champions and have placed in the top three every year the tournament has been played. The Jellico duo didn’t have any trouble getting past Nathan Couch and Mike Noe to first their first-round games then beat the team of Bill & Bill of Hinkle in two sets.
The competition for the defending champs got a little tougher as they faced Mark Noe and Colson Messer in the quarterfinals of the winners’ bracket. Their streak of winning two sets was still intact until they faced the Elizabethtown team of Robert Hatfield and Trevor Mather. Veach and Prewitt had to go the limit and win two out of three to get into the winners’ bracket finals. That’s where they met London’s Jack Benge and Clarence Wardrup.
Prewitt and Veach won the first game with ease but fell behind in the second game 10-0 and lost 21-10. However, like true champions, they came back to claim the third game, 21-16 and awaited the losers’ bracket winner in the championship game.
Benge and Wardrup had to battle Rickey Calhoun and Bill Slone of Garrett in Floyd County for the right to take on the defending champions. Benge and Wardrup won a hard fought contest, 21-20.
It would take three straight wins by Benge and Wardrup to claim the tournament’s fourth title. In a surprise, they rolled past Veach and Prewitt, 21-11 and 21-19 to force a final game.
There was no doubt left in the final as Veach-Prewitt took a 4-0 lead on the first throw. They added four points on the third throw and eight points on the fifth throw for a 16-0 lead. It was easy from that point on as the champions won, 21-7.
It was the largest field of teams in the four years as 34 teams came from as far as Garrett, Buckhorn, Frankfort and Elizabethtown. For the first time there were married couples playing in the tournament.