Backyard Fun Goes Big League With Cornhole Tournament
SCRANTON — What started as a game played in backyards with friends and family or at tailgating parties before sporting events, took over PNC Field on Saturday.
Bean bags clunked onto raised wooden planks as 50 teams competed in the third annual NEPA Cornhole tournament. Keeping in the game’s spirit, beers were drank, conversations had and music filled the park as competitors squared off.
Cornhole is a lawn game where players switch off throwing bean bags into a hole near the end of a raised platform.
T.J. Griffiths started the NEPA Cornhole League three years ago and since then it’s grown into a large organization that competes across the state and also hosts fundraisers for local organizations including the Boys and Girls Club and local softball and baseball teams.
“We’re like a family,” he said.
Griffiths, a physical therapist by trade, belongs to the American Cornhole League and said the sport itself is growing with an upcoming spot on ESPN.
Saturday’s event wasn’t a local fundraiser but rather a chance for teams from not only Northeast Pennsylvania but across state lines in New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Connecticut, to get together at the ballpark and compete for a cash prize and the chance to throw the first pitch at an upcoming Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders baseball game.
Kathryn Choman of Hanover Twp. used to play cornhole just in the backyard with her boyfriend and friends. She joined the league three years ago and has been competing ever since.
Choman remarked on the camaraderie of the sport and enjoys seeing friends she’s made through events like Saturday’s.
NEPA Cornhole’s 8-week fall league begins Oct. 1. Games are played every Tuesday night at Montage Mountain and the organization provides the equipment.
For more details about the league or to sign up, visit NEPA Cornhole on Facebook or www.nepacornhole.com.
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