6 horseshoe pitchers from Nevada compete in world championships

Monroe, Louisiana has been the site of the 2022 World Horseshoe Throwing Championships since July 11. More than 600 pitchers from across the country came to participate in the tournament.

Nevada State entered six pitchers in the tournament, including defending Nevada State Horseshoe Pitching Association champion Foster Kenton Jr.

Kenton Jr. won the 2021 State Championship Tournament last October when it was held at the Joe Friel Sports Complex in Tonopah.

Lathan and Kasey Dilger were Pahrump’s sole representatives.

The tournament was divided into six categories: Cadets, Juniors, Women, Men, Seniors and Elders. Within these categories, pitchers were divided into groups based on their ring percentage.

Kenton Jr. competed in the tournament’s second-highest pool. He was placed in men’s group A2. He entered the tournament with a ring percentage of 59.38, the best of his group.

During the tournament, Kenton Jr. faced each of the 15 other pitchers in his pool in a round-robin format. He finished with an 11-4 overall record, good for a tie for third place in his group.

However, due to a pitcher’s ring percentage during the tournament being the tiebreaker, Kenton Jr. was awarded fourth place in the A2 division.

The top 16 pitchers with the highest ring percentage advanced to the championship stage. Unfortunately, Kenton Jr. missed the cut by just 2.84%, or 17 rings. He would finish in 20th place, the highest of any Nevada entrant in the event.

Kasey Dilger also competed in the men’s division. He was placed in group C2.

Dilger finished the tournament with a 5-10 record, good for 14th place in his pool. He finished the tournament with 349 total points and threw 168 rings on his 600 throws, finishing with a ring percentage of 28%.

His highest score and biggest margin of victory came in the second game of the day when he faced Florida’s Chuck Duymich.

Dilger won the match by a score of 40-14. He threw 20 of his 40 ringer attempts. Duymich then finished in second place in the group with an 11-4 record.

The last Nevadan to compete in the men’s division was Mark Morfin.

Morfin entered the tournament with a 24.41 ring percentage and was placed in group E1.

He finished the tournament with a 7-8 record, earning him an 11th place finish in the pool.

Morfin finished with 312 points overall and threw 107 rings, finishing with a ring percentage of 17.83.

Morfin’s biggest win of the day came against Bob Hembrock of Missouri, by a score of 34-11, however, Morfin threw his most ringers in a single game of 13 in his matchup with Jesse Gentry.

NSHPA President and Pahrump resident Lathan Dilger was the only Nevada to compete in the senior division. He entered the contest with a ringing percentage of 25.33 and was placed in Group C.

Lathan Dilger finished the tournament with a 5-10 record, finishing the event with 344 total points and he pitched 163 ringers.

Dilger ended his day with his biggest margin of victory during the tournament. He won 32-8 over Indiana’s Bill Hurley.

His highest ringing percentage in a single game came against Ken Corrigan when he threw 14 of his 40 ringing attempts, good for 35%.

Dilger would finish the competition in 13th place in his group.

Nevada had two representatives in the Elder Division. Harold Holbrook entered the event with a ring percentage of 51.59% and was placed in Group B2, while Larry Auchoberry entered the tournament with a ring percentage of 26.40 and was placed in the F2 group.

Holbrook finished the tournament with a 5.5-9.5 record. His tie came against Frank Harris of Georgia. Holbrook and Harris finished in 13th and 14th place respectively.

Holbrook’s biggest win of the tournament came with a 45-23 scoreline over David Hampton of Ohio.

In his 15 games, Holbrook finished the event with 393 total points and threw 199 ringers.

Auchoberry didn’t have much success during the tournament. He finished with a 2-13 overall record.

His victories in the event came against Kermit Greer of Maryland and William Carll of Pennsylvania.

Auchoberry scored 271 points overall and threw 111 rings in the event. He would finish in 16th place in his Elder F2 group.

With the world championship tournament over for the Nevada pitchers, they turned their attention to events in Nevada State.

The Southern Nevada Horseshoe Throwing Series will hold its next tournament on Saturday, August 6. The Goldfield Days doubles event will take place at Goldfield Park, starting at 10 a.m. All pitchers wishing to participate must arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time. so they can register.

The NSHPA will hold its next tournament on Saturday, August 13. The Sin City Nights event will take place at Leavitt Park in Las Vegas, starting at 6 p.m. All pitchers wishing to participate must arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time. they can register.

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