Cornhole league starts in Mac

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By Teri L. Hansen

McPherson sports will have a new addition to their ranks starting Wednesday. The Mac Baggers Cornhole League will kickoff at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the McPherson American Legion Post 24, 401 N. Main St.

“We are just a couple of friends who enjoy playing cornhole out at the lake. When summer comes to an end usually we stop playing cornhole for the winter also,” Taylor Krier explained. Krier is one of the organizers of the new league. “We have found that there are multiple cornhole leagues in Wichita and other surrounding areas so we are going to give it a shot here in McPherson.”

For those who are unfamiliar, cornhole is a lawn game popular in the United States. Its origins are widely argued. Some say it was invented in Germany, others say its American born and bred. In any case, the game has become popular at parties, picnics and tailgates. Now the league will be able to keep playing despite the winter weather as they will play inside the Legion building.

“Cornhole is usually played in teams of two. You stand facing your partner with the opposing player by your side,” Krier explained. “Players throw underhand in alternating fashion. A bag that lands and stays on the board is counted as one point and a bag that goes in the hole is three points. Points cancel out and the first team to 21 wins.”

The Mac Baggers will meet every week at 6 p.m. at the McPherson Legion. This is an open league. Sign up will be held at 6 p.m. each Wednesday with the games kicking off at 6:20 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

“We will post events on our Facebook page weekly ‘Mac Baggers Cornhole,’” Krier said. “We are hoping for 10-15 teams for the first night and hope to grow each week. There are two people per team and the first week will be bring your own partner.
Some weeks they will change things up and draw from partners. They also have a version of the game planned called “switchholio.” In this variation, players draw a new partner during each round of a round robin style tournament. The Facebook page will include what type of game it will be each week.

“The legion will be serving alcohol so if anyone wants to come out and see what it’s all about they are more than welcome to come have a few drinks and watch,” Krier said.

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