Cornhole tournament at Derby’s

Photos by Rusty Strait
10-week League Champions: Rosendo Haro 1st place; Jeremy Geil, Travis Riffey, Jacob Reyes. 1st place season winner: George Ramirez

■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter

The Wheelhouse and Derby’s Bar and Grill recently completed its second season of a Cornhole competition, crowing league champions to celebrate the occasion. Derby paid out a total of $4,000 in prize money to 20 teams at the end of the season.

(from left to right) Tournament champions Jeremy Geil, Travis Riffey, William Howell, and Sean Sheridan.

In the beginning, we teamed up with A.C.O. (American Cornhole Association) bringing players from throughout the Inland Empire; Corona, Perris, Beaumont, Murrieta, Temecula, Hemet and Saraceno Valley. During season one, we hoped to floor six or eight teams with hopes of eventually expanding to perhaps a top of 14 teams. Most of the players were experienced and expected to be dominant over newbies, and they were but by the end of the season some of those less experienced teams ending up upsetting some of the more seasoned players.
Going into season two we were truly rewarded with a total of 20 teams. Jesse Vivanco, owner operator of the facility, formed the Hemet A.C.O. hoping to grow the sport of Cornhole, considering that it was becoming one of the most popular hands-on sports in the country.
It is nationally shown on ESPN and reached out to schools and universities. Vivanco, now a licensed official of A.C.O., hopes that the schools and colleges in the San Jacinto Valley will follow the national trend. A weekly fee of $10 is paid back in its entirety to the participants in a graduated payout at the end of the season. An end of the season championship tournament is held with a $20 team fee collected at the beginning of the season which goes into a prize pool.
Vivanco welcomes small businesses and organizations to utilize his facility and the sport as a fundraiser. It is fun for all ages, male, female, seniors and juniors. The league is open to both men and women. If you want to try your skills, come and join the fun. Plans are to begin a winter season on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
For more information call Derby’s: 951-652-2440 or The Wheelhouse at 951- 652-9968.

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