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ACO Player Talk: “Who Do You Most Want to Beat Down?”

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ACO Players at a recent Major Tournament were asked, “Who Do You Most Want to Beat Down at the Worlds in July?”


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Eric Zocklein


Bob Vonch


Chad Matlock

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Jason Mora


Gary Lewis


James Frantz

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There are ACO Tournaments all over the USA that you can play in.
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Derrick King


Jeff Shepherd


Tom Bobo

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Kyle Anderson


Keith Blair


Mark Smothers


Jacob Davidson

King EZ ties King Guy record at ACO Major #5

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Lebanon, MO – In its quest to expand to new regions and add great people, the ACO hit pay dirt in the town of Lebanon, Mo. On very short notice, new Certified Officials Marsha Kimrey and Deryl Wilson, and State Director, Brian Jones, jumped into action and secured the Cowan Civic Center as the venue for ACO MO Major #5. And as soon as the ACO rolled into town on Thursday night, it was apparent that it was a job well done. The Cowan Center was a perfect venue to play and the set-up was seamless as Certified Officials, residents, and Cowan staff contributed to the effort.

By Friday evening, players from 13 different states had made their way to Lebanon and the Major got underway with the Seniors, Womens, and Juniors Divisions.

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Great Venue. Great Times at Major #5 in Lebanon, MO. Richard Stone (Ohio) gives Jacob Davidson (Tennessee) a “Datta Boy!” hug.

 

In the Womens Division, with no past Major champions in the field, it was up to another of our seasoned players to step up and claim the title. In the end, Jessie Hempy from Sidney, OH became a first time Major champion as she defeated Kim Howard from Cedartown, GA in the finals. Great shooting, Jessie! And you can be sure that Kim will be hungry to get back to a finals match when next month’s Major comes to her home turf in Georgia.

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Jessie Hempy in pink claims Womens Singles Title at Major #5. Certified Official Marsha Kimrey from Lebanon, MO in black.

 

Many of the World’s top ranked Seniors players made the trip, and the field was as strong as ever. Among the players was reigning ACO Seniors World Champion, Tom Bobo, who rightfully made his way to the finals. But in a tough match against another top player and ACO Las Vegas Major Seniors Champion, Richard Stone, Tom’s bid to win his second Major of the season fell short. Instead, Richard claimed his second title and tightened the points race to a thin line. Nice work, Richard! A special congrats goes out to Carl “The Truth” Stenger, a local player from Lebanon who showed many of the top Seniors to the door and finished 4th in his first Major!

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World Senior Champion, Tom Bobo (left) placed second to Richard Stone (right) at Major #5 in Lebanon, MO.

 

In the Juniors Division, it was a family affair as local players and twins, Payton and Parker Wehner, faced off in the finals. After a hard fought match, Payton was at the top of the podium, but both brothers wrote themselves into the ACO history books. Great pitching, Payton and Parker!

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Payton Wehner is riding high on the shoulders of his Grandfather Deryl Wilson after claiming Juniors Championship at Major #5 in Lebanon, MO. King of Cornhole IX Jeff Reynolds (blue far left) was on hand to see the victory and future King in action.

 

When the Saturday morning World Singles Division began, one look around the room and anyone could see that the eventual winner would have to overcome some major obstacles. The field was stacked with talent and golden crowns as many top Pros and four Kings were on the premises.

It’s surprising to know that, of the ACO’s five King of Cornhole winners, until Saturday, Matt Guy was the only one to have also been a Major Singles winner. Now, there are two– Congrats to Eric Zocklein  on your return to the winner’s circle and on your first Major Singles Championship! It was not an easy road and it eventually lead him to a finals match against another of Louisville’s big dogs, Terry Mathis. Terry shot great all day and has been a high finisher before, but he finally made the jump to a title match. Congrats, Terry and King EZ! Also, nice work to Certified Official, Keith Blair, whose players took many of the top spots. We all want to know what you put in the water down there, Keith!

By 4 o’clock the World Doubles Divisions had started, and once again, it was quite an accomplishment to even advance from the mini-bracket. It was great to see a few of the local Lebanon teams advance, and now that they know the drill, we all better look out at the next Lebanon Major!

Well, Louisville’s day only got better as Eric Zocklein and Keith Blair outlasted the vicious field and took down the Doubles title. In the finals match, it was Seniors team Richard Stone and James Frantz who challenged. These two may be ole’ codgers, but they’ll accept a challenge from the young punks any day! Great shooting and congrats to EZ, Keith, James, and Richard!

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Keith Blair (left) and Eric “King EZ” Zocklein on the right hold up their Case Knives supplied by Shepherd Hills after claiming the Doubles Championships at Major #5 in Lebnanon, MO. Note: King EZ also claimed the Singles Championship.

 

The ACO would like to thank the city of Lebanon, the Cowan Civic Center, all the sponsors, and especially Marsha Kimrey and Deryl Wilson for their hard work and hospitality. We hope to have many more tourneys in the city of Lebanon. Thanks to Brian Jones, Randy Jones, Stephanie Frazier, and Kevin Goss for all your help with the event. And thank you to all the other Certified Officials and players who made the tourney a great success.

NEXT UP:  Peachtree City, GA March 20th-21st, 2015. In what we believe could be one of the biggest Majors of ACO Season X, the drama will only build. Over the past couple of seasons, the ACO has grown significantly in Georgia, so let’s see how the visiting states match-up and if GA is ready to hold turf. Sign-up now for ACO GA Major #6 PURCHASE TICKET NOW CLICK HERE!

ACO Player – Stacia “Queen” Pugh

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ACO PITCHIN’ PLAYER

Stacia “Queen” Pugh

– ACO PRO
– Resides in Lakewood, OH
– Currently ranked #3 in Women’s Singles and #24 in World Rankings
– Reigning ACO Queen of Cornhole IX

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  1. What region of the country do you play in? Cleveland / North East Ohio
  2. Do you like to step or stand when pitching? Stand / Right Handed
  3. Who is your favorite player besides yourself or your partner you like to watch play cornhole or follow in the ACO system? Caleb Avery. In my opinion he throws the perfect bag and I think he is a class act. I believe he is the real deal and has a legitimate shot to win the World Singles title this year and be crowned King of Cornhole®.
  4. What is your favorite beverage while playing? Cabernet Savignon – Barefoot
  5. Do you have a routine you like to follow before going into a big match? Yes. Stay warmed up, stay positive, stay calm, mentally prepare myself. I want to step onto the court completely prepared. I make sure I’ve eaten and hit the restroom so I have no distractions while in match play.
  6. What is your favorite quote or inspirational thought? It is a state of mind thing for me. My thought is:  “Always try my best and what happens, happens. I can’t be upset if I try my best.”
  7. Do you practice? If so how often? How do you practice? Where? Yes. I hate to play alone, it bores me. I love to hit up blind draws in Cleveland, three four time a week.   Dave Weiser of Cleveland Cornhole is my favorite tournament director. He runs great tournaments and leagues in the Cleveland market. My favorite practice night is the weekly Monday night luck of the draw events that Dave Weiser runs. I almost never can be found playing cornhole without one of my best friends Christine Papcke, my cornhole partner and rival.
  8. If you could give one tip or advice to another player or novice to the game what would it be? Learn to throw a flat bag.
  9. You had a big match at this past Worlds in Charleston, WV – what was your key to winning that match besides scoring more points than the other person? Was there a shot you remember in the match that was maybe a key turning point for you? Doing pretty good, could tell Christine was nervous, had to focus on not letting guard down. Christine was off but my focus was to stay calm and focused on closing the event. Keeping bags in front of hole or in hole was my goal. STAYING FOCUSED AND FINISHING WAS KEY. I know  how good  Christinte  is  and didn’t want to let her get back into lead.
  10. Has it changed your life as a cornhole player? Yes. Sometimes people I don’t know say they saw me on ESPN. I think it has helped bring pride to the Cleveland area as we have won several major titles this past season. It lets us know we belong and are amongst the best cornhole players on the planet.
  11. Do you feel you’re now sporting a bulls eye on your back? Yes. It seems to put a little extra pressure on me, especially when I go into a new area that is new and might not know me personally or have seen me in person. Yet they have seen me on  ESPN or read about me in an ACO story or post. It definitely puts a bulls eye on me. I feel the need to perform at a high level to show these people that I am good at this sport.

ACO Player – Jeff “KING” Reynolds

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ACO PITCHIN’ PLAYER

JEFF “KING” REYNOLDS 

– ACO PRO
– Resides in Hiram, OH
– Currently #6 in the World Singles Rankings
– Reigning KING OF CORNHOLE IX

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  1. What region of the country do you play in?  North East Ohio
  2. Do you like to step or stand when pitching? Stand / Right Handed
  3. Who is your favorite player besides yourself or your partner you like to watch play cornhole or follow in the ACO system? Not really. There are a lot of great people and players out there. Can’t think of anyone I specifically follow.
  4. What is your favorite beverage while playing? Gatorade
  5. Do you have a routine you like to follow before going into a big match? Yes. Likes to stay warmed up by playing in some blind draws. Likes to get a good night sleep before the big events.
  6. Do you practice? If so how often? How do you practice? Where? Yes. I generally am practicing in the winter in a maintenance building my family owns, in the summer I practice outdoors while on the road for work. In winter I like to practice every day for an hour. If there is a big event coming up like an ACO Major I like to practice two to three hours a day during the week or two leading up to that event.
  7. If you could give one tip or advice to another player or novice to the game what would it be? Put the bag in the hole. Simple game, just focus on the hole.
  8. You had a big match at this past Worlds in Charleston, WV – what was your key to winning that match besides scoring more points than the other person? Was there a shot you remember in the match that was maybe a key turning point for you? Thing I remember the most while we were warming up at the Worlds for the Championship match for King of Cornhole was this. I’m friends with Adam Hissner who was my competition in the finals. We are both from North East Ohio and are often competing against each other in tournaments in that area of the country.  Well, while I was warming up along-side him for the main event, as I finished I walked over to Adam and said “Win or Lose I hope we put on a good show.” Adam quickly turned and responded, “The heck with that I’m going to kick your ass.” I just kind of smiled and walked away. This was the little bit of extra fuel I think that inspired me to focus that much harder on winning. I became so focused on winning the match that I really don’t remember any specific shots. Although there was one big moment in game two I do remember.  The score was 18 to 17, I was up. I had already won game one and was trying to finish him off in game two. I remember making the choice to try an airmail, instead of playing the safe shot. Had I decided to play it safe I would have boarded it an only given up two points to make it 19 to 18 favor of Adam, but still very much in the game.  Instead I gambled on an airmail shot to try dragging a couple of my bags in hopes of pushing on the frame. I missed the shot and gave up 5 points, Game Over! Now we are headed into game three and all the momentum has shifted to Adam.  If I had to do it again I would definitely play it smart and lay it up.
  9. Has it changed your life as a cornhole player? Yes definitely has, every tournament I go to people give me respect now as a professional cornhole player that I feel was lacking before my big  victory. For example I was up in Detroit at a Pistons Cornhole tournament at the Palace in January 2015. I guy Michigan I didn’t know was talking about how the King was in the house and posting it on his facebook page. It was kind of cool for me.
  10. Do you feel you’re now sporting a bulls eye on your back? Yes. I’ve noticed that my
  11. Do you have a theme song you like to use in the big events? Carry On by Manowar

ACO Player – Jessie Caleb Avery

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ACO PITCHIN’ PLAYER

JESSIE CALEB AVERY

– ACO PRO
– Resides in Ayden,  North Carolina
– Currently ranked #1 in ACO Juniors division and #40 in the World Singles

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  1. What region of the country do you play in? Eastern North Carolina
  2. Do you like to step or stand when pitching? Stand / Right Handed
  3. Who is your favorite player besides yourself or your partner you like to watch play cornhole or follow in the ACO system? I really like to follow two players. My favorite players are Stacia Pugh and Teresa Forsee.
  4. What is your favorite beverage while playing? I don’t normally drink anything while playing.
  5. Do you have a routine you like to follow before going into a big match? Yes. I usually go talk to Frank Modlin, Matt Young and Derek Fateiger. They are all players from my area and I use them to get me pumped up before a big match.
  6. What is your favorite quote or inspirational thought? “Take it one bag at a time”
  7. Do you practice? If so how often? How do you practice? Where? Yes. I try practice every day and I usually practice in my backyard with my three brothers and father who all play cornhole as well. I’ll practice in all temperatures usually but will not practice if it is snowing or raining. I find myself practicing a couple hours a day and on weekends sometimes as much as five to six if I’m not playing in a tournament somewhere around the country.
  8. If you could give one tip or advice to another player or novice to the game what would it be? Just have fun.
  9. You’ve had a lot of big matches recently on all levels of ACO Cornhole but what about the Juniors? Do you have any matches that you really remember at one of your Major victories in Season X? Was there a shot you remember in the match that was maybe a key turning point for you? Monroeville, PA played against Matthew Stout from Virginia. First game I struggled and lost but during the second game I started focusing more than ever. It was weird because I actually found myself starting to talk to myself more than I’d ever done before. I don’t have a specific shot I remember from the match but I do recall it was absolutely the most pressure put on me in any of my previous Junior Majors. I was pumped to have pulled the match out. Matthew Stout is a really good pitcher.
  10. How has it changed your life as a cornhole player? It is cool because people often recognize me when I come into tournaments now. It’s sort of a good feeling coming into a big tournament like an ACO Major with over 200 players and people now your name. I like it.
  11. Do you feel you’re now sporting a bulls eye on your back? I do feel a little target is on me now. People seem to step up their game when playing me more now than before. But I live for good competition.
  12. Who’s your nemesis? Ken Allen. He beat me up at the Players Championships pretty good and I believe I had him down 17 to 2 at the West Virginia Major in September 2014 only to have him come back and win. So at this time he kind of has my number. I know I can beat him but for whatever reason I’ve let him crawl in my head for the time being.
  13. Who’s your biggest rival? I really feel it’s myself.
  14. Who’s a player or team that you would love to play and beat? I’d love to beat Adam Hissner in a match. He’s a great player and taking him out would be very satisfying.
  15. Which match that you lost are you looking forward to avenging?  Ken Allen. As I stated before he beat me pretty good in both the Players Championships and the West Virginia Major in 2014. I’d love to get one of those back at the Worlds X in Knoxville, TN.

ACO Player – Tom Bobo

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ACO PITCHIN’ PLAYER

TOM BOBO

– ACO PRO
– Resides in Albany, OH
– Currently the #1 Senior Player in the World and #10 in the World Singles Rankings
– Reigning World Seniors Champion IX

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  1. What region of the country do you play in? Southeast Ohio and Point Pleasant, WV area
  2. Do you like to step or stand when pitching? Step / Left Handed
  3. Who is your favorite player besides yourself or your partner you like to watch play cornhole or follow in the ACO system? Frank Modlin & Jordan Lanworthy are my two favorite players watch. Great players and first class individuals all the way around.
  4. What is your favorite beverage while playing? Bud Light but I try to limit my consumption when participating in bigger matches.
  5. Do you have a routine you like to follow before going into a big match? Yes. Focus. Focus and Focus some more. Focus is so important. I also like to eat light and do anything I can to keep my mind clear of anything but my match. I can’t say it enough FOCUS.
  6. What is your favorite quote or inspirational thought? As far as playing I love to live by the quote “It’s not over until it’s over” because I have been in many a game where I have either come back from a large deficit or had someone come back on me with a large deficit. That’s why focus is so important.
  7. Do you practice? If so how often? How do you practice? Where? Yes.  In my pole barn, no heat so I like it to be at least 35 degrees outside before I go out and start pitching. I found myself practicing a couple hours a day approximately two to three times a week. However I’ve cut back to only practicing and hour at a time because I found in that second hour I was getting away from my core mechanics which translates into practicing bad technique.
  8. If you could give one tip or advice to another player or novice to the game what would it be? Keeping your arm straight, work on pitching that bag straight and try to keep that bag flying flat.
  9. You had a big match at this past Worlds in Charleston, WV – what was your key to winning that match besides scoring more points than the other person? Was there a shot you remember in the match that was maybe a key turning point for you? Columbus Cisco from West Virginia is a great player, he had me down one to nothing in game count during the World Seniors IX. In game one he and I went head to head primarily using the slider shot to go to the hole. Unfortunately he out pitched me in that game. However in game two I changed things up a bit and started throwing a few blockers on him, then followed with numerous airmails. That seemed to give me just the edge I needed because unlike usual Columbus wasn’t hitting his airmails as well as he normally does and I was absolutely firing my airmails. I think that was the turning point for our match.
  10. How has it changed your life as a cornhole player? It’s giving me more confidence as a cornhole player. It really has helped me elevate my game to a new level.
  11. Who’s your nemesis? Cody Henderson seems to always have my number
  12. Who’s your biggest rival? Rex Uhrig. He told me at the beginning of the season that he was taking the title away from me in Season X
  13. Who’s a player or team that you would love to play and beat? I’d love to beat Cody Henderson and Adam Hissner in doubles, as well as Gary Lewis and Jeff Reynolds. Both teams are just so good.
  14. Which match that you lost are you looking forward to avenging? It was in Fort Mill, SC at ACO Major #2 in Season X. I had made the cut for the main bracket and drew a first round match against Stephen “Smoky” Bolen. At the time I was ranked #5 in the World and drew this player that I had no clue who he was. However, I would soon find out he was the real deal. We were battling in our game and the score was 19 to 18, my lead. I’d just dropped four bags in the hole, he has two in the hole and one  on the left side of the hole, far enough to the left that you could see an inch or two of the wood between the hold and his bag. I’m think to myself, sweet this is my game. There isn’t anything he can do at this point. GAME OVER! Wrong. Smoky calls his time out, walks down assesses the situation, comes back and pitches a bag that somehow causes the bag on the board to jump up and into the hole along with the bag he pitched, both drop into the hole. Are you kidding me? I’ve been playing cornhole for years and seen great players like Cody Henderson and Matt Guy making amazing shots over the course of that time but never in my life have I seen a shot so clutch, creative and perfect as this one. It was the greatest single shot I have ever seen any player at any level make in tournament play or out of tournament play. And there had to be fifty or more people watching this particular game because it was a good one. This took the wind out of my sail. We went back and forth a few times before he finally won and pushed me into the loser’s bracket. I did manage to advance to finish 9th overall in the Major so I felt good about myself. However, in the back of my mind I’m saying one of these days I owe my good friend Smoky some payback.