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Team World

May 16-18, 2014

Missouri’s Team #1 Runner-UP!

By Jeanette Claas

Twenty teams traveled to Beloit, Wisconsin to attend the 29th Annual Team World Event.  Teams from Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin filled up the roster.  Five of those teams were from Missouri.  This year, Mel Bruemmer,Jim Howard and Greg Craven were in charge of recruiting the members from the state of Missouri with Mel forming the teams.  It all began in 1985.  In 1991 the Missouri team of Vicki Winston, Stan Griggs, Sam Carter & Kenny Pogue claimed Missouri’s first victory. This year everything was looking rose-y for Missouri Team #1 consisting of Rose Diekamp 71.81%, Ed Pashia 75.93%, Steve Johnson 66.01% and John Sapper 69.18% with the highest team average entering at  70.73%.

 

Missouri’s other four teams were:

MO Team #2- Donra McCown 60.13%, Virgle McCown 56.94, James Driver 63.09% and Cori Stoverink 62.64%.

MO Team #3-Jerry Weller 54.66%, Larry McAfee 55.94%, David Schneider 53.19%, Mel Bruemmer 51.34%.

MO Team #4-Ron Hassler 47.59%, Rich Reina 40.92%,Jim Howard 39.51,Sam Godbouldt 28.57%, Edgar Stoverink 27.94%.

MO Team #5-Frank Rohlfing 39.98%, Kevin Chambers 25.03%, Wesley Stoverink 29.79%, Pat Griewing 27.86%.

 

The temperatures dropping into the 30’s made for a cool atmosphere.  I can assure you that long underwear could not be found in the city of Beloit.  We stayed warm under the heat lamps wearing heavy jackets. But the weather didn’t stop the friendly comraderie and good sportsmanship held by all the pitchers and spectators.  Larry Hinton of Team Michigan sang a glorious rendition of the National Anthem giving us all goosey’s.

 

Pitching began at 11AM on Friday, May 16, with MO Team #1 meeting up with Indiana’s Team #1.  Missouri got off to a shaky start as they only won one and a half games of the four.  The second round MO #1 met up with Minnesota Team #1 winning only 2 more games.  Once they got that out of their system, by the end of the round robin, MO Team #1 was on top with 63 wins.  Following close behind was the team of Wisconsin #1. 

 

On Sunday, May 18, at noontime, the finals were underway.  The top five teams would fight their way up to first place.  Since Missouri #1 had the most wins at that point, they waited for the other top teams to determine their place in the competition.  As it turned out Mo #1 had to play the Indiana Team #1 of Sharon Chiddister, Dan Dunn, Sara Otto, and Julie Charlton & Mereidth Judd, the same team they played at the very opening of play on Friday.  Luck did not hold up for the MO #1 Team as the Indiana Team won 3 of the four games.

 

Even though MO Team #1 was the runner up, all the Missouri teams were so very proud of them.  Ed “Steady Eddie” Pashia was the most consistent member and the only pitcher undefeated as they went into the finals.  He would lose his last game by one point.  Ed held the highest tournament average 70.75% and pitched the highest game of 85%.  John Sapper also pitched a high game of 80%.  On MO Team #3 Jerry Weller pitched his high game of 80%.  On MO Team #2 Donra McCown pitched a high game of 75%.

 

Wisconsin Cheese Winners:  If a pitcher pitched a 70% or over their names were thrown into a hat after each round.  A ticket would be drawn to choose the lucky winner.  The winners were Ed Pashia, Rose Diekamp , Donra McCown and Jerry Weller  which earned a block of cheese for each member on their respective  teams.

 

Bob & Rose Diekamp were interviewed by the media and given front page coverage of the Sports section. A well done article with a picture of Rose pitching. 

 

Sunday afternoon after the finals it was time to gather up the shoes and leave the beautiful city of Beloit for another year.  We thank Earl Paulsan, the Tournament Director, the Beloit Horseshoe Club, and the sponsors that made this World Tournament Event possible.  It was a job well done.  It was an exciting tournament with a lot of good pitching by the players.  All pitchers threw 760 or 800 total shoes for the tournament and were ready for a rest on the ride home.

 

The goal for 2015 is to have 6 teams in Beloit the 3rd weekend in May. If you are interested in representing Missouri at this great event contact Mel Bruemmer at  573-821-6350 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The 2015 Missouri Team World Committee is  Mel Bruemmer, Greg Craven,Jim Howard and Virgle McCown.  Team World the most fun  event in horseshoes.

 

On Sunday, May 18, at noontime, the finals were underway.  The top five teams would fight their way up to first place.  Since Missouri #1 had the most wins at that point, they waited for the other top teams to determine their place in the competition.  As it turned out Mo #1 had to play the Indiana Team #1 of Sharon Chiddister, Dan Dunn, Sara Otto, and Julie Charlton & Mereidth Judd, the same team they played at the very opening of play on Friday.  Luck did not hold up for the MO #1 Team as the Indiana Team won 3 of the four games.

 

Even though MO Team #1 was the runner up, all the Missouri teams were so very proud of them.  Ed “Steady Eddie” Pashia was the most consistent member and the only pitcher undefeated as they went into the finals.  He would lose his last game by one point.  Ed held the highest tournament average 70.75% and pitched the highest game of 85%.  John Sapper also pitched a high game of 80%.  On MO Team #3 Jerry Weller pitched his high game of 80%.  On MO Team #2 Donra McCown pitched a high game of 75%.

 

Wisconsin Cheese Winners:  If a pitcher pitched a 70% or over their names were thrown into a hat after each round.  A ticket would be drawn to choose the lucky winner.  The winners were Ed Pashia, Rose Diekamp , Donra McCown and Jerry Weller  which earned a block of cheese for each member on their respective  teams.

 

Bob & Rose Diekamp were interviewed by the media and given front page coverage of the Sports section. A well done article with a picture of Rose pitching. 

 

Sunday afternoon after the finals it was time to gather up the shoes and leave the beautiful city of Beloit for another year.  We thank Earl Paulsan, the Tournament Director, the Beloit Horseshoe Club, and the sponsors that made this World Tournament Event possible.  It was a job well done.  It was an exciting tournament with a lot of good pitching by the players.  All pitchers threw 760 or 800 total shoes for the tournament and were ready for a rest on the ride home.

 

The goal for 2015 is to have 6 teams in Beloit the 3rd weekend in May. The 2015 Missouri Team World Committee is  Mel Bruemmer, Greg Craven, Jim Howard and Virgle McCown.  Team World the most fun event in horseshoes.