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Frankfort's Horseshoe Haven

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CONCENTRATION: Sam Payne focuses before pitching a horseshoe Thursday at Dorner Park.
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RINGERS: Teams from the Clinton County Horseshoe Pitchers Association compete in the final round of their season Thursday on the Curt Day Horseshoe Courts in Dorner Park. The courts are named afterFrankfort’s three-time world champion.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

The Clinton County Horseshoe Pitchers Association played the final rounds of its season Thursday night on the storied Curt Day Horseshoe Court at Frankfort’s Dorner Park.

Comprised of 18 pitchers on nine teams, the league will meet again and put a bow on its season, which started back in the spring.

“We will have an award ceremony, a little cookout and then a tournament after that with whoever wants to get in,” said league member Sam Payne, who has been playing on the courts in Frankfort for about 50 years.

The court at Dorner Park is named after Curt Day, who was a three-time horseshoe world champion and a 16-time state champion, whose grandson, Patrick Day, currently plays in the league. The court is also known for hosting state tournaments in Frankfort. On Thursday, pitchers played for a higher spot in the final standings.

“It was our end of the season, and it was position rounds,” said league member Joe Palmer. “First and second place play each other to see who was going to come in at first and second, and third and fourth played each other, and so on. We have played all summer and each week you accumulate wins and losses. The final night is position round where they determine first to last.”

Payne and Palmer, who both help maintain the courts, would like to see the longtime local horseshoe league grow and attract a younger generation of pitchers.

“We have lots of room for growth,” Payne said. “We would like to see it grow, and we would like to get some youth involved.”

“We are always looking for additional teams and people who want to throw,” Palmer agreed. “I am sure we will run something (in The Times) next year to let people know that the league is starting and things like that. We start in the spring.”

It is a handicap league which helps give everyone a fair chance to place. League nights are on Thursdays and generally at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in joining the league in its next season may contact Payne at 652-5132.