In Search Of…Cornhole!

LA CROSSE, Wis. – A strange sound is coming from inside the walls of The Varsity Club in La Crosse. Instead of the clanking of beer bottles or the roar of the jukebox…is the thud of a heated match.

Cornhole is a game many of us have played at backyard barbeques and tailgating parties but can now be found in league and tournament play around La Crosse. “We started bringing a league to the Varsity club and we had 24 teams last winter.”

The first an most obvious question about this game…what’s with the name?? “Basically, cornhole is a bag of corn that goes through a hole. A lot of people call it ‘bags,’ ”bago,’ ‘tailgate toss.’ There’s a million names for it. But nationwide, the official name is cornhole. That’s what all the top players refer to it as.”

The boards are set 24 feet a part. Each person gets 4 bags and alternates throwing but how you throw, that’s the tricky part. “Some people just stand at the line and throw the bag. They won’t move. I stand still but I get a good stance. Most people step and throw.”

You get one point for landing on the board, 3 if it goes in the hole. But this game uses negative scoring, so if you and your opponent both get a bag in the whole – it’s a wash. And the first player to 21 wins. “My dad always told me with bowling, ‘work on the spares the strikes will come.’ It’s the same here. Work on getting it on the board, puttin’ it in the hole will come.”

“I love doing it and it’s a lot of fun. Anybody can play cornhole.”

Now, we want to pass on two things. First, there’s a cornhole tournament coming up on September 4th that will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. To learn more about it, check out www.helpkdz.com.

Also, Mike Taggart has started a website with information on all the leagues and tournaments in the area. You can find that information at www.couleeregioncornhole.com.

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