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Cribbage tournaments draw numerous players

Last week, cribbage players from across the country and abroad traveled to Sunnyside for a pair of noted tournaments.

The Masters Mid Week Challenge III and the fourth annual Summer Classic Cribbage Tournament were played in Sunnyside Aug. 4-7.

The Masters Mid Week Challenge III began last Thursday at the Sunnyside Eagles Lodge. A total of 35 players turned out for the tournament.

Marion Buckley of Alberta, Canada finished with the high qualifying score.

In the playoffs, Jim Hombacher of Puyallup won the tournament championship, beating out John Furler of Tigard, Ore. Buckley placed third and Dan Marsh of Eugene was fourth.

Norm Vierela, who trekked to Sunnyside from Detroit, won the Thursday Night Challenge.

A total of 28 players took part in the consolation round, which saw Erik Locke of Grants Pass, Ore. win eight-of-nine games for the top qualifying spot. But that wasn't enough to give Locke top honors in the consolation round, as he finished second behind Ron Morgan of Loyalton, Calif.

The venue for the Summer Classic Cribbage Tournament changed to El Valle Mexican Family Restaurant, starting on Friday evening.

The tournament kicked off with a seven-game early bird match. Locke was back at it, as he won six-of-seven games.

Friday night saw the Hi rollers play. Harold Buckley of Alberta, Canada won seven-of-10 games for top honors.

The doubles tournament was also played on Friday. The husband and wife combination of Graeme and Patty Gossett of Prineville, Ore. won top doubles honors.

This past Saturday saw 66 players show up for the tournament.

Jim Hartung of Pasco was the high qualifier.

Hartung's cards stayed red hot, as he ran the field all the way through the playoffs to win the championship. Hartung defeated Bruce Pomeroy of Blanchard, Idaho in the finals.

Carl Heath of Baker City, Ore. was third and Vonita Gill of Portland finished fourth.

The play of John Furler on Saturday night proved to be as hot as the weather outside, as he won the 23-player Saturday night special.

A total of 48 participants ended up playing in the consolation round this past Saturday night. Rollie Heath of Lincoln City, Ore. was the top qualifier out of the consolation round. Roy Hofbauer of Washougal won the championship, beating out Morgan.

Jackie Wodenjowski of Seattle and Mabton's Jack Moritzky both held a 28-point hand. The American Cribbage Congress will send both of them a certificate for the second highest hand that can be scored in cribbage.

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