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County horseshoe league looks to grow

September 20, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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Ron Jack takes a shot during Butler County Horseshoe League finals.

FENELTON — Horseshoes, anyone?

The Butler County Horseshoe League is alive, well and hungry to grow — and there's room for everyone.

The league just completed its 64th season, but with only six teams and declining roster numbers.

“We had eight teams two years ago,” league statistician Mike Neff said. “Our roster limit is 25, but a couple of teams only had 14 on their roster.

“You need 12 pitchers to complete a match. Otherwise, you have to forfeit, and that's becoming a problem with some teams.”

While league participants range in age from teenagers through senior citizens in their 80s, Neff said the league's average age is around 55.

Neff said a misconception about the league is that one has to be an exceptional horseshoe pitcher to participate.

“This is a fun, challenging sport that anyone can learn to do well,” he added.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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