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Randy Moss comes home for horseshoe tournament, ESPN filming

By By Aaliyah Jones
Riverside High School
AALIYAH JONES/Riverside High School
Junior Peters, one half of the winning team in last Saturday’s Randy Moss Country Boy Horseshoe Tournament, lets loose with a toss.
AALIYAH JONES/Riverside High School
Joining Randy Moss at the tournament and around the area was a film crew recording footage for an ESPN “30 on 30” special on Moss.

The second annual Randy Moss Country Boy Horseshoe Tournament was held July 5 at Coonskin Park. The park’s sand volleyball courts were transformed into multiple pits for the games, and 15 teams showed up ready to play.

Teams had two people each. Some people showed up together and had been practicing for months. Others came alone and played alongside a complete stranger. They all battled for the $1,000 prize.

As the teams competed, they were divided into winners’ and losers’ brackets. If they lost their first game, they were placed in the losers’ bracket and then had to try to battle their way back to the top. The top team in the losers’ bracket got to play the winners’ bracket champion for the prize.

Moss himself competed with a very skilled man, Michael Smith. They unfortunately ended up in the losers’ bracket, but they made it very far before losing to another great team.

At the end of the day, the champions were familiar faces. Junior Peters and Dave Holmes, who had to battle through the losers’ bracket to win last year, triumphed once again. This competition, though, is nothing compared to the team’s normal games; they both play in the West Virginia Horseshoe Pitchers Association.

Many family and friends came out just to enjoy the fun and laughs. Those whose stomachs were growling while watching the competition could also enjoy food from Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill, which is located in Dupont City.

With food, fun and horseshoes, the event — and the entire weekend Moss was in town — was a sort of community gathering for Rand (where Moss grew up). Moss was in town not just for the tournament but also to film part of an ESPN “30 for 30” special.

The weekend’s festivities were a fun time for all and made for a fabulous community get-together.

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