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2017 George L. Cournoyer Sr. Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Expect plenty of fast-paced and exciting fastpitch action at the George L. Cournoyer Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

WAGNER, So. Dak. – The 20th Annual George L. Cournoyer Sr. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held in Wagner, South Dakota, June 16-18.

For serious fastpitch teams, take note of the payout. It is impressive!

TOURNAMENT DETAILS

  • Dates: June 16, 17, 18
  • Location: Wagner, So. Dak. (Two hour drive west of Sioux Falls.)
  • Entry Fee: $400 plus one softball
  • Deadline: June 1, 2017
  • PAYOUT
    1st place $3,000 and Hoodies
    2nd place $2,000 and Hoodies
    3rd place $1,500 and Sweatshirts
    4th place $1,000 and Sweatshirts
    *All prize money is guaranteed*

    AWARDS

  • Most Valuable Player: Hoodie and Star Quilt
  • Second Base: Bat, Bag and Star Quilt
  • Ten All-Tournament Sweaters
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    Nick Cournoyer (605) 469-5336
    Krystle Cournoyer (605) 481-2764
    Joey Cournoyer Sr. (605) 384-3068
    On Facebook: George Cournoyer Memorial Tournament

    Stepping Back In Time: Tim McGuire numbers among the best for Bloomington Beer Nuts

    Monday, April 3rd, 2017

    TIM McGUIRE had a successful pitching career with the Bloomington (IL) Beer Nuts, a major-caliber team from Bloomington, Illinois. Photo / The Pantograph

    “I was wild as all get out. I might strike out 10, but I would walk 15 or 16.” – Tim McGuire

    By RANDY KINDRED
    Pantograph staff
    June 25, 1986

    BLOOMINGTON, IL – The numbers don’t lie. A 22-3 record, 1.01 earned run average, 175 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 151 innings.

    Without question, they add up to the best start of Tim McGuire’s softball pitching career. That, he says, is what worries him.

    “The book on me is I usually throw better in July and August (than May and June),” the Bloomington Beer Nuts right-hander told a reporter at O’Neil Park, his home away from home.

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    A Step Back In Time: Team USA captures 1996 Herald & Review Shootout

    Saturday, April 1st, 2017

    By MARK TUPPER
    Decatur Herald & Review Sports Editor
    July 17, 1996

    DECATUR, IL – If the United States plans to win the gold medal at the International Softball Federation World Championship next month, it will almost certainly have to survive a challenge like it faced Sunday.

    Key hitting and pressure pitching led USA past Green Bay (Wis.) All-Car, 2-1, in the championship game of the Herald & Review Shootout at Borg-Warner Field.

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    Stepping Back In Time: Hicks brothers Ted and Al remain on top of fastpitch world

    Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

    THE HICKS BROTHERS, Ted, left, and Al, are recognized internationally for their softball talents, especially hitting. TED is considered one of the country’s best right-handed hitters on the Decatur (IL) ADM nationally ranked team, while Al is ‘Mr. Consistency’ for Missouri power Walnut-Woods of St, Joseph. Constitution-Tribune Photo by Bob Carter

    By BOB CARTER / The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune Sports Editor
    July 31, 1984

    CHILLICOTHE, MO – The Mary Jane Hicks family held its typical fun-loving summer reunion at the Tomahawk homestead Sunday afternoon.

    Like many reunions before, fastpitch softball was the talk of the day.

    But this time, there was special emphasis placed on the upcoming ASA National Fastpitch Softball Tournament scheduled to open at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph on Friday, Sept. 7.

    Mary Jane’s three sons, will hold another reunion on the national softball turf, but this time, they’ll be playing on opposing teams.

    AL HICKS
    Al, at a ripe age of 44, is Mr. Handy Man on the St. Joseph Walnut-Woods team, the tournament’s host team.

    Al, called “Papa” by his teammates, will be used in his familiar role as the team’s designated hitter.

    The popular St. Joseph police officer, who has played for five different St. Joseph softball teams, knocked the cover off the ball last season, batting a sizzling .400. This season, Al is batting a respectable .300.

    Although gradually losing his foot speed, Al hasn’t lost his tough at the plate, ranking among the best Walnut-Woods has to offer.

    “I still see the ball good and I make contact,” Hicks said. “That’s the key to hitting.”

    How many playing years are left? Hicks isn’t sure, but he’s not ready to hang up the cleats yet.

    “I love the game,” he said. “As long as I can contribute and someone wants me, I’ll continue to play. I’ve been playing ball ever since I took up walking. It’s been an important part of my life.”

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    ASA Meet May Top the World

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    TY STOFFLET pitched for several national championship teams, including 1979 York (Pa.) Barbells. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1991 ASA Masters National Championship

    By Bob McGinn / Green Bay Press-Gazette
    Aug. 14, 1979

    GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The ISC World Tournament. The fastpitch softball faithful in the Fox Valley speak of it in almost reverential tones.

    It conjures up images, always, of a week or two on the West Coast, in places like Sun City, Ariz., Long Beach, or even Bakersfield, Calif., where this summer’s version of the International Softball Congress’s national tournament is scheduled to begin Friday.

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    Pitching great Dwayne Kamphuis returns to center stage

    Thursday, February 9th, 2017

    DWAYNE KAMPHUIS shows that he still packs the muscle at this past Saturday’s pitching exhibition at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene. Kamphuis talked about his time playing softball and briefly about how religion helped save him during his bout with alcoholism. Photo By Michael Kantian / Daily Sun News

    Daily Sun News
    Tuesday, January 25, 2005
    Courtesy of Mark Seward

    GRANDVIEW, Wash. – There was a time when many followers of men’s fastpitch softball made the argument that Dwayne Kamphuis had the deadliest arm in the country. Many fans argued Kamphuis’ arm was better than that of legendary softball pitcher Eddie “The King” Feigner.

    Regardless of who comes out on top of the argument, make no mistake, Kamphuis was one of the greatest to ever pick up a softball.

    Kamphuis, who lives in Grandview, put on a pitching display this past Saturday morning at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene.

    Kamphuis, 67, provided some history on softball. He said softball started being played in Chicago in the late 1800s.

    Kamphuis said he started pitching in 1945. His family didn’t have much money so he would use palmigranites growing on nearby trees with which to practice.

    He started playing ball in California at a young age. At the age of 16, Kamphuis was inducted into the Junior Softball Hall of Fame.

    In 1957, Kamphuis was inducted into the military service.

    “It was during my time in the service I learned to throw this softball,” he said while palming a ball.

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    Great players spur Hastings Loesch’s Bar to championship run in the 1960s

    Friday, February 3rd, 2017

    Loesch’s Bar of Hastings, Minnesota won two state championships during the 1960s, along with numerous tournaments. Team members holding the tournament trophies they won are from left, Jim Schnieder (deceased), Walt Nelson ( deceased), Clayt McNamara, Dave Amy ( deceased), Pat Orman, unknown player, Dick Bacon, Curt Thalburg, Don Amy, Gene Hageman, Larry McNamara, Dave Bacon and Tom Niederkorn. Bat boys, Kirk Van Guilder, left, and Tom Schneider. Missing are manager Red Van Guilder (deceased) and Tom Swanson. Photo Courtesy of Steve Nelson.

    HASTINGS, Minn. – It takes talent to make a fastpitch team great, and back in the 1960s Hastings was brimming with it.

    Located 25 miles southeast of the Twin Cities, small town Hastings (pop. 8,000 in 1960) produced outstanding players such as twins Don and Dave Amy; brothers Jack and Tom Swanson, Curt Thalberg, Gary Kordosky, Larry McNamara, Gene Hageman, Tom Niederkorn and Walt Nelson.

    They put Hastings on the ‘fastpitch’ map by winning big games and big tournaments throughout the state.

    But the biggest prize was winning the Amateur Softball Association state tournament. And in 1961, 1964 and 1965, Hastings teams brought home the championship trophy, along with finishing runner-up twice, 1962 and 1966.

    However, one Hastings team stood out: Loesch’s Bar which won the 1964 and 1965 titles and finished runner-up in 1966.

      NELSON MANS THE RUBBER

    As the team’s catcher, Gene Hageman marveled how good the team was – from its solid hitting, 1-through-9 lineup, to its defense and pitching. Though each player filled a vital role, Walt Nelson – the ace of the pitching staff – was the integral cog that made winning championships possible.

    “Walt had grit,” said Hageman. “No one was going to beat him. I would set the glove and he would hit it. His best pitch was his drop ball. In some tournaments, we played up to seven games and Walt would pitch most of them. He could throw all day.”

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    Don’t Miss USA Men’s National Invitational Fastpitch Tournament

    Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

    A Step Back In Time: Fresno Rockbusters Fall To Clearwater Bombers In ASA Major National Tournament

    Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

    The Clearwater Bombers’ pitching staff of Eddie King, left, Joe Lynch, Weldon Haney and Bob Quinn. King and Haney pitched for the Bombers in the 1964 ASA Major National Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif.


    Fresno Bee / Sept. 22, 1964

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. – The Fresno Rockbusters (70-14) are headed home after bowing out of their first Amateur Softball Association National Tournament in Sunnyvale after dropping a 2-0 decision to the defending champion Clearwater, FL, Bombers.

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    USA Softball selects Men’s National Team Coaching Pool for 2017-2020

    Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

    MEDIA CONTACT
    Codi Warren
    Managing Director of Communications
    E: cwarren@usasoftball.com
    P: (405) 425-3431

    OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today 19 coaches who have been selected to the 2017-2020 USA Softball Men’s National Team Coaching Pool.

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