Newbie report: I am starting this week’s blog with a fantastic story from this weekend’s Regional. It happened as we saw a new Penguin lighting up the boards. Jax, who is 14 years old, came out in his first Regional and not only placed third in Singles but, with Joey, his Stepdad, finished first in the Doubles event. The most amazing part of Jax’s event is, in only his fourth time playing cornhole in an actual event, he hit a 7 PPR for the doubles event, and in the final, to take down the win, he fired a 7.89 PPR. Great job, buddy, and we look forward to seeing you come out to more events.

The last week of the season is here, and as we head into May and the weather starts to warm up, the structure of the Tuesdays and Wednesdays is changing. We will be going to drop in. What does that mean? We will have nights where you drop in, pay your entry, and play. Prize money will be paid out nightly instead of at the end of the season. We also know that people are starting to open their cabins and seasonal sites, so Regionals will be played on the last two Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the month. Tier 4 and 5 Singles Regional will be played on May 21, with the Penguin Singles event playing on May 22. Doubles Regional are scheduled for the week after on May 28 and 29.

Monday kicked off the week with Kim, Marla, and Joanne being one, two, and three on the ladies’ night. It was GMAJO’s first week back after a long layoff, and she placed third. Good work. Kim led the PPR with a 6.63. As the Lady’s Monday night ends, we have no scheduled events on Mondays until we start back up in September. I want to give all the SCL Ladies a heads up: On June 8, we plan on having a big Ladies-only event to play for the Tier 3,4 and 5 Provincial championships. The goal of this event will be to have a low entry fee and see if we can pack the Backyard with ladies. The SCL Ladies are so valuable to our success, and we want to celebrate them by having a big event with all skill levels playing in different events. All we need from you is to register and play.

On Tuesday night, Tier 4 and 5 were throwing singles. Newson found his game to take the Hawk division as he beat Spilly to win the night. Spilly had a high PPR on the night at 8.47 PPR, but Kevin took the win with an 8.69 PPR in the final.

In the Pigeon play, we saw an Original Pigeon in FredEx take flight as he double-dipped Bonnie D to take the win. Fred has not come out much this year, but he made everyone take notice and he was throwing darts. Bonnie Day with a 6.78 had the highest PPR.

Thursday night was the scene of our Mixed Doubles event. I must admit it was disappointing because we had to cancel the social mixed event due to a lack of interest. This addition to the Mixed night was intended to allow players to play with the person they came with, so hopefully next time we schedule this event, we will have more interest.

The two registered teams did move into the tier 4 event and did fairly well, but in the end, Kim and Regan beat Lynette and Devin to win.

In tier 3, the “Humble B’s” double-dipped “Me and the Wifey”. Glen and Presley have won a few Mixed events in a row and will be one of the teams to watch when we hit BC in August.

Friday night Funholio, the most fun and entertaining event of every week, had 92 players participating at the Backyard. Where can a person get 5 or 6 hours of entertainment for $20? Brendan and Colin were the winners as they beat Krentzy and Kerina to win the night.

On Sunday, three tiers battled for the Singles and Doubles April Regional. I will start by listing the PPR for each event to show the level of play in these events. Seeing how much these numbers have increased throughout the season is incredible. It shows that when players have events to play in, they get better the more they throw.

Tier 5 Singles – Devin 6.21, Wendy 6.07, Kim 6.07

Tier 5 Doubles – Kim 7.18, Jax 6.93, Dana 6.44

Tier 4 Singles – Bonnie D 6.9, Ringo 6.71, Jason 6.66

Tier 4 Doubles – Jason 7.4, Bonnie P 7.22, Bonnie D 6.65

Tier 3 Singles – Spilly 8.76, Newson 8.75, Crystal 8.32

Tier 3 Doubles – Spilly 8.95, Caesar 8.44, Patches 8.37

I will start in the Hawk division, where in singles, we had Newson sitting in the King Seat and playing Spilly. Spilly would have to double-dip Kevin if he was to avenge his loss to Newson in the A-side. Game one was close, and over 18 rounds, the PPRs were 9.67 and 9.44, with a slight edge to Spilly who took game one. In game two, the PPRs stayed above nine over 17 rounds, and the result was the same as Spilly completed the Double-dip to take the win.

In Doubles, the ever familiar to the winner circle, Dreamcrushers beat Spilly and Dean to win. Newson and Caesar will be my team to watch come August, as they have been playing together for a while, and if they can find their game at the right time, they could be coming home with a National title in Doubles.

I already talked about how Jax and Joey took down the title in doubles in the Penguin division. They beat Kim and Joe P to win.

In Singles play, Kim found herself back on her throne awaiting the winner between Devin and Jax. Devin, shooting a 6.5 PPR, was victorious and was out to see if he could steal the throne. Game one went to Devin, shooting a 7.38 PPR, but in game two, the Queen found her game and Kim was once again on top of the podium.

The Pigeons division was stacked on Sunday as 17 singles came out to play. This is by far our most interesting tier to watch, and I look forward to playing some of them next year as they soar with the

Hawks. The winner of the Singles event, Bonnie P, I do get to play against the odd time in the Hawk division. On Sunday, because it was a Regional, she was playing in the Pigeon division as she went undefeated on the day to win the title. Bonnie P beat Bonnie Day in the final. I love seeing our SCL Ladies being at the top of this division.

In doubles, it was a very interesting story. In my blog, I refer to PPR a lot, and the story in this event shows that you do not always have to be throwing a high PPR to win. Every game or end is another end, and if you find your game at the right point, you may only need a few good ends to find yourself in the winner’s circle. “Double R”, Ringo and Ritzy. were fourth and fifth in overall rankings but took the Regional win beating “Ain’t My Fault” to take the title.


TIER 3 Power Ranking.

  1. Jonathan– did not play this week
  2. Spilly – with a win in the Regional and a second on Tuesday league play, Spilly and Kevin are so close in the two and three spots.
  3. Newson— With a win in Tuesday’s play and a win in doubles play at the Regional, Kevin moves back up to the third spot.
  4. Patches – Down a ranking, but I would never bet against Andrew in any event he plays in.
  5. Presley – Presley does not get to play a lot of events because she is in dance, but watching her go head to head against the top Hawks on Thursday at the Mixed event was amazing. I am looking forward to her dancing to be finished and having more time to play cornhole because the sky’s the limit for her.

TIER 4 Power Ranking. – I left the rankings the same as there was not much to go on this week.

  1. Bonnie Day— Bonnie with solid performances this week will remain in the top spot
  2. B-RAD – Did not play much this week, but is still in the two spot.
  3. Ringo – Regan played well over the weekend and deserves to be back in my top 5.
  4. Oopsidacey — Dropped one ranking but is still one of the best OG Pigeons
  5. Ritzy – I am dropping Danny in the five position, because I know what he can do. If this guy had the chance to practice and play more he would be unstoppable. Hopefully he can find some time
My name is Kevin Bittman and I am on the Board at the SCA and a member of the Backyard Pigeon Coop. I have been playing cornhole for a couple of years, and I would say I am not great, but I try to get better every week. Cornhole, for me, is a fantastic community of people that, no matter your skill level, you can come out and have fun at the Backyard at the SCA. The blog is my opinion and how I see things in Regina’s cornhole scene. It is meant to be a way to keep people engaged in what is going on at the Backyard and the SCA. My hope is we can continue growing the game in Regina and Saskatchewan. The Backyard at the SCA is located at 2363 2nd Avenue in Regina. The venue has eight regulation cornhole lanes and a bar and kitchen. Each week, the Backyard hosts events for all skill levels, and I will attempt to highlight some of these events and give my perspective on the club and the players in Saskatchewan.
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