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Poythress starts King of Cornhole bid Saturday

Fike graduate finishes third in ACO doubles tourney

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OWENSBORO, Ky. — Fike High graduate Tyler Poythress kicked off his participation in the American Cornhole Organization’s World Championships of Cornhole XII with a 7-2 showing — good enough for third place — alongside doubles partner Jay Corley of Virginia on Friday night inside the Owensboro Convention Center.

In the Doubles World Championship, Poythress-Corley had extended runs on both sides of the 64-team, double-elimination bracket.

Poythress-Corley, as the No. 4 seed, won three matches in the winner’s bracket, dispatching No. 61 Shannon Lacy-Dustin Parker of Georgia, No. 29 Russ Funk-Chad Mayberry of Ohio and No. 52 Robert Correia-Thomas Tuttle of Florida before losing to No. 44 Jamie Graham-Trevor Brooks in the third round of the winner’s bracket.

Once in the loser’s bracket, Poythress-Corley battled back with four more wins to climb within one match of the championship round. The duo took down No. 3 seed and the father-son duo of Matt Guy-Bret Guy in the process. Caleb Avery-Michael Avery, the No. 15 seed, eliminated Poythress-Corley in the loser’s bracket final.

Poythress, as the ACO’s Player of the Year for Season XII, will begin his day-long quest for the “King of Cornhole” title Saturday morning. He’ll take the No. 1 seed into the 128-player, double-elimination singles event, facing No. 128 Noel True of Kentucky in his first match. The finals are set for Saturday night.

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