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Fir Cone
Shelton, WA
Dec. 7-10, 2006

By Arnold Rimmer
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2006 Washington State Championships
Due to the fact that the State Tournament should be the most important in Washington, before anything else we should announce the 2006 Champions.

Open Singles Open Doubles
Champion - Loren Lampley Jim Foran - Kenny Simmons
2nd Vern Gonzales Carl Roush - Mel Hohn
3rd Carl Roush Ryan Devlin - Jeff Kersting

Div. II Singles Div. II Doubles
Champion - Jeff Mercer Joe Paszkowski - Jeff Mercer
2nd Ryan Strayer Linda Walker - Bill Walker
3rd Joe Paszkowski Jeanette Hohn - Michelle Foran

No one in Washington can explain it, but for some unknown reason Washington has not had a State Tournament since 2002. Dean Johnson from Shelton ask the question, “why?” Not receiving a suitable answer, he set out to do something about it. Therefore, he assembled a team responsible for the coordination of efforts; First, we needed to find a place to hold the event (a sponsor). Ernie Montoya owner of Ernie’s Fir Cone in Shelton was honored to sponsor the event. Ernie rearranged his bar to accommodate two more boards, and even went as far as getting a hard liquor licenses. Next, we had to find two extra boards. Carl Roush and Dick Doak of Shelton provided the boards. Now, we had to gather up the equipment and people necessary to move two boards and decide on a format that would include as many Washington players as possible. Last and certainly not least, we needed to promote the event. This is really easy in Washington because of Sharon Nugent. Sharon has worked really hard on developing an internet network to dispense just this type of information to as many players as possible. Dean said that if he had known how easy this all was, he would have done it years ago. However, now that the ball is moving again, the real work begins. Finding people to keep it moving.

2006 State Tournament Staff
Dean Johnson, Carl Roush, Dick Doak, Vern Gonzalesn, ErnieMontoya, Clark Kenney, Loren Lampleyn Sharon Nugent, Mel Hohn, Dwayne Dibley, Arnold Rimmer

This years Tournament was a success because of the efforts of all those involved, the players, and our excellent 2006 Sponsor Olympic Shuffleboard. A special thanks goes to Clark Kenney. Clark worked four solid days moving boards, adjusting boards, finding bracket boards, running the tournament, playing, and yes he even sold popcorn at halftime. His only pay is our respect and admiration.

State Tournament Schedule
Due to the fact that this important tournament has slipped through the cracks. Mel Hohn has decided to keep it going. Below is a proposed schedule. Note that four boards will be required to run this event. If you have any input or suggestions e-mail Mel at
No Complaints accepted.

2006 - Shelton
2007 - Port Orchard
2008 - Sea-Tac
2009 - Kelso/Longview
2010 - Tacoma
2011 - Olympia

Mel is trying to compose a History of the State Tournament. If you have winner names and years in either division please let Mel know at the above e-mail address. Finally, these Tournament cost money to put on, therefore all money rising ideas or sponsors are welcome. Mel has some good future ideas to make this the most important tournament for Washington players. He needs your help.

1st Open Singles - Loren Lampley
1st Div II Singls - Jeff Mercer
1st Open Doubles -
Jim Foran - Kenny Simmons
2nd Div. II Doubles -
Jeff Mercer - Joe Paszkowski

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