Monday, July 19, 2010

National Marble Champion Has Local Ties

Three Cookeville area youngsters, representing Standing Stone State Park, emerged among the country’s elite marbles competitors, or “mibsters,” at the 87th Annual National Marbles Tournament held recently in Wildwood, New Jersey. The national tournament hosts kids ages 9-14 from across the country, playing the game of Ringer over the four-day competition. Fourteen year old Corey Goolsby of Hanging Limb in Overton County won the boys national championship and was crowned the 2010 King of Marbles. First prize includes a $2,000 college scholarship and a trip back to Wildwood next year to be inducted in the National Marbles Hall of Fame. Of all the competitors in the tournament, Corey found himself in the final against his cousin and neighbor, 13 year old Austin Wright, who held onto second place and secured the title of boy’s National Runner-Up. In the girl’s division, nine year old Logan Mayberry of Celina in Clay County finished third in the nation.