Cornhole benefit tournament held

The Watson family. From left: Rye, Eric, Janell and Coy.


WHEATLAND –  A Cornhole tournament was held at the Platte County Fairgrounds on Aug. 24 to raise money for a little boy fighting cancer.
Eric and Janell Watson grew up in Wheatland and currently live in Pocatello, Idaho. Their 3-year-old son, Coy, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Burkitt Lymphoma at the end of May. He has been undergoing treatment in Denver at the Colorado Children’s Hospital.They have another son who is almost 2-years-old and are expecting a baby in December.
“We refer to him as Coy Boy and consider this Coy Boy’s Fight. He has always been a big dinosaur fan, especially T-Rex,” explained Janell. “That’s why our fight shirts say ‘Going at this like a T Rex.’”
Jessica Shepard organized the tournament. There were 38 teams and they competed in a a double eliminiation bracket. Community members donated cornhole boards to be used for the event. Other donors included Wyoming Pure Natural  Beef, 307 Kustom Coolers, Gorman and Dean families, Aaron Madsen, Crystal Ice, Will and Tracy deRyk, Tammy Milne and many other volunteers from the community.
Taylor Shepard and Cody Bohlander were the winners by defeating Tony and Jake Montoya.

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