Cornhole tournament a huge success

Cornhole tournament a huge success
Former Butte High quarterback Tommy Mellott tosses a beanbag during Saturday's Butte Boys for Shriners cornhole tournament at Copper Mountain Park. (Bill Foley photos)

One clear group emerged as winners at Saturday’s Butte Boys for Shriners cornhole tournament at Copper Mountain Park.

That would be the patents at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington.

The hospital will receive a check in the neighborhood of $50,000 thanks to the tournament put on by the Butte players and cheerleaders selected for the Montana East-West Shrine Game.

The charitable football game was supposed to be played Saturday in Billings. It was canceled in April, however, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tommy Mellott, Butte High’s former quarterback who is heading to Montana State to play football for the Bobcats came up with the idea. The other players selected and their families helped put on the tournament.

Those players are Aaron Richards, Thomas McGree, Guido Ossello and Trevor Neumann of Butte Central and Scout Allen, Konor McClafferty, Lucas Kingston, Quinn Sullivan and brothers Kameron and Kobe Moreno of Butte High. The cheerleaders are Madi Bailey and Larissa Bento.

Before the silent auction was tallied, the tournament had already raised more than $46,000 for the hospital.



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