It was the sound of metal against metal as the Big Valley Horseshoe League of Madera launched its 14th season with play at the Rotary Park horseshoe pitching complex. More than 100 pitchers gathered to begin the 16-week Spring League.
The first “ringer” happened Wednesday evening when a member of one of 12 teams competing pitched a horseshoe around the post. Each co-ed team consists of nine participants competing in either the A or B divisions. The players are cheered on by family and friends sitting nearby.
The league originated in 2000 with play at a small area at Valley Bowl and has grown every year since. The players, with the help of the Madera Parks and Community Services Department, constructed their own horseshoe complex at the park on Gateway Drive.
League president Harlen Rippetoe was pleased the league not only has survived, but grown. “Horseshoe pitching is a family-related sport and we always welcome new pitchers from beginners to regular players,” said Rippetoe...