New England Horseshoes
Editorial 19 March 2004
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Ashburnham, Massachusetts
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NHPA Hi 3 / Retired
The Greatest Junior Class
The greatest junior class in New England Horseshoe Championship History. The below results might look like results you might see from a world tourney. A eight man class with the winner pitching in the 80s and the 8th man pitching almost 64% What actuality you are looking at are the results from the 1973 Class A Jr. boys New England Championship held at Keene NH with 184 players.

1 D. KIENIA ME 6 1 82.3
2 M. PATENEAUDE ME 4 3 73.8
3 R. THIBEAULT ME 4 3 71.8
4 K. HOLLISTER VT 4 3 70.9
5 R. HOWE MA 4 3 69.8
6 C. ERICKSON MA 4 3 64.9
7 B. SIMMONS ME 2 5 67.6
8 R. DAVIS NH 0 7 63.8
While retyping all the results from all New England Championships for display on the New England Horseshoe web site I came across a class that was truly outstanding.
An outstanding thought about this group of juniors is that most of these are still active (75%) in horseshoe pitching today in 2004 31 years later. The avg. Horseshoe player has only a 20% chance of playing in sanctioned tourneys 10 years later after their first tourney.
A little history of some of the accomplishments that these juniors have had in horseshoe through the years. (Please note that I could not find out all the information on these great juniors's players through the years but here is some.

Doug Kienia (current HI 3 of 72.79)
Maine JR. State Champion 1970,1971,1972,1973
Maine men's State Champion 1984,1985,2001,2003
New England JR. Champion 1970,1972,1973
New England Men's Champion 1987,1988,1989,1996,1997
World Jr. Champ 1974
Also played the world tourney many times (record incomplete)
Member New England hall of fame

Brian Simmons (current hi 3 75.33)
Maine JR. State Champion 1977,1978
Maine men's State Champ 1986,1987,1988,1992,1993,1996
New Hampshire men's State Champ 1998,1999
Rhode Island men's State Champ 2001,2002
New England JR. Champion 1976
New England Men's Champion 1992,1993,1994,1995,2001,2002
World Champ 2000,2002 Also placed hi in other world tourneys
Member New England hall of Fame
Member World hall of Fame

Rick Howe (current hi 3 71.09)
Massachusetts JR. State Champ 1974,1975,1976,1977
New England Jr. champ 1974,1975
Attended many world tourneys
Member Massachusetts hall of Fame

Kevin Hollister (current hi 3 66.67)
Vermont JR. State Champ 1972,1973,1974
Vermont Men's State Champ (20)1975,1986,1978,1979,1980,1982,1983,1984,1985,1986,1987,1989,1990,1991,994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999
New England Men's Champ 1983,1984,1985,1986
Member New England Hall of Fame

Ron Thibeault (current Hi 3 39.65)
Maine JR. State Champ 1975,1976

Bob Davis (current hi 3 21.20)
New Hampshire JR. State Champ 1973,1974

Chris Erickson (not active)
Massachusetts JR. State Champ 1993

Mike Pateneaude (not active)
Maine JR. State Champ 1973