The Cornwall Quentin Quoit Club

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Cornwall and Quentin, PA are small towns located in southern Lebanon County, between the cities of Lebanon and Lancaster.  The area has a long, rich history in the iron ore industry, including a fully-intact colonial Iron smelting furnace that is now a State museum.  Cornwall Furnace was built in 1742 near the Cornwall Ore Banks, once the greatest known deposit of iron in the country, and was operated until 1883 - almost 150 years. Once the heart of a nearly 10,000 acre "iron plantation", a self-sufficient community dedicated solely to the production of iron, the Furnace produced various cast iron products, pig iron, and cannon and cannonballs during the Revolutionary War. During the Civil War gun blocks were made here. Today, Cornwall Furnace is the last such structure to remain intact in the entire nation. Also still existing are the former Cornwall mines themselves, the Ironmaster's estate, and the workers' stone homes clustered in small villages reminiscent of Cornwall, England.


This setting, with its strong heritage to Iron, couldn't be more fitting for a group of friends who gather every week to faithfully pitch the Iron Ring!  The CQQC is composed of about a dozen members who pitch every Wednesday night, from May through October. Four of their members have multiple sets of lighted quoit pits on their properties and host their club's weekly mini-tournaments, rotating to a different location each week.  These sites are set in inviting, wooded areas, and most include camp fire rings to keep everyone warm on the cool evenings during the early and late parts of the season.  The fires are also handy for cooking burgers and wieners to feed to the hungry participants, of course!


The photos below were taken in early October 2003, shortly before the end of the pitching season.  The Quoit Master was a guest on two consecutive Wednesday nights to pitch with the group and document the action.  CQQC Masterquoiters Mark Snoberger and Ben Bernard were the 2003 USQA World Quoit Champions; so the competition here is always top-notch.  The Cornwall Quentin Quoit Club will try to uphold their historical "IronMaster" heritage by again having one of their teams win the 2004 World Championship!

This CQQC T-shirt states that the Club's 

 "Headquoiters" are in Rexmont, PA

These pits are in Quentin, and are setup just inside the edge of the woods. The two sets of pits feature white clay and spotlights mounted on large T poles directly over each pit.  Steve "the Babe" Wentzel  shows excellent form as he pitches against Kevin Boyer.  On the far pits, Mark Snoberger (left, wearing cap) waits for his opponent Rick Heisey to line up his shot.

Mike Weaber launches one into the dark night air.  Ben Bernard prepares to pitch in the rear pits.  

Smoke from the Quoit Master's lit cigar hovers in front of the camera as Mike Weaber (pitching) attempts to land another of the numerous ringers he pitched that night.  In the near pits, Bob Seltzer moves up to the foul line to throw.

A large camp fire keeps everyone warm on a cool evening. Matt Wentzel cooks a tasty hotdog over the hot coals, while his dad Joe devours one for himself as he talks with Ben Bernard about the finer points of the game.

The Following Wednesday night the pitch was held at Walt Brubaker's pits just a few hundred yards from the pits seen above.  He has an open-sided shed that has been finished off into a small room with a table and chairs, a chandelier, and a small stereo system.  

Mark Snoberger draws a numbered chip from the "Jar of Fate" that Rick Heisey is holding, to determine his randomly selected partner for the night.  The club competes in pairs against other members in small,  "Mini-tournaments".  These games are played to only 15 points to keep the tournament moving along

Joe Wentzel has just pitched an excellent "Blocker"

in front of the pin to make it much harder 

for Steve Wentzel to score.  

Returning fire to the enemy, Ben Bernard 

zeros in on his target in the far pit.

Rick Heisey (front) and Steve Wentzel pitch in unison from their boxes.

The  Peanut Gallery huddles around the fire roasting 

their, uh, peanuts(?) while awaiting their turns at the clay.

Talk about a tight grouping of quoits around the pin!  

This is typical of the intense competition found at CQQC pitches.

As this photo definitely shows, Quoits truly is a Game of Millimeters! HOME      BACK
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