Cornhole: More than a game for the Cobb family

Cornhole is a game that’s been sweeping the nation in recent years and growing in popularity. It’s not just a game to a McHenry family who have earned titles and money from this world-wide sport.

Chris Cobb is a good sport. The McHenry father used to tinker on cars here, but gave up his shop, converting it into a cornhole playing hotspot for the three Cobb brothers and friends. Wife Brandi was behind the decision all the way. “We like having them here. As long as they’re here, we don’t have to worry about them. They stay busy. They love being here, and we love them being here.”

It’s a labor of love that has paid off. Son Tyler Cobb is the first ACL Pro from Mississippi. He and friend Logan Virgilio have teamed up in a number of tournaments including one where they walked away with the championship title and $650. Not bad for two-and-a-half hours of “work.” Tyler Cobb said, “That was a tournament that we went to in, I think it was, Brewton, Alabama, and my brother actually beat me in the singles championship, the little one, he beat me in the singles championship, but me and my partner Logan, we ended up pulling it off in doubles. We double-dipped in the championship, and won the championship.”

And they’re still working on their A–game, getting ready for a big cornhole tournament coming up in Florida in February. “On February 4th, in a couple of weeks, we have our first pro national. We get to play in our first real pro tournament in Winterhaven, Florida. There are some pretty big pay outs, pretty big pay outs.”

Logan Virgilio said, “It’s a lot easier to practice when you have a lot of people together, so me, Tyler, Toby and Tyce get to practice together every day. Just bringing the time and effort has really soared our game.”

To new levels as little sister six-year-old Tailyn Cobb cheers them on. Chances are one day she will follow in her big brothers’ footsteps. “(What about cornhole? Do you thing you’ll ever be as good as your brothers?) Maybe one day!”

The Cobbs head up the Mississippi Coast Cornhole Group and welcome new players to join. To learn more check out the Mississippi Coast Cornhole Group’s Facebook page.

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