Frederick County Knucklers
A Marble Program for Kids
While the Frederick County Knucklers, a Middletown Rec Council program, is based out of Middletown where our marble shooting rings are located, we reach out to boys and girls ages 7 to 14 throughout Frederick County and in Frederick City. Throughout the year we reach out to over 600 kids through scouting, educational and other activities to introduce them to the fun of both playing and collecting marbles. We show them how to play the game of ringer on portable marble rings and then send them home with a free bag of marbles along with an invitation to pursue the sport of competitive marbles as a member of the Frederick County Knucklers.
As a member of the Knucklers the kids learn the art of shooting a marble and then proving their skill in several tournaments throughout the spring and early summer months with the top players competing in a four day long national competition at the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey. This year we sent four boys and three girls to that national event which celebrated its 90th anniversary.
All this, from the free bag of marbles, the local tournament and trips to Wildwood are provided at no cost to the children or their families. A policy of which we are very proud.
The week in Wildwood, NJ was more than everyone involved with the Frederick County Knucklers could have ever hoped or dreamed for during the National Marble Tournament. Cooper Fisher won it all and was crowned the 2013 king of marbles. He is now and always will be a National Champion. To win that title Cooper had to beat out our own Luke Gaffigan in a tough best of 15 series and Luke had to best Dominic Rudakevych in the semi-finals. After the dust settled Cooper, Luke and Dominic were the top three players in the 2013 tournament. On the girl’s side Marilyn Fisher earned a spot in the semi-finals where she just missed a shot for the girl’s title by just a few marbles! In addition to those achievements Dominic placed first after the three days of preliminary competition with an overall record of 43 wins and only 5 losses! That includes two perfect days with no losses on Tuesday and Wednesday! If that weren’t enough Luke won the Sticks Trophy with a total of 13 sticks and Dominic followed right behind with 8 sticks. Of the total 24 sticks in the boy’s division, 22 of them were earned by Luke, Dominic and Cooper. That’s great marble shooting!
Everyone associated with the Frederick County Knucklers is very proud of all our contestants including Lauren Young who at only 8 years old showed a fantastic improvement over last year by placing 11th out of 26 girls, Eyob Gaffigan who had a great 13 and 7 record on Wednesday and just missed a spot in the semi-finals and finally Brooke Donald who had a great first year placing 17th and who will be back for more.
There’s more! At the Hall of Fame ceremonies our very special Marilyn Cooper was awarded the Sportsmanship award. There is one program facilitator, three coaches, two parents and lots of relatives and friends who are very, very proud of her.