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Purolite's Spring 2019 Cornhole Tournament has come to an end

On the sunny afternoon of June 7, 2019, the Cornhole finalists from both the Bala Cynwyd headquarters and the G-street plant faced off for Purolite’s the fourth bi-annual Cornhole tournament. Anticipation leading up to the event was high as the Bala office fought to reclaim the trophy, and the plant fought to keep it. Being the fourth season of Purolite’s Cornhole championship, players knew who to watch out for, and excitement was high as last year’s competing team, the Bala Sixers (John Madiraca and Douglas Macrone) returned to G-street for the second consecutive time to face off against G-street’s 2 Corny Guys (Steve West and Mike Zagrocki).

In the weeks leading up to the final tournament, the Bala and G-street locations each held their own internal matches to determine who would represent them in the final tournament. Participating from the headquarters at Bala Cynwyd were the Bala Divas (Victoria Ortiz and Alicia Topp), The Sixers (John Madiraca and Douglas Macrone), The Cornadoes (Linda Heiser and Doree Jacobs), J Squared (Jason Pryor and Jason Copin), the Cornholios (Ben Docktor and Jason Jay), and the Bala Bashers (Carolyn Soccio and Jack Dolan.)

Bala’s preliminary matches began on the 21st. Teams played each day in the partially shaded picnic area near the lower lot. “It’s nice to hold activities like these when its warm out,” Carolyn Soccio, Executive Assistant, shares. “The turnout this year was great! It has been so nice to see everyone coming to eat lunch together and cheer their co-workers on,” she continues. Alicia Topp, Shaindel Brodie, Victoria Ortiz, Carolyn Soccio, Jason Pryor, Ben Docktor, Linda East, and Doree Jacobs could frequently be seen attending the outdoor preliminary matches. Seasoned players who had participated in the event a few times helped share techniques with their co-workers who had less Cornhole experience.

“I had a really fun time participating in my first Cornhole event,” shares Alicia Topp, Accounts Payable Clerk, “I really like all of the different events Purolite runs! I am happy to have been a part of the Cornhole tournament, and had a great time playing with my teammate, Victoria.”

The G-street plant also held matches, beginning May 21st, to determine who they would be sending to the championship games. This year, among the many competing from G-street, were The Rick and Scott Show (Rick Hinkson and Scott Pfefferle), The Process (Darren Fisher and Ernie Detwiler), Team X-box (Angel Melendez and Steve Pena), The Princess and the Frog (Ray Mattson and Anna Luna), 5$ (Hector Gonzales and Sam Shands), the Regenerators (Felix Rivera and Antonio Delgado), the 2 Corny Guys (Steve West and Mike Zagrocki), On a Bender (Dave Bender and Bill Bender), The Beanbags (Tim Hoffman and Matt Konrad), the L-Town Ballers (Jamie Vasquez and Joe Sullivan), 3rd & 4th place (Joe Bojko and John Wisniewski), All or nothing (Emmanual Martinez and Jesus Mendoza), Safety First (Carlos Soccoro and Warner Jarnagin), the Office Bros (Devon Santos and Jord Yniguez), and the Paper Tossers (Joshua Vargas and Oscar Rivera).

The G-street plants team competed in their front parking lot overlooked by the street. Games were held at lunch time so that employees could enjoy their lunch breaks as spectators, or participate in the actual games. The games drew a lot of attention from outsiders walking down the street, who could frequently be seen peering into the plant or cheering on competitors. “Looks like our teams here at the plant have some outside fans,” notices John Wisniewski, “look out Bala! Here we come.”

Representing the Bala office at the G-street plant on the day of the final tournament were the Bala Sixers, and Linda Heiser from Customer Service and Shaindel Brodie from marketing, who came along to cheer on their team. At noon, G-street employees filled the parking lot, readying the Cornhole board and bean bags, and claiming the best seats on the sidelines to watch the games from. The Dos Hermanos Taco Truck returned for a second time, organized by Anna Luna Human Resource Generalist, to serve crunchy tacos, chips with creamy guacamole, and oversized burritos to the events spectators.

As the game commenced, the crowd held their breath. In the thirteen rounds of the game, both the Sixers and the 2 Corny Guys eyes’ narrowed with focus as they vied to beat the other team and claim the trophy. With a final score of 15 to 14, Purolite is proud to congratulate G-Street’s 2 Corny Guys on a heroic win! “This season, we knew we had to up our game here at the plant. The Sixers were good, we saw how close the game was last season, we couldn’t give them the advantage again. I’m glad all the practicing payed off,” Steve West explains, “we couldn’t stand the thought of the trophy going to Bala this year. We need to keep it here at G-street where it belongs.”

At the Bala Cynwyd Office, Doree Jacobs, Receptionist, arranged hoagies, frosted cupcakes, and pizza galore for employees who couldn’t make it to the game. The small conference room was decorated accordingly with sports memorabilia, Cornhole swag, and a backdrop of Bala’s Cornhole games created by Shaindel Brodie. Smiling faces could be seen throughout the halls of the Bala office as employees enjoyed the special treats and awaited news about the turnout of the championship.

“It’s really cool to see how the whole company can come together over something like an outdoor game. It really speaks to the cohesion of the employees here. Purolite’s Spring Cornhole Tournament 2019, was my first Purolite event, and I loved it!” Emma Izzo, Marketing Intern, shares about her first Purolite event.

Purolite would like to thank anyone who participated in the Spring 2019 Cornhole Tournament. A special thank you is extended to Anna Luna and Doree Jacobs, who both went above and beyond this month to plan the events and tournaments for both locations, and ensure that all of the games ran smoothly.

Congratulations to the 2 Corny Guys, Steve West and Mike Zagrocki, who fought hard and succeeded at keeping the trophy at the G-street plant, and securing another season of Cornhole supremacy.

Lynn throwing, Jason background G-street cornhole group photo
Doree and Lynn posing group photo funny faces
jason jason doree and lynn group photo Victoria tossing cornhole beanbag
Jason and Carolyn playing Tech guys enjoy tacos
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Jack John Carolyn Doug group photo crowd for tournament
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John focusing Enjoying Tacos
Excited Doree Steve Fist bumping
Doug and Lynn preparing to throw Alicia in action
john, doree, lynn, doug group photo John and Steve tossing beanbags
bala playing, from above John tossing with audience
G-street cornhole Doug and Mike at championship
tossing beanbag at g-street John at play
G-street at play with spectators Jason throwing, Carolyn Watching
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Warner tossing a bean bag final tournament spectators
Steve mid-toss crowd outside the dos hermanos taco truck
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