By LindaReilly

SPIRIT correspondent

The seventh annual “Sands of Secane” Upper Darby Marine Corps League Horseshoe Tournament had many return contenders to try their luck in the sandpits at the League house recently on Providence Road in Secane.

The fundraiser, organized and coordinated by Pete Leahy with many volunteers, is able to provide assistance and aid to all veterans.

“The event is a double elimination tournament,” Leahy said. “This year we had 16 teams (32 throwers), plus an equal number of guests. We raised $950.”

Tournament winners receiving cash prizes were: first place: Dave Wilson and Bob Walker; second place: John Walker and Joe Null; and third place: T.J. Procaccio and Paul Grant. 

There was a Ringer Pit contest, where a participant gets 10 horseshoes for $10, and the
winner splits the pot with the house. This year’s winner was Bob Walker.

The tournament features a 50/50 drawing, food and refreshments for players and guests.

“The museum on the second floor was open for tours,” Leahy said. “This year we dedicated four sandpits to the memory of recently deceased members and supporters of the detachment. They were honored with a sign with their picture and personal information, and a wreath at four sandpits.”

Honorees included Jay Maldonado, Matt Brady, John Gassner, and Diane Turner.

Second place winner Johnny Walker, of Springfield, (right) shows off his winning toss at the recent Marine Corps Detachment horseshoe tournament, "Sands of Secane." Waiting his turn is player Bill Murphy, of Middletown, (left) under the watchful eye of coordinator Pete Leahy (center).

Second place winner Johnny Walker, of Springfield, (right) shows off his winning toss at the recent Marine Corps Detachment horseshoe tournament, “Sands of Secane.” Waiting his turn is player Bill Murphy, of Middletown, (left) under the watchful eye of coordinator Pete Leahy (center).

According to Leahy, the detachment offers many programs throughout the year funded with proceeds from this event and other activities.

“Some programs that our detachment hosts at the home are the detachment’s Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans Combat Peer Support Group, ‘Combat Mind to Civilian Mind,’” Leahy said. “A Yoga class, instructed by Kathleen Sweeney called, ‘Yoga for Vets with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,’ is also offered.”

According to Leahy, house members also assist at Flag Day retirement ceremonies by local Boy Scout troops, and the Upper Darby Challenger Division Baseball League family picnic, which is for mentally and physically challenged people, of which the detachment is a  sponsor.

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