Each week through August, the Wyoming County Press Examiner will be spotlighting a ‘Sportsperson of the Week’ to recognize the efforts and achievements of our community members still enjoying their sporting passion.
This week we feature Rusty Newhart of Laceyville, who likes to toss horseshoes and is the defending Wyoming County Community Fair champion.
Name and Age: Rusty Newhart, 64
High School: Elk Lake High School Class of 1974
Job: Blue Ridge Cable TV
What age did you begin? When I was a kid, probably 12 or 14.
How did you get involved? At our Newhart family reunion we used to throw quoits. My Uncle Dan and Uncle John got me interested in horseshoes, and I just got the hang of it. Then, there was a Tuesday night league in Laceyville and Wyalusing. Later, I got involved in Factoryville.
Now who do you toss shoes with? About a dozen years ago, Butch Mosher got me interested again. We tossed with the Southern Tier League of N.Y. Now I’m involved with Thursday night activity at the Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club. We draw for partners.
What equipment is needed to be successful? A pair of EZ Flips.
What awards or accolades have you received? I have some golden horseshoes from past wins. Most recently was the horseshoe competition that took place at the same time as the rattlesnake hunt in Monroeton in June.
Have you learned or seen anything interesting while out there tossing horseshoes? I think just recognizing the power of concentration. I just love the game.
Any specific tips or advice for those coming along? My grandson Troy used to go to Factoryville with me, but he now lives in Virginia. He was really getting the hang of it. It’s so easy to just throw when you get up there. Take your time. Concentrate and think about what you’re doing.
What’s your biggest accomplishment? In 2017, we were Southern Tier of New York state champions. We are defending Wyoming County Fair Champions.
Why do you throw horseshoes? It’s relaxing; it takes your mind off other things. It’s just an opportunity to have a good time in the company of folks you enjoy being around.
Any athletes you admire? Butch Mosher of Stowell.
Do you require silence or not let noise get to you? I’m usually the one making noise.
Do you have any superstitions or rituals? Nope.