The Cheyenne Scrabble Club hosted the first WGPO-sanctioned National Scrabble Day Scrabble tournament in Cheyenne on Saturday, April 13, 2019. April 13 was declared National Scrabble Day over a decade ago, as it’s the birth day of Scrabble creator Alfred Butts.
The tournament has another name: the Rocky Mountain Word-eo (pronounced Word-day-oh), which I’ll be using in future to publicize what I hope will be a major Rocky Mountain Scrabble tournament, drawing players from at least the five states surrounding Wyoming as well as Wyomingites.
C Division players Jerry Evagelatos and Carol Mathia (in front) and Matt Carlass and Maria Mores prepare to start their opening games
17 people participated in the tournament, which was held at the First United Methodist Church in Cheyenne. Eleven of these drove up from Colorado – including one who came all the way from Denver.
Entry fee was $30, which included a catered lunch from Subway. Each division had monetary payouts for 1st through 3ed place.
The people who made history by participating in the very first WGPO-sanctioned Scrabble tournament in Cheyenne were:
From Cheyenne Scrabble Club
- Matt Carlass (C division)
- Jerry Evagalatos (C division)
- Bonnie Harrison (C division)
- Barbara Peterson (B division)
- Carol Mathia (C division)
- Maria Mores (C division)
Fromthe Northern Colorado Scrabble Clubs
- David Brown (A division)
- Pat Feigin (A division)
- Dave Goldberg (A division)
- Tom Graim (B division)
- Ron Lipka (A division)
- Caroline McCormick (B division)
- Jim Sherrill (A division)
- Tina Spicer (A division)
- Janice Whitaker (B division)
- Margaret Wick (B division)
- Joanie Woodrick (B division)
B Division Margaret Wick and Caroline McCluskey in front, Joanie Woodrick and Janice Whittaker behind
A Division – Ron Lipka and Jim Sherrill in front, sharing the table with B Division Barbara Peterson and Tom Graim
The tournament was divided into three divisions – Beginners or C, Intermediate or B, and Expert or A.
- 1st – Carol Mathia
- 2nd – Matt Carlass
- 3rd – Maria Mores
- 1st – Tom Graim
- 2nd – Janice Whitaker
- 3rd – Margaret Wick
- 1st – David Brown
- 2nd – Dave Goldberg
- 3rd – Ron Lipka
An article about the tournament appeared in the Sunday, April 14 edition of the Cheyenne Tribune Eagle newspaper.
Click on the thumbnail to view each page of the article:
The next Rocky Mountain Wordeo will be held on April 11, 2020 (the Saturday closest to April 13, which is National Scrabble Day).