The ninth annual Darius Enos Memorial Horseshoe Tournament, held at the Enos residence on January 23, brought in 22 teams for the popular family event. Family members, friends and horseshoe players arrived at the residence that afternoon, buying in their teams with the goal of making it to the championship bracket and taking the pot.
This year’s champions were Randy Massui and KC Valles of Whiteriver, and the runner-up team was Larson and Brandon Enos of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
After the first round of games, the Enos family served lunch to tournament players and fans. After the finals, Massui discussed his team’s winning performance.
“It went pretty good; it’s my third year participating,” said Massui. “[At the] first [Darius Enos horseshoe tournament] we also played, and we [won] as well.”
Massui explained that he and his teammate travel all over the state of Arizona to compete in horseshoe tournaments. “We go independently and always participate in our annual tribal horseshoe tournament in the White Mountains, which usually takes place on Labor Day Weekend.”
Massui and his teammate won $400, which they split.
“This is a good vibe—good weather, all the family is here, and it was a good time,” Massui said.
Kent Andrews, the organizer of the annual event, said this year it was a little smaller than in previous years.
“In the past we consistently had 32 teams or more participating, but all in all it was great day with friendly competition, good food and nice weather to make it better,” Andrews said. “As the person running the tournament, every year I hear the players comment on the hospitality demonstrated by the Enos family and how they make it a point to show up [at this tournament] every year. I’ve seen how this tournament has grown over the years, and that’s okay as long we keep the spirit of the tournament at the forefront [the fact that it’s a memorial event to remember the late Darius Enos].”