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Muddas win 17th overall Mud Bowl Championship

27th Annual Tournament of Mud Parade followed 'Creature Muddy Feature' theme

Dennis Coughlin. (click for larger version)
September 17, 2009
The Gumbys had hoped to win their fourth straight, and fifth overall, but were stymied by the young and now experienced Muddas led by quarterback Jay Holder, himself a second-generation player whose father, Jason "Dr. J" Holder, 60, still plays the zany sport.

The hometown 11-time champion Mount Washington Valley Hogs were 2-and-2 in the eight-team, 13-game, double-elimination tourney, losing in the semifinals to the Muddas 20-6 Sunday.

In Saturday's 27th annual Tournament of Mud Parade, Arts in Motion's "Thriller" dance routine was deemed tops in the Open class while in the Team Class the Merrimack Mudcats' "Muddy Monster Mash" was rated best by the judges.

Other results in the Team class were: No. 2: Muddas' dance routine to "Thriller" and Nashua Mud Gumbys, whose "Gumzilla Invades North Conway" won third place.

In the Open class, in addition to Arts In Motion, top placers included the Mudbassadors, who placed second for their Creatures of the Muddy Lagoon Old Man of the Mountains skit, followed by Imari and the Sahara Dancers, who placed third for their Planet Shimmy Invades the Mud Planet dance. The parade, like Mud Bowl overall, was sponsored by Amoskeag Beverage LLC of Bow.

Mud Bowl has raised over $500,000 over the past 34 years for charities in Mount Washington Valley. Totals from this year's tourney are still being tabluated but ticket chair Jackie Howe says it was a great weekend in terms of attendance and the parade.

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