Georgia couple sweeps mullet toss

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 05:38 PM.

Sanders made it in to the toss-off with back-to-back impressive throws, of 141’ 6” and then 149’ 7”. Thomas had the day’s best, a 164’ throw, to qualify, while Bartley threw 149’ 7” to make it to the toss-off.

Thomas, of Dexter, Georgia, who netted $200 for his winning throw, played shortstop for three years for the Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates, out of Savannah, Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in health administration, and now plans a career as a physical therapist.

His girlfriend, Stevenson, 19, of Rentz, Georgia, played high school softball, and now attends Georgia College and State University. They stayed on the island last week as part of a family trip that included Stevenson’s sister Casey Stevenson; her parents Larry and Trini Stevenson; and her aunt and uncle, Robin and John Loden, of Telfair County, Georgia.

While it was Thomas’ first time tossing the mullet, she had tried it a few years earlier.

“I just chunked it,” she said, just before the Blue Parrot’s co-owner George Joanos presented her with the $200 prize money.

Stevenson’s 101’ 10” toss was nearly five feet farther than Carrie Johnson’s 96’ throw, a personal best. In the last three years, Johnson has thrown for the cycle, taking a first place last year with a 90’ throw, and a third place the year before with a throw of a little more than 86’.

Johnson missed Stevenson’s winning toss, as she was tending to her daughter Averie and son Easton at the crowded beach. “My son wanted to wash his hands off,” she said, adding that she was pleased at the extensive competition.

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