Parsons 11-year-old reaches #1 in cornhole national rankings

Alex Hicks (Parsons) is making a name for himself on the national level in the sport of cornhole.

PARSONS, Ks. – At the young age of eleven years old, cornhole player, Alex Hicks, has already reached the top of his sport.

“He just goes out there and plays, not thinking about it,” says friend and professional cornhole player, Kyle Hutley. ” He shoots his shots and most of the time, makes them. It definitely works out well for him. He has ice in his veins. He just shows up and plays at the highest level every time and I think that’s what makes him so good.”

Hicks says his favorite thing is “just beating people,” and he does so, a lot. He recently earned the number one ranking in the open standings of the American Cornhole League.

“It was awesome,” Hicks says. “I didn’t think I was number one yet.”

He started playing competitively two years ago and his career has quickly taken off.

“He got so good so fast and now everyone wants to play with him,” Hutley says.

The hobby has now turned into a passion.

“Lots of practice. He watches a lot of videos and listens to podcasts and just really is absorbing the game in every way he can,” Tiffany Hicks says. “We’ll even be in the kitchen and we’ll hear a constant thud coming from the other room because someone’s always throwing bags if not outside, inside.”

Hicks has acquired the nickname “Baby Goat,” a nod to his age and skill.

“I love going to tournaments and playing, but I almost like recording his matches and watching him play even more,” Hutley says.

“It’s so exciting, it really is,” Hicks’ mom, Tiffany, adds. “Just to see that your kid can fall in love with something and actually be good at something they love and enjoy.”

In August, Hicks will compete at the World Championships where he will try to qualify to become a professional.

“Right now, there are four open spots for people 18 and under, so he’s hoping to be one of those four,” Tiffany Hicks says.

Hicks travels a couple times a month to play in tournaments, trying to attend as many as he can throughout the summer.