Congratulations to our 2017 Joss Junior 9-Ball Champions,
Thomas Haas won the 18 & under division and Zach Hemendinger
prevailed in the 12 & under division.
Thomas Haas made it to the finals undefeated rather easily
but it was no easy task from there. Canadian Brenden Croft
who had lost his first match to last years 12 & under
champ Ivo Linkin 9-7, eventually avenged that loss by besting
Ivo 9-8 to make it to the finals. As the event was played
just like our regular Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour events,
it was true double elimination in the finals. Brenden, with
the momentum on his side took the first set 9-5 forcing
another to determine the winner. Thomas was not deterred
however and came back strong for the win by a 9-4 margin.
Great play was witnessed by all of the 18 & under players
and you will definitely be seeing their names rising to
the top soon.
In the 12 & under division, it was Zach Hemendinger
prevailing over Kailey Bombard 7-4. This division had a
small field and it was decided to play a round robin format
followed by single elimination. Each play had a chance to
play every other player at least once until the single elimination
rounds. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day playing some pool.
I would once again like to thank the many people and companies
who generously donated products and their time to help.
I would like to acknowledge and thank them all as it is
because of them that each participant received some of their
items. There were also 6 free raffles for the players for
the larger items. Our generous sponsors were, in no particular
order: Sharp Shooters Billiards & Sports Pub (Tim &
Julie Berlin, owners), Dan, Debbie & Stephen Janes (Joss
Cues), James Sinclair (Rhythm Custom Cues), CJ & Peggi
Wilkinson (Baltimore City Cues), Don Kerns, Iwan Simonis,
Aramith, Bruce Barthelette, Phil Capelle (Billiards Press),
Mark Kulungian, Steve Lillis, Andrea Duvall, Matt Tetreault
& John Babravich (RIP). A special thanks to Mike Renshaw
& Jim Romanowski for filling in for me as I was unable
to attend due to health reasons. And thank you to everyone
else, who was involved.
Our next regular season event will be Nov 4 & 5 at
Hippo's The House Of Billiards for the "Al Conte Memorial".
Also, I am currently taking entries for our $25,000 Added,
"Turning Stone Classic XXIX 9-Ball Open" to be
held on January 4-7, 2018. The event is now over 1/2 full
so I suggest contacting me soon if you would like to enter
this BCA, WPA, Mosconi Cup ranking event. I can be reached
by calling 518-356-7163.