Group Photo Courtesy of Jana Thompson, Thompson Photography
(high res photo available upon request)
April 12, 2016 (Denver, CO): On Sunday, April 3rd, the town of Saratoga, Wyoming once again welcomed junior cueists from three states all arriving for the 2nd Annual Wyoming Junior State 8-Ball Championships. This year’s event also marked the 4th Annual “Nubbins” Memorial event in loving memory of avid Wyoming pool enthusiast Steve “Nubbins” Doehling.
The 32 young players competed in three separate divisions: 18 & Under Coed, 14 & Under Coed and the 9 & Under Pee Wee.
The 18 & Under division saw a repeat finals match from last year’s Wyoming vs Nebraska. 17-year-old Richard Gonzales (WY) defeated 15-year-old Sheign Krafczik (NE) in the finals. Gonzales, the reigning Colorado Jr State 10-Ball 18 & Under Champion, had already earned paid entry to the BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships so the honors went to Krafczik, along with 3rd place finisher Kaden Mayo, and top finishing girl Haley Glass.
In the 13 & Under division, 12-year-old Amanda Campbell is proving to be unstoppable. Nicknamed “The Ripper” the reigning CO Jr State 10-Ball 14 & Under Champ defeated Ty Blower in the finals. From this division, Blower, 3rd place finisher Kohy Maki and his sister Kadesa (who finished 5th) all earned paid entry into junior nationals. More than half of this year’s 13 & Under field was comprised of girls.
The 9 & Under Pee Wee division crowned a new winner this year. Bailey Glode was poised for her 3rd title but took a surprising early exit. 8-year-old Anthony Graham from Cheyenne, Wyoming defeated 7-year-old Mirakai Dodge in the hill-hill finals match. This was Dodge’s first tournament ever. The two played their little hearts out.
As always, Special Thanks go to the Wyoming Open and the town of Saratoga, event promoters Saratoga Mayor E.J. Glode, Monte Thayer, and Charlie Williams, along with the Wyoming Open staff, Andy Cloth, and all the other supporters of the Wyoming Open. The BEF also recognizes its Premier Sponsors for this year’s BEF Junior State Championship program: Simonis Cloth, Aramith Balls, Pechauer Custom Cues, Masters Chalk and BRAD Scuffers.
Great Appreciation goes to all the participants who supported the BEF fundraising efforts all weekend. In total, over $1,000 was raised for youth billiard programs and BEF initiatives!
For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or participating in a Junior State Championship, visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039. Complete list of nationwide junior events listed here: http://billiardeducation.org/
About the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF)
The BEF was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Visit billiardeducation.org or call(303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.