3 Divisions & 3 Champions Crowned
Group Photo courtesy of Thompson Photography (www.jmthompsonphoto.com)
March 31, 2015 (Denver, CO): On Sunday, March 29, 2015, 22 kids from three states arrived to support the juniors event of the 8th Annual Wyoming Open in Saratoga, WY. This special weekend jam-packed with divisions for every skill level treated the kids to the third annual youth event in loving memory of avid Wyoming pool enthusiast Steve “Nubbins” Doehling.
Three winners were crowned from each age division. In the 18 & Under division, 16-year-old Richard Gonzales of Casper, Wyoming defeated 14-year-old Sheign Krafczik of Kimball, NE without giving up one game in his final two matches. Krafczik was also last year’s runner-up. In the 12 & Under division, 12-year-old Alex Ingle also went undefeated to keep the title in Wyoming, eliminating 11-year-old Colorado juniors Aaron Krapes and Amanda Campbell. In the PeeWee division, 7-year-olds Bailey Glode and Piper Gray played one match for the title and trophy. In the end, Glode took the match but the two friends continued playing.
With the growing success and demand for junior events, there plans to be more in the future. Special Thanks go to the Wyoming Open, event promoters Saratoga Mayor E.J. Glode, Monte Thayer, and Charlie Williams, along with the Wyoming Open staff, Andy Cloth, Viking Cues, and Shively Hardware.
For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or participating in a Junior State Championship, visitbilliardeducation.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. Visitbilliardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.