Connecticut Junior State 9-Ball Champions Crowned

April 8, 2015 (Denver, CO): The 2015 Connecticut Junior State 9-Ball Championships concluded with great success. Everyone had a wonderful time.

22 junior players competed for State titles, trophies, some scholarship money and an opportunity to compete in the BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships this August. In the 14 and under division Lukas Fracassa-Verner played a very close match with Michelle Jiang to win the Connecticut State title. Franky Richard took the title in the 15-18 year old division playing the final round against Alex Gurevich. Everyone played with great determination, lots of heart and terrific sportsmanship.


18 & Under Division

1st Place Franky Richards, age 18 Lunenburg, MA Trophy, Scholarship Award
2nd Place Alex Gurevich, age 15 Millburg, MA Trophy
3rd Place Jason Denison, 15 Stoniston, CT Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
4th Place Rachel Lang, age 18 Catskill, NY
5th Place Emily Herpel, age 15 Freehold, NY
6th Place Andy Poutry, age 15 Ayer, MA Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
7th Place Rebecca Hilton, age 17 Wallingford, MA Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals


14 & Under Division

1st Place Lukas Fracasso-Verner, age 13 Wallingford, MA Trophy, Scholarship Award, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
2nd Place Michelle Jiang, age 14 Harvard, MA Trophy
3rd Place Brandon Coley, age 14 East Windsor, CT Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
4th Place Tiana Jiang, age 10 Harvard, MA
5th Place Jack Passamano, age 11 Middleton , CT Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
6th Place Lonnie Lee, age 11 Wallingford, CT Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals


For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or participating in a Junior State Championship, visit or call (303) 926-1039. Complete list of nationwide junior events listed here:

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 or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.

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