March 8, 2016 (Denver, CO): 21 junior players representing 3 states arrived at Mile High Billiards in Arvada for the 2nd Annual Colorado Junior State 9-Ball Championships held. The fields divided evenly into three divisions: 18 & Under Boys, 14 & Under Boys and 14 & under Girls.
It was a fun day for all! 2015 Wyoming Jr State 8-Ball Champion snagged the 18 & Under title, while top 14 & Under champs Jerry Miller & Amanda Campbell claimed their divisions. Miller caught a ride at the last minute and defeated fellow teammate Aaron Krapes in a 2-set match for the title. Krapes eliminated twin brother Brandon and Arizona’s star Jahnythan Craig to reach the finals. Campbell’s opponent in the finals, 8-year-old Mackenzie Johnson, who was competing in her first ever singles tournament. After the match, Campbell walked over and offered Johnson the prized jump cue as a consolation.
18 & Under Boys Division
|1st Place||Richard Gonzales, age 17||Casper, WY||Trophy, Custom J. Pechauer jump cue, paid entry to Jr Natls|
|2nd Place||Kyle Chewning, age 17||Broomfield, CO||Entry to Jr Natls|
|3rd Place||Tyler Casey, age 17||Arvada, CO|
14 & Under Boys Division
|1st Place||Jerry Miller, age 12||LaSalle, CO||Trophy, Custom J. Pechauer jump cue, paid entry to Jr Natls|
|2nd Place||Aaron Krapes, age 11||Golden, CO||Entry to Jr Natls|
|3rd Place||Jahnythan Craig, age 11||Phoenix, AZ|
14 & Under Girls Division
|1st Place||Amanda Campbell, age 12||Arvada, CO||Trophy, Custom J. Pechauer jump cue, paid entry to Jr Natls|
|2nd Place||Mackenzie Johnson, age 8||Thornton, CO||Entry to Jr Natls|
|3rd Place||Adi Hoffman, age 13||Broomfield, CO||Entry to Jr Natls|
Upcoming Junior State Championships in the area:
2nd Annual Wyoming Junior State 8-Ball Championships (4th Annual Nubbins Memorial)
Platte Valley Community Center, 210 W. Elm Ave
Saratoga, WY 82331
3rd Annual Colorado Junior State 8-Ball Championships
Rack ‘Em Billiards, 1919 S. Havana St.
Aurora, CO 80014
The BEF is grateful for the continued support of its premier sponsors for helping to make the 2016 Junior State Championships (JSC) program possible: Simonis Cloth, Aramith Balls, Pechauer Cues, BRAD Scuffer and Tweeten Fibre. Special Thanks also goes to all the national tournament directors and hosts.
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.