David “The Godfather” Mork
The IronOaks Breakers Pool League second Mini Tournament ended March 24 and the winners for the three Racks in 8-Ball and the two Racks in 9-Ball were as follows: Rack 1, 8-Ball: 1st Rod “The Babe” Thompson, 2nd Jerry “Slick” Vickery, 3rd Bill “The Assassin” Lange; Rack 2, 8-Ball: 1st Bob “The Sword” Wilkinson, 2nd John “Mack” McHugh, 3rd Bill Nelson; Rack 3, 8-Ball: 1st Rich Schager, 2nd Marty “Montana” Heller, 3rd Wendell Harris. For the 9-Ball Rack 1: 1st Rod “The Babe” Thompson, 2nd Randy “Ollie” Oliver, 3rd Bill “The Assassin” Lange; Rack 2, 9-Ball: 1st Place, Joe “The Deputy” Petkus, 2nd Sonny “the Shine” Williams, 3rd John “Mack” McHugh.
As part his achievement to be in first place, Bob “The Sword” Wilkinson, completed a perfect score in his rack of players, by defeating all nine players without a match loss. Bob won 45 games and lost only 21 games over the eight week tournament play. Congratulations to Bob! Over the past four years of keeping records for the league, this achievement has been done by only a few of our 46 members. In addition, there were six Ran the Table achievements in the Rack 1 in 8-Ball. The following members will have their names and dates of achievement, and if done more than once, “multiple run” will be added to the plate on the Ran the Table plaque in the IronOaks Billiard Room: Don “X-Ring” Teusaw, Rod “The Babe” Thompson (twice), Larry “Cuestick” Stadler (twice), Randy “Ollie” Oliver, (twice) and Fritz “The Hole” Derheim. “We’re gonna need a bigger plaque” was said earlier. Well, we now have a new plaque to highlight the above accomplishments on the wall!
We have all levels of players. If a prospective member or current member feels that the league competition is too stressful, that is why we have a blind draw of four players for each of four tables, allowing for a skilled player to partner with a recreational player for each of the six games played on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays twice a day sessions. Pool is very challenging. Practice and dedication will improve play. People play pool for various reasons. Some try to know as much about the game as possible, are willing to put in hours of practice and focus on improving their play. Pool is hard! You don’t win games making great shots. You win by not missing the shots you should be able to make. Our members play pool to relax, challenge themselves by playing better players and most importantly, to try to improve their games, and have a few good laughs in the process!
So, folks out there in our HOA No. Three, if you are still reading this you may be interested in joining our league. Currently we are close to our goal of 50 members. If you are interested please contact Will Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.