March 11-18, 2018 Chinook Winds Casino Report Lincoln City, Oregon 1
Table of Contents Message from the Board Chair Dress Code Mini-Tournaments Tournament Policies 2017 8-Ball Champions Player Spotlight - Buzz Poleson Don “Cheese” Akerlow 8-Ball Game Rules Viking Cues Ladies Championships Past Champions 1996-2016 2018 9-Ball Championships
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March 11-18, 2018 Chinook Winds Casino Resort Lincoln City, Oregon
Editor/Design/Photos/Content-Robbin Iredale Event Photographer - Steve Register Program - Olympic Printers/Port Angeles, WA Plaques - Peninsula Awards/Sequim, WA Articles - Linda Carter - Viking Cues Ladies 8-Ball Championships Paul Marquez - Buzz Poleson Melinda Bailey - Don & Mary Akerlow
Message from the Board Chair:
Just Another WesternBCA Regional Championships?
Western BCA has been having pool tournaments since 1996. During that time, we have seen changes come and go. We have seen green fees replace feeding coins into the tables, computers replace paper hallway brackets, slip on referee bibs replaced by real referees, Valley tables replaced by Diamond tables and smoke-filled rooms replaced by ventilated playing areas. And letâ€™s not even go where Dress Code changes have taken us. Magic Racks, online bracketing, lights over the tables, trained tournament officials, quicker payouts, increased added money, tables available all night and minors being able to play are just some of the changes and innovations Western BCA has brought to the Northwest pool scene.
would not be able to have had this event in the format it is in. The Fargo updating crew worked long hours and it will pay off now and in the future. That group, led by Ed Slade and Clay Belvoir, worked closely with Mike Page of FargoRate and CSI to update starting Fargo rates for hundreds if not thousands of new players in the Fargo system. Carissa Biggs and the Dress Code crew worked to get a new Dress Code that hopefully will be something we can all live with and actually understand. Robbin Iredale and Michael Deitchman have put in long hours working on the website and FaceBook Group pages. Steve Marker and the tournament officials will be working to keep the tournament in order. Our tournament schedule is changing slightly and Ric Jones of Bad Boys will look for feedback on how the schedule is viewed by the players. We have a new Streamer for this event, Railbirds Productions won the bid and we look forward to Kevin and Shari Ross doing a great job of streaming matches so we can watch them now or later. And just a big thanks to Chinook Winds Casino Resort for hosting this event. They not only added more money to the prize fund this year but they also are the sponsor of the Chinook Winds Elite Singles.
But this year it is a little different. We decided to make several changes that will affect everyone who plays in these Championships. For the first-time, players could enter the Championships by registering online. A little over half of the players entered this way. Some entire leagues entered this way. Now as we actually get to actually playing, some other changes will be in effect. The use of Fargo ratings to determine the brackets will make this tournament very competitive. Divisional Singles will have men and women competing against each other in singles for the first time. Fargo caps are letting players choose what skill level they want to enter for scotch doubles and teams. And if you get in the money, the new payout strategy will make the payouts the best they have ever been. We have raised the bar in so many ways and we hope you enjoy the new look to the Championships. Remember this is the start of the process and it is important to know how everyone feels about the changes. So, let us know, via the suggestion box or simply by talking to any officer or volunteer. No tournaments are run in a vacuum. Lots of time and effort go into each of these Championships. I would like to single out some people and groups who did a great job in making these Championships and all the changes involved in them happen. Without the Competition Committee, chaired by Ray Cunningham, we
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Darcy Williams, our President. She has been president for 8 years and she has decided not to run again this year. We all are sad to see her step down but she deserves and probably needs the break. She has led us for a long time and she will be missed a great deal. She is still going to continue on in some of her capacities but we are going to have to look for a new president. THANK YOU, DARCY.
Dress Code Let’s Talk About MINI-TOURNAMENTS
MISSION STATEMENT: As an organization and proud group of members who love cue sports, Western BCA expects members to present themselves and behave in a manner that would impress and attract potential new members, spectators, and possible sponsors.
Everybody knows about mini-tournaments. They are a staple at our Regional Tournaments and are offered as often as time and tables permit. Lots of players enter them as often as they can, some not so much and some not at all. Western BCA is very happy to announce that we now will not only offer them but we have secured sponsors for them.
These expectations include general good sportsmanship toward fellow members, clean clothing with a specific suggestion from Western BCA of “business casual”, and each member’s best effort at exemplary hygiene.
What does this mean for you, the player? If you are a Western BCA league member, you can still play in the Mini’s whether you’re playing in the main Tournament or not. If you are, you’re good to go; if you aren’t, you just have to pay a $10/day green fee. As always, there will be Mini’s for all skill levels, singles and Scotch Doubles and perhaps some new configurations will be tried (boy-boy and girl-girl Scotch, for example). The really exciting news is that, with sponsors, there will be money added to each Mini.
PROHIBITED ITEMS: While Western BCA understands that guidelines can be subjective, it is not our collective desire to dictate or infringe on any member’s personal style. However, these specific items are prohibited: • • • • •
Clothing** with profanity, sexual references, or gang affiliation Jeans with holes, even by design Leggings, Yoga pants, or leisure/athletic-style pants/shorts Pajamas or sweat pants Flip flops
Rather than entering a Mini for Men’s Masters, Men’s A or Women’s B, they will be designated just as the new singles divisions (Platinum, Gold, Silver I, etc.) are set up and determined by the Fargo spread of each division. This should mean more competitive Mini’s. You will be playing with your peers and, if you jump into the pond on Fun Day, get a feel for what it’s going to be like playing singles without gender separation.
** Clothing includes pants, shirts, dresses, coats, shoes, hats and caps. INFRACTION PROTOCOL:
Did I mention that there will be MORE MONEY (approximately $50 per Mini) to be won?
1. Warning (follows participant for the entire event, only 1 warning per match) 2. Loss of game (if offense occurs in different match from #1, same tournament) 3. Loss of match (if offense occurs in different match from #2, same tournament) 4. Ejection from event and suspension for 1 year
So, whether you arrive for Fun Day or later in the week, check out the Mini-Tournaments. And, at some point, give Michael Deitchman a pat on the back for all his hard work on this project. These sponsors all have ads throughout this program, so give them a big thank you along the way too.
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All players (new and returning) must have: • Paid their annual sanctioning fees of $30 ($15 to BCA Pool League [BCAPL] and $15 to Western BCA [WBCA]) by joining a properly sanctioned Western BCA league and be in good standing with Western BCA and the tournament venue. • Played at least 8 calendar weeks in a regularly scheduled league session in one division in the current league year by the entry deadline.
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Juniors (under 21) must check in with Casino Security and Western BCA Tournament Officials. Juniors must wear a wrist band at all times and must be accompanied by a non-playing parent while in the tournament rooms. They may not loiter in the bar/gambling areas.
SPORTSMANSHIP Disrespectful, disruptive and unsportsmanlike conduct directed towards any player, tournament staff person/official (including but not limited to Tournament Directors, Podium/Payouts/PR staff, Referees, Bad Boys Staff) and/or host personnel (Chinook Winds employees) will not be tolerated and appropriate action will be taken immediately. Should such behavior occur during the course of a match, play may be suspended until a resolution commensurate with the situation is reached. If this is not possible, penalties may be assessed and play will continue. Offenders may or may not be warned and, in extreme situations, they may be removed from the tournament and disqualified from all events with no refund of entry fees and forfeiture of any winnings due or already paid. Any rulings by tournament officials will be made with fairness and impartiality towards all involved and will be reviewed at the conclusion of the tournament. It is everyone’s desire that the outcome of any match be decided by the play on the table, not the questionable attitude or behavior of the players involved. Sportsmanship violations may result in probation or suspension of a player’s eligibility into future Western BCA Tournaments for an indeterminate period of time depending on the severity of the violation.
TOURNAMENT RULES • • •
Player Equipment: Cues must comply with the following specifications: • Cues less than 40” in length are illegal. • Cues more than 25 oz. in weight are illegal. • Cues tips greater than 14mm in width are illegal. • Phenolic tips are permitted on break and jump cues.
Other personal equipment: • Gloves. • Personal Bridge or Detachable bridge head. • Magic Rack. • Any other equipment not specifically referred to here will be subject to review by Tournament Officials prior to the beginning of tournament play. Tournament Equipment: • 7’ Diamond tables with standard racks and lights over each table. • Standard bridges under every other table. • Chalk may or may not be provided. Only blue chalk may be used. • Tables will be open and no coins or tokens will be used.
Flash photography is NOT allowed in the tournament room at any time. Smoking is NOT allowed in the tournament rooms. This includes electronic, simulated or smokeless cigarettes. Cell phones and pager ringers must be silenced or set to vibrate mode. Bluetooth or ear pieces cannot be in place during match play. Headphones or earphones are NOT allowed during match play. Ear plugs are allowed with a Physicians note. The Dress Code is in force at all times when in the table areas, in the tournament rooms and when referees are on duty. The Dress Code will not be in force on Fun Day. WBCA players not entered in any events must contact/inform podium (Western BCA or Mini-Tournaments) personnel and pay a daily green fee of $10 if they wish to practice or play in Mini-Tournaments/ Special Events. Minor children (including infants) are allowed in the tournament venue as long as venue security and Western BCA TOs are notified EACH DAY they plan on being in the tournament room(s). Colored wristbands, provided by Western BCA TO must be worn at all times when minor child/children are in the tournament room(s). Minor children must be accompanied by a non-playing parent at all times. Minor children should remain quiet and not disturb any player in the tournament room(s).
Rules governing play are detailed in the latest edition of “Official Rules of the CueSports International.” The complete rule book is available online at www.playbca.com. Players are responsible for knowing the rules prior to participating in the tournament. All players must have legal picture identification on their person during competition and must provide identification on request of the opposing team captain, tournament director/official and/or referees. All players cashing must provide, or have on file, a Social Security Number or International ID number before receiving any prize winnings. TBA entries in team events (scotch doubles and 5/4 person teams) will be allowed with full payment of fees and the name/names must be given to tournament staff (Podium if Scotch Doubles or Team Registration if 5/4-person team) prior to the beginning of that event. Players added to a team roster or scotch team that are not playing in another event at the tournament must be checked for eligibility and Fargo qualification by the Tournament Registrar or League Administrator BEFORE they will be allowed to play. Ineligible teams or players will be forfeited immediately without refund or recourse. CHECK IN
Check in for Singles events is NOT required. If, however, you check the brackets and your name is not listed, contact Podium staff immediately. Check in at the Podium before play begins for Scotch Doubles ONLY if there is a substitution of a player to the original entry. Team Check In is required. Team captain or his/her representative must check in their team at the team registration desk before the
start of their team event. Changes to team rosters that differ from the team roster as indicated on the Entry Form must be reported at team registration and approved by the Tournament Registrar or League Administrator prior to the start of the team event. Eligibility verification and Fargo qualification on all substitute players will be performed.
TIME OUTS DURING MATCH PLAY SCOTCH DOUBLES AND SINGLES: Each player or scotch doubles team can have one 5 minute time out per match. The break must be requested at the start of or during the requestors time at the table. If the progress of a match is delayed due to excessive or excessively long breaks, games may be assessed to keep the match on schedule. The player or scotch doubles team not requesting the break can use the time as they wish but must be back on time or they will suffer the same penalties as the person or team on break. Overuse or misuse of time outs may result in shorter races in future events.
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TEAM EVENTS: There are no time outs for team events. If a player is not at the table when it is his/her turn to play, immediately call a referee.
SINGLES EVENTS • • • •
No player may play in more than one Singles division. Singles players will flip a coin prior to starting a match and the winner will have the choice of whether or not to break. Platinum level players, if both agree, may lag for the break. The player breaking racks for him/herself. Competitors in all singles divisions will alternate breaks.
MIXED SCOTCH DOUBLES EVENTS • •
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A player may compete on only one Scotch Doubles team. Gold and Silver Scotch Doubles teams consist of one male and one female player, both of whom are eligible players. Both members of a Gold or Silver Scotch Doubles team must have qualified under the same League Operator. Platinum Scotch Doubles teams consist of one male and one female player, both of whom are eligible players. Platinum Scotch Doubles teams can form from any Western BCA league and need not have qualified under the same League Operator. Teams will flip a coin and the winning team will have the option to break. Platinum players, if both agree, may lag. Player breaking racks for him/herself. Partners do not rack for each other. Teams alternate racking and breaking; either team member may break. Teams may choose their shooting rotation for each game and will alternate shots within each game. Shooting order does not have to continue from one game to the next. Failure to stay in rotation once the game has started will result in a FOUL and the original rotation must be restored immediately. If the foul is not noticed until the second player on the team has shot, a foul may not be charged, and the new sequence must continue until the conclusion of that game. When a team is not ‘at the table’, they may quietly discuss anything they please. Coaching is not allowed; however, open communication is permitted between scotch doubles teammates during their turn at the table. However, the non-shooting player must remain in or at his/her chair
and may not approach the table. Communication cannot result in slower than normal play. There should be no more than 45 seconds between each shot. Their turn at the table begins when the balls come to rest after the opponent shoots and does not pocket a ball, foul or execute a legal safety. Regardless of which team is at the table, the members of either team may: 1. Call a foul. 2. Request stoppage of play to summon a referee. 3. Inquire whose turn it is. 4. Ask what group they have. When the table is turned over to the incoming team, one of the partners must immediately approach the table. All other rules pertaining to the game apply. All FOULS are cue ball-in-hand FOULS.
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The official roster for each team will be recorded at Team Registration prior to the beginning of team play and will be available for review prior to any match by the opposing team captain. Team rosters cannot be changed once the team event starts except in emergencies that are verified and approved by Tournament Officials. This would include things like players being taken to the hospital and emergency family matters. Men’s/Mixed Gold and Silver Teams must meet core team requirements (2), unless a hardship exemption was requested and granted prior to the event. An exemption note must be carried throughout the team event by the team captain and presented upon request. Men’s/ Mixed Platinum and all Women’s teams have no core requirement. Core members of Men’s/Mixed Gold and Silver teams must be identified on the team rosters and the minimum number of core players required (2) must play in every round of all matches played. Team captains will flip a coin prior to making the lineup. The winner of the coin toss has the choice of being home or visiting team. The home team places their lineup on the score sheet first. Players’ first and last names must be used the first time their names appear on the score sheet. Who racks and breaks is noted on the score sheet. The player breaking racks for him/herself. All players on a Men’s/Mixed Gold, Men’s/Mixed Silver or Women’s Gold team must have qualified in the same league. Exception: each team may have one member from another WBCA league. Platinum teams (men and women) need not have qualified in the same league. If a team gets in the money, all players on the final roster will receive equal payout checks. TEAM LINE-UP SUBSTITUTIONS
Substituting a player into the lineup must be announced prior to the start of each round. The opposing team captain must be notified of any change in the lineup and must initial the score sheet next to each substitution. Once the round has begun, no lineup changes may be made. All 1st round players must stay in their same numbered position in each successive round. A player cannot play an opposing team player more than ONCE in a match in 5 person teams or more than TWICE in 4 person teams (women’s). Should this occur, it will be a forfeit of
that particular game by the team having caused the play to occur if the game is finished. The home team must make their substitutions first in each round. A team captain can challenge the line-up of the opposing team or member only before the match starts or immediately after the match ends.
PROTEST PROCEDURE • • • • •
In the event a captain (and only the captain) wishes to protest the eligibility of a player or team, the captain will be required to deposit $100 with tournament officials at the podium. If the protest is found to be valid, the captain will be refunded the deposit and tournament officials will take proper measures in dealing with the situation. If the protesting captain is incorrect in the protest, the captain will surrender the deposit. Deposits surrendered go into the general fund of Western BCA. Decisions made by the tournament officials are final.
money is eligible to participate in a 2nd Chance Singles Tournament for their division. Time constraints may dictate that a 2nd Chance tournament may have to be started before all potentially eligible players have been eliminated from the original tournament. The 2nd Chance singles divisions will be the same as the Regular tournament divisions: Platinum, Gold, Silver 1, Silver 2, Bronze 1 and Bronze 2. At least 8 players are required for a division to play. Each 2nd Chance Tournament player must play in the same division as he/she played in in the Regular Tournament. If 7 or fewer players sign up, that division’s 2nd Chance tournament may be cancelled.
Teams: • All players in 2nd Chance Tournaments must have played in the main tournament. • No Player who cashed in the main tournament can play in the 2nd Chance Tournament. • Men’s teams must have 3 original members from the main tournament. • Women’s teams must have 2 original members from the original tournament. • The team Fargo caps for 2nd Chance are the same as they were for the main tournament. • Teams can pick up any player or players from their own league or from any WBCA league. • Player must appear on the scoresheets with first and last name in the first round they play in just like was done in the main Tournament event.
2ND CHANCE TOURNAMENTS (all are single elimination) Scotch Doubles: Due to time and table availability, 2nd Chance Scotch Doubles Tournaments may not be possible. Announcements will be made if 2nd Chance Scotch Tournaments can be scheduled. Divisional Singles: • Any player eliminated from the Tournament and NOT placing in the
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More Than Just A Pool Player Article Written by Paul Marquez
GET TO KNOW BUZZ POLESON You could always find Buzz at Sam’s Billiards. He’s been teaching pool there as long as I can remember. He is an excellent teacher, his kindness and humble way are a breath of fresh air when pool halls generally seem to breed a seedier element. When I decided to start teaching pool, I asked Buzz if was okay to advertise next to him at Sams Billiards. Not only did he welcome it, he became one of my first students. Buzz knows more about pool than I do. I thought to myself that this is how people should treat each other. Thank you again, Buzz, for that lesson. I wrote a article (article reprinted on page 13) in The Break a few months back, after Buzz won the straight pool tournament. I feel it’s important to know Buzz, or at least know there are men like him in Portland pool.
2014 WBCA 9-Ball Men’s Senior Singles Champion
If you’re ever been at Sam’s in Portland, say hello to Buzz , it will definitely be worth it. I asked Buzz a little about his beginnings in pool. I know his inspiration began from his Father and then later his Grandfather, who was a Mayor in Idaho and did his politicking around a pool table. Buzz himself has worn many hats, including pool hustler. His stories are fantastic. Here’s a little from Buzz himself. “There was an empty Lucky Lager beer bottle laying in the middle of the table, wedged between the two halves of a raw spud. He (dad) showed me how to hold the cue and stroke. Once I got the hang of it, he started rewarding me. Every time I swung the tip in and out five times without ticking the glass edge of the opening, he would ‘magically’ pull a nickel from my ear and flip it into a quart mason jar on the counter. Then Dad started taking me to the Elks Club to shoot real shots on the snooker table, standing on a little wooden box with wheels.
Working as a High School Physics teacher and bringing a pool table into the classroom to teach physics created a chain reaction of good players in our area. A monumental change. Players like Cliff Maxson, Cole Gibbons, Alex Blair and Cleveland Harris are not only some of our highest rated players, they are permanent fixtures in the pool community. They have respect, humility and bring some serious game to any pool room they enter. Thanks again Buzz, its truly special to have such a huge By then, I was four years old....” influence to Portland pool. 12
Buzz Poleson 14.1 Winner At Sam’s On April 3, 2017, Sam’s Hollywood Billiards in Portland, OR hosted their First Sunday Open 14.1 Straight Pool tournament and Buzz Poleson walked away the champion! It was a great long day of competition in which all of the participants competed in a round-robin format where each player played everybody else once in races to 50 points. Buzz, who had the highest rated handicap, came through undefeated and bested many fine players, including (myself) Paul Marquez placing 2nd, and a particularly notable 3rd place by Stephanie Hefner. Not only was it Stephanie’s first 14.1 tournament, it is the first time in many years that a woman has cashed in this tournament. Great job Stephanie, very impressive!
they are ambassadors of the game themselves. They have good energy, class and game. Very impressive and you can hold Buzz responsible for that. I find it fascinating to see results of excellence in the students of mentors. I teach pool. I look up to Buzz. I want to thank him for giving back. For paying it forward and inspiring players and teachers like myself to make a difference. Editors Note: I became aware of Buzz Poleson in 2014, when he won the 9-Ball Men’s Senior Singles. I heard enough of the things that Paul mentions in his Articles then to realize that Mr. Poleson is a rare person and someone we could all benefit from knowing better. I toyed with the idea of doing a spotlight on him ever since and, when I saw Paul’s article in The Break, I knew that was the nudge I needed to go forward. Paul was gracious enough to help me out and leave no doubt that Buzz has impacted a lot of lives both as a teacher and as a pool player.
Paul Marquez, Stephanie Hefner and Buzz Poleson
I mentioned to Buzz that if he won the tournament, I would like to write the article about it. Well he did not disappoint and I am thankful for the opportunity to share with you a little about this man because he is a true ambassador of Portland pool! Buzz’s contributions to the pool community go way beyond his cuemanship. For many years, he used pool as a means to teach physics at local high schools, including Lincoln and Portland Waldorf. Crazy cool, right?! In fact, you may have seen some of his students lurking around Sam’s and other local pool halls. And now, (some years later), we get to see some results of his teachings in these former students which notably include Cole Gibbons, Cliff Maxson & Alex Blair. Buzz taught all those guys (and trust me, they can play). Now
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is the publisher (along with his wife Mary) of the billiards magazines The Break, Rack’Em, and Stroke. Let’s find out more about Don (and Mary). — Article written by Melinda Bailey Q. How did you two meet?
On a blind date! Mary was introduced to Don as “Cheese” and “I have called him that all of these years”. We fell for each other almost immediately. We jagged, made fun of each other and anybody else. We had the best time laughing and having fun but it was all over after we kissed. Love at first kiss.
Q. You’ve been married for 46 years. What is your success for a long, lasting, loving marriage? Laughter, listening to the other and respect.
Q. How many kids, grandkids and great grand kids do you have? 2 kids, 6 grandkids and 2 great grandkids.
Q. Have you lived in Montana your whole life?
No, we traveled the lower 48 states for the first 8 years of our marriage.
Q. You and Mary have been a HUGE staple in the billiard industry because of your coverage of events in
person and remotely across the country in your magazines. Why did you start publishing the magazines in 2000?
We actually started publishing pool magazines way back in 1989. One of the magazines was an annual pool tournament magazine that I was delivering in the late summer of 2000 to McQ’s Billiards in Spokane, WA. There were 4 owners of McQ’s and they all happened to be at the pool hall when I came in. They asked me if I could talk to them about something very important. Of course, I said yes. We sat down and one of the owners told me that the Q Ball Gazette (that covered Washington, Oregon and California) had gone out of business. They asked if I could take over with a new billiard magazine. I told them I wanted to talk to my wife Mary and I would get back to them in 24 hours and we did. And within less than 30 days the first issue was out in September of 2000. That was how… now why is simple. I had won some small tournaments, some medium sized and some with $1,000 to $2,000 added (that was a lot of money in the 70’s). I also had won and lost many challenge matches
in the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. One match in particular that I remember fondly was in 1972. I won a 1967 4-door Chevy and $1200 cash. We played on a 4’ x 8’ bar table in a strip joint - talk about distractions. In those days of course, there was no live streaming, virtually no audience and no one from any pool magazine to write up an article from any challenge match to any tournament that I placed high in the money. And that was OK, it just never was. So why I started publishing a pool magazine was to give others the opportunity for recognition. And that is what we have tried to do. Doing this interview gave me the opportunity to review the body of work of the magazines. The Break has been in publication for 18 years and we have published 204 issues. Rack’em and Stroke have both been published for 9 years starting in 2009 and totaling 216 magazines combined. 420 issues packed full of results (30-40 each month), instructional columnists, featured locations, product reviews, press releases and of course the Tournament Trail which had most all the latest tournament listings. For us it is all about the information we can provide the pool players and how we can highlight the players and the locations that support the tournaments and especially our advertisers.
Q. WOW! That’s a lot of issues and dedication!! And we are all so very thankful! And, what was your profession before the magazines? I worked door-to-door for 14 years off and on selling Kirby
Vacuum cleaners. Usually I would work 2 or 3 weeks a month and I would then take off to spend the money I made.
Q. I presume you two work on the magazines for the love of the game and not to supply your income ha ha. How do you keep the drive going every month?
When we started the magazines, it was for the love of the game. Through the years I had done research about billiard magazines and actually wrote a column about pool magazines that had gone out of business. Mary and I had a production meeting which we always did when we had to make a decision about anything. We decided if we were going to keep the pool magazines going we would have to treat the magazines like a business. What keeps the drive alive is simple, we get emails, messages, texts and Facebook comments from pool players thanking us for putting their name, photo and/ or article in one of the magazines. It is always nice to know what you are doing is appreciated by someone else. When we started “On The Break,” which is what it was called in the first few years, I decided the best way to get to know the players, the advertisers and the pool scene from Spokane to Seattle, Portland to Salem, Oregon and all points in between. I would deliver between 100 to 120 locations all along a 2,000 mile road trip. I believe that is how I got to know the players and owners as well as them getting to know me. In the evenings, I would play in some weekly pool tournaments. I was always getting challenged in every pool hall I walked into to deliver the magazines. I never had time to play challenges with a long race, usually a race to 1 or 2. I learned early that it was better to lose than it was to win. My deliveries lasted 7 years which is when we decided to create Rack’em
and Stroke Magazines.
Q. One time you were on the road 10 months straight covering events. Did you just travel from event to event or also take time for a little vacation and sightseeing?
Actually, we were on the road for 3 or 4 years for 8-10 months. Of course, we took vacations. Sightseeing… not your typical tourist sightseeing.
Q. What was your favorite event to cover in person?
We have covered Women’s tours, National events, Local events, mostly though I would have to say the most favorite event to cover was talking to the players, getting to know them. I think both of us enjoyed live streaming when we were doing that. A lot of players like being able to see themselves play. What they did right and what they didn’t do so good.
Q. Speaking of streaming, you and Mary did streaming WAY before it was mainstream. Was the interest as high as it is today? The first event we streamed was in 2007, a local event that we taped and then edited the film to be put online. The next event was December 2007, The Reno Open. The first live streaming was between Jeff Boucher and Jack Madden. We didn’t start live streaming until the summer of 2008. In May of that year we did the VNEA Nationals. In 2009, we did the BCA Nationals, VNEA Nationals and Junior VNEA Nationals. Early in 2010 we live streamed the USBA Nationals in Tacoma, WA and again in May the VNEA Nationals. Within a couple of years, we had over a million viewers. While streaming the USBA we had over 15,000 viewers at one time
for an hour and a half to two hours. I firmly believe the high viewership was because of a friend we had in Bogota Columbia. Three cushion is very popular in Central and South America. Ruth spread the word! Our live streaming was called OTBnTV and we went live on Ustream. We really enjoyed setting up our booth as well as commentating. When it got slow I would tell the audience I would be glad to sing to them. After they heard me, they never wanted to hear me again! The one thing we had that no other streamer had was instant replay. We live streamed with 5 cameras as well as commercials like you see on any sports channel.
Q. What is OTBnTV? How is it different from just “live streaming”?
OTBnTV stood for On The Break News TV. We also had a live streaming online magazine. I took photos of the event, put them in the magazine along with a link to the video and the names of who was playing. We went the extra mile for the pool players.
Q. Besides all of that, you are also an entrepreneur! I own one of these and had no idea you came up with it. Tell us about how your idea, the “CuePen,” came to fruition.
I had an idea about a pen that could look like a sneaky Pete cue, like the ones you’d see in a bar or pool room. I had never seen one and had always looked for one. I took a copy of a blank pen, and designed it with four points. I had it tapered from the butt to the point of the pen, added a white ferrule, blue ink for the chalk and the only thing left was a case. I called all the manufacturers of pens in the U.S.A. and none had any nor would they make it for me. I got in touch with some friends who had friends overseas. That put me in touch with a manufacturer that would give me a proof copy of both CuePen and Case. Within 3 months we had our first CuePen and Case! It was a lot of back and forth, but we paid for 10,000 CuePens and Cases. We sold enough to break even, maybe a little more, but it never went any further than that. We billed the CuePen as “For the pool player who has everything.” But it was a great experience all in all.
Q. Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. She has been through a lot more since then. How is she doing these days? How are YOU doing?
I’ll let Mary answer the first part of this question. “After being told you have stage IV breast cancer that has metastasized to your brain, bones and liver and there is no cure, you kind of take a deep breath. It is a lot to digest but we have always stayed positive and laughed about everything that comes our way. This is what Cheese has taught me throughout life. I feel fine except for a few side effects from the chemo. I really can’t complain. Without Cheese by my side helping me all the way I can’t imagine where I would be. He is my rock and my salvation. He keeps us going.”
Very simple in my mind, working together. Everyone seems to be only out for themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a capitalist. You should make money for what you do in business. There just doesn’t seem to be any continuity in the billiard industry.
Q. Helping Mary through all of these cancer issues and complications, how do you have the time or strength to still work on the magazines each month? I’ll let Mary answer first: “Work is a blessing. It takes my mind off my everyday challenges and gives me focus. If all I had to do all day was worry about myself, I would probably be very sick. I love the work and want to help Cheese in any way I can.” As I see it for Mary and myself the magazines are a distraction from everything and they are fun to put together each month.
Q. What has been the biggest surprise to you being around a loved one with cancer?
How little information the public really has about cancer. And how costly it is. And what people really don’t know about cancer. But most importantly the mistakes you make by listening to someone who is supposed to be an authority on cancer. Don’t get a second opinion, get a third and/or a fourth. Talk to cancer patients and ask what they did or could have done differently. Ask as many questions as you possibly can. Do your own research. Don’t always believe what they tell you in a pamphlet - verify. One size doesn’t fit all.
Q. What has been the biggest support during these tough times?
Each other, Family and friends and the support on FaceBook.
As for myself I have always had the attitude of “never give up” and I would never give up on Mary. Never let the bastard win (cancer).
Q. I saw on Facebook you shaved your head right along with her! I bet that was an easy decision for you. Tell us about that.
There is really nothing to tell. Mary had wanted to shave her head because she didn’t like her hair falling out from the chemo. There is nothing I wouldn’t do to support my beautiful wife.
Q. What could the pool industry could benefit from?
Editor’s Note: I want to thank Melinda for sharing her article with us. Over the years, Mary and Cheese have come to be more than reporters, photographers and streamers. They are true supporters of pool players and many of our members have gotten to know and respect them and consider them friends. They are stronger because of their deep and abiding love for each other and we wish for them nothing but good things in the years to come. —R
a. spot the 8-Ball, accept the table in position and continue; b. re-rack the balls and break again. B. If you pocket the 8-ball on the break and foul, your inning ends and your opponent may: a. have the 8-Ball spotted and take ball in hand anywhere on the table; b. re-rack the balls and break. C. If the 8-Ball is pocketed on the break and it is not noticed until after another shot has been taken, the game will be replayed with the player who broke that game breaking again.
8-Ball is a call shot game played with a cue ball and fifteen object balls numbered 1 through 15. Each player or team has a group of seven balls: the solid colored balls numbered 1 through 7, or the striped balls numbered 9 through 15. The 8-ball is the game winning ball. The object of the game is to pocket your entire group of balls and then legally pocket the 8-ball. The game is played by two players or two teams. 8-BALL RACK
TABLE OPEN AFTER THE BREAK
The balls are racked as follows: a. in a triangle with the apex ball on the foot spot; b. the rows behind the apex are parallel to the foot string; c. the 8-ball is in the middle of the row of three balls; d. the remaining balls are placed at random, except that the row of 5 balls must have a stripe at one corner and a solid at the other corner.
The table is always open on the shot after the break and remains open until groups are established. When the table is open, all object balls except the 8-ball are legal object balls. For combination shots, a ball of one group may be contacted first to pocket a ball of the other group. The 8-ball may be part of such a combination if it is not the first ball contacted by the cue ball.
A. You begin the break with ball in hand behind the head string. The break is not a called shot, and you may not call a ball or a safety on the break. There is no requirement for the cue ball to contact any particular ball first. You must legally pocket a ball or cause at least four numbered balls to contact one or more cushions or it is an illegal break. If you legally pocket a ball, you continue to shoot. If you do not legally pocket a ball or you commit a foul, your inning ends. B. If you intend to break softly, you must notify your opponent and allow them the opportunity to call a referee to watch your break. If you fail to notify your opponent, you will receive a mandatory warning on the first offense. Second and subsequent offenses are fouls. C. If your break is illegal, with or without a foul, your inning ends and your opponent may: a. re-rack the balls and break; b. require you to re-rack and break again. D. The game cannot continue until there is a legal break. If your opponentâ€™s break is illegal and there is also a foul, the illegal break takes precedence and you must choose either option (a) or (b) above. E. If you foul on a legal break and do not pocket the 8-ball, your inning ends and any other pocketed object balls remain pocketed. Your opponent receives ball in hand anywhere on the table. F. In all cases on the break, jumped object balls, other than the 8-ball, are not returned to the table except in the case of a re-rack. If the 8-ball is jumped, it is spotted. 8-BALL POCKETED ON THE BREAK A. If you pocket the 8-ball on the break and do not foul, you may:
A. For a shot to be legal, the first ball contacted by the cue ball must be a legal object ball or a simultaneous hit with a legal and illegal object ball and then: a. any object ball must be pocketed; b. any object ball or the cue ball must contact a cushion. B. In the case of an object ball frozen to a rail, for a shot to be legal, the frozen object ball must either: a. contact a cushion other than the one to which is was frozen, b. contact another object ball before it contacts the cushion to which it was frozen, or c. the cue ball must contact a cushion. ESTABLISHING GROUPS A. Groups are established when the first object ball is legally pocketed on a shot after the break. The player legally pocketing the first ball is assigned that group, and the opponent is assigned the other group. You cannot establish a group on a safety. B. If all balls of either group are pocketed on the break or illegally pocketed before groups are established, either player may legally shoot the 8-ball during their inning. You win the game if you legally pocket the 8-ball on such a shot. C. Once they are established, groups can never change for the remainder of that game. If a player shoots the wrong group and no foul is called before the next shot and the player continues to shoot at that group, or if at any time during the game it is discovered by either player or a referee that the players are shooting the wrong groups, the game will be replayed with the player who broke the game breaking again. If a game has ended and then the players realize they shot the wrong groups, the game is not replayed and the result stands.
CONTINUING PLAY ∞∞ Once groups are established, play continues with each player having their group as legal object balls. Balls in your opponents’ group and the 8-ball are illegal object balls. ∞∞ When it is your inning, you continue to shoot as long as you legally pocket a ball on each shot. Object balls pocketed in addition to the called ball remain pocketed. ∞∞ Your inning ends if you do not legally pocket a ball. ∞∞ Jumped object balls and illegally pocketed balls are not returned to the table. SAFETY PLAY ∞∞ Prior to any shot except the break, you may declare a safety. On a safety, your inning ends after the shot regardless of whether you pocket any ball. ∞∞ If you do not declare a safety and you pocket a ball on an obvious shot, your inning continues and you must shoot again. ∞∞ A safety must meet the requirements of a Legal Shot or it is a foul. SHOOTING THE 8-BALL A. The 8-ball becomes your legal object ball on your first shot after there are no object balls of your group on the table. The
player who legally pockets the 8-ball wins the game. B. It is not loss of game if you foul when shooting the 8-ball but do not pocket the 8-ball. Your opponent receives ball in hand. LOSS OF GAME You lose the game if you: a. illegally pocket the 8-ball; b. jump the 8-ball off the table on any shot other than the break; c. pocket the 8-ball on the same shot as the last ball of your group; d. violate any General Rule that requires loss of game as a penalty; e. pocket the 8-ball on a shot defined as not obvious that you do not call; f. commit a foul that causes the 8-ball to fall into a pocket. STALEMATE If a referee judges that the table is in a position such that any attempt to pocket or move a ball will result in loss of game on that shot, or that the game is not progressing because the position of the table has not significantly changed through three consecutive innings by each player, the referee will declare a stalemate and the game will be replayed with the player who broke the game breaking again.
Viking Cues Ladies 8-Ball Championships 3 Years &
Going Strong Thanks to the Vision and Hard Work of Founder Linda Carter
Editors Note: Tournament Coordinator, Linda Carter is a long time fixture in our little Pacific Northwest pool world. She is feared and respected for her game, not only locally but nationally. She started this tournament in her home area (Medford, OR) and it has grown each year, enticing women from Oregon, Washington and even Northern California to come try their luck against each other way down in Southern Oregon. She has made it work. We thank her for sharing her stories and photos of this growing event with us and we wish her continued success.
August 22-23, 2015 were the dates for the largest women’s pool tournament in Southern Oregon. Viking Cues was the title sponsor for this championship. They donated a cue worth approximately $600, and $700 was raised in ticket sales. Rack ‘Em Billiards in Medford, OR and owner Dave Smith graciously added $500 to the tournament and provided some gorgeous crystal trophies for 1st-3rd places. Altogether, we had $1400 added, and we gave $200 to the Consolation tournament on Sunday.
Tournament coordinator, Linda Carter, leveraged her friendships with some pros and other players, who donated some awesome door prizes. Many thanks to Robin Dodson, Ewa Laurance, Keith McCready, LoreeJon Hasson, Allison Fisher, Florian Kohler, Darren Appleton, Charlie Williams,
Nick Varner, John Schmidt, Vivian Villarreal, Emily Duddy and many more for their generosity and support. Frank at Play the Game Clothing Company designed and embroidered some awesome shirts in 3 styles, just for our tournament. The profits from the shirt sales ($100) went into the prize fund, as did another $100 from NW Player’s League in WA. Tournament Directors Paul Kinney and Roy Johnson kept the tournament running smoothly, and Ken Smith was our official referee. Many thanks to them, and Bob and Audrey Neill and Tristen Tartaglia for serving everyone with a smile, and keeping the players happy. Roland Daniel was our official photographer. After a player’s meeting and the draw, play commenced hard around 12:30pm with 26 women vying for 8 paying spots. The races went to 5 on both sides, with BCA rules, lag for break, alternate breaks, and rack your own. The cream definitely rose to the top, as the favorites, Kim Jones from Seattle, and Cindy Doty from Kelso, WA came in 1st and 2nd. Kim’s journey to the finals began with a bye, then she bested Vickie Anders and Dena Hunt Sherman from Medford, Cindy Doty, and then Linda Carter for the point match. Cindy had wins over Raquel Walton of Portland, Jamie Bird from Eugene, and Patty LaMontagne from Grants Pass, before she succumbed to Kim. On the B side, Cindy tore it up against Kris Robbins of Medford, Liz Jensen of Portland, and Linda Carter of Medford, who
had just lost to Kim for the point. All entrants got at least one door prize, and on Sunday at 3 pm, we drew for the Viking Cue raffle. Roy Johnson won the cue, and Gary Peyton of Grants Pass won the Fury cue case supplied by John Schmidt. It seems everyone had a super time and wants to come back for our next tournament. It was a fun tourney with lots of great ladies participating. All of us at Rack ‘Em thank you for your efforts in putting together a great tournament!
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6th 7/8th
$600 $450 $300 $200 $100
Kim Jones Cindy Doty Linda Carter Liz Jensen Kris Robbins, Stephanie Karpins $50 Patty LaMontagne, Eileen Madden
3rd Linda Carter, 1st Kim Jones, 2nd Cindy Doty
2nd Chance Tournament $5 entry/13 players/$200 added 1st $100 Lauren Ward 2nd $75 Natasha Hook 3rd $55 Linda Knight 4th $35 Cecilia Holloway
August 22-23, 2017 were the dates for 3rd Annual Viking Cues Ladies 8-Ball Championships, the largest women’s pool tournament in Southern Oregon. Viking Cues was the title. Rack ‘Em Billiards in Medford, OR was the location and owner Dave Smith graciously added $500 to the tournament and provided some gorgeous crystal trophies for 1st and 2nd places. Altogether, we had $1400 added, with a $2200 pot, and we gave $200 to the Consolation tournament on Sunday. Tournament coordinator, Linda Carter, asked the pros, who again donated some awesome door prizes and we thank them all for their generosity.
Tournament Directors Paul Kinney and Roy Johnson kept the tournament running smoothly, and Ken Smith was our official referee. Roland Daniel was our official photographer and Jennifer Vaughn LMT provided free massages for the ladies. After a player’s meeting and the draw, play commenced in ernest around 12:30pm with 25 women vying for 8 paying spots. The races went to 5 on both sides, with BCAPL rules, lag for break, alternate breaks, and rack your own. Stephanie’s run for the gold started out with a bye, then 5-0 scores over both Mandy Smith and Annie Driver, then added another win against Patty LaMontagne, 5-3. Playing for the hot seat against Linda Carter ended with Linda being on the hill first, but a costly foul opened the door for Stephanie to run out and win the point. Shawn’s path to the finals began with a win over Kim Harmon, 5-3, then an early loss to Kris Robbins, 3-5. Tearing it up on the B side, Shawn won against Susan Leger 5-1, Lori Wetzel 5-2, Nicole Donisi 5-2,
Stephanie Karpins 5-1, and Kris Robbins 5-0. Taking the match from Linda Carter was a little tougher, as Linda was again, on the hill first. But guts, determination, and some skillful runouts prevailed, and Shawn closed out the next 2 games to go to the Finals.
The first two sections of this article are recaps of two of the first three Viking Ladies Championships. It seems only right that it concludes with her thoughts on and hopes for the future of this tournament and, perhaps, pool in general. Here is her reply: In 1998, the NW Women’s Pool Association (formerly known as the Association of Cuesports for Women, or ACW) put out some little booklets that you could draw shots and drills in. In that little booklet was
Local competitors Linda Carter took 3rd for $400, and Kris Robbins finished 4th, nabbing $276. In 5/6 and $122 each were Patty LaMontagne from Grants Pass, OR and Raquel Walton of Portland. Rounding out the payouts, were Stephanie Karpins and Sara Bettencourt, both locals, 1st Stephanie Hefner, 2nd Shawn Modelo, 3rd Linda Carter, 4th Kris Robbins and cashing in at
$50. Of note, is that this was Sara’s very first big tournament and she lost her first match. This woman has heart and a bright future ahead!
a Forward that stands today on what I hope to obtain in the future for our players here in southern Oregon, both locally and regionally, and for both men and women.
Great Tournament, Everyone. See you all next year!
A mission statement of sorts, it is paraphrased here, and I hope it communicates my plans and ideals every time I hold a tournament, a seminar, or a lesson.
Results and Payouts: 1st $600 Stephanie Hefner 2nd $500 Shawn Modelo 3rd $400 Linda Carter 4th $276 Kris Robbins 5/6th $100 Raquel Walton, Patty LaMontagne 7/8th $50 Stephanie Karpins, Sara Bettencourt 2nd Chance Tournament $5 entry/12 players/$200 added 1st $100 Kim Harmon 2nd $75 Tristen Tartaglia 3rd $50 Maria Argueta 4th $35 Sue Leger
I hope to provide a medium for amateur pocket billiard players to gain experience and knowledge, to further their talent, and participate competitively in State and National competitions. My goal is to foster excellence in both physical and mental skills for tournament play and to offer all players support and opportunity. Future plans (as Rack ‘Em opens to minors) is to target junior participants in giving them a forum to learn basic fundamentals, rules, strategies, and sportsmanship. My vision has always been to unite the pocket billiards community, businesses, the general public, players, sponsors, leagues, league operators and the media together with a common goal of furthering the popularity and participation in our beloved sport.
Men’s Master Singles 1996 - David Rhodes 1997 - Ivan Doty 1998 - Rick Hodge 1999 - Ivan Doty 2000 - Jim Conway 2001 - Glenn Atwell 2002 - Glenn Atwell 2003 - Glenn Atwell 2004 - Stan Tourangeau 2005 - Pat Schumacher 2006 - Glenn Atwell 2007 - Dan Louie 2008 - Glenn Atwell 2009 - Glenn Atwell 2010 - Jim Conway 2011 - Damian Pongpanik 2012 - Sean Lewis 2013 - Bobby Campbell 2014 - Miguel Morfin 2015 - Jim Conway 2016 - Michael Deitchman Women’s Master Singles 1996 - Marney Duprey 1997 - Cindy Doty 1998 - Cindy Doty 1999 - Kimberly Kirk 2000 - Cathy Gamble 2001 - Cindy Doty 2002 - Martha Hartsell 2003 - Martha Hartsell 2004 - Jackie Fitchner 2005 - Phyllis Fernandez 2006 - Kris Robbins 2007 - Cindy Doty 2008 - Jackie Fitchner 2009 - Jackie Fitchner 2010 - Kimberly Kirk 2011 - Josie LeRoy 2012 - Mary Hopkin 2013 - Phyllis Fernandez 2014 - Natalie Seal 2015 - Jessica Orth 2016 - Natasha Hook
Men’s A Singles 2004 - Dana Aldridge 2005 - Harold Prine 2006 - Darin Walding 2007 - Jonathan Hahn 2008 - Miguel Morfin 2009 - Russ Hodgin 2010 - JW Koon 2011 - Leo Violette 2012 - Stan Ottinger Jr. 2013 - Jason Fick 2014 - Carlos Cadena 2015 - Jason Young 2016 - Richard Henderson Men’s B Singles 2004 - Dillon Standley 2005 - Robert Niemeyer 2006 - Sid Krumpe 2007 - Ron OK 2008 - Cody Johnson 2009 - Josh Holder 2010 - Jason Grijalva 2011 - Akio Nakashima 2012 - Aric Twohy 2013 - Chris aldrich 2014 - Ramon Farias 2015 - Alex Ip 2016 - John Gunn
Women’s Senior Singles 2004 - Jean Bartholomew 2005 - Bonnie Mahaffey 2006 - Char Lemon 2007 - Bonnie Mahaffey 2008 - Pam Carraway 2009 - Judy McLeod 2010 - Lynda Moore 2011 - Patricia Hayes 2012 - Linda Thompson 2013 - Pam Carraway 2014 - Sandra Frazier 2015 - Kathy Murphy Men’s/Mixed B Teams
GrandMaster Singles 2010 - Glenn Atwell 2011 - Dan Louie Linda Carter 2012 - Stan Tourangeau Cindy Sliva 2013 - Dan Louie Jana Montour 2014 - Stan Tourangeau Mary Coffman 2016 - Steve Lingelbach Kimberly Kirk Women’s Novice Singles
1996 - Pam Carraway 2013 - 5 B-Skilled Shooters 1997 - Michelle Schreiner 1998 - Carrie Martin 2014 - The Replacements 1999 - Lorrie Sweber 2015 - Retribution 2016 - Thunder Down Under 2000 - Karla Tias 2001 - Kathy Price 2002 - Debi Hollander Men’s Open Singles 2003 - Shelley Huntoon 1996 - Ted Woodward 2004 - Natasha Hook 1997 - Steve Bartlett 2005 - Kathy Giles 1998 - Tony Newman 2006 - Diana Cornelius 1999 - Mike Stevens 2007 - Molly MacCorkle 2000 - Ray Lunde 2008 - Antje McKinley 2001 - Darrold Crain 2010 - Donna Wainanwit 2002 - James Davee 2011 - Dawn Mason 2003 - Jesse Allred 2012 - Barbara Rosa
Master Mixed Scotch Doubles
Open Mixed Scotch Doubles
2000 - Glenn Atwell/Jean Bartholomew 2001 - Steve Lingelbach/Carissa Biggs 2002 - Brad Gowan/Julie Valdez 2003 - Pat Mowdy/Becky Mowdy 2004 - Rick Elce/Jackie Fitchner 2005 - Mike Stevens/Cindy Doty 2006 - Dave Schelske/Wanda Plummer 2007 - Glenn Atwell/Andrea Saenz-Maes 2008 - Steve Lingelbach/Carissa Biggs 2009 - Mike Stevens/Cindy Doty 2010 - Sean Lewis/Shari Ross 2011 - Mike Stevens/Cindy Doty 2012 - Sean Lewis/Cindy Sliva 2013 - David Bersenadze/Kim Jones 2014 - Paul Marquez/Andrea Saenz-Maes 2015 - Stan Tourangeau and Sheila Clark 2016 - Chris Byers and Carissa Biggs
2000 - Tim Robertson/Julie Burney 2001 - Darrel Schulden/Catherine Tran 2002 - Peter Adams/Shawn Kilian 2003 - Jim Kellogg/Phyllis Fernandez 2004 - Mike Stephens/Roxanne Oliver 2005 - Mike Stephens/Kim Jones 2006 - Steve Myers/Shirley Morgan 2007 - David Bersenadze/Margie Avlon 2008 - Bobby Campbell/Molly Oliver 2009 - Larry Maes/Jessica Orth 2010 - John Te/Alisha Rogers 2011 - Chris Suarez/Alisha Rogers 2012 - Tim Desmarais/Larenda Davis 2013 - Matt Moreno/Sheila Clark 2014 - Steve Tamura/Cassie Francois 2015 - Chris Sykes and Robin Adams 2016 - Jose Velazquez and Suzanne Mackey
Women’s Master Teams
Men’s Master/Mixed Teams
Men’s/Mixed Open Teams
2000 - City Lights 2001 - Don’t Go There 2002 - Sharpshooters 2003 - On the Wire 2004 - Noti Heartbreakers 2005 - City Lights Champs with Cramps 2006 - EXRE.COM 2007 - NPL Chix 2008 - NPL Chix 2009 - NPL Chix 2010 - NPL Chix 2011 - NPL Chix 2012 - Loonies & Toonies 2013 - The Vixens 2014 - Pool Tourettes 2015 - The Loonies n Toonies 2016 - That’s How We Roll
1996 - John’s Gang 1997 - John’s Gang 1998 - Unknown 1999 - Excaliber 2000 - Group Therapy 2001 - Clean Team 2002 - Tommy’s Team 2003 - Seattleslew 2004 - Hi-Revving 2005 - DaVinci Code 2006 - KC’s Midway 2007 - Billiards and Barstools 2008 - Wu Clan 2009 - KC’s Midway 2010 - Malarkeys 2011 - Team Hustlin’ 2012 - Misfits 2013 - A Little Loaded 2014 - Malarkeys 2 2015 - A Little Loaded 2016 - Lingelbach’s Team
1996 - Olympia, WA 1997 - Whoo Whass 1998 - The Big Dogs 1999 - Prime Time Players 2000 - 8-Ball Posse 2001 - C & C Elite 2002 - Anger Management 2003 - Woody’s Crew 2004 - Pure Insanity 2005 - Smooth Strokes 2006 - Sandy Clinic 2007 - McQ’s Q’s 2008 - Short Yellow Bus #6 2009 - Little Dutch Inn 2010 - Bet Something 2011 - Uncle Jack’s Billiards 2012 - Soundview #2 2013 - Short Yellow Bus 2014 - Funky Bunch 2015 - Hi Tide Tsunami’s 2016 - Short Yellow Bus
Women’s Open Singles 1996 - Kay Furney 1997 - Robbin Iredale 1998 - Laurie Yakota 1999 - Kris Robbins 2000 - Sara Schwefel 2001 - Shelby Eikenberry 2002 - Sherry Griffin 2003 - Phyllis Fernandez 2004 - Catherine Tran 2005 - Kim Jones 2006 - Melanie Elder 2007 - Margie Avlon 2008 - Eve Stockstill 2009 - Natasha Hook 2010 - Rosie Jensen 2011 - Jessica Orth 2012 - Jan Aust 2013 - Marla Mortensen
Women’s A Singles
Women’s B Singles
2014 - Lisa St. Clair 2015 - Christy Loehding 2016 - Linda Thompson
2014 - Marla Mortensen 2015 - Christy Morgan 2016 - Lisa Byrd
Women’s Open Teams 1996 - Night Squawks 1997 - She Strokers 1998 - Don’t Go There 1999 - Don’t Go There 2000 - Blind Faith 2001 - We Don’t Knit 2002 - Turbo Chicks 2003 - Women in Black 2004 - The Balltenders 2005 - Noel’s Slick Stix 2006 - DRVN 101 2007 - Driving 101 2008 - Quinault Beach Resort Characters 2009 - Nice Rack 2010 - Pine Tree Girls 2011 - Shooting Stars 2012 - Ballad Town Babes 2013 - Hattora Hanzo 2014 - Sea Gals 2015 - Startin’ Trouble 2016 - Lady Luck Men’s Novice Singles 1996 - Ken Wilson 1997 - Kevin Fong 1998 - Steve Podriznik 1999 - Curtis Bade 2000 - Jim Covington 2001 - Nic Ramirez 2002 - Arne Swanson 2003 - Ralph Iredale 2004 - Bob Yunker 2005 - Dennis Raun 2006 - Daniel Varozza 2007 - Griffin Dunagan 2008 - Kasey Hamm 2009 - Noah Thornton 2010 - Alan Junes 2011 - Dan Maricle 2012 - John Wallpe Men’s Senior Singles 2004 - Mike Stephens 2005 - Chuck Jung 2006 - Mike Stephens 2007 - Mike Mooney 2008 - Jeff Baker 2009 - Vernon Joe 2010 - Ron Shelton 2011 - Ronnie Migues 2012 - Mike Jensen 2013 - Dave Secord 2014 - Ray Galli 2015 - Greg Cantrall 2016 - John Aranda
2018 Western BCA 9-Ball Championships
October 8-14, 2018 Chinook Winds Casino Resort Lincoln City, OR