2011 BCAPL Singles and Scotch Doubles Champions

Tuesday, May 17th at the 35th BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas was all about the semis and finals in both the singles and scotch doubles divisions. The best of the best in each division focused to keep their stroke mechanics and nerves in place as hundreds of spectators watched who would take the top spots in each event.

Runaway Matches

From the 381 ladies, Jennifer Kraber of Austin, Texas (league 621) went undefeated to become the 2011 BCAPL Women’s Open Champion. Her lopsided finals match against Josie Leroy of Newberg, Oregon (league 154 & 432) ended in a score of 4-0. Over the three days of singles play, Kraber only gave up eight games in her ten matches. Kraber, a regular top finisher on the OB Cues regional tour, also had a 7th place finish in the masters scotch doubles with long-time partner James Davis, Sr. of Manor, Texas.

In the BCAPL Men’s Masters finals, Harvey Shognosh of Forrest, Ontario, Canada (league 601) also went undefeated through the 45 player field of top notch players to best Gustavo Correa of Houston, Texas (league 191 & 1073) with a final score of 7-4. Both players delivered strong performances in a near flawless finals match for spectators.

bca singles 2011 BCAPL Singles and Scotch Doubles Champions

Tuesday, May 17th at the 35th BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas was all about the semis and finals in both the singles and scotch doubles divisions.

Scotch Doubles Madness

It was an all Arizona BCAPL Open Scotch Doubles finale. Of the 338 entries, the Mesa team of Jesse Renteria (league 293 & 526) and Bernie Store (league 293) went undefeated to beat the team of Chris Paradowski and Lois Schmitt from Tucson (both league 24). It was Store and Renteria’s first tournament playing together. “I’ve known this guy for 12 years and never played a game of scotch together,” said Store.

Of the 71 BCAPL Masters Scotch Doubles teams, John Maikke and Dana Aft from Atlanta, Georgia (both league 875) came through the b-side to defeat the Wisconsin team of Robert Hovick (league 348) and Kelly Birmingham (league 807) in a two-set finals score of 5-1, 4-3. It was run-out scotch doubles pool at its finest. Every game in both sets was finished in one inning or less.

Double-Dippers

In the 112 player BCAPL Women’s Senior division, Shawn Modelo from Antioch, California (league 322) came through to redeem herself in the finals. After losing the driver seat match to Lois Schmitt of Tucson, Arizona, Modelo was came back with a vengeance. She took the first set handily, 4-0. Schmitt would put up a bigger fight in the second set. When the match was hill-hill, Modelo hooked herself on the 8-ball and nearly kicked it in. Schmitt missed her opening shot and left a shot and the win for Modelo.

Meanwhile one table over, 18-year-old Danny Olson from Brookings, South Dakota (league 953) was grinding it out. After losing his first match of the new BCAPL Men’s Advanced division, he came through the 100-player field to double-dip local Las Vegas favorite Chris C. Akey (league 769) 6-2, 6-2. Olson won the men’s players member division in 2010.

Of the 283 entries in the popular BCAPL Men’s Senior division, Bill Skinner of Aurora, Colorado (league 671) double rolled through the finals match against Bill McCoy (league 187) from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 5-1, 5-1. After losing 5-3 to McCoy earlier in the tournament, Skinner was on a mission and the mission was accomplished.

Hill-Hill Mania

Veteran 8-ball player Jolene Herum from River Falls, Wisconsin (league 234 & 996) cruised undefeated through the 39-player BCAPL Women’s Advanced division. Meanwhile Tacoma, Washington’s Cindy Sliva (league 154) lost her first match and came back through 10 rounds including a tough hill-hill match with Junior National Champion Liz Lovely to meet Herum in the finals. Sliva was ahead 4-3 but was unable to capitalize. At hill-hill, Herum broke and ran to close out the set 5-4.

In the BCAPL Women’s Master finals, it was a case of different division déjà vu. Of the 27 entries, Amanda Lampert from Frisco, Texas (league 1034) lost her first match 7-5 to Arizona’s Susan Williams (league 293 & 1094), only to fight her way to the finals against Canadian Jana Montour (league 497). At hill-hill, Montour broke and ran to take the set and the title. Final score was 7-6.

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