February 23, 2016 (Denver, CO): On February 20, 2016 we had our first Michigan State BEF Junior 9-Ball Championships at Campus Q Billiards in Benton Harbor, Michigan. We had 30 Juniors show up to compete. These junior players ranged from 7-18 years old. They displayed great sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and dedication to the billiard sport. I’m honored to have met everyone of them and watch them play.

Special thanks goes out to Campus Q Billiards for providing a venue location, Grindin Clothing Co. and Betz Sundholm with U of M for donating some awesome door prizes, Lisa & Jerry Burnham for helping run the tournament and Dave Rogers for running a mini tournament for the juniors who just weren’t ready to quit playing. Thank you all so much!!

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In the 14 & Under division we had 18 players. The winners were:

1st- George Kieselat

2nd- Jacob Elliott

3rd- Parker Jakubczak

4th- Serenity Mercado

5th- Kyle Kuharevicz Jr.

6th- Cameron Grady

7th- Noe Villanueva Jr.

8th- Justin Mercado

9th- Gabe Hayes

10th- Brianna LaRatta

11th- Jayer Brooks

12th- Hailey Mercado

In the 18 & Under Division we had 12 players:

1st- Nicholas Ridley

2nd- Skyler Butterfiled

3rd- Brasy Paananen

4th- Selena Aranda

5th- Caleb Frame

6th- Zachary Ellis

7th- Jordan Burnham

8th- Darius Sallie

9th- Sebastian Lance

10th- Adrian Noorthoek

11th- Alyssa Little

12th- Brent Rogers

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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 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.