The California Junior State 9-Ball Championships took place Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the famous Gary’s Victor Billiards in Victorville, California. Owners Vicki and Gary Henry have been longtime supporters of youth billiards in their area and the poolroom is also home to “Mr. 400” John Schmidt.
On this day, two divisions were held and a Fury cue valued at $1,200 was also donated by Schmidt. During the event, each participant received one ticket for entering the tournament and for each display of good sportsmanship and proper display of conduct, they would receive an additional ticket. At the end of the day, Schmidt drew for the winner and 17-year-old Michael Dale from Phoenix, Arizona was the lucky recipient!
In the 18 & Under division, local stars Chris Robinson and Nathan Diederich impressed spectators with their skills. Robinson ultimately returned from the one-loss side to claim the title. In the 14 & Under division, 14-year-old Evan Way from Sparks, Nevada earned his title defeating both 2nd and 3rd place finishers, local players Nico Scalise and Benjamin Bearup.
18 & Under Division
|1st Place||Chris Robinson, age 17||Ventura, CA||Plaque, Certificate, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals|
|2nd Place||Nathan Diederich, age 16||Victorville, CA||Plaque|
14 & Under Division
|1st Place||Evan Way, age 14||Sparks, NV||Plaque, Certificate|
|2nd Place||Nico Scalise, age 14||Thousand Oaks, CA||Plaque, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals|
|3rd Place||Benjamin Bearup, age 13||Victorville, CA||Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals|
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/events/