Story by Alison M. Fischer
On Saturday, January 28, the 2nd Annual Michigan Junior State 9-Ball Championship titles were up for grabs at Campus Q Billiards in Benton Harbor, Michigan. A total of 34 players turned out to compete for titles in the two age group divisions, 18 & Under and 14 & Under, which were open to both boys and girls. Along with the titles in the two divisions, players were also vying for spots in the 2017 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships, set to be held in Las Vegas.
In the 18 & Under division, Brady Paananen took home the title after surpassing runner-up Sebastian Lance. Meanwhile, the 14 & Under division featured a winning performance by Alex Harrison, who overcame Nikki Burnham in the final. Congratulations to the top finishers, who each received paid entries to Junior Nationals.
18 & Under Division
1st: Brady Paananen – Trophy & Paid Qualification
2nd: Sebastian Lance – Trophy & Paid Qualification
3rd: Jordan Burnham – Qualified
4th: Darius Sallie
5th/6th: Colin Truba and Paul Marshall
7th/8th: Gabe Hayes and Brent Rogers
9th-12th: Matt Harrison, Charles Hunt, Candace Scholtze, and Selena Aranda
13th: Andrew Jones
14 & Under Division
1st: Alex Harrison – Trophy & Paid Qualification
2nd: Nikki Burnham – Trophy & Paid Qualification
3rd: Jagger Vangessal – Qualified
4th: Madisen Payne – Qualified
5th/6th: Stephen Marshall and Zoee Prince – Qualified
7th/8th: Randall Colson Jr. and TJ Hildebrand – Qualified
9th-12th: Maddie Butler, Kyle Kuharevicz, Zane Day, and Parker Jakubczak
13th-16th: Zackary Lewis, Deziree Coleman, Emma Hildebrand, and Brianna LaRatta
17th-24th: Amelia Perez, Brett Barrett II, Antonio Martinez, Sherby Dine, and Alexis Hobbs
Tournament director Carol LaRatta would like to recognize Kevin Ross with Railbird Productions, Jacoby Custom Cues, Pechauer Custom Cues, Grindin’ Clothing Co., Lisa & Jerry Burnham, TJ Meister, Dan Jakubczak, and Kelly Aldrich Hildebrand for their efforts to support the event.
The BEF is grateful for the continued support of its premier sponsors for helping to make the 2017 Junior State Championships (JSC) program possible: Simonis Cloth, Aramith Balls, Pechauer Cues, BRAD Scuffer and Tweeten Fibre. Official Promoter: GoPlayPool.com & Official Tournament App: ZenSports.com. 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 billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039. Complete list of nationwide junior events listed here: http://billiardeducation.org/events/