The Juneau Billiard Association will kick off its 13th season on Oct. 6 with the start of its 8-ball league.
The JBA has grown from 34 players in its first season to around 200 players that have played in each of the last few years.
The league is sanctioned by the Billiard Conference of America and offers 8-ball, 9-ball and women's 8-ball leagues for players of all skill levels.
The league will hold registration Sept. 15 at the Viking Lounge and Marlintini's Lounge. For more information, please log on to www.juneaupool.com.
In addition to league play, the JBA offers monthly tournaments for members and non-members alike. The tournaments lead up to the four-day Capital City Classic, in which players from throughout Southeast Alaska test their skills.
The league doesn't just play in Juneau, however.
Each May, the JBA sends three all-star teams to Las Vegas to participate in the BCA Open 8-ball Championships at the Riviera Hotel and Casino.
The tournament hosts more than 6,600 players from around the world. Last year, Juneau team Mis-spent Youth placed 129th overall. The team featured Rick Paulo, Sonny Cortez, Randy Short, Darcy Robinson and league president Justin Kanouse.
Other All-Star teams included the Norsemen - Larry Hotch, Alfred Torres, Craig Tiedemann, Randal Jim and Glen Hamilton. A third team, the Top 10 Players, featured David Dunker, Larry West, Byron Gutschmidt, Sean Henderson and Shawn Taylor.
In addition to team play, individuals try to achieve prestigious Masters status at the Vegas tournament.
Any player who finishes about 64th in the men's category and 16th in the women's division qualifies as a Master. Two Juneau players, Margo Cole and Rick Paulo, each qualified as Masters' players.
Cole was just one of 387 women worldwide to earn the rank of Master while Paulo is one of just 11 Alaskans to earn that distinction.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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