Tom Acciavatti Takes Spring 2014 Straight Pool League Crown

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Tom Acciavatti bounced back from a long winter and a leg injury to claim the top spot in Diamond Eight’s Spring 2014 Straight Pool flight. The 15-week session saw seven players compete for prizes for the top three places and a wild card. It was a closer race than the scores seem to indicate with just a few matches making a big difference, especially in the last two weeks of the flight.

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John Cromie and Mike Fitch’s battle for second came down to the last week. After a strong start, John seemed to lose his footing while Mike played confidently throughout to finish in second place behind Tom. John Cromie finished third. Longtime league member Frank Bogardus placed fourth after a strong session.┬áJim Graziane won the Wild Card drawing. Special thanks to all the guys for playing and being great sports throughout the flight, and for the past six years.

Final Standings

  1. Tom Acciavatti (70)
  2. Mike Fitch (62)
  3. John Cromie (53)
  4. Frank Bogardus (38)
  5. Steve Hathaway (36) (tie)
  6. Jim Graziane (36) (tie)
  7. Doug Shaffer (35)

Thanks again for a fun flight!

2010 Toys for Toys Tournament yields Fun and Generosity

All of our players!

Diamond Eight’s 9th annual Toys for Tots 8-Ball Tournament was a huge success, thanks to all of our very generous players! 28 league players from the area came together to benefit the local branch of the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots initiative. Many others stopped by to participate in the raffles and enjoy the home-cooked buffet. Two over-filled boxes of toys were collected and over $300 was raised, which will be used to purchase more toys for teens aged 13-15.

Larry and Ryan win!

Congratulations to Ryan Brown and Larry Meliak, who defeated John Robinson and Arun N. in a good final match. Both teams played very well to reach the finals, in a very competitive field. Larry was able to strike the decisive blow with a 9-ball on the break! Nice shooting guys! Tied for third were Jeffrey Delefano and Pete Mitchell, and Val Williams and Mike Herlihey. Special thanks to Mike and Val who donated their winnings back to the Toys for Tots! Thanks guys!

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The 9-Ball Scotch Doubles tournament saw 28 players matched up in pairs to compete in this fun event and enjoy the delicious buffet provided by Diamond Eight. Thanks to everyone who came out to support Toys for Tots!

Congrats to Tom Acciavatti, who won the awesome cue, donated by the APA of Greater Albany! Linda won the 50/50 while many of the players won great raffle prizes!

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Thanks to everyone who came out to support Toys for Tots! Special thanks to Tracie and Kim for their help!

Toys!

2009 Toys for Tots Tournament benefits Capital District Kids

Diamond Eight’s annual Toys for Tots 8-Ball Tournament was another huge success, thanks to all of our friends (old and new) who came to support the mission of Toys for Tots and ensure that the children of the Capital Region shared in the holiday spirit.

Ann and Chris enjoy their victory!

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It was Chris and Ann Smith, and Jay D’Haene and Mike Yudin, who shared the 1st place victory for the 2009 edition, as they decided to forgo the final match and split the prize money. Both teams played extremely well throughout the day and deserve kudos for their great sportsmanship. The 8-Ball scotch doubles tournament saw 24 players matched up in pairs to compete in this fun event and enjoy the delicious buffet provided by Diamond Eight (great job Angela!). Thanks to everyone who came out to support Toys for Tots!

Audre wins the Mike Massey cue!

Audre Hartman won the grand prize, a beautiful Mike Massey-autographed cue, donated by the APA of Greater Albany. Other prizes included Albany River Rats tickets, Diamond Eight shirts, table time coupons, and holiday-themed gifts. Special thanks to Tom Acciavatti, who donated free cue repair coupons and unique holiday merchandise. Thanks to everyone who helped us out during the day, especially Kim, who sold raffle tickets, and Julie, who made sure the tournament ran smoothly.

Touche prepares for the tourney

Two overflowing boxes of toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots program thanks to our generous players. Over $350. in cash was raised through the raffles and will be used to purchase more toys for the Toys for Tots program. Special thanks to Ann and Chris Smith, who donated their winnings back to Toys for Tots! Thanks very much!

Toys!

More photos to come!