Amanda and Brian go undefeated in Trans-Atlantic Challenge

Amanda and BrianOnce again, our friends Chris and Ann Smith returned to Diamond Eight from “across the pond” (England) to sponsor the Trans-Atlantic Challenge II! The field of 12 players formed into 6 scotch doubles teams to compete in the double-elimination format. Chris and Ann were the early favorites, but were sent to the 1-loss side by Amanda and Brian who took advantage of a few bad rolls.

Chris and AnnChris and Ann were able to bounce back after a challenging match against 3rd place finishers John Stock and his nephew Shane. The match went to the hill, with the 7-8-9 left for John and Shane. Shane made a nice shot to pocket the 7, but left John a long cut shot on the 8. John made a great shot to pocket the 8, but the cue ball found its way into the corner pocket, and gave ball-in-hand on the 9 to Ann, who made it to win the match.

John and Shane
In the meantime, Amanda DeCelle and Brian Struwe got through their bracket without losing a match to set up the final rematch with Ann and Chris.

Gino and JerryHaving barely survived the previous match, Ann and Chris lost a little steam and Amanda and Brian were able to pull ahead to a 4-1 victory to stay undefeated, win the match and earn the tournament championship.

Congrats and thanks to all the teams for a great afternoon!

Rich Kriz and Ed Littell win Summer Straight Pool Flight

Congratulations to Rich Kriz, longtime league member at Diamond Eight, who edged out Ed Littell to win the 2011 Summer Flight of the Straight Pool league by 1 point. Rich finished with 57 points, with Ed coming in second with 56. Both players are now qualified for the 2011 National Championships, to be held at Diamond Eight Billiards over the September 24th weekend. Ron Palka made a strong showing at 3rd place, with 52 points and Frank Bogardus rounded out the top 4 with 48 points.

The final standings:

  1. Rich Kriz (57)
  2. Ed Littell (56)
  3. Ron Palka (52)
  4. Frank Bogardus (48)
  5. Ed Skawinski (47)
  6. Ernie Mumford (41)
  7. Jerry Argay (32)

Fitch dominates Spring 2011 Straight Pool Flight

The Spring 2011 edition of Diamond Eight’s Straight Pool league has come to a close, with 1st place going to Mike Fitch, in a very competitive field. Arkley Mastro was able to take second place by just one point over an impressive Ernie Mumford, who was playing in his very first straight pool league. Ed Skawinski followed in fourth place, while Frank Bogardus and Doug Shaffer rounded out the field in a tie for 5th.

In addition to their cash prizes, both Mike and Arkley have also qualified for the 2011 Straight Pool Championship, to be held at Diamond Eight starting September 24th.

Final Standings

  • 1. Mike Fitch (71)
  • 2. Arkley Mastro (63)
  • 3. Ernie Mumford (62)
  • 4. Ed Skawinski (60)
  • 5. (tie)Frank Bogardus (52)
  • 5. (tie) Doug Shaffer (52)

The next Straight Pool flight takes off Thursday, April 28th!

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!

Val and Mike

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!

Wes and Tom

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