Newsletter Volume 16 Issue 06
Week 6 of League 27 – Winter 2022:
Table 1: Tony Parpart & Janet Nihls vs Keith Nickel & Ray Ressler:
This match would come down to who made the least mistakes in the sets. The 8 Ball Set got off to a negative start for the Parpart/Nihls team as Tony got a bit careless and made the 8 ball out of turn to give Keith and Ray the first game in the set. Tony was sailing along, making some very nice shots and great position until the 8 dropped prematurely in the side pocket. Ray and Keith put together some nice shots and safety play that gave them the second game in the set. Janet and Tony got things rolling in game 3, with some exceptional safety play by Janet and some nice runs by Tony as they got back into the set with a win. They continued to gel more in the fourth game and the result was the same as game 3, another win. This evened up the set at 2 games each. Tony and Janet stalled a bit, opening the door for Keith and Ray to jump ahead in the set, posting a nice win in game 5. Ray and Keith seemed to have the momentum on their side, coupled by misses by Tony and Janet that gave them game 6 also. This finished off the set with a 4-2 set advantage by Ray and Keith. Keith and Ray continued to take advantage of the mistakes made by their opponents. A four ball run by Keith gave his team the first win in the 9 Ball Set. It didn’t get any easier for Tony and Janet as the missed opportunities kept Keith and Ray in the winners circle, posting wins in games 2, 3, and 4. This gave them a 6 game run from the end of the 8 ball set. All good things come to an end sometimes, and a great safety by Janet, helped Tony to run 6 balls and take game 5. Janet and Tony continued to keep Keith and Ray at bay most of the 6th game in the set and made it two straight to end the set, but still with Ray and Keith maintaining a 4 point lead in the match. Keith and Ray opened the 10 Ball Set, posting a win in game 1. This assured Ray and Keith no less than a tie in the match if they couldn’t win a game the rest of the set. Janet made some very nice shots and with Tony’s help, they cleaned up the table to win game 2. Tony got the luxury of making a ball on the break, and after pumping in the 1 ball, found a tempting 2-10 combination, that he proceeded to drop in the pocket and close out game 3. It looked like the 2 ball was the ball to use in combo’s for the second game in a row. This time it was Ray, making a very long 2-10 combination to take game 4. This evened up the set at 2-2. After a few misses by everyone, it was Keith stepping up to finish off a nice run to post the win in game 5. Janet again made some nice shots that helped her and Tony to take the final game in the set, which ended in a 3-3 tie. It was a very good effort by everyone in the match along with some very nice shooting by all.
Keith Nickel & Ray Ressler (11) – Tony Parpart & Janet Nihls (7)
Table 2: John Killett & Todd Cook vs Jacob Ressler & George Sharbo:
This turned into a pretty close match, although this writer thought that this could have easily turned out to be a tie match. George and Jake got on the score sheet first, posting a very nice win in game 1 to start the 8 Ball Set. Too many missed shots continued to open the door for Todd and John in the remaining games in the set. When given the opportunity to finish games from missed shots by their opponents, they did just that. In fact, it turned out to be almost a sweep in the set, with John and Todd nailing win after win to take the next 5 games. If it wasn’t Todd closing things out in the games, then John did. This put Todd and John up 5-1 after the first set. The five game run came to an abrupt end in the first game of the 9 Ball Set as Jake nailed a 8-9 combo to give his team the first win in the set. Game two ended on a much quicker note, as Jake found a 1-9 combo and this cut Todd and John’s lead in the match. George got into the action, not with a combo, but with some good old fashion shooting and position play. He kept his team on the winning edge, posting the win in game 3. The 3 game win streak came to an end in game 4. Jake relayed to this writer that John Killett made a fantastic break in game 4, that found the 9 ball get kicked around enough times to find a pocket for the win. This kept the momentum on Todd and John’s side and they posted wins in games 5 and 6 to square up the set, each team winning 3 games in a row each. Jake and George again struck first to open the 10 Ball Set, with some very nice shooting by both players. Todd continues to get some of his stroke back, after a couple of years layoff, and put together a nice run to take game 2. He continues to shoot well and nailed a 4-10 combo in game 3 that gave he and John not only the game win, but also the match win. Jake and George didn’t give up and nailed back to back wins in games 4 & 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the set. The set would end in a tie, as Todd and John made some nice shots and good hooks to finish off game 6 and tie up the set. It was a very admirable try by George and Jake with some nice shooting by both. Nice win by John and Todd as they stayed focused and got things done with fine shooting and safety play.
John Killett & Todd Cook (11) – Jacob Ressler & George Sharbo (7).
Table 3: Tracey Krol & Scott Kroll vs Linda Kujat & Matt Ressler:
You take two experienced players and pair them with a couple of novice players, you get a pretty even match. Scott and Tracey drew first blood in the 8 Ball Set with some very nice shooting. They were able to keep their opponents off the table enough to capture the first game. The second game went the other way as Linda and Matt found enough openings and post the win. Scott got hot in game 3 and with Tracey’s help in leaving the opponents some tough leaves, they nail down game 3. Linda continues to show improvements in her game. She made a few balls, left a tough leave for the opponents and watched as her partner posted the win in game 4. Matt and Linda continued to shoot well and with a couple of good runs they were able to take game 5. Scott and Tracy evened up the set as they nailed the win in game 6. The 9 Ball Set started out very favorable for Linda and Matt as they jumped out to a 2 game lead in the set. With some timely shot making and good defensive play to took games 1 and 2. All of a sudden the momentum changed in a hurry as Scott nailed a 1-9 combination for a quick win after the opponents broke the rack. Tracey and Scott continued to ride on top as they continued to find enough good leaves by their opponents and the posted wins in game 4 and 5. Matt and Linda appeared to take control of game 6 until Tracey got a chance to her chance at a combination. She notched a 3-9 and just like that, Scott and Tracey took a 2 game lead in the match heading to the 10 Ball Set. Linda and Matt came out firing, with a few misses in between, Matt got a chance to put a combination in the pocket, as he nailed a 5-10 combo to take the first game. He wasn’t done yet as he broke the rack in game two and made quick work of the game with a 1-10 combo. When your hot, your hot. Matt proceeded to break in game 3 and dropped the 10 ball in, giving he and Linda a 3-0 lead in the set. This gave their team a 1 game lead in the match. Tracey and Scott fought back with some nice shooting and defensive play to post a win in game 4. The final two games were split by the teams, Linda and Matt posting the win in game 5 and Scott and Tracey took game 6. This match turned into a even split, as both teams won 9 game each. It was a very completive and even match. Good shooting by both teams in a nice finish.
Tracey Krol & Scott Kroll (9) – Linda Kujat & Matt Ressler (9)
Table 4: Walter Wnuk & Alvin Kelley vs Eddie McKinley & Kathy Wnuk:
This match was almost predicable, especially, when you have two of the top players in the league on the same team. The opening match in the 8 Ball Set saw Kathy take control of game 1, running four and out to take game one. There was some very nice shooting and position play that put her and Eddie on the score sheet first. Unfortunately the celebration on the win didn’t last long enough as the Alvin and Walter put together some fine shooting, position play and defensive play to take the next three games. Eddie put together a nice run in game 5 and cut into the opponents lead. It would end there, as Walter and Alvin took the final game to take a 4-2 lead in the match. Eddie got the ball rolling in the 9 Ball Set as he nailed a 3-9 combo to get he and Kathy to a good start in the set. They kept Alvin and Walter off the table long enough for them to take game 2. It was a very good start, but ended too quickly as Alvin got hot and started dropping balls till he notched the win for his team in game 3. Walter and Alvin continued to play solid pool and they drained another nine ball in game 4 to even up the set. The final two games in the set was split, with Kathy and Eddie winning game 5 and Walter and Alvin nailing down the win in game 6. This set was was split with each team taking 3 games. The 10 Ball Set was all Alvin and Walter. With consistent runs and exceptional defensive plays, they nailed down wins in all six game in the set. Walter and Alvin continued to play well, taking advantage of every mistake their opponents made. They cruised through the set which included a 6-10 combination by Walter in game 5. With only a two game lead in the match after the 9 ball set, the sweep gave Alvin and Walter a substantial win in the match. It was a very nice try and effort by Eddie and Kathy against two rock solid sharp eyed pool players. Alvin and Walter remain a point apart at the top. Nice shooting by both.
Walter Wnuk & Alvin Kelley (13) – Eddie McKinley & Kathy Wnuk (5)