Newsletter Volume 16 Issue 09

Week 9 of League 27 – Winter 2022:


Table 1: Table 2:Alvin Kelley & Janet Nihls vs Ray Ressler & Jacob Ressler:

Kelley continues his fine shooting and Janet showed up to play as well. She was a very important supporting partner in the match the entire night. Kelley and Janet notched game one to start the 8 Ball Set, with some great shooting and safety play by both Alvin & Janet. Janet had some very good instruction from her partner that helped to contain the opponents from getting any kind of momentum. Janet and Kelley might have won game two if Kelley hadn’t put the 8 ball in out of turn. With continued help from Janet who was leaving the opponents with very little shots to start with, she and Alvin posted wins in game 3 & 4. Alvin had back to back 5 ball runs in each game. Jacob and Ray salvaged game 5, but with continued great shooting by Alvin and Janet, the set was over as they put four wins in the set on their score sheet. The 9 Ball Set started with Ray being able to nail down a 4-9 combo to put the team on the score sheet first. From that point on, it was a seesaw battle. Janet and Kelley with some nice shooting notched game 2. Jacob found a few open shots and was able to capitalize and take game 3. Game four went to Kelley and Janet, and the final two games were split as the set ended in a 3-3 tie. Ray and Jake again got out in front in the 10 Ball Set, notching game 1. Janet had her time to shine in game 2. After the break by the opponents, she was left with a somewhat difficult combination shot using the 1 ball. She stepped up and nailed it and just like that the set was all tied up. That seemed to spark up the team and with some great shooting and some very well placed safety play by both Janet and Kelley, they breezed through the set. Neither Ray nor Jacob could muster any kind of offense in the final set. Kelley and Janet won the next 5 games and take the match, doubling their opponents score. It was a very good effort by Jacob and Ray. Great shooting by both Kelley and Janet. Ray does want to offer an apology for his sportsmanship. He seemed to have a poor attitude in the match, which was definitely out of character for him. He extends the apology to his partner as well as his opponents. With the win Kelley remains in first and Ray drops to 3rd. Janet moves up two spots to 13th and Jacob remains in 14th.

 Alvin Kelley & Janet Nihls (12) –  Ray Ressler & Jacob Ressler (6)


Table 2: Walter Wnuk & John Killett vs Todd Cook & Tony Parpart:

This match was going to be hard to call right from the start, with four good shooters on the table. Walter continues to shoot well and John seemed to pick up his game some in this weeks match. John and Walter got off to a very good start with several good runs by both players they built up a 3-game cushion in the 8 Ball Set. With some very nice shooting, position play and safety’s, Tony and Todd cut into their opponents lead posting back- to-back wins in games 4 & 5. Walter and John made quick work in game 6 to close out the set with a 4-2 advantage in the match. John and Walter continued to shoot well, keeping Todd and Tony a bit off balance with some great hooks, and notched game 1 of the 9 Ball Set. Todd and Tony matched the opponents with some nice shooting by both Tony and Todd, and take game 2. After a nice run by John and the finishing touches by Walter, they nailed down the win in game 3. Then things changed quickly for their opponents. Tony nailed a 5-7-9 combo to get his team back on the winning track. Todd and Tony didn’t stop there, they continued to close out games and took games 5 and 6. This set the stage as the teams went in to the 10 Ball Set all even. John and Walter struck first with some nice shot making to take game 1. They continued to keep the opponent’s from getting good chances to start and put game 2 in the win column on the sheet. Tony got an opportunity to put his team on the score sheet in the set as he nailed a 5-10 combination in game 3 and then nailed a 7-10 combination in game 4 for back-to-back combo wins. That would be all they would win in the set as Walter and John went back to work, making shots and containing their opponents to capture the final two games. This gave them the match by 2 points. It was good shooting all around in a close match by four good players. Walter moves up one spot into 2nd place. Todd remains in 4th. John moves up 2 spots into a tie for 10th and Tony drops one spot into 12th.

Walter Wnuk & John Killett (10)  – Todd Cook & Tony Parpart (8).   


Table 3: Scott Kroll & Tracey Krol vs Matt Ressler & Kath Wnuk:


Matt and Kathy got off to a great start, making some great shots to keep runs going and seemed to rely on each other with some very nice safety play. They nailed down the wins in the first game of the 8 Ball Set and kept the momentum on their side. With each mistake by their opponents, they continued to put the wins on their side of the score sheet. Kathy and Matt were both shooting well and took advantage of every mistake that the opponents made to take the next 4 games. This gave them a 5 games in a row run in the set. Tracey and Scott stopped the run with some nice shooting by Scott and very nice safety play by Tracey. Matt and Kathy had a very comfortable lead after the first set. Kathy and Matt again stuck first in the 9 Ball Set, nailing back-to-back wins to take a 7-1 lead in the match winning games 1 and 2. That changed very quickly, as Scott and Tracey seemed to get on track with some nice shot making. With some pivotal shots and some key safe play, Tracey and Scott made a match of it. They pounded in game winner after game winner, nailing the next four games in the set. When they weren’t running balls, they were keeping their opponents from getting good opening shots that kept their opponents shooting a bit on the cold side. Only two games separated the teams after the second set, as Scott and Tracey take a 4-2 set win. Tracey and Scott continued to make some nice shots and with some well placed key hooks opened up the 10 Ball Set by nailing game 1 and game 2 that extended their win streak to 6 games in a row. This evened up the match. Kathy finally got a shot in game 3, and she and Matt shut down the opponents with some nice shot making themselves. They posted another win in game 4 an assured themselves of no less than a tie in the match if they couldn’t win one more game. The final two games were split, Scott and Tracy winning game 5, Matt and Kathy taking game 6 and the set was split at 3 games each. Kathy and Matt edged out Scott and Tracey by two games to win the match in a very even contest. Nice shooting by everyone. Matt remains in 6th place, but now shares it with another player. Kathy moves up one spot into 8th. Scott remains in 5th and Tracey remains in 10th place.

Matt Ressler & Kathy Wnuk (10) – Scott Kroll & Tracey Krol (8). 


Table 4: Eddie McKinley vs George Sharbo:

With two players missing, this turned into a one on one match. And the writer thought this was going to be a much closer match than it turned out, as both are accomplished good shooting pool players. Eddie said that his left eye was still a bit fuzzy from the surgery earlier that day. I compliment him for sticking it out and playing even not being up to 100%. The 8 Ball Set seemed to tell the story right from the start. George continues to shoot well and took advantage of each mistake Eddie made. George had some nice runs and Eddie just couldn’t seem to get anything going in the set. George nail all six games of the set to take a huge lead in the match. It didn’t seem to get much better in the start of the 9 Ball Set for Eddie either. With George continuing to shoot well and some untimely misses by Eddie, George put together some nice runs and nailed wins in the first three games of the set. This gave George nine straight wins in the match. Eddie stopped the run as he seemed to get some of his shooting ability back and notched a win in game 4. George took game 5 and Eddie closed out the set with a win in the final game. George got things going to start the 10 Ball Set as he made 5 balls to get out and take game 1. Eddie’s eye seemed to get a bit better as the night went on, not 100%, but he seemed to see the shots better in the final set. Eddie nailed the win in game 2 and George put another win on the sheet in game 3. Eddie finally seemed to get back on track somewhat, and with some nice runs in games 4 and 5, he was able to cut into George’s lead a bit with back-to-back wins. George would finish up the set with a win in the final game. This set ended up in a 3-3 tie. A valiant effort by Eddie and very nice shooting by George. George moves up 2 spots into a tie for 6th place. Eddie drops two spots into 9th. 

George Sharbo (13) – Eddie McKinley (5)


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