Newsletter Volume 16 Issue 12
Week 12 of League 27 – Winter 2022:
With 5 weeks of competition remaining, Walter takes a 6 point lead over Kelley. This looks like it will be a battle to the end. Just don’t count out George Sharbo, Todd Cook or Ray Ressler as they are all well within striking distance of the top two leaders.
Table 1: George Sharbo & Janet Nihls(absent) vs & John Killett & Tracey Krol (absent):
John opened the scoring first in the 8 Ball Set with some nice shooting and safety play. George answered with his own nice run to take the second game of the set. John put together back-to-back wins in games 3 and 4 to take a 2 game lead. George did the same thing, with some very nice shot making and position play, he nailed games 5 & 6 to even the set at 3 games each. The 9 Ball Set started just the opposite, as George got the scoring started with a game one win. John again answered with some good shooting and took the second game to keep things even. From that point on, missed shots by John and very nice runs by George put him in the drivers seat in the set. George won game 3 and never stopped winning games. Too many misses by John kept the door wide open for George and he cruised thought the rest of the set taking a 8-4 lead in the match. George continued his hot shooting and posted the first two wins in the 10 Ball Set to make it six straight wins and assure him of the match win with a 6 game lead. John slowed down George, for a minute at least, as he put together a nice run and closed out game 3. That was all she wrote as George got back on his winning ways, making shots and leaving John safe to take the next three games in the set. It was a very good try by John and great shooting by George. George takes the match by 8 points.
George Sharbo (13) – John Killett (5).
Table 2: Keith Nickel & Eddie McKinley vs Scott Kroll & Matt Ressler:
I am going to list this match as the game of the week. Keith and Eddie got a quick start in the 8 Ball Set, They opened it with back-to-back wins, with some nice shot making and keeping the opponents bottled up enough to keep them from getting into any kind of shooting rhythm. Scott and Matt took advantage of a few mistakes by their opponents and took game three. Eddie and Keith put together a nice run and nailed the win in game 4, taking a 3-1 advantage in the set. Matt and Scott found a few openings, played some very nice safeties and put together back-to-back wins in games 5 & 6 to tie the set. It was a different story in the 9 Ball Set as Scott and Matt seemed to put it all together. After closing out the first set, they continued to roll. Great shot making and continued safety play kept the opponents momentum down. Scott and Matt nailed the wins in games 1 thru 5. Game 5 saw Matt nail a 2-9 combo for a quick win. This gave them a 7 game run against the opposition. Keith and Eddie salvaged the final game in the set, but now trailed in the match by 4 points, as they headed into the 10 Ball Set. Eddie and Keith made it two in a row, the last game of the previous set and the opening win in the 10 ball set. This gave them quick lead on Matt and Scott in the set, and they only trailed by 3 points now. Scott and Matt notching game 2 with some very nice shots and position play. The teams split games 3, going to Keith and Eddie and game 4 to Matt and Scott. With the win in game 4 by Scott and Matt, it assured them of the match win as they had a 10-6 lead. And they needed it, as Eddie and Keith fought back with some great shot making to take the final two games of the set. This turned out to be a pretty even match throughout most of set plays. Nice shooting by all the players in this match.
Scott Kroll & Matt Ressler (10) – Keith Nickel & Eddie McKinley (8).
Table 3: Walter Wnuk & Tony Parpart (absent) vs Kathy Wnuk & Todd Cook:
With Tony Parpart out of town for the week, Walter had to go it alone in week 12, and did a very good job of it. Walter has been shooting well and it continued as he opened the 8 Ball Set with wins in games 1 and 2. He got into a nice shooting flow with some marvelous position play. He took advantage of each miss by the opponents to get a quick 2 game lead in the set. Kathy and Todd got enough chances, with missed shots by Walter and nailed back-to-back wins in games 3 & 4 to even up the set. The final two games of the set went to Walter who continued to punish his opponents when they missed shots. This gave him a 4-2 set win. Getting shots every other turn can sometimes be an advantage, and sometimes not needed. That is what happened in the first game of the 9 Ball Set. Walter only needed the opening break shot as he made a ball on the break and didn’t stop shooting until he had pocketed all the balls. This gave him a very nice break and run. He followed that game up with a quick win nailing a 1-9 combo. Kathy put in her own combo, nailing a 2-9 for another quick game. Walter continued to shoot well and took game 4. He wasn’t done yet either as he found another combination using the 1 ball in game 5. Walter closed out the set, taking game 6 and took a 9-3 lead into the 10 Ball Set. Todd and Kathy stopped Walter’s mini run of 3 games with some nice shooting and some nice defensive plays to slow down down Walter, taking game 1. Walter stormed back in game 2 and seemed to get the momentum back again. He continued to get good enough starting shots to continue to win. When the set was over, Walter had taken the last 5 games to again win the second set with a 5-1 advantage. It was a good try and effort by Kathy and Todd. Very nice shooting by Walter as he increases his lead in first place by 6 points.
Walter Wnuk (14) – Kathy Wnuk & Todd Cook (4).
Table 4: Ray Ressler & Jake Ressler vs & Linda Kujat & Alvin Kelley:
Kelley and Linda got off to a great start, posting the opening win in the 8 Ball Set, as Kelley continues to shoot very well & with some pinpoint position play. Linda seemed to be very helpful for most of the match taking some exceptional instruction from her partner to keep the opponents from getting good starting shots. When Linda couldn’t make a shot, she left the opponents with some very hard opening shots that continued to give her team the advantage. Linda & Kelley notched game 1, and with a errant shot by the opponents were gifted with a win in game 2, when the 8 ball went in out of turn. Kelley and Linda built up a 3 game lead as they won game three. Jake and Ray were able to keep from getting shut out as they notched a win in game 4. But it was all Linda and Kelley finishing off the set with wins in game 5 and 6, taking a 5-1 lead in the match. Kelley and Linda continued to keep their opponents off balance, with some very nice safety play and some exception shot making as they nailed the first three games of the 9 Ball Set. This gave them a 5-game run and it gave them a 8 point lead in the match. Ray and Jake got a few good opportunities in game 4 and made good with a win. Linda nailed a 9 ball bank across corner to give her and Kelley game 5 win. Jake and Ray finished off the set with a nice win, taking advantage of some missed shots by the opponents. At this juncture of the match, Kelley and Linda had a 9-3 lead in the match. That seemed to changed quickly in the 10 Ball Set, as Ray opened the set with a 1-10 combination shot that dropped in for the win. Jake followed Ray’s lead as he nailed a 5-10 combination to close out game 2, cutting into the opponents lead. Jake and Ray continued to get some breaks and posted another win in game 3 to continue the momentum for them in this set. Game four saw Jake again find a combination shot, this time using the 1 ball & 2 ball to drop in the 10 for the win in game 4. With the opponents lead shrinking in this set, Jake again got a combination opportunity using the 2 ball to make quick work in game 5. Too many missed shots continued to keep the door open for Ray and Jake and they took full advantage, posting the final win in the set. This gave them a 7-game run from the end of the 9 ball set. What looked like it may be a slaughter for Kelley and Linda, turned into an all square match as both teams finished with 9 points each. This was a pretty nice come back for Ray and Jake after getting off to a poor start in the first two sets. Taking nothing away from Linda and Kelley who played very well most of the match. Out of the last 6 games in the final set though, four were determined by combination wins for Jake and Ray. Still, nice shooting by all four players.
Ray Ressler & Jake Ressler (9) – Linda Kujat & Alvin Kelley (9)