Mike Zuglan's Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
Current 2018-19 Season

Kyle Pepin Wins First Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Fargorate Event
L-R Phil Harju (Union Station owner), Kyle Pepin, Ben Savoie and Tyler Dunbar

With the popularity of Fargo, more and more tournaments are converting to a handicapped system based on those Fargo ratings. While this format allows lower rated players to compete against more experienced opponents, it can sometimes be daunting for those better players to “outrun the handicap” in these handicapped matches. While some of the results were close, Kyle Pepin outran them all to win the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour’s Fargorate Handicapped event at Union Station Billiards in Portland, Maine on March 23rd - 24th.

Pepin (653 Fargo) made his way through the winner’s side with three match wins on Saturday (Marc Dionne, Justin Grant and Josh Lerner). The handicaps (8-6, 9-5 and 8-5 were manageable, although Pepin did go hill-hill with Lerner in his last match of the day.

Sunday play for Pepin started with a 9-5 race against Jerry Guitard that Pepin won 9-3. That was followed by the biggest spot that Pepin had to give up all weekend. His match against Tyler Dunbar (465 Fargo) was a 10-4 race that Pepin won 10-3. Pepin commented after the event on the format for this event. “The handicapped format was tough, a lot of tough spots and close matches, but I think it was pretty fair and made me play pretty honest. I didn’t have many chances to make mistakes.” he said.

Ben Savoie (570 Fargo) was making this way through the one loss side after a loss to Guitard late on Saturday. Savoie had wins over Dave Hall, Josh Lerner and Samoth Sam before earning his revenge over Guitard 7-2. Savoie then sent Dunbar home in third place with an 8-3 win in the semi-final match.

The final match between Pepin and Savoie was an 8-6 race, where Pepin won 8-4 in the first set for first place and his second career Joss NE 9-Ball Tour win. Pepin was complimentary of the event after the win. “I think the format is great for lower ranked players and the more people people play in events that are reported to Fargo, the more accurate everyone’s handicap will be.” he said.

Sunday’s second chance tournament was the regular race to three format where Jim Hayden bounced back from a loss in the hot-seat match and double dipped Lindsey Monto in the finals for first place.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Result
1 USA PEPIN Kyle 1,000
2 USA SAVOIE Ben 700
3 USA DUNBAR Tyler 500
4 USA GUITARD Jerry 350
5 USA SAM Samoth 225
5 USA GAGNE Matt 225
7 USA PORTER Cody 150
7 LERNER Josh 150
9 USA HALL Dave 100
9 USA STEVENS Patricia 100
9 USA VERDUCCI Mike 100
9 USA MULLENDORE Lida 100

Second Chance Results
1 USA HAYDEN Jim 300
2 USA MONTO Lindsey 200
3 USA BAZINET Chad 140
4 USA SMITH Steven 80
L-R Jeremy Sossei, Trick Shot Billiards Owner Tim Berlin and Danny Hewitt
Hewitt over Sossei for win at Kevin Ketz Memorial

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour’s Kevin Ketz Memorial on March 9th and 10th at Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY came down to Canadian Danny Hewitt and Jeremy Sossei, two players very familiar with what it takes to get to the Joss Tour winners circle.

Both players went through Saturday play undefeated and were joined on the winners side on Sunday by Bucky Souvanthong and Dave Grau. Hewitt sent Grau to the left side of the board 9-1, while Sossei had a much tougher time with Souvanthong, beating him 9-8. This led to the showdown for the hot-seat, where Hewitt won 9-4.

After wins over Mark Creamer and Greg Antonakos on the one loss side, Souvanthong was ready for the rematch with Sossei. This match didn’t go much better for Souvanthong though, losing 7-5 to leave him in third place.

Sossei came out on fire in the first set of the finals against Hewitt, and raced to a dominating 9-0 win to force a second set. Hewitt turned the tables in the second set of the finals though and quickly took a 5-0 lead. Sossei fought back and was able to tie the score at hill-hill, but that was when Hewitt put the tournament away with the 7-6 win.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Tom Acciavatti go undefeated with wins over Spencer Auigbelle for the hot-seat and again in the first set of the finals.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour now takes the weekend of March 16th - 17th off, but will be back in action at Union Station Billiards in Portland Maine for a rare handicapped Joss Tour stop.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Result
1 CAN HEWITT Danny 1,000
2 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 750
3 USA SOUVANTHONG Bucky 600
4 USA ANTONAKOS Greg 450
5 USA GRAU Dave 325
5 USA CREAMER Mark 325
7 USA CASANZIO Ron 200
7 ISR ZVI Zion 200
9 USA VARANO Dave 100
9 USA ANTONAKIS Nick 100
9 CAN CHARETTE Nicolas 100
9 USA WERBLOW Ben 100

Second Chance Results
1 USA ACCIAVATTI Tom 340
2 CAN AUIGBELLE Spencer 240
3 USA LAUER Keith 160
4 USA WERBLOW Ben 100
5 USA BOMBARD Greg 50
5 USA TURNER Jordan 50
Dabreo Earns First Career Joss Tour Win
L-R Mike Zuglan, Raphael Dabreo, Tom D'Alfonso and Snookers Owner Steve Goulding

Raphael Dabreo earned his first career Joss NE 9-Ball Tour win over the weekend of March 2-3 with an undefeated run at the 10th New England Hall of Fame 9-Ball Open at Snookers Billiards in Providence, RI.

After a hill-hill tester against Steve Mack in his second match of the day on Saturday, Dabreo finished day one of this event with a 9-5 win over Qais Kolee and then a 9-3 win over Marko Clarke. Joining Dabreo on the winner’s side on Sunday were Tom D’Alfonso, Austin Ross and Zion Zvi. Dabreo sent Zvi to the one loss side Sunday morning 9-6 and then took the hot-seat with a 9-3 win over D’Alfonso.

Ivaylo Petrov had lost to Pat Fleming midway through Saturday play, but bounced back nicely with six straight match wins on the left side of the board. Petrov would settle for third place though, as he finally lost to D’Alfonso 7-3 in the semi-final match.

Dabreo came out on fire in the first set of the finals, taking a quick 3-0 lead. D’Alfonso then came back to win five straight racks for a 5-3 lead. After Dabreo tied things back up at 5-5, the match would be tied at 6-6 and 7-7. D’Alfonso got to the hill at 8-7, but a scratch on the break led to Dabreo running that rack to tie things again at 8-8. Dabreo came up dry on the break at hill-hill, but a D’Alfonso safety on the 1-ball left Dabreo the opening he needed and he ran that rack for the 9-8 win in one set.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Ben Werblow go undefeated with wins over Joe Darigis for the hot-seat and again in the finals for the victory.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action this weekend (March 9-10) at Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Result
1 USA DABREO Raphael 1,450
2 USA D'ALFONSO Tom 950
3 USA PETROV Ivaylo 700
4 ISR ZVI Zion 550
5 USA ROSS Austin 400
5 USA BAUCCIO Kevin 400
7 USA MACK Steve 250
7 USA SAM Samoth 250
9 USA GRAU Dave 150
9 USA PEPIN Kyle 150
9 USA CLARKE Marko 150
9 USA FLEMING Pat 150
13 USA KOLEE Qais 100
13 USA DUPUIS Joe 100
13 USA SUTTON Steve 100
13 USA CASANZIO Ron 100

Second Chance Results
1 USA WERBLOW Ben 300
2 USA DARIGIS Joe 200
3 USA COPPOLA Nick 150
4 USA SUTTON Steve 90
5 USA GORMLY Josh 40
5 USA PRATHER Jim 40
L-R Dave Grau, East Ridge Billiards owner Chris Braiman and Spencer Auigbelle
Grau Wins Eastridge Joss Tour Stop

Dave Grau went undefeated at Eastridge Billiards in Rochester, NY on February 23rd - 24th for his first Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop win in over ten years. No one can say he didn’t have to fight for it though.

Grau’s Saturday wins were fairly routine, with the closest competitor (Joe Mayo) losing to Grau 9-6. Sunday, on the other hand, was a different story. Grau started his Sunday campaign with a hill-hill win over Jorge Teixeira and then followed that up with another hill-hill win, this time over Spencer Auigbelle for the hot-seat.

Bucky Souvanthong put together an impressive five match winning streak on the one loss side, after losing a 9-6 match to Ron Casanzio on Saturday. Souvanthong ran out of gas on Sunday though, finishing in 4th place after a loss to Teixeira. Teixeira then dropped a 7-1 decision to Auigbelle in the semi-final match.

The rematch between Grau and Auigbelle in the finals was just slightly more decisive with Grau winning the first (and only) set 9-7 for first place.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Chris Braiman run through the right side of the board, scoring a 3-0 win over Dan Sharlow for the hot-seat. Aaron Cameron had lost to Braiman in his second match of the day, but navigated the one loss side and defeated Sharlow 3-1 in the semi-final match. Cameron would get his revenge and then some, in the final match. A 3-2 win in the first set of the finals was followed up by a 3-1 win in the second set to give Cameron first place.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action this weekend with the $2500 added 10th NE Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame 9-Ball Open at Snookers in Providence R.I.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Result
1 USA GRAU Dave 1,000
2 CAN AUIGBELLE Spencer 750
3 USA TEIXEIRA Jorge 550
4 USA SOUVANTHONG Bucky 450
5 USA CASANZIO Ron 300
5 USA DREIDEL Dave 300
7 USA CHIN Chance 200
7 USA MARRANCA Sam 200
9 USA WECHSLER Lyn 100
9 MANZI Rick 100
9 USA MARSHALL Nate 100
9 USA KRAVETZ Rich 100

Second Chance Results
1 USA CAMERON Aaron 300
2 USA BRAIMAN Chris 200
3 USA SHARLOW Dan 140
4 USA BRUCATO Nick 100
5 USA KAM Marco 40
5 USA MARSHALL Nate 40
Sossei at Sharpshooters Again
L-R Joey Cicero and Jeremy Sossei

It’s sort of a February tradition at Sharpshooters Billiards in Amsterdam, NY. The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour comes to visit, and Jeremy Sossei ends up standing in the winner’s circle. For the fifth straight year (and sixth time in seven years), Jeremy Sossei finished in first place on February 16th and 17th. Even with his winning streak there, it wasn’t easy this year.

Sossei remained undefeated all day Saturday and started Sunday with a 9-3 win over Rick Kravetz. While Sossei was getting that win, Joey Cicero was sending BCA Hall of Famer Pat Fleming to the one loss side 9-6. Cicero then sent Sossei to join Fleming on the left side of the board as he took the hot-seat match 9-7.

On the one loss side, Jorge Teixeira was on a roll. After losing to Ron Casanzio on Saturday morning, Teixeira had won nine straight matches culminating in a 7-3 win over Bruce Nagle for 4th place. Teixeira gave Sossei almost all he could handle but ended up dropping the semi-final match 7-5.

That win left Sossei with the task of beating Cicero twice in a row, which he did in two hard-fought matches. Sossei scored a 9-6 win in the first set, followed by a 7-5 win in the second.

Sunday’s second chance tournament saw Ben Werblow dominate the field of nineteen players. Werblow went undefeated with wins over Bob Merkert, Greg Bombard, Nate Marshall and then Demian Provost for the hot-seat. In those four matches, Werblow lost a total of one game (to Bombard). Bruce Carroll eliminated Provost 3-0 in the semi-final match but was only able to manage one rack against Werblow in the finals.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Result
1 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 1,050
2 CAN CICERO Joey 800
3 USA TEIXEIRA Jorge 600
4 USA NAGLE Bruce 500
5 USA KRAVETZ Rich 350
5 USA FLEMING Pat 350
7 USA CASANZIO Ron 200
7 USA SOUVANTHONG Bucky 200
9 USA SOBERS Damon 100
9 USA VERNON Norm 100
9 USA HURLEY Mike 100
9 USA DIXON Dwight 100

Second Chance Results
1 USA WERBLOW Ben 300
2 USA CARROLL Bruce 200
3 USA PROVOST Demian 160
4 USA ONEY Willie 100
5 USA MARSHALL Nate 60
5 USA BOMBARD Greg 60
L-R Shawn Wilkie, Steve Goulding and Jayson Shaw
Frank Spain III & Bryzen Manipula Are 2019 Joss Junior 9-Ball Champions

Congratulations to our new Joss Junior Champions Frank Spain III in the 18 & under division and Bryzen Manipula in the 12 & under. Both players went undefeated in their respective divisions to claim their titles and qualify the to go the the BEF/BCA National Championships in Las Vegas in July. Also qualifying for the nationals was 2nd place finisher in the 18 under, Justin Bogdanffy and 2nd and 3rd finishers in the 12 under, Nico Famiglietti & Dereck Graven. Our formats for the events were, double elimination races to 9/7 on the 9 footers for the 18 under and races to 7/5 on the 7 footers for the 12 under, played at the beautiful Sharp Shooters Billiards & Sposrt Pub in Amsterdam NY.

It was a fun day of pool watching these talented youngsters compete with some as young as 7 years old. Most were playing in their first tournament ever. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves even though they were very serious in trying to win. All players were treated to a table full of donated items to choose from, plus free raffles for the larger items. Many thanks go out to the many people and companies that generously donated products and their time to help. Our generous sponsors are, in no particular order: Sharp Shooters Billiards & Sports Pub (Tim & Julie Berlin), Joss Cues (Debbie, Dan & Stephen Janes), James Sinclair (Rhythm Custom Cues), CJ & Peggi Wilkinson (Baltimore City Cues), Don Kerns, Iwan Simonis (Ivan Lee), Aramith (Ivan Lee), Phil Capelle (Billiards Press), Mark Kulungian, Andrea Duvall (Utica Billiards On The Boulevard), Matt Tetreault, Steven W. Smith, Dave Dreidel & Kevin Bauccio. And thank you to everyone else involved.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Here are the official results for both events:

18 & Under:
1st Frank Spain III (Joss Cue & case, trophy, plus Cuetec cue & case from raffle)
2nd Jusin Bogdanffy (trophy)
3rd Dale Graven (LoreeJon Hasson autographed Pro Cup cue ball - raffle)
4th Kailey Bombard (Shane Van Boening Pro Cup cue ball - raffle)

12 & Under:
1st Bryzen Manipula (Joss Cue & case, trophy, plus Jayson Shaw Pro Cup cue ball - raffle)
2nd Nico Famiglietti (trophy)
3rd Dereck Graven (Rhythm Cue & case - raffle)
4th Joey Berlin
5/6th (tie) Skylar Hess (Autographed Efren Reyes painting - raffle)
5/6th (tie) Austin Stewart (LoreeJon Hasson Pro Cup cue ball - raffle)
7/8th (tie) Logan Bombard
7/8th (tie) D'angelo "Jawz" Spain (Rhythm Cue & case - raffle)
9th Blake Bombard

Shaw Wins Sixth Turning Stone Classic Title
L-R Jayson Shaw

With his win over Shane Van Boening in the finals of the Turning Stone Classic XXXI, Jayson Shaw has now tied Johnny Archer with six career Turning Stone Classic wins.

A 9-7 loss to Finland’s Petri Makkonen on Saturday left Shaw in unfamiliar territory on the one loss side, and his first match on the left side of the board was a close one, with John Morra falling one rack short of sending Shaw home early.

Shaw got things together nicely on Sunday and scored back-to-back lopsided wins over Zion Zvi (9-3) and Tommy Tokoph (9-2). Estonia’s Denis Grabe gave Shaw a bit more of a challenge in a 9-6 match and then Jeremy Sossei fell to Shaw 9-4 in the semi-finals.

The extended final race to thirteen against Van Boeing started out a little slow with safety battles on each rack. Shaw was able to take his first multi rack lead at 4-2 and he then quickly built on that lead with a 4 pack to give himself a comfortable 8-2 lead. Van Boening fought back, but struggles with his break kept him from being able to mount any major comeback as Shaw went on to score a 13-6 win for Turning Stone Classic Title #6.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Results
1 SCO SHAW Jayson 8,000
2 USA VAN BOENING Shane 5,000
3 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 3,600
4 EST GRABE Denis 2,600
5 FIN MAKKONEN Petri 2,000
5 USA TOKOPH Tommy 2,000
7 ISR ZVI Zion 1,600
7 CAN HEWITT Danny 1,600
9 USA THORPE Billy 1,200
9 CAN MORRA John 1,200
9 USA AUGBELLE Spencer 1,200
9 GRE KAZAKIS Alexandros 1,200
13 USA CASANZIO Ron 850
13 USA MORGAN Sean 850
13 USA FRIEDBERG Josh 850
13 USA HERNANDEZ Frankie 850
17 USA HATCH Dennis 550
17 USA DABREO Raphael 550
17 LIB BERJAOUI Mohamad Ali 550
17 USA WEST Kevin 550
17 CAN CHARETTE Nicolas 550
17 USA SALVAS Luc 550
17 CAN HJORLEIFSON Erik 550
17 CHN LI Jia 550
25 USA BOEMMELS Brent 300
25 CAN CICERO Joey 300
25 USA MCANDREWS Greg 300
25 USA GOYER Jay 300
25 USA BARRETTA Jennifer 300
25 USA GIANFRATE Len 300
25 USA LOMBARDO Hunter 300
25 GER HOHMANN Thorsten 300

Second Chance Results
1st $500 Jia Li
2nd $300 Dave Mills
3/4th $225 each - Steven Winter, Nick Coppola
L-R Shawn Wilkie, Steve Goulding and Jayson Shaw
Shaw Cruises Through Ocean State Championship

Jayson Shaw looks to be in prime Mosconi Cup form, as he crushed a field of 87 players to win his third Ocean State 9-Ball Championship at Snookers in Providence RI on November 17th - 18th.

Shaw cruised through the winner’s side with wins Tony Masi, Pat Fleming, Pete Bowman, Raphael Dabreo and Ryan Lineham. Over those five matches, Shaw lost only 9 out of 54 racks.

After a late Saturday loss to Zion Zvi, Shawn Wilkie was cruising through the one loss side. Wilkie had wins over Matt Krah, Lucas Fracasso-Verner, Pete Bowman and Kyle Pepin before getting revenge against Zvi 7-5. Wins over Dabreo and Lineham lead to a match with Shaw in the finals.

While Wilkie would fair better against Shaw than any other opponent all day, he would only get to 5 in the first set of the finals.

A field of nineteen players came back on Sunday to compete in the $500 added second chance tournament, where Ryan Urso went undefeated including a 3-2 hot-seat win over Mike Demarco and a 3-1 final match win over Francisco Cabral.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will now take a break until the Turning Stone Classic XXXI on January 10th - 13th at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. That tournament is full and players are urged to contact Mike Zuglan if they want to be added to the waiting list.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Results
1 SCO SHAW Jayson 2,500
2 USA WILKIE Shaun 1,800
3 LINEHAM Ryan 1,400
4 USA DABREO Raphael 1,000
5 ISR ZVI Zion 750
5 CAN CHARETTE Nicolas 750
7 USA CHASE Brian 600
7 USA PEPIN Kyle 600
9 USA MACK Steve 400
9 USA BOWMAN Peter 400
9 USA DAVIS Phil 400
9 USA MCAULIFFE Kerry 400
13 USA FLEMING Pat 250
13 USA HERNANDEZ Frankie 250
13 USA FRANCASSO Lucas 250
13 USA TETREAULT Matt 250
17 USA MATARAZZO Rick 150
17 USA DUPUIS Joe 150
17 USA XIARHOS JR. Mike 150
17 USA CABRAL Francisco 150
17 USA POLE Robert 150
17 USA KRAH Matt 150
17 PHI ARANAS James 150
17 USA BARRETTA Jennifer 150

Second Chance Results
1 USA URSO Ryan 320
2 USA CABRAL Francisco 210
3 USA DEMARCO Mike 150
4 USA SAM Samoth 100
5 USA COTE Bill 50
5 USA CARROLL Bruce 50
Pepin Wins First Career Joss Tour Stop
L-R Ron Casanzio and Bruce Nagle

Kyle Pepin won his first ever Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop by the narrowest of margins on November 3rd and 4th at Union Station Billiards in Portland, Maine.

Pepin cruised through the right side of the board with wins over Brian Wheel, Wayne Faherty, Jim Hayden, Samoth Sam and Dave Hall. His 9-8 win over Hall put Pepin in the hot-seat, waiting for an opponent in the finals.

Hall found Darren Belliveau waiting on the one loss side, itching for a fight. Belliveau had lost to Ivaylo Petrov late on Saturday, but hadn’t lost since then. Hall was Belliveau’s fifth match on the one loss side, and he became the fifth player to be eliminated by Belliveau.

Belliveau didn’t stop there though, as he then handed Pepin his first loss 9-5 in the first set of the finals. The second set couldn’t have been any closer, tied at hill-hill, when Belliveau scratched on an 8-ball leaving Pepin the easiest of shots for Joss Tour stop victory #1.

The 11 player second chance tournament on Sunday saw Ross Webster win his second stop of the season with an undefeated run. Webster defeated Tyler Campbell 3-2 for the hot-seat and then 3-1 in the first set of the finals.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action on November 17th - 18th for the 30th Ocean State 9-Ball Championship. This event features $4500 in added money, with a $500 added second chance event on Sunday.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Results
1 USA PEPIN Kyle 1,000
2 USA BELLIVEAU Darren 650
3 USA HALL Dave 450
4 USA PETROV Ivaylo 300
5 USA SAM Samoth 175
5 USA HAYDEN Jim 175
7 USA GUITARD Jerry 100
7 USA VERDUCCI Mike 100

Second Chance Results
1 USA WEBSTER Ross 300
2 USA BRYANT Gary 200
3 USA LIBBY Xavier 110
4 USA BEAULIEU Rick 50
L-R Qays Kolee, Room Owner Andrea Duvall and Bucky Souvanthong
Souvanthong Over Kolee for Joss Tour Win

Bucky Souvanthong came through a field of 46 players to win his first Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop of the new season at Utica Billiards on the Boulevard on October 27th - 28th.

Souvanthong had Saturday wins over Ray Carey, Paul Rozonewski, Alvin Thomas and Ron Casanzio. A Sunday morning win over Jorge Teixeira set Souvanthong up to face Qays Kolee for the hot-seat.

Kolee’s final three matches before the hot-seat match couldn’t have been much closer as he defeated Nick Brucato 9-8, Hendrick Drost 9-7 and Spencer Auigelle 9-8.

Souvanthong took the hot-seat with a fairly routine 9-5 win. Kolee scored a more convincing 7-4 win over Auigbelle on the one loss side, but dropped the first set of the finals against Souvanthong 9-3.

Twenty one players came back to Billiards on the Boulevard on Sunday for the $500 added second chance tournament. Fred Gokey defeated Mike Sykes for the hot-seat 3-2, and then defeated Nick Coppola in the second set of the finals (after a 3-0 loss in the first set) 3-2 for the win.

Joss NE 9-Ball Tour Director Mike Zuglan is urging players interested in playing in the Turning Stone Classic XXXI to contact him as soon as possible. He has “a handful of spots left”, and the event will certainly fill up.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Results
1 USA SOUVANTHONG Bucky 1,000
2 USA KOLEE Qais 700
3 CAN AUIGBELLE Spencer 550
4 USA TEIXEIRA Jorge 400
5 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 300
5 USA CARROLL Bruce 300
7 USA MARSHALL Nate 200
7 USA DROST Hendrik 200
9 USA HURLEY Mike 100
9 USA CASANZIO Ron 100
9 USA COPPOLA Nick 100
9 USA MCCONNELL Jon 100

Second Chance Results
1 USA GOKEY Fred 320
2 USA COPPOLA Nick 220
3 USA SYKES Mike 160
4 WYSOCKI Joe 100
5 USA MCCONNELL Jon 60
5 USA CREAMER Mark 60
Casanzio Earns Revenge Against Nagle in Syracuse
L-R Ron Casanzio and Bruce Nagle

The second stop of the 2018 Joss NE 9-Ball Tour drew a field of 38 players to The Spot in Nanuet, NY on October 6th - 7th for the “Hudson Valley Classic II”.

Shaun Wilkie and Bucky Souvanthong made their way through the winner’s side on this weekend to face off for the hot-seat. That match went to Wilkie 9-5.

Just prior to his match against Wilkie, Souvanthong had sent stop 1 winner Jeremy Sossei to the one loss side 9-7. Sossei bounced back with three wins on the left side of the board (Mike Yednak, Zion Zvi and Souvanthong), to earn his place in the finals against Wilkie.

Two weeks ago, Sossei was taken to two sets in the finals before getting the win. This weekend, he was one game shy of forcing a second set against Wilkie, but Wilkie ended up with the 9-8 win for first place.

The second chance tournament on Sunday drew eleven players with Victor Nau dropping a 3-2 decision to Dylan Spohr for the hot-seat, but coming back to defeat Spohr twice in the finals for first place.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is back at it again this weekend, with a $1500 added main event and $500 added second chance tournament at Sharpshooters in Amsterdam, NY.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Results
1 USA CASANZIO Ron 1,000
2 USA NAGLE Bruce 700
3 USA DONNELLY Mike 550
4 USA KOLEE Qais 400
5 USA SOUVANTHONG Bucky 300
5 USA THAMMAVONG Sourith 300
7 USA KAM Marco 200
7 USA DREIDEL Dave 200
9 USA JECEN Jed 125
9 CAN AUIGBELLE Spencer 125
9 USA KEARNEY Jim 125
9 USA GOYER Jay 125

Second Chance Results
1 USA CREAMER Mark 300
2 USA LEBRUN Dave 200
3 USA HURLEY Mike 140
4 USA WERBLOW Ben 80
5 USA MONTGOMERY Geoff 40
5 WELLS Doug 40
L-R Bruce Nagle and Ron Casanzio
Nagle Wins Joss Tour's Babravich / Romanowski Memorial

Bruce Nagle went undefeated to win a very contested John Babravich / Jim Romanowski Memorial tournament held by the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour at Sharp Shooters Billiards & Sports Pub in Amsterdam NY on October 13th - 14th.

While Nagle went undefeated, none of his wins (Jeremy Sossei, Sam Marranca, Nick Brucato, Tom Haas and Scott Haas for the hot-seat) were by a margin of more than three racks. His hot-seat opponent, Scott Haas, only had one match that could be continued one sided, when he defeated Willie Oney 9-4 on Saturday.

On the one loss side, Ron Casanzio was bouncing back from a Saturday loss to Brucato. While his Saturday wins on the left side of the board were pretty dominant, his Sunday started with back-to-back 7-5 wins (Nicolas Charette, Tom Haas and Sossei). Casanzio’s semi final win over Scott Haas was even closer at 7-6.

With all of the close matches that Nagle had, and Casanzio’s momentum from the one loss side, a close final match was expected. Surprisingly, Nagle scored his most lopsided win of the event in the first set of the finals when he defeated Casanzio 9-5 for first place.

In Sunday’s fourteen player second chance tournament, Bob Forchilli fought to a 6-7 overall record against Ben Werblow, but that was still enough for first place. Forchilli lost to Werblow 3-0 for the hot-seat, but came back to double dip Werblow in the finals 3-2 and 3-2.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action this weekend, with another $1500 / $500 added stop at Brick House Billiards in North Syracuse, NY. Joss Tour director Mike Zuglan says he is over 2/3 full as far as entries into the Turning Stone Classic XXXI on January 10 - 13. Interested players are urged to get their entries into Mike as soon as possible as this event will fill up.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Results
1 USA NAGLE Bruce 1,050
2 USA CASANZIO Ron 750
3 USA HAAS Scott 600
4 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 450
5 USA HAAS Thomas 300
5 CAN HEWITT Danny 300
7 USA KEARNEY Jim 175
7 CAN CHARETTE Nicolas 175

Second Chance Results
1 USA FORCHILLI Bob 300
2 USA WERBLOW Ben 200
3 USA HALL Jason 120
4 USA TURNER Jordan 80
5 USA CARROLL Bruce 40
5 USA BRUCATO Nick 40
Wilkie Holds Off Sossei For Joss Tour Win
L-R Jeremy Sossei, Lenore Donovan Chen (room owner)
and Shaun Wilkie

The second stop of the 2018 Joss NE 9-Ball Tour drew a field of 38 players to The Spot in Nanuet, NY on October 6th - 7th for the “Hudson Valley Classic II”.

Shaun Wilkie and Bucky Souvanthong made their way through the winner’s side on this weekend to face off for the hot-seat. That match went to Wilkie 9-5.

Just prior to his match against Wilkie, Souvanthong had sent stop 1 winner Jeremy Sossei to the one loss side 9-7. Sossei bounced back with three wins on the left side of the board (Mike Yednak, Zion Zvi and Souvanthong), to earn his place in the finals against Wilkie.

Two weeks ago, Sossei was taken to two sets in the finals before getting the win. This weekend, he was one game shy of forcing a second set against Wilkie, but Wilkie ended up with the 9-8 win for first place.

The second chance tournament on Sunday drew eleven players with Victor Nau dropping a 3-2 decision to Dylan Spohr for the hot-seat, but coming back to defeat Spohr twice in the finals for first place.

The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour is back at it again this weekend, with a $1500 added main event and $500 added second chance tournament at Sharpshooters in Amsterdam, NY.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Results
1 USA WILKIE Shaun 1,000
2 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 750
3 USA SOUVANTHONG Bucky 600
4 ISR ZVI Zion 450
5 USA POLE Robert 300
5 USA YEDNAK Michael 300
7 CAN CHARETTE Nicolas 150
7 USA ACCIAVATTI Tom 150

Second Chance Results
1 USA NAU Victor 300
2 USA SPOHR Dylan 200
3 USA DARIGIS Joe 140
4 USA KEARNEY Jim 80
L-R Nicolas Charette, TJs manager Steve Claude and Jeremy Sossei
Sossei over Charette for Joss Tour Season Opener Win

Mike Zuglan’s Joss NE 9-Ball Tour kicked off their 2018-1019 season at TJ’s Classic Billiards on September 22nd - 23rd for “The Maine Event XXII”, and this event came down to a Joss Tour veteran against a player in their first ever regular season Joss Tour stop.

The veteran player was Jeremy Sossei, winner of over sixteen Joss Tour titles, who has been winning tour stops for over 10 years. Sossei has been away from the game for most of this year, with a win at the NE 9-Ball Open XXX back in February as his only appearance on the AzBilliards money list. Sossei has been spending his time on a new business that he opened, but hopes to be getting out to regularly compete again very soon.

The newcomer was Quebec’s Nicolas Charette, who got his Joss Tour feet wet at the Turning Stone Classic XXIX, but was in Waterville Maine for his first regular tour stop. Charette credited his appearance on this weekend to his love for the game. “I just enjoy playing tournaments, competing, traveling, experiencing different conditions. But really, I love the game” he said.

The players kept pace with each other all weekend until the hot-seat match. Sossei scored wins over Bill Cote, Steve Reynolds, Joe Darigis, Cody Francis and Kyle Pepin on his way to the match, while Charette had wins over Samoth Sam, Emily Cady, Jorge Teixeira, Chad Bizinet and Rich Kravitz.

The first meeting between Sossei and Charette went to the veteran 9-7 and he waited to see who he would play in the finals. Charette would face off against fellow countryman Tom Theriault in the semi-finals, but he would score a quick 7-3 win to earn another shot at Sossei in the finals.

Anyone expecting another close match between these two competitors was shocked to see the Canadian cueman score a decisive 9-2 win over Sossei in the first set of the finals. With the players now tied at one set each, a third set was played to determine a winner and Sossei pulled out a tight 7-5 win for Joss Tour Stop title #17.

Nine players came back on Sunday to compete in the second chance tournament where Dan Couture defeated Steve Reynolds two sets out of three for first place.

The Joss NE 9-Ball tour will be back in action on October 6th - 7th for the Hudson Valley Fall Classic at The Spot in Nanuet, New York.

- by AzB staff
AZBilliards.com
Complete Results:
Main Event Results
1 USA SOSSEI Jeremy 1,000
2 CAN CHARETTE Nicolas 750
3 CAN THERIAULT Tom 600
4 USA PEPIN Kyle 450
5 USA DARIGIS Joe 275
5 USA KRAVETZ Rich 275
7 USA FRANCIS Cody 150
7 USA NICKERSON Dillon 150

Second Chance Results
1 Dan Couture 300
2 Steve Reynolds 200
3 Jim Hayden 120
4 Bill Cote 60
 
 
 
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