New Hampshire Team Wins 9-Ball Championship
Panathinaikos B.C. of Plaistow, N.H., defeated the South Georgia Hustlers of Baxley, Ga., in the finals of the 2015 9-Ball Championship 50-32. The victory earned Panathinaikos B.C. $15,000 in 1st Place prize money, while the South Georgia Hustlers took home $7,000 as Runners-up.
Panathinaikos ousted Fried Pickles of Houston, Texas, in the semifinals while the South Georgia Hustlers defeated Shooter’s 2 of Pelham, N.H. Fried Pickles and Shooter’s 2 each received $3,500 in prize money for making to the final day of competition.
The Gray Eagles of Orting, Wash., were presented the Sportsmanship Award in the 9-Ball division.
A record 466 teams competed in this year’s 9-Ball National Team Championships.
Champions: Panathinaikos B.C. of Plaistow, NH - (Front Row L to R): Fausto Cabrera, Anastasia Leotsakos, Chris Defrancesco, Nikolaos Kanaloupitis, Ed Bisson, Michael Weldon; (Back Row L to R): Ben Benson, Thomas Pickett (friend of team), Paul Coorey
Runners-Up: South Ga Hustlers of Baxley, GA - (Front Row L to R): Kenneth Ussery, Tina Stephens, Roderick Rentz, Stephanie Rentz; (Back Row L to R): Alford Hall, Michael Stephens, Bryan Strickland, Blake Wright
3rd Place: Fried Pickles of Houston, TX - (L to R): Karen McCarthy, James Picar, Nick Papafote, Richard Barone, Lonnie Wade, Bobbie Blanchard, Jr., Tracy Weeks (not pictured), Sean Theis (not pictured)
3rd Place: Shooter’s 2 of Pelham, NH - (Front Row L to R): Nick Velazquez, Alysha Ireson, Michael Harrington, Ricky Chow, Dawn Luz; (Back Row L to R): Matthew Fredette, Brian Bourgeois, John Zisis
Sportsmanship Winners: The Gray Eagles of Orting, WA