Missouri Junior State Champions Crowned in All Divisions

Results & Photos Courtesy of Mark Wilson, Billiards Coach at Lindenwood University

April 13, 2016 (Denver, CO): Billiard’s Coach Mark Wilson of Lindenwood University once again hosted the Missouri Junior State 9-Ball Championships. This year’s event also took place over two weekends March 19 & 26. The 15 participants in total representing five states and competed in three divisions: 18 & Under Boys, 14 & Under Boys and 18 & Under Boys.

Of the six 18 & Under boys, the two youngest players took top honors. Wilson opted for a round robin formats so everyone could get more matches in. 16-year-old Micah Ott from Oklahoma City came out on ahead winning 24 of the possible 25 games (and 4 out of 5 matches). Second place went to Devan Stagner with a 3/2 record and 22 games. “Everyone had a great time and the competition was very fair as nobody went undefeated,” added Wilson.

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18 & Under Boys Division

1st Place  Micah Ott, age 16  Oklahoma City, OK
Certificate & Paid Entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals
2nd Place  Devan Stagner, age 16 Ozark, MO

Certificate & Paid Entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals
3rd Place  Zachary Lafferty, age 17 East Alton, IL

4th Place  Jesse Grady, age 18  Alton, IL
5th Place  Billy Haubner, age 17 Decatur, IL
6th Place  Russell Carter, age 17 Decatur, IL

The seven girls also played together in a round robin format. 17-year-old Serena Black of Warrensburg, IL went undefeated to defend her title while 14-year-old Katlin Schilling will also make an appearance at Junior Nationals as the best finisher of the 14 & Under Girls.

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1st Place  Serena Black, age 17  Warrensburg, IL
Certificate & Paid Entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals
2nd Place  Trista Ingham, age 15  Rockford, IA

Certificate & Paid Entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals
3rd Place  Katelin Ballou, age 15  Granite City, IL
4th Place  April Czarneki, age 15   Urbandale, IA

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14 & Under Girls Division

1st Place  Katlin Schilling, age 14  Decatur, IL
Certificate & Paid Entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals
2nd Place  McKenzie Schilling, age 11  Decatur, IL

Certificate & Paid Entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals
3rd Place  Gracie Davis, age 12  Shelbyville, IL
(18u-girls photo L-R: Gracie Davis, McKenzie Schilling, April Czarneki, Katlin Schilling, Serena Black, Katelin Ballou, Trista Ingham, 18u-girls-champs photo L-R: 2nd Place Trista Ingham, 1st Place- Serena Black, 14u-girls-champs photo L-R: 2nd Place McKenzie Schilling, 1st Place- Katlin Schilling)

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In the 14 & Under Boys division, there were also no undefeated matches among the five young men. Top local junior Keith McKuin of Poplar Bluff, MO brought home the title with a 3/1 record, winning 18 of the possible 20 games.

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(18u-boys photo L-R: Russell Carter, Micah Ott, Devan Stagner, Zachary Lafferty, Jesse Grady, Billy Haubner, 18u-boys-champs photo L-R: 1st Place Micah Ott, 2nd Place Devan Stagner)

18 & Under Boys Division1st Place
Keith McKuin, age 14  Poplar Bluff, MO

Certificate & Paid Entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals
2nd Place  Austin, Summers, age 14  Metropolis, IL

Certificate & Paid Entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals
3rd Place  Koty Lovell, age 14  Poplar Bluff, MO
4th Place  Jake Sollman, age 11  Redlsville, IN
5th Place  Matthew Wisely, age 13  Poplar Bluff, MO

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(14u-boys photo L-R: Jake Sollman, Austin Summers, Keith McKuin, Dakota Lovell, Matthew Wisely, 14u-boys-champs photo L-R: 2nd-Place Austin Summers, 1st Place Keith McKuin)

Special Thanks to Mark Wilson and Lindenwood University for making this event possible!

The BEF recognizes its Premier Sponsors for this year’s BEF Junior State Championship program: Simonis Cloth, Aramith Balls, Pechauer Custom Cues, Masters Chalk and BRAD Scuffers. For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or participating in a Junior State Championship, visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039. Complete list of nationwide junior events listed here: http://billiardeducation.org/events/