18 of Maine’s finest players came out for the annual Maine State 14.1 Championship hosted at TJ’s Classic Billiards.
TJ's Classic Billiards - Maine State 14.1 Championship
Some of the favorites to win this event were TJ LaFlamme, Cody Francis, & Dave “the Eagle” Hall. As usual, the pool gods made the random draw in this double elimination event ironic.
Room owner Steve Reynolds drew heavy favorite TJ LaFlamme in the first round and watched TJ run 99 balls in the race to 100. Also, John “Chief” Francis drew his son Cody Francis in the first round and watched his son run balls, eventually winning the match 100 – 71.
The Chief battled all the way through the losers bracket to play his son again for the 3rd and 4th place. Cody was riding high as he had just beat TJ for the first time ever and again beat his dad 100 – 70.
Portland room owner, Kerry Herbert, also upset TJ and then Dave Hall to win the hot seat. After that, Dave Hall “The Eagle” flew through Cody and Kerry to win $650 and the Maine State Trophy.
(photo: The Sharks)
Wild Card Team “The Sharks” knocks off TJ’s Fall League claiming the stars and stripes trophy and the $1,100 1st prize. Going into the final week the Sharks were in last place in the standings of the Tj’s Classic Billiards in house eight ball league. Their only hope of making it into “money week” was to win the luck of the draw wild card, which they did. Money Week is is a test of the top three teams and the wild card team to make a four team play off. The Sharks, in their first season, were a big underdog going against veteran teams like The Cutters, Torpedoes and Scratch This. Players, Tim Michaud, TJ Lee, Jason Dennison, Louis Stillman, Paul Perry and Lee Rutledge pulled together and emerged on top holding the cash and stars and stripes trophy. Results:
League MVP Marc Roderick $ 100
1st The Sharks $1,100
2nd Scratch This $ 700
3rd The Cutters $ 370
4th Torpedoes $ 100 TJ’s Gift Certificates