MONTANA COIN MACHINE
OPERATORS ASSOCIATION
2002 STATE 8-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 25-27, 2002 - Lewistown, Montana

The site for the 22nd Annual M.C.M.O.A. 8-Ball Championships, the field consisted of over 360 players divided into four different divisions, Men's A, B, Women's A and B. This is the first time that it was held in Lewistown at the Yogo Inn. Lewistown is the geographical center of Montana. Being the geographical center players came from all corners, Libby, Missoula, Bozeman, Helena, Great Falls, east from Glendive, Miles City, Billings and Winifred.

The Ladies A Division came down to the semi-finals with Jane Plant who has won this tournament twice (1989, 2000) and Janet Dunks who has won it once in the A Division (1999) and once in the B Division (1992). Janet ended coming out the victor and Jane took 3rd. Janet then went up against Sky Tigart who had won the tournament once (1996) before and had been shooting very well all throughout the tournament. She was on the point and made quick work and won it in the first set and was crowned once again Women's A Champion.

In Women's B, a young lady, Shirstie Schmidgall, out of Missoula, going to the University of Montana, originally from the north Seattle area, came into the final match against Loreen Carey of Bozeman. Loreen plays in the local leagues in the Bozeman area on a Women's team and also in the Open League. Loreen shot well and had to be beat twice. She lost the first set in a closely contested match and went on to the second set where Shirstie came out the victor, to become the Women's Champion in the B Division.

The B Division for the Men was a tight match again. Dave Brewer of Bozeman, also playing in the Open VNEA Leagues. Dave was on the point and had to be beat twice. He was pitted against Joe Palm from Malta and Joe ended up winning the first set. Now going into the final set Dave jumped out to an early lead 2-0, only needing one more game. Dave broke ran down to the 8-ball and hooked himself. He kicked at the 8-ball, hit it but did not make it in the pocket. Joe ran down, had a combination into the corner pocket, made the 13-ball that he called but scratched in the side, therefore giving Dave ball-in-hand on the 8-ball. Joe conceded without letting Dave shoot. So the Men's Champion on the B-side was Dave Brewer from Bozeman.

On the Men's A-side the final match pitted six time Champion Jerry Kohm against Woody Roberts of Winifred, who had been beat by Jerry earlier in the day to go to the losers bracket and fought his way back through, beating Jason Tigart of Great Falls to face Jerry in the finals. The shooting was excellent on both sides, came up to a hill-hill match with Woody winning the final game. Now going into the second set Jerry jumped out with back-to-back wins. Woody breaks, a powerful snap into the break, four balls are pocketed and so is the cue ball. Jerry takes ball-in-hand runs the table and claims his seventh title!

Congratulations to all the players on their sportsmanship, their honor and their pool etiquette.

The M.C.M.O.A. sponsored the 22nd 8-Ball Championship and on a personal note I was glad to see a lot of my friends that I haven't seen for a couple, three years and at least some that I hadn't seen for a year or that I only seem to see at this tournament. You can find the results also on OnTheBreakNews.com.

Now for probably the most unusual turn of events of the tournament. Something that is rather difficult to believe but humorous in the same way. The first player is on the 8-ball with an extremely difficult cut into the corner pocket. The 8-ball hangs up in the corner pocket as the cue ball travels to a rail and into the center of the table. The second player picks up the cue ball and calls a foul, while saying, "You didn't patch your pocket." The first player informs him it is not a foul to not patch the pocket you intend the 8-ball to go into as long as you make a legal hit, but picking up the cue ball is --- so "Foul on you." The first player takes the cue ball, places it on the table and shoots the 8-ball into the pocket he had first intended. Game over. The second player never realizes that now the first player has fouled by pocketing the 8-ball and not patching the pocket. Although he never realized it, they both discussed patching the pocket just a few short moments ago.



MEN'S 'A' DIVISION


1stJerry Kohm Reno ClubBillings
2ndWoody Roberts Trails Inn BarWinifred
3rdJason Tigart Eight Ball InGreat Falls
4thTerry Bummer Reno ClubBillings
5thJason Witt Reno ClubBillings
6thSteve Spritzer Eagles ClubBozeman
7thJohn Peters Classic 50'sGreat Falls
8thJohnny Siefke Eagles ClubLibby
9-12 Skip Cole
Frank Carr
Lee Mickey
Ryan Haas
Hiway Bar
Winifred Tavern
Palace Bar
Eagles Club
Dodson
Winifred
Whitefish
Havre
13-16 Curt Watts
Wilt Wolff
Jerry Churchill
Greg Ashworth
Scoop
Eagles Club
Jesters
Reno Club
Bozeman
Bozeman
Helena
Billings
17-24 Gene McLeod
Tim Awberry
Jim Winter
John Todd
Tim Scott
Joe Schwartzer
Tom Toumey
John Amelsberg
Packers Roost
Montana Tavern
Powderhorn Bar
Reno Club
Eagles Club
The Sport
Moose Lodge
Little Chicago
Coram
Lewistown
Billings
Billings
Libby
Livingston
Lewistown
Great Falls

MEN'S 'B' DIVISION


1stDave Brewer Eagles ClubBozeman
2ndJoe Palm Mint BarMalta
3rdDon Partyka Reno ClubBillings
4thEdwin Haagenson Snowy LanesLewistown
5thA J Richard Brick Bar & CasinoGreat Falls
6thTravis Delaney CrystalBozeman
7thKirby Rector Montana TavernLewistown
8thPat Evenson Buffalo JumpLivingston
9-12 Rich Robinson
Chris Barthelmess
Mike Wright
Rick Dyke
Hubcaps
Mint Bar
Friendly
Montana Tavern
Belgrade
Malta
Bozeman
Lewistown
13-18 Vaughn Everly
Bill Lindsey
Dave Seavey
A J Sinerius
Jim Proulx
Tim Dallas
Hubcaps
Little Chicago
Lucky Cuss
Reno Club
The Sport
Reno Club
Belgrade
Great Falls
Bozeman
Billings
Livingston
Billings

WOMEN'S 'A' DIVISION


1stSky Tigart Eight Ball InGreat Falls
2ndJanet Dunks Silver CityBillings
3rdJane Plant Hub BarBelgrade
4thKelly Boyer Reno ClubBillings
5thPatty Dunning Eagles ClubLibby
6thFrankie Brown Little ChicagoGreat Falls
7thPenny Allen Reno ClubBillings
8thCathy Hellwitz Eagles ClubHelena
9-10Linda Asleson
Sue Miller
Reno Club
Reno Club
Billings
Billings
11-15 Sheila Moss
Pagie Carr
Jackie Ramey
Kelly Starr
Cheryl Rosean
Wolf Den
Trails Inn Bar
Reno Club
Reno Club
Palace Bar
Polson
Winifred
Billings
Billings
Whitefish

WOMEN'S 'B' DIVISION


1stShirstie Schmidgall VFWMissoula
2ndLoreen Carey CrystalBozeman
3rdDeanna Skelton BootleggerLincoln
4thTricia Galati MurrayLivingston
5thBonnie Wood Old SaloonLivingston
6thNina Philpott Sump SaloonSheridan
7thDannie Warren Yacht BasinHelena
8thDebi Anderson Club HouseLewistown
9-10 Annette Ostermiller
Mary Helm
Reno Club
Moose Lodge
Billings
Lewistown
11-15 Dina Winter
Margi Carr
Marilyn Kish
Jolynn Scarpolt
Theresa Johnson
Powderhorn Bar
Eagles Club
Old Saloon
Eagles Club
Wapiti Lounge
Billings
Libby
Emigrant
Havre
Gardiner

Women's Second Chance


1stCheryl Rosean Palace BarWhitefish
2ndAimee Neel HubcapsBelgrade
3rdBrandi Boucher Eagles ClubHelena

Men's Second Chance


1stJim Ward Montana TavernLewistown
2ndDave Alderman Reno ClubBillings
3rdTom Sonnichsen Snowy LanesLewistown



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