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KEITH JAWAHIR IS OUR SUMMER 2018 SINGLES CHAMPION

Another great season of NAPL Singles 9-Ball wrapped up this weekend.  After 15 weeks of regular season play, players from the NY-area's NAPL singles leagues came together to find out who's the best in their class and who has what it takes win the NAPL Singles 9-Ball Grand Champion title. 

Held at Steinway Billiards August 25th & 26th, players faced off against others in their handicap class in four separate tournament brackets to claim cash prizes and bragging rights for best in class of the NAPL singles league.  These final four winners continued on to compete in championship style in a new double elimination tournament to determine who was THE best overall.  Check it out! 

Want to see how things played out?  Check out the Facebook Live videos posted by Tony Robles. 

NAPL Summer 2018 Singles 9-Ball Championship Final Four   L-R: Steve Viras (4th), Mark Zamora (3rd), Irene Kim (2nd), and Keith Jawahir (1st)

NAPL Summer 2018 Singles 9-Ball Championship Final Four
L-R: Steve Viras (4th), Mark Zamora (3rd), Irene Kim (2nd), and Keith Jawahir (1st)

Summer 2018 Class Champions 

During playoffs, players first compete for the title of Champion of their own handicap class in a true double elimination tournament before fighting for top prize.  Mark Zamora (B) and Steve Viras (C) both took the challenge head on, going undefeated in their respective class brackets to move onto the Grand Champion bracket.  Irene Kim (D+) took a more difficult path.  Having sent Suzzie Wong (6-3) to the loss side earlier in the tourney, Wong made her way back to challenge Kim, beating her 6-4.  Down in the 2nd set, Kim came from behind to win 6-5 and claim the class champion title.   Keith Jawahir (C+) took the hardest road of all, losing in the very first round to Kagan Yilmaz 6-7.  Jawahir fought his way through the loss-side bracket to meet Yilmaz again, beating Yilmaz twice in double hill sets to win the class title. 

Congrats to all for top notch performances!

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Final Four 


Earning the NAPL Singles 9-Ball Grand Champion title is no small feat.  To even have a chance, one must first rise to the top and claim the title of Best in Class, or Champion of their division.  Mark Zamora, Keith Jawahir, Steve Viras and Irene Kim did exactly that this weekend.  With this achievement under their belts, they faced off in a new double elimination tournament for top honors. 

Mark Zamora, B & Higher Division Champion, took on Keith Jawahir, Champ of the C+ Class, while Steve Viras, C Division Champ, faced off against Irene Kim, the D+/D Class Champion.  Click the pic to see how the drama unfolded. 

In the end, "there can be only one."   This season, due to player feedback, a true double elimination final was adopted instead of the extended race.   Irene Kim sat in the hot seat, prepared to play Keith Jawahir in the finals.  She defeated Steve Viras (6-1) and battled Mark Zamora (9-8), but fell to Keith Jawahir 8-4 in the first set.  Unable to recover, Jawahir downed the 2nd set 8-5, to put an exclamation point on his win.  A very well-deserved congratulations to Keith Jawahir, the new NAPL Singles 9-Ball Grand Champion! 

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Fun fact!  Since changing the NAPL playoffs to the four chart format, a D+ has been in the hot seat in the last 5 seasons.  Anyone can win.  Will you be next?  New season starts next week!  For more details, see below. 

Congrats to the Winter/Spring 2018 Divisional Winners!

Kudos to each of the players listed below!  They played their best every week, working hard to earn the top spots in their divisions.  Great job!  

NAPL Singles 9-Ball Divisional Winners -   Winter/Spring 2018     L-R: Mark Antonetti, Drew Cicoria, Irene Kim, Bobby Burns, Paul Lyons, Panos Exarhos, Joe DeVito, Jim Curti, Luis Ortiz, Bob DePasca, Mark Zamora, Annie Flores

NAPL Singles 9-Ball Divisional Winners - Winter/Spring 2018

L-R: Mark Antonetti, Drew Cicoria, Irene Kim, Bobby Burns, Paul Lyons, Panos Exarhos, Joe DeVito, Jim Curti, Luis Ortiz, Bob DePasca, Mark Zamora, Annie Flores

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Congrats to Brendan Traynor our Newest NAPL Singles Champion!

Summer 2017 NAPL Singles Championships

NAPL  Summer 2017  Singles 9-Ball Championship Final Four  L-R:  Matt Marchese (3rd), Jerry DeLeo (4th), Brendan Traynor (1st), Debra Pritchett (2nd)

NAPL Summer 2017 Singles 9-Ball Championship Final Four
L-R:  Matt Marchese (3rd), Jerry DeLeo (4th), Brendan Traynor (1st), Debra Pritchett (2nd)

Another great season of NAPL Singles 9-Ball wrapped up this weekend.  After 15 weeks of regular season play, players from the NY-area's five NAPL singles leagues came together to find out who's the best in their class and who has what it takes to call themselves the NAPL Singles 9-Ball Grand Champion.

Held at Steinway Billiards September 9th & 10th, players faced off against others in their handicap class in four separate tournament brackets to claim cash prizes and bragging rights for best in class of the NAPL singles league.  These final four winners continued on to battle in championship style in a new double elimination tournament to determine who was THE best overall.  If you missed the free live stream on AZBtv (many thanks, "Upstate Al"!), keep on reading to find out more.  Check it out!

Summer 2017 Class Winners

During playoffs each season, players first compete for the title of Champion of their own handicap class before fighting for top prize.  While Brendan Traynor (A+) and Matt Marchese (C) dominated by coming through on the win-side of their charts to the hot seat, Traynor nearly lost the top spot to fellow Irishman Julian Tierney (B) in the B & Higher division final.  In true double elimination format, Tierney won the first set 9-6, delivering Traynor his first loss, only to suffer heart-breaking defeat by hanging his money ball in the hill-hill 2nd match. Both waited for it to drop, but in the end Traynor emerged victorious.  

Jerry DeLeo (C+) and Debra Pritchett (D+) took the harder road.  Both managed the difficult feat of coming from the one-loss side to beat the hot seat player in double sets.  DeLeo gained C+ Class Champ status by defeating Andrew Tasso (the one who sent DeLeo to the loss-side) 7-4, 7-4, while Pritchett beat Rob Capurso 6-3 in the first set and sealed the deal by winning the 2nd set hill-hill.   Congrats to all for top notch performances!

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Garnering the NAPL Singles 9-Ball Grand Champion title is no small accomplishment.  To even have a chance, one must first rise to the top and claim the title of Best in Class, or Champion of their division.  Brendan Traynor, Jerry DeLeo, Matt Marchese and Debra Pritchett did exactly that this weekend.  With this achievement under their belts, they faced off in a new double elimination tournament for top honors.

Brendan Traynor, B & Higher Division Champion, took on Jerry DeLeo, Champ of the C+ Class, while Matt Marchese, C Division Champ (and defending Grand Champion), faced off against Debra Pritchett, the D+/D Class Champion.  Click the pic to see how the drama unfolded.

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In the end, "there can be only one."  Debra Pritchett sat in the hot seat, prepared to battle against Brendan Traynor in the finals.  But Traynor was determined to make up for the mistakes he made when he played Pritchett the first time  and lost 10-1. Giving Pritchett 6 on 10 and the 8-ball, Traynor quickly made up ground by not letting Pritchett get to the table other than to kick at a ball, reaching 10 first to her 7.  In the extended race to 12, Pritchett kept her cool and did her best, playing defense and capitalizing on the few opportunities given to her.  She tied the score 10-10, but in the end it wasn't quite enough.  Final score was 12-10.  A very well-deserved congratulations to Brendan, the new NAPL Singles 9-Ball Grand Champion!