Our team would like to thank On The Hill Productions and Brews and Cues on the Boulevard for a beautiful venue, fabulous equipment, and arguably the strongest field for a Maryland State Tournament to date.
(SP) Jr Hepner, (SP) Derek Crothers, (SP) Chris Funk and (SP) Wayne Everhart were onsite to set about their bid for the championship title.
The talent assembled made it clear that the tournament and the prestige associated with winning the event is taken very seriously. No matter who won the event; they were going to earn it and there would be no “lucky draw” or easy path to win the title.
Heading into day two we had 3 of our 4 players coming back to do battle and we were feeling pretty good about our chances.
Day 2, TeamTTMD was lead by Jr Hepner who made it the furthest of our group, giving a valiant effort and suffering his second loss to Brandon Shuff 7-5. Brandon is currently ranked 36th in the US by FargoRate which speaks to the strength of the field.
We would like to give a shout-out to Dorothy Strater, who not only supported the team all weekend but competed in her very first Maryland State, title event. The courage it takes to compete in a tournament of this caliber is something to be proud of. Great Job!
Although TeamTTMD did not make it to the podium this time, we are thankful for the opportunity to compete and hang out with some of the top talents in our region.
To all the competitors that took the trip to Brews and Cues for a tremendous event, congratulations to you all for making it a success. It was apparent that everyone was there to compete– but also enjoy the comradery.
On The Hill Productions’, Rick Scarlato Jr., Loye Bolyard, and Beverlee Longstreet-Dillow; thank you for all you do for the sport.
Thank you to Tony Manning and his staff at Brews and Cues for a great weekend.
This was certainly one of the best tournaments in the area to date.
We are looking forward to the next tournament.
Congratulations to (SP) Jr Hepner, placing 2nd and (SP) Tiffany Lear, 5/6th.
Thank you to Winchester Action Billiards and (SP) Derek Crothers for a fantastic 9 Ball tournament.
This past weekend TeamTTMD members, (SP) Kelly Daniel, (SP) Wayne Everhart, (SP) Tiffany Lear, and (SP) Jr Hepner and (VIP) Hector Pantoja were together competing in a Derek Crothers’ “6 and under” handicapped 9 Ball tournament.
The quotes around the “6 and under”, is because this is not what you may think. Derek uses his own rating system based on known ability and has a scale of up to 12. Many APA Skill level 9s would be equivalent to Derek’s skill level 6s.
The tournament was played on Brunswick Gold Crown tables that played true and were in good condition.
Kelly Daniel and I had a great time meeting new friends and competing in a new venue. The hospitality and friendliness that everyone showed was appreciated and made us feel welcomed. She and I hope to do better our next time out.
Jr Hepner took home second place and looked pretty comfortable at the table all day. Jr is a strong player and has been working hard on his game. There is no doubt he will be at the top of the podium in many events this year. Jr often offers to help out and has been a great spokesperson for TTMD Billiards Streaming in the Front Royal/Winchester area. We appreciate everything he does for the team and the sport.
Our Junior Tiffany Lear is playing some really solid pool finishing 5/6th. When she and I crossed paths on the B side– she played flawlessly running out when given a chance and making shots that would give a seasoned player pause. When watching her matches this weekend, her safety play was stellar; often locking opponents between a ball and the cushion, with little to no option for a return safe or even a legal hit. Tiffany is a delight to be around — off the table, she is getting excellent grades, with COVID home/remote schooling, which is not an easy task. We are proud of Tiffany and how she represents herself, the sport, and TeamTTMD. Congratulations on a strong showing.