Quartet of Champions Look To Defend Junior Titles

Anna Kostanian

The 2006 BCA Jr Nationals got underway on Wednesday at the University of Arizona Student Union with a total of 94 hopeful Junior players looking to earn the coveted titles on the line.

The 18 & Under Boys Division sees last year's winner Justin Bergman back with his sights set on a repeat performance. Last year's 3rd place finisher Kevin Peterson is hoping to ride his home town advantage to a win over Bergman. They will face off against each other first thing Thursday morning.

The 14 & Under Boys Division sees another returning champion as International Pool Tour player Austin Murphy is back and so is last year's runner up Landon Shuffett. Shuffett dropped a match on Wednesday, but Murphy has dominated all of his matches so far in the event.

The 18 & Under Girls Division will feature Anna Kostanian looking for her second straight title in a field of five other players. Anna went undefeated on Wednesday and will face Mary Rakin for the hot seat on Thursday.

The 14 & Under Girls Division also has a returning champion as Chelsea Hardwick looks for another title win in her division. Hardwick will face Elizabeth Lovely on Thursday.

Complete brackets are online for all four divisions and will be updated all week long.

File photo courtesy of Holly Ryan - AzB Staff