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Steele takes two out of the three against Brucato to win Western New York Tour stop

“To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.”  – Oliver Wendell Holmes

On Saturday, February 18, Don Steele, in his 70s, proved this point with a successful day on the Western New York Tour, defeating its 40-something tour director, Nick Brucato, twice, to claim the event title, at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. The $150-added event drew 21 entrants to Breaker’s Billiards in Pittsburgh, PA.

From among the winners’ side final four, Steele squared off against Richard Namie, as Brucato took on Al Landy. Steele got into the hot seat match with a 6-4 victory over Namie, as Brucato was busy surviving a double hill match against Landy. In their first of three, Steele and Brucato battled to double hill before Steele prevailed to sit in the hot seat, waiting for Brucato’s return.

Namie moved to the loss bracket and picked up Nick St. James, who’d defeated Roger Jackson 6-3, and Paul Mottey 6-5. Landy drew Butch Weimer, who’d been sent to the loss side by Steele from among the final eight winners, and then defeated Smitty Smith 6-4, and Delbert Hall 6-3. Weimer made it three on the loss side in a row with a 6-3 victory over Landy, moving into the quarterfinals against Namie, who’d defeated St. James 6-4. 

Weimer chalked up his final victory of the day, with a double hill win over Namie, and had his four-match, loss-side streak stopped by Brucato in the semifinals. Brucato got a second chance against Steele with a 6-3 victory over Weimer, and followed that up by allowing Steele only a single rack in the opening set of the true double elimination final. 

In the second set, through the first six games, Brucato had once again given up only a single rack. On the hill now, Brucato watched Steele battle back to knot things at double hill, and then, with dawn approaching, complete his undefeated day to capture the event title.

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Brucato, as tour director, thanked the ownership and staff of Breaker’s Billiards, commenting that this most recent stop had been successful enough to warrant plans for future, regular stops on the Western New York Tour at this facility.

Laurel Highlands TAP Titleholder Event

AMS Maxson

 Laurel Highlands TAP in Western Pa. started the new year out in grand fashion with 57 teams from three states attending the Titleholder event at the Cooperstown Vets in Derry, Pa. It was held on January 27 thru the 29th. The event has been the largest pool event in Western Pennsylvania for the past 12 years. The total prize pay out was over $13,000.

     This year marks LH TAP’s 15th anniversary. The league was the first TAP league in the state of Pennsylvania back in 1997 and is one of TAP’s oldest leagues.

    Teams were split up into two brackets.The 1st bracket or championship board was for the top teams in each of their respective league divisions. They were playing for the top prize of $4,000 and the Morgan Cup. The 2nd bracket was for lower placing teams in the fall session. Play off spots for TAP’s nationals in Charleston, S.C. this November were also awarded.

The Cooperstown Vets played host to a packed house of players and onlookers for the 3 day event. The Coop, as it is known locally, also kicked in to the winners an added $400.

    The championship bracket saw for the first time ever, four teams that were all new to the Sunday final four. AMS Maxson from Greensburg, Pa. took it down led by their ace in the hole, Adam Maloney, the 2009 national collegiate champion. They bested Minersville PNA from Johnstown, Pa. in the finals. They were led by one of TAP’s original charter members, Rob Barmoy. Rob competed in the very first TAP Titleholder held way back in 1991. The prize pool then was $700! TAP has come a long way from that first one held in Virginia.
In the 2nd bracket Slovak Our Gang from Mt. Pleasant, Pa. and led by former TAP Valley Forge singles champion, Delbert Hall got the best of the Solomon Run Fire Hall from Johnstown, Pa.
The next TAP Titleholder is slated for June 1-3, 2012 at the Coop.
Results were:
Championship bracket
1. AMS Maxson
2. Minersville PNA
3-4. Around the Corner…Homer City Legion
5-8- Star Inn, Ohio…JWP Hustlers, CI Partners, Point Pub 1
2nd Bracket
1. Slovak Our Gang
2. Solomon Run
3-4. Pigskins 2…Geo’s Gamblers
5-8. The Woodpeckers, Big Stiffs, CI Beers, Stock’s