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Chestna and Kazalski split top prizes at NE 9-Ball Series’ Dave Marcus Memorial

Paul Kazalski, Ronny Chestna and Jarryd Boyd

For the second year in a row, the New England 9-Ball Series’ Dave Marcus Memorial did not feature a final match. Last year, Brett Cavazos, as the undefeated occupant of the hot seat, was declared the official winner of the 2019 Dave Marcus Memorial and split the top two prizes with Buddy Oldham. This year, in the absence of Cavazos and Oldham’s two-and-out showing, the Dave Marcus Memorial title went to hot seat occupant Ronny “Chugga” Chestna, who split the top two prizes with Paulie Kazalski, after Kazalski took the opening set of a true double elimination final. The $500-added event drew 41 entrants to Buster’s Billiards in Somersworth, NH.

After an opening round bye, “Chugga” Chestna, playing in the event’s upper bracket, downed Cody Porter, Bill Phillips, and Katie Bowse to arrive at a winners’ side final matchup against Tyler Boudreau. In the lower bracket, Jarryd Boyd opened his campaign with victories over Barrett Ridley, Josh Turransky and Jozy Vienneau before running into Kazalski in a winners’ side quarterfinal. He defeated Kazalski 6-2 to draw Emily Cady in the other winners’ side semifinal.

Chestna got into the hot seat match with a 6-1 victory over Boudreau. He was joined by Boyd, who’d survived a double hill battle (5-3) against Cady. Chestna claimed the hot seat with what proved to be his last win – 6-1 over Boyd.

On the loss side, Kazalski opened up his five-match, loss-side trip to the finals with a 5-3 win over Shane Ryan. He followed that up with a 5-2 win over Chris Ouimette to draw Cady. Boudreau came over to the loss side for an immediate rematch versus Mark Morgan, whom he’d sent to the loss side, double hill, in one of the winners’ side quarterfinals. Morgan downed Roger Vivier 6-2 and Katie Bowse 6-1 to earn the rematch.

With Morgan racing to 6, it was Boudreau advancing to the quarterfinals 5-3. He was joined by Kazalski, who’d survived Cady’s second straight double hill match.

Kazalski chalked up his second straight double hill win, eliminating Boudreau in those quarterfinals and then, won a third double hill fight to eliminate Boyd in the semifinals.

Two doses of double-hill adrenaline probably helped as Kazalski squared off against Chestna in the finals. The opening set of the true double elimination final came within a game of being Kazalski’s third straight double hill match, but he pulled ahead to win it 4-6 (Chestna racing to 8). They opted out of a second set and split the top two prizes. Chestna, as the undefeated occupant of the hot seat, was able to claim the official event title.

Tour director Marc Dionne thanked the ownership and staff at Buster’s Billiards for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Predator, Poison, Arcos II, BCAPL, USAPL New England, Fargo Rate, Bert Kinister, AZBilliards, Inside English, Professor Q-ball’s National Pool and 3-Cushion News, Delta 13 Racks, MJS Construction, Master Billiards, OTLVISE Billiard Mechanics of America, Piku Tips, Just The Tip Cue Repair and Custom Accessories.

The next stop (#3) on the NE 9-Ball Series, scheduled for this weekend (Oct. 10-11), will be a $750-added event, hosted by Stroker’s Billiards in Pelham, NH. The event will be limited to 64 entrants and players must sign up on-line by 7 p.m., October 9.

Souza stops loss-side bid by Kazalski to go undefeated on New England 9-Ball Series stop #14

(l to r): Paul Kazalski, Dominick Souza & Joe Callaluca

Dominick Souza came into the February 29 stop on the New England 9-Ball Series looking for his second win on the tour since he went undefeated at a stop in Tyngsboro, MA (Maxamilian’s Billiards) in April, 2018. His opponent in the hot seat match at this most recent event, Joe Callaluca, finished fourth at that 2018 stop, and settled for 3rd place this past weekend, when he was defeated by Paul Kazalski in the semifinals. Souza went on to defeat Kazalski in the finals to claim title to the $500-added event that drew 30 entrants to Strokers Bar and Billiards in Pelham, NH.

Working in the upper bracket with a FargoRate of 640, Souza got by Jose Concepcion 5-3, David Ty 6-3 and survived a double hill fight against Mark Morgan to draw TK Marshall in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Callaluca, in the meantime, sporting a FargoRate of 500 and working in the lower bracket, defeated Owen Gomez 3-1, and chalked up two straight shutouts, over Mike Felix and Doug Walker to draw Eli Davenport (502) in the other winners’ side semifinal. Davenport was fresh off a winners’ side quarterfinal victory over Kazalski (421).

Souza and Marshall battled to double hill before Souza advanced to the hot seat match. Callaluca recorded his third straight shutout, downing Davenport 3-0. With Callaluca racing to 4, Souza claimed the hot seat 6-2 and waited on what turned out to be the return of Kazalski.

Kazalski opened his loss-side campaign with two straight 3-1 victories, over John Mills and Tiffany Vuong and picked up a rematch versus Davenport. Marshall drew David Ty, who, following his defeat at the hands of Souza on the winners’ side, had won three straight on the loss side, downing Brian Tierney and Xhuljano Kamxhiu, both 4-2 and surviving a double hill battle against Roger Vivier to reach Marshall.

Ty and Kazalksi eliminated Marshall and Davenport; Ty shutting Marshall out and Kazalski successfully navigating his rematch against Davenport 3-1. Kazalski then took the quarterfinal match over Ty 4-3 (Ty racing to 6).

With Fargo Rates separated by 79 points (Callaluca, 500 and Kazalski, 421), the semifinal was a straight up race to 4 for both of them. They battled to double hill before Kazalski prevailed to earn a shot against Souza in the hot seat and a chance to chalk up his first regional tour victory.

Souza put a stop to that chance by giving up only a single rack in the only set necessary in a true double elimination final. Souza sealed the victory 8-1 and claimed the title.

Tour director Marc Dionne thanked the ownership and staff at Strokers, as well as sponsors Predator Cues, BCAPL, USAPL New England, Fargo Rate, Bert Kinister, AZBilliards, Inside English, Professor Q-ball’s National Pool and 3-Cushion News, Delta 13 Racks, MJS Construction, Bob Campbell with Lease Fundings, Master Billiards, OTLVISE Billiard Mechanics of America and Piku Tips. The next stop on the New England 9-Ball Series (#15), scheduled for Saturday, March 7, will be the $500-added Joe Brown Memorial, to be hosted by Buster’s Billiards in Somersworth, NH.