Van Boening Crowned One-Pocket Champion at Derby

Shane Van Boening (Photo courtesy Dave Thomson -

“The South Dakota Kid” Shane Van Boening defeated “The Pearl” Earl Strickland tonight in a finals match which packed the arena and every seat in the balconies. Strickland, who lost his first match to Troy Jones, went on to win 11 more rounds, defeating one-pocket connoisseurs such as Jeremy Jones (back to back in rounds nine and ten), Alex Pagulayan, and Shannon Daulton. Van Boening didn't buy back until he met up with reigning one-pocket champ Scott Frost, in round seven. He later defeated both Frost and Pagulayan with lopsided scores of 3-0.

Pagulayan remains the points leader for the all-around, closely followed by Van Boening, Daulton, Strickland, Jones, and Alcano. Only the final two days of 9-ball will determine who takes it all.

Current U.S. Open 9-Ball Champion, Darren Appleton defeated Francisco Bustamante 15-13 to advance to the finals against the winner of Lee Vann Corteza and Rodney Morris in the Fat Boy 10-Ball Challenge. That match guarantees Appleton at least $4,500 for second place. First place is worth $9,000. The $10,000 added prize fund came from “FatBoy” Eric Petersen and Diamond Billiards.

The first two rounds of the Straight Pool Challenge have been completed. Appleton defeated John Schmidt with a deficit of 100-33 and Mike Davis defeated Dennis Orcollo 100-68. Matches will continue tomorrow. This $10,000 added event was made possible by Diamond Billiards, Bob Jewett, Angel Levine, Stu Mattana, Ultimate 10-Ball Challenge, and Richard Burns.

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