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May 10, 2010, 5:05 pm

Empire Outside


2009-2010 Pool Party and Awards Ceremony

Saturday, May 15th, 1-4:00pm

Empire Club in Durham

UPDATE!!! Want to go to the Pool Party in Durham but don't want to drive (especially back)? Great news! Vicki, the Women's Pool League president is offering a FREE (minus gas tip) ride on her bus, to and from, the Empire Club! She's going to use the bus she uses for work to haul up to 35 people to and from the party. She will make more trips if necessary. The bus will depart from the East side of the Farmer's Market parking lot, between 2nd and 3rd St., on Flume St (across from the News and Review building) at 12:30pm, and will return there at 4:00pm or so. All you have to do is find a safe ride home from the parking lot! There it is - officially NO EXCUSES to party this Saturday!


Despite all rumors and propaganda regarding a date and location change, it is official - the Pool Party (men's and women's) will be held at the Empire in Durham THIS Saturday, May 15th, 2010,  starting at 1:00pm as scheduled. As with every year, we rotate the venue from home bar to home bar and this year the Durham hot-spot has the honor of playing host. On tap will be a spread of dishes donated by the Women's league, a tri-tip BBQ, pre-paid beer (free for you), Men's and Women's league raffle prizes, pool tournaments, trophy presentations, and lot's of fun. Admission is free for 2009-2010 pool players (this is where your $15 went), guests are $5 for dinner (no free beer). Be sure to car pool and find a designated driver, or get your team to go in on a taxi-van and split the fare! Festivities should be wrapping up around 4:00pm, but the bar of course doesn't close until much later.

If you have any raffle prizes your business or a friend's business would like to donate, please email me at We will be sure to publicize and thank those businesses offering to help.

See you in Durham!


2009-2010 Top Shooter
Apr 3, 2010, 2:29 pm

2009-2010 Top Shooter

2009-2010 Top Shooter - Mike Karol

Mike Karol - Oasis Bulldogs

In a very well played Top Shooter Tournamant, Mike Karol held off some of the best in the league and was crowned Top shooter. With the win, Mike earned $100 cash with the honors.

Here's a re-cap:

Round One

In the first match of the first round, the Bulldog's Jim Brown was up against the Down Lo's Jason Colabove. In a race to 3, or best out of five, single elimination format, Jim Brown won 3 in a row knocking Jason out of the tournament.

The second match of the first round was Mike Brandt, Sr. of the Nuggets taking on Oasis top shooter Joel Russo. Joel efficiently won the first 3 games as well, moving on to the next round.

The third match was a Nugget matchup between Mike Karol and teammate Kenny Duff. The two traded wins, but then Mike won the next two, gaining the victory and a ticket to the second round.

The final first round match was between Bulldog Keith Whitworth and Kevin Cibart of the Down Lo. Keith got one win, but Kevin scored three to knock Keith out, and Kevin went on to round 2.

Round Two

In round two, Jim Brown was paired against Joel Russo. In a close match, Joel knocked out Jim with a 3-1 victory, which propelled Joel to the Finals.

In the other final four matchup, Mike Karol had to take on Kevin Cibart. The winner would face Joel in the finals. In another close match, Mike Karol held on to win 3-1.


In the final game two of the leagues best stepped to the table to see who would be crowned this year's Top Shooter. In another 3-1 match, Mike Karol out-dueled Joel Russo in a great match up. Both players shot well - each had some great runs, and of course made some excellent, clutch, high-pressure shots, but Mike made the right ones at the right time and earned himself $100 and the designation of the Chico Mens Pool League 2009-2010 Top Shooter. Congratulations Mike - you can pick up your trophy at the league party on May 15th at the Empire Club.

That concludes the 2009-2010 season! Congratulations again to the Bulldogs - 2009-2010 champions, and Mike Karol - Top Shooter. The only thing left is to party. The league party again will be on May 15th at the Empire Club in Durham, starting at 1:00pm. There will be awards, raffles, and some great food. This is where your league dues go, so take advantage of it - you deserve it after such a successful year.

Have a great Summer - practice a lot - we'll see you in the fall. Don't forget to check back with this web site for more information, and of course some great discussions in the forum. Thanks to everyone for their help this year, especially the captains. Your assistance and patience made my challenging transition to interim president an easy and fun one.


2009-2010 Championships
Mar 26, 2010, 7:23 pm

Bulldogs Win!...Bulldogs Win!

2009-2010 Champions - Oasis Bulldogs



With no disrespect to either team, I (as well as many in attendance) didn't see this one coming. The #2 seed Bulldogs came out and shot their asses off, knocking off the undefeated #1 seed  Down Lo.

Charles started things off getting all 3 from Dennis, and that's about as good as it got for the Down Lo. Henry was next up for the Bulldogs, and he got all three from Jason. Then Keith stepped up, and got all three from Kevin Cibart. The Bulldogs #4 shooter, Jim Brown, got two out of three from Russ, giving the 'Dogs an 8-4 lead at the beer frame. The Bulldogs then got the beer frame as Frank and Henry competed against Charles and Mike Leitner. At this point everyone knew the Bulldogs were in great shape heading into the second half of shooting, but if any team could overcome the 4-point deficit, it would be the Down Lo and their remaining shooters. The Down Lo's sixth spot shooter was Gregg Prenderagast, going up against Chris Urbach. Gregg won one, but gave up one game with an accidental 8-ball scratch, and Chris earned his second win with some great clutch shots. Now the Bulldogs were on the hill with a 10-5 lead, needing just one more for the championship. Up to the table stepped Frank, taking on the Down Lo's Larry Hiller. Frank took care of business and got the deciding and championship point in his first game, giving the Bulldogs a decisive 11-5 victory, and the honor of being the 2009-2010 Chico Mens Pool League Champions. The Down Lo earns silver with their 2nd place finish.

The consolation match to determine the third and fourth place teams took place the night before, in a match between the #3 seed Oasis Nuggets and the #4 seed Towne Lounge.

This tense and close match started off with Mike Karol getting two versus Ed Tice. Mike Brandt, Sr. was next up against Tony Tokarski, and Mike got two out of three. Steve Hale took on Kenny Duff in the third game, getting two out of three for the Lounge. Paul Airth was the Nugget's fourth shooter, getting two out of three from Stephen Wells. The Nuggets were up 7-5 at this point heading into the beer frame. Jason and Kevin won the beer frame for the Towne Lounge in two straight games against Bill and Lee. Jason was the only 3-0 shooter on the night, getting all three against Moses, putting them in the lead 8-7. Kevin Kinnell came out in the 6th spot and put them on the hill with a two out of three effort against Jimmy Scott. The final shooters were Izzy for the Nuggets and Jessee Hill for the Towne Lounge. Needing just one more for the victory, Jessee gave up the first one to Izzy, making things more interesting at 10-9, but Jessee came through in the second frame and got the deciding eleventh point, giving the Towne Lounge a close 11-9 victory, and a place on the podium in 3rd place overall.

So as the playoffs are completed, here are your final top teams:

Champions: Oasis Bulldogs 

2nd Place: Down Lo

3rd Place: Towne Lounge 

Congratulations to all the teams making this 2009-2010 playoffs a success. For everyone else - October is only 7 months away. Keep practicing for the 2010-2011 Chico Mens Pool League season!

Only two more events left for this season - Top Shooter Tournament on April 1st at the Oasis, and most importantly(?), the end-of-the-year Pool League Party and Awards Ceremony at the Empire Club in Durham on May 15th at 1:00pm.

Quick note for those stat watchers - when you are viewing the list of players in the 'Statistics' page (located in the green left-hand column), all stats will be displayed by default - including regular season stats, playoff stats, and tournament stats. Now that playoffs have been included, some players will have more games and stats because they were involved in the playoffs, compared to those who weren't. You can filter these stats to show only the ones you are looking for, or a full summary, by checking or un-checking the appropriate boxes next to 'Game Types', then pressing 'Refresh Stats', in the upper yellow area. And of course you can filter these stats just for one team or the whole league. FYI.

And finally, be sure to vote in this month's poll - located in the bottom of the right-hand column.


Playoffs - Round 2
Mar 20, 2010, 2:26 pm

Here are the results from the Final Four match-ups:

The #1 Seed Down Lo team was 'home' taking on the #3 Seed Oasis Nuggets. The Down Lo showed why they were in first place, shooting out to a 9-3 lead at the beer frame against a very talented Nugget team. Charles started the night getting all 3 versus Mike Brandt, Jr., top-shooter Jason got 2 against Mike Senior, Kevin got all 3 from Mike Karol, and Russ got one from Kenny Duff. Jason and Kevin returned for the beer frame, getting 2 of 2 from Moses and Paul A. Larry came out in the 6th spot needing 2 from Moses for the win, which he got in the first 2 frames, giving the Down Lo an 11-3 win, punching their ticket to the Championships next Thursday night. The Nuggets will be back in action fighting for third place on Wednesday night.

Over at the main table at the Oasis, the Town Lounge showed up with their traditional bucket-o-wings and their game faces on, ready to take on the Oasis Bulldogs. Keith got the first two wins of the night against Tony, Henry got two from Kevin, Steve Hale busted out a 3-spot versus Chris, and Ed Tice got two from Jim Brown, giving the Lounge a 7-5 lead at the break. After the beer frame, Frank Jarvis got two versus Dave Larabee, and Jason Jones got two against Captain Steve. At this point, the Lounge was up 10-8 going into the final match, needing Howard to score just one against Brian Augustine. Brian brought his A-game and won all three in the clutch, propelling the Bulldogs to a tight 11-10 victory, sending the 'Dogs into the Championship Match against the Down Lo on Thursday night. The Lounge now needs to re-group and come back to the Oasis on Wednesday night for the 3rd place game against the Nuggets.

After these next two games, we'll have our final team winners for the year, and turn to our last matches of the year - the Top Shooter tournament on April 1st, at the Oasis. Here, the top 8 contestants will battle for the prized Top Shooter accolade. To see the contestants, click on the 'Top Shooters' link in the left-hand column.

Be sure to make plans to be at the Oasis the next few Wednesdays and Thursdays for some great pool action!

While I was down at the Oasis checking out the action, I was approached by several players with different ideas and changes they would like to see for the 2010-2011 season. Ideas and suggestions ranged from rule clarifications, procedures, to different playing formats. A Scotch Doubles beer frame format was entertained, an idea to have your own team rack for you was brought up, a better defined explanation of what a 'push' shot is, a defined playoff schedule, web site suggestions/changes/additions, and many more were brought up. I'm sure there are many more ideas out there floating around. The bottom line question is - "What would make our league better, more fun, and less ambiguous/conflict-prone." As we are nearing the end of the season, our web site has been visited almost 3,000 times, but I'm sure web traffic to this sight will decline going into the off-season. So now, while items are still fresh on your mind, please become a registered user (free) and start some discussions in our forum section, or chime in on your thoughts on posted ideas. I started a new thread with some of these ideas to get things started. If, for some odd reason, you do not want to be part of the online discussions, send me an email with your ideas and I'll start a conversation on your behalf, anonymously if needed. Nothing will become concrete until they are voted on in October's captain's meeting, but the thought process can begin now and expand during the Summer.

Good luck to our final teams, and Top Shooter contestants - here's to some good games and shooting!


Playoffs - Round 1
Mar 14, 2010, 3:00 pm

Here's the results from the first round of the Chico Mens Pool League March Madness-

The #1 seed Down Lo team was 'home' at Nick's hosting the #8 seed 8-Ballers. The Down Lo squad got out to a great start, up 9-3 at the half, thanks to a bunch of 2-win matches and Larry's 3-win match. Russ and Kevin took care of business for the beer frame, beating Krad and Pops. Gregg got 1 in the 5th spot, and Russ sealed the deal in the first game of the 6th match, giving the #1 seed team a quick and efficient 11-5 victory. The Down Lo will now play 'home' at the Oasis versus the Nuggets.

The #2 Seed Bulldogs were home taking on the #7 seed Empire Club. The Bulldogs won the race to 11 in the 6th game of the night, winning 11-5. Chris got all 3 to help the Bulldog's cause, as Captain Steve got the match-winning point. The Empire did win the beer frame, as they were able to toast the end of their rough season. The Bulldogs will now host the Towne Lounge in the Final Four.

The #3 seed Nuggets were home at the Oasis taking on the #6 seed Oasis O's. The Nuggets shot out of the gates with 3-0 wins from their lead-off shooters Kenny Duff and Mike Brandt, Sr. But Oasis O shooter James struck back with a 3-0 win himself, against Mike Karol none the less, and Slade got 2 out of 3 to make the match close at the half, Nuggets up 7-5. The Original O's won the beer frame, but Stacy had to buy either way. In the bottom half, Moses got 2 for the Nugs, but Joel struck back with 2 of his own. Oasis' Troy was left with the daunting task of now having to win all 3 versus Jimmy Scott. Troy won the first one, making it 10-9, but Jimmy won the second frame propelling the Nuggets on to the next round. The Nuggets will be at home next week, playing as 'visitors' hosting the Down Lo.

In the #4 seed versus #5 seed matchup, the Towne Lounge had home field advantage against the Oasis Dragons. Steve hale got all 3 versus Brenon to help the Lounge go into the beer frame up 8-4. Rob and Micah beat Jessee and Prana in the beer frame. The beer frame gave the Dragon's Rob a good warm-up, as he shot 6th and got all 3 versus Jason Jones. Similar to the Nuggets/Oasis matchup, it came down to Travis of the Dragons to have to win all 3, and again, similarly Travis got the first one, but Howard got the second win to give the Town Lounge a close 11-9 victory. As mentioned, the Towne Lounge will face the Bulldogs, at the Oasis, in the second round.

So the Final Four match-ups will both take place at the Oasis this Thursday - a great opportunity for those players and teams knocked out to come and watch two games in one place, to see who goes on to the 2009-2010 Championships! The top seeded team will have the choice of which table to play on - either next to the kitchen, or in the back corner. It looks like the 3rd/4th place game will take place at the Oasis no matter what happens, on Wednesday, March 23rd. The Championship, on Thursday March 24th, will be at the Oasis as well, unless it comes out to be the Towne Lounge versus the Down Lo, where the Lounge will be 'home', but the visiting team on paper.

Good luck to those that are left - hopefully we will have 2 great games this week!


Just a note - doesn't affect much besides top shooter standings and the beer frame leader, but in the make up game between the Nuggets and Empire, the Nuggets won 13-8. Kenny Duff and Mike Brandt, Sr. got all 3 for their team, and the Nuggets won the Beer Frame.

With the beer frame win, the Nuggets overtook the Down Lo and are the 2009-2010 Beer Frame Champions!

Now that I have all the stats for the year, I've updated the Top Shooter standings - Jason Colabove is the Top Shooter going into the tournament, which takes place on April 1st at the Oasis.

Have to give some props to Kevin Cibart of the Down Lo - he is the highest ranked shooter who played in every game of the season. Even playing every week, he managed to achieve almost a 76% win percentage, and third place in the standings. Watch out for Kevin in the Top Shooter Tournament April 1st.

Week #18 Results
Mar 8, 2010, 6:55 pm

Here's the results for week #18 (Final regular season games):

The Dragons were home this week hosting the Nick's Stickmen, where the Stickmen were fighting for their playoff life. After a few 'Dragown!' toasts for their fallen brother, Mike Diekman, the Dragons came out strong and were up 9-3 at the half-way point, thanks to Joby's 3-win effort. John and Kenny managed to win the beer frame versus Scott and Sundy. In the bottom half Nick's won 5-4, but it wasn't enough - the Dragon's won 13-8 and knocked the Stickmen out of the post-season fun by a mere 2 points, allowing the 8-Ballers to continue their season.

Across town, the Lounge was home hosting the 8-Ballers, who were also fighting for the 8th playoff spot. Nick's was up 8-4 at the half, thanks to Bud's 3-win performance. At that point, Nick's was 1 point behind the Stickmen and out of the playoffs. Jimmy and Brian won the beer frame for Nick's against Steve Hale and Jessee. In the second half, Dave and Jason each won 3 games, to keep Nick's out of the playoffs, but in the final matchup Nick's shooter Brian managed to get all 3 games from Howard to propel them into the playoffs. In the end, the 8-Ballers moved two points ahead of the Stickmen to continue their season.

Back at the Oasis, the Original O's were hosting their bar-mates, the Nuggets. The Nuggets pulled it out with a 12-9 victory. Helping the cause, Moses got all 3 games, and Bill and Lee got the beer frame versus Mike and Brandon O.

The Last Call Hammer Heads were hosting the Bulldogs on the North side of town. The Bulldogs got three wins from Henry and Keith in the bottom half helping them to their 14-7 victory. The good news for the Hammer Heads was Nick getting 2 wins, one of them via an 8-ball break and run, and Jerry and Lloyd winning the beer frame versus Brian and Ed. The Last call club will be joining the Stickmen watching the playoffs from the sidelines. A common line from both 9th and 10th place teams - "there's always next year."

The first-place Down Lo crew headed south to take on the Durham Empire. The Down Lo was up big at the break, 10-2, but the Empire's Pat got 3 in the bottom half to make it a not-so-bad 14-7 Down Lo domination. Charles, Kevin, and Russ got hat-tricks for Down Lo, and like I said Pat got all 3 for the Empire. Pat and recently acquired Paul LeRoy got the beer frame win for Durham, as Jason and Kevin couldn't hold them off and stuck Mike with buying the full round of big, big beers. Jason didn't play a regulation match this night, possibly leaving him still in first place in the top-shooter standings. Mike Karol still has a match in his pocket, though.

I haven't heard what happened from the Empire and Nuggets make-up game, which was supposed to happen over the weekend. The results will not affect the current standings. The Nuggets will be 3rd seed, and the Empire 7th seed. The only two things that are still in the air are the top-shooter placements and beer frame champion. If the Nuggets win, the beer frame, they will be beer frame champions. If not, we'll have a tie. I'll update when I can, but it might not be before this Thursday's matches.

The playoff schedule is posted in the 'Game Schedule' link. Only thing to note is that the Down Lo will not be playing at home, even though they have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, because they don't have a bar league table. So they will be the 'home' team, but playing at Nick's versus the 8-Ballers on Thursday.

Good luck in the playoffs - I'll update as soon as I get the sheets.


Another lost member
Mar 3, 2010, 8:48 pm

This has not been a good season for the Chico Mens Pool League - and an especially bad couple of weeks. The League has lost another member and brother, Mike Diekman of the Oasis Dragons. I just heard tonight of the bad news, and the report that I got was that he was killed in an automobile accident over the past weekend. I didn't get much more information, and will post more as I get it. I didn't know Mike very well, but his teammates speak very highly of his character, friendship, and love of pool. Unfortunately I never got a picture of him to post to put the name with the face. For those of you that attended Larry's service on Monday, you'll have another chance this week to say goodbye to another teammate or friend, as Mike will have a memorial get-together at his home bar, the Oasis, on Thursday night, starting at 5:30 before the Oasis' final game of the regular season. Come hungry, and be prepared to toast this fallen player. Good bye, Mike. We'll miss you.

Week #17 Results
Mar 2, 2010, 7:20 pm

Here are the results for the 2nd to last week of regular season play - 

The Nuggets headed downtown to take on the Down Lo, and a very good match enveloped. The two teams were tied at the beer frame, thanks to the Town Lounge's Steve Hale getting 3 and Kevin getting 2, and the Nuggets' Kenny Duff getting all 3 and Mike Brandt, Sr. getting 2. Mike Karol and Moses won the beer frame against Jason and Jessee. Dave and Jason got 2 in the bottom half, and Howard came through in his second frame to get the deciding point. Town Lounge was victorious 11-10.

The Dragons were home taking on the 1st place Down Lo team, and got a good beating 6-15. Gregg Prendergast continued his hot shooting, winning all 3. Russ, for the Down Lo'ers, also got the hat trick. Kevin and Jason won the beer frame for the away team. This may have sealed first place for the Down Lo this season.

The 8-Ballers were home at Nick's hosting the Oasis Original O's. They fought back in the second half to make it a game, but still lost 9-12. Brian got all 3 for the Nick's club, and Joel finished the night with a 3-0 victory for Oasis. Joel and James couldn't get the beer frame from Rob and Brian, as Nick's won the honors.

Another close game took place at the Last Call where the Hammer Heads were hosting the Empire Club, who were still reeling from their last unfortunate game. All the games were 2-1 victories for each club, but Pat got the important one - the second to last game, giving the Empire a much deserved 11-10 win. James and Pat also beat Nick and Rich Jr. in the beer frame to save Mike Dixon from buying the rounds.

The Nick's Stickmen are doing everything possible to give up the 8th and final playoff spot to the 8-Ballers, as they got drummed 18-3 by the Oasis Bulldogs. The 'Dogs had it won at the beer frame, up 11-1. The Stickmen managed to get two more in the bottom half for a whoppin' total of 3 points. Many 3-0 victories to go around (for the Bulldogs) - Dennis, Keith, Chris, and Frank all had 3-0 victories, and Henry and Brian beat Leo and Wheezel for the beer frame honors. The Stickmen are only ahead by 1 point over the 8-Ballers for playoff rights - it will obviously come down to the final game for each club to see who continues their 2009-2010 season.

Just to note - the Empire and Nuggets still have to play their make-up game. Unless the Empire team loses extremely bad to the Nuggets and Down Lo, and either of the two Nick's teams win in huge fashions in their final matches, the Empire should be safely in the playoffs. We'll see! I'll post the playoff schedules ASAP after this Thursday's games, so captains - please get your score sheets in as soon as you can - I will be out of town Monday to Thursday, and would like to get things finalized before then.

The Top Shooter standings have changed - it looks like Jason C. from Down Lo is now up by 1% over Mike Karol, but again, Mike's team has 2 games left to play. This again will be decided in the final match(es).

Good luck in your final regular season game!


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