2013 Junior National Champions Crowned: Hampton, Miller, Rivas, and Larson

August 16, 2013
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2013 Junior National Champions Crowned: Hampton, Miller, Rivas, and Larson

2013 winners 2013 Junior National Champions Crowned: Hampton, Miller, Rivas, and Larson

The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) concluded its 25th Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships July 25-28, 2013. 131 billiard student-athletes represented 29 states at the Convention Center of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for this special anniversary event. After the four day junior billiard extravaganza, four champions were crowned from each division and awarded trophies, gift bags full of sponsored prizes, custom engraved Delta-13 Select racks, academic scholarships, and entry into the 2013 WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships.

August 8, 2013 (Englewood, CO): The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) concluded its 25th Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships July 25-28, 2013. 131 billiard student-athletes represented 29 states at the Convention Center of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for this special anniversary event. After the four day junior billiard extravaganza, four champions were crowned from each division and awarded trophies, gift bags full of sponsored prizes, custom engraved Delta-13 Select racks, academic scholarships, and entry into the 2013 WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships.

18 & Under Boys Division

Of the 38 player field, taking top honors in the 18 & Under Boys Division is the reigning 2012 – 14 & Under Boys champion, Zachary Hampton. In his first year competing in the 18 & under division, Hampton lost his second match to last year’s top finisher, Chad Behnke, returning later to eliminate Behnke, along with two other familiar 18-year-olds, Brendan Crockett and Tyler Styer.

1st Place
Zachary Hampton, 15 (Rocky Mount, VA)
Trophy
Custom Engraved Delta-13 Select rack
Sponsored Prizes
Entry to Junior Worlds
$1,000 Academic Scholarship
2nd Place
Tyler Styer, 18 (Vernon, WI)
Trophy
Sponsored Prizes
3rd Place
Brendan Crockett, 18 (Bell Canyon, CA)
Trophy
Sponsored Prizes
4th Place
James “Nick” Evans, 16 (St. Peters, MI)
Trophy
Sponsored Prizes

18 & Under Girls Division

In the 18 & Under Girls Division, 17-year-old Briana Miller set BEF history by going undefeated to claim her seventh consecutive win as Junior National Champion of her division. Since she was 11 years old, Miller has been dominating the girls divisions, medaled at the World event, and has won more in academic scholarships than any other participant, totaling over $6,000. Taylor Reynolds put up a strong fight in the finals but would have to wait until next year to claim the thrown. Newcomer Sierra Reams impressed the stands, proving she can have both academic and billiard accomplishments.

1st Place
Briana Miller, 17 (Allentown, PA)
Trophy
Custom Engraved Delta-13 Select rack
Sponsored Prizes
Entry to Junior Worlds
$1,000 Academic Scholarship
2nd Place
Taylor Reynolds, 16 (Winslow, ME)
Trophy
Sponsored Prizes
3rd Place
Sierra Reams, 15 (Richmond, VA)
Trophy
Sponsored Prizes
4th Place
Rachel Lang, 16 (Catskill, NY)
Trophy
Sponsored Prizes

14 & Under Boys Division

This year’s 14 & Under Boys Division saw the largest field of 51 players qualifying from all over the country. 14-year-old Sergio Rivas went undefeated to claim the title proving he’s ready to play against the 18-year-olds next year. Rivas took third last year and defeated Texas State Junior Champion, Joey Bourgeois, in the finals with a convincing score of 9-2. Michael Evans and Nathan Diederich also had impressive finishes.

1st Place
Sergio Rivas, 14 (Milwaukee, WI)
Trophy
Custom Engraved Delta-13 Select rack
Sponsored Prizes
Entry to Junior Worlds
$500 Academic Scholarship
2nd Place
Joey Bourgeois, 14 (Baytown, TX)
Trophy
Sponsored Prizes
3rd Place
Michael Evans, 14 (St. Peters, MI)
Trophy
Sponsored Prizes
4th Place
Nathan Diederich, 14 (Victorville, CA)
Trophy
Sponsored Prizes

14 & Under Girls Division

The first round of the 14 & Under Girls Division saw a rematch from last year’s finals match. Karsyn Terry delivered reigning champion April Larson her Read more ...

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