Billiards: PVA 9-Ball Classic
Virginia Mid-Atlantic PVA sponsors the 9-Ball Classic billiards tournament.
Every year since 2004, the Virginia Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has hosted a great wheelchair-billiards tournament in the Richmond area, and 2011 was no exception.
The chapter found a new upscale facility, Diamond Billiards, in nearby Midlothian and scheduled the event for February 18–19. The Virginia Mid-Atlantic PVA 9-Ball Classic was also the third stop (of nine) in the fifth season of the PVA/NWPA National Wheelchair Billiards Tournament Series.
Tournament Director Shawn Interrante started the event immediately following the conclusion of the players meeting on February 18. The first round of play included a marathon hill-hill match between William Lint (Derry, Penn.) and Chuck Willis (Richmond) that lasted more than three hours. Willis, who is president of the Virginia Mid-Atlantic PVA chapter, gave his all, but Lint won the deciding game to claim the match, seven games to six (7–6).
In the second round of the no-loss side, Lint paired off against William Page (Charlotte Hall, Md.), with Page winning, 7–3.
Finishing on top in the 2011 Virginia Mid-Atlantic PVA 9-Ball Classic's Main Event are (from left) Charles Interrante (second), Charlie Hans (first), and Ken Nottle (third).
Another second-round match included a meeting between tournament favorites Charlie Hans (Cincinnati) and Ken Nottle (Parkesburg, Penn.). Hans took the match, 7–3, making the road to the finals much more difficult for Nottle in the double-elimination format. Also in the second round, Jeff Dolezal (Fairfax, Va.) defeated Joe Wheeler (Virginia Beach), 7–3, and Moe Chapman (Newport News, Va.) won, 7–0, over Anthony Turner (Richmond).
The third round of the no-loss side saw Hans score a come-from-behind, hill-hill victory against Page. National Wheelchair Pool Players Association (NWPA) President Dolezal defeated Chapman, 7–3; Charles Interrante (Pottstown, Penn.) won over Michael Chenail (Palmyra, Va.), 7–4; and newcomer Bob Barnaby (Virginia Beach) moved past Jimmie May (Midlothian, Va.) in another hill-hill match, 7–6.
In the no-loss fourth round, seven games were won—first by Hans against Dolezal, who managed to win only four during the match. This win placed Hans in the no-loss side final, known as “the hot seat match,” against Interrante, who defeated Barnaby in the fourth round, 7–4. Hans won the hot seat with a 7–3 victory over Interrante.
On the one-loss side, Page defeated Chapman, 5–3, leaving Chapman tied for 7th/8th place along with Wheeler, who fell to Nottle, 5–1. Page moved on to face Barnaby, winning, 5–1. Barnaby tied for 5th/6th place with Dolezal, who lost to Nottle, 5–3.
Page and Nottle played next, with Nottle winning,
5–0, and Page taking home fourth-place honors. Nottle then squared off with Interrante to see who would move on to the championship match against Hans. Interrante played well, winning the match, 5–3, and making Nottle accept a respectable third-place finish.
The single-set, race to 9, championship match between Hans and Interrante turned out to be a one-sided affair for Hans, who played beautifully through the entire match. He defeated Interrante, 9–2, and claimed the 2011 Virginia Mid-Atlantic PVA 9-Ball Classic’s championship title. Interrante finished the Main Event in second place.
In the championship event, newcomer George Holscher (Chesapeake, Va.) defeated Chenail with a match score of 5–3. Chenail finished in second place, and Philip Thompson (Richmond) was third.
Congratulations to Hans and Holscher for their championship victories.
Special thanks to Virginia Mid-Atlantic PVA and its staff and volunteers, including Executive Director Michele Shaw-Richie; Diamond Billiards and its owners, Cindy and Thomas C. Dorsey, and staff; and Tournament Director Shawn Interrante. Your outstanding efforts and contributions made this event successful.
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Billiards: PVA 9-Ball Classic
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