From novices to pool sharks, Bearkats of all skill levels gathered around the pool tables in the Kat Klub on Monday for the 8-Ball tournament. The Kat Klub hosted its first tournament of the year from 5-9 p.m. in hopes of recruiting players for SHSU’s award winning billiards team.
Four referees supervised more than 45 students who participated in the double elimination event. For a $1 entry fee, players competed in 15-minute matches to advance in the bracket.
“We want to provide fun for the students and hopefully attract players for the pool teams,” said tournament director Eric Keck.
Friends and first time tournament players Nick Scarlata and Michael Ingle eagerly awaited their turn and went up against some skilled players
“We’ve been playing for a couple of weeks to prepare,” joked Ingle.
Team secretary, and the only female player in the tournament, Kristie Crozier defeated her opponents. She placed third in the regionals tournament. Crozier credits her talent to hard work.
“I work in here, so I practice everyday,” she said.
Her practice has paid off. Over the loud crack of the balls, congratulatory words could be heard.
“Beautiful execution there,” one student shouted.
Manager Gary Roark started the state’s first intercollegiate team in 1987. His players have placed in state and regional competitions, and acquired many plaques and trophies. The wall of fame boasts some of the most memorable players who have come out of the tournaments.