Fred “The Baker” Dianda Tops 15 Cupcakes

Left to right: Jim Fabio (3rd place), Fred Dianda (1st place), Dave Loendorf from Senior Village with the 8-Ball Whiskey that will be presented to Champ Fred Dianda, Dick Titus (4th place), Joe Giammarino (2nd place)

Joe “Fast Eddie” Giammarino

The Pool Players of The Brooke Billiards Club (PPB) wants to thank our generous sponsor, Leah Kari of Secure Senior Health Solutions at 520-484-3807. On Dec. 18, the PPB Billiards Club hosted an Eight-Ball Singles Tournament in SaddleBrooke Ones’ Catalina Recreation Center (CRC) Billiards Room. The format was single game, double elimination.

The tournament directors were Ron Ridge, Randy Smith, and Mike Meredith. Great job, gentlemen! The following field of 16 players showed up to compete in the game of eight-ball: Henry Krebs, Jack “Crash” Hoverter, Joe “Ball Breaker” Vidmar, Phil “The Cleaner” Jelleff, Randy “Thin Man” Smith, Dick “The Visor” Titus, Jim “Shooter” Fabio, Gary “One Rail” Barlow, Fred “The Baker” Dianda, Mike “Mayhem” Meredith, Dave Whitman, Lou Doganieri, Lowell “8-Ball” Hegg, Rich Adinolfi, Dick Dunbar, and Joe “Fast Eddie” Giammarino.


1st: Fred “The Baker” Dianda–The best of the day! 5 wins, 1 loss

2nd: Joe “Fast Eddie” Giammarino–Back in the finals! 5 wins, 2 losses

3rd: Jim “Shooter” Fabio–Brought his game today! 5 wins, 2 losses


Fred Dianda’s victory over a field of 16 skilled eight-ballers was accomplished as follows: Joe Vidmar was his first opponent and a real threat, but Fred won this one. Next up was Dave Whitman, who faced the same fate as Joe Vidmar. Then Rich Adinolfi was Fred’s next victim. In the semi-finals, Fred would face Joe Giammarino, and Fred sent Joe to the losers’ bracket. This win for Fred put him on the hill. Joe went to the losers’ bracket and defeated Jim Fabio to get a chance to meet Fred for the championship. Joe would have to defeat Fred twice to win the tournament. Joe won the first game, but Fred won the second game to pocket the title! Congrats, Fred “The Baker” Dianda. It’s about time!

Break and Runs: Jack Hoverter, Fred Dianda, and Joe Giammarino

Sponsor’s Gift Winners:

Phil Jelleff, Sponsor’s Gift provided by Leah Kari of Secure Senior Health Solutions

Joe Vidmar, Sponsor’s Gift provided by Leah Kari of Secure Senior Health Solutions

The PPB wants to thank all our participants and our sponsor, Leah Kari, for her support. The Eight-Ball Singles Tournament started at 1 p.m. and lasted two hours, with 31 games of eight-ball being played. We competed and met some new friends who shared our passion. That is a good day! Rack ‘em up!

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