Jack “Scratch” Hoverter Two in a Row

Left to right: Jack “Scratch” Hoverter, 1st Place; Tony “The Snake” Cardillo, 3rd Place; Terry “The Cue” Sterling, 4th Place; and Joe “Fast Eddie” Giammarino, 2nd Place

Left to right: Jack “Scratch” Hoverter, 1st Place; Tony “The Snake” Cardillo, 3rd Place; Terry “The Cue” Sterling, 4th Place; and Joe “Fast Eddie” Giammarino, 2nd Place

Joseph Giammarino

The Pool Players of The Brooke Billiards Club (PPB) want to thank our generous sponsors Beth Fedor of Realty Executives (contact her at [email protected], contact her at her office at 520-257-1167, or call her cell at 520-271-3642) and Jim Fabio, Medicare insurance professional (contact him at 520-818-6375).

On Saturday, April 24, the PPB Billiards Club hosted an 8-Ball Singles Tournament in SaddleBrooke One’s Catalina Recreation Center (CRC) Billiards Room. The format was single game, double elimination. Due to COVID-19, all participants were required to wear face masks, sanitize their hands before every game, and only eight players at a time were allowed in the billiard room, with the other participants waiting in the card room or outside to keep social distancing. Participants endured the face masks even though some had difficulty breathing easily, and some had their eyeglasses fog up while playing.

The tournament directors were Dominic Boland and Joe Giammarino. The following field of 15 players gathered to play competitive 8-Ball: Jerry Cogswell, Steve Searl, Dick Steinsvagg, Dominic “The Doctor” Borland, Henry Krebs, Tony “The Snake” Cardillo, Jack “Scratch” Hoverter, Joe “Fast Eddie” Giammarino, Jim “Shooter” Fabio, and George “The G Man” Bone, Joe Vidmar, Terry “The Cue” Sterling, Nancy “Whack-A-Mole” Barrett, Fred “The Baker” Dianda, and Dick “The Stick” Schroeder.


1st: Jack “Scratch” Hoverter. That’s two in a row, congrats! 5 Wins 0 Losses

2nd: Joe “Fast Eddie” Giammarino. Nobody remembers second place. 5 Wins 2 Losses

3rd: Tony “The Snake” Cardillo. Slipped to third place. 3 Wins 2 Losses

Top Lady: Nancy “Whack-A-Mole” Barrett. Stepped up!


Jack Hoverter’s path to victory over a field of 15 skilled 8-Ballers was as follows. He started out by defeating Jim Fabio; next, Jack defeated Joe Giammarino. Terry Sterling was his next victim. Jack then continued his perfect run by beating Tony Cardillo. Joe Giammarino came through the loser’s bracket to meet Jack, who was on the hill. Joe would have to beat Jack twice to win the tournament. Joe broke, made a ball on the break, then another ball, but got hooked and didn’t have a shot. Joe executed a good hit but did not make a ball. Jack got to the table and proceeded to run eight balls and out for the win! Congrats Jack “Scratch” Hoverter on winning the last two 8-Ball tournaments in a row!

Sponsor’s Gift Winners:

Tony Cardillo: Sponsor gift, Sponsor Beth Fedor

George Bone: Chile’s gift certificate, Sponsor Jim Fabio

Joe Giammarino: Sponsor gift, Sponsor Jack Hoverter

The PPB wants to extend a big thank you to all our participants and sponsors. The 8-Ball Singles Tournament started at 1 p.m. and lasted two hours, with 29 games of 8-Ball being played. We competed and met some new friends that shared our passion. That is a good day! Rack’em up!

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