every mission a team partakes, there is always a backup
plan and most importantly, a hidden secret. Garth
Puckerin, AKA 'The Joking Sniper' was our secret
going into the 2008 LTCs and one of the major reasons
for our successful performance in the National Team
Championships that followed in Vegas.
On The8knights team it's mandatory for a member to
accept and elevate his/her role or position and Garth
did just that. He accepted the fact that he was only
a 3 and instead of complaining about the things he
could not do, he instead focused his energy on strengthening
the ones he could. By doing so, in a matter of months,
he swiftly became one of the most productive players
on the team.
When we entered into the 2008 LTCs I must admit, as
the captain, I was very confident. The squad was well
rounded and I had a strong player at every position.
When it finally ended and we had emerged as victors,
I was certain then, going into the Nationals, that
our current starting line up would be the key. I knew
all the other teams would also have a plan but hey,
we had the ultimate starter, a secret they would never
see coming, we had, 'The Joking Sniper'.
by: Vincent Morris
LETS GO LADIES BECOMES A DISTRACTION
becoming a member of the American Poolplayers Association
in the fall of 2005, I have come to know a variety
of unique teams but none so like the Let's Go Ladies
AKA Sweet Distractions.
Since their inception two seasons ago, these ladies
have been on a roll. They've made it to the finals
on both occasions and like the8knights, have become
the favorites to take it on their third try.
In addition, because the team comprises of some of
the best female players in the league, they are well
known and respected. With their captain Danayah Howell
at the helm, they at times appear virtually unstoppable.
Going into the new season of 2009, they have not only
become a force to reckon with but also an inevitable
Currently, the squad plays out of Park Slope Billiards
in Brooklyn on Thursdays but are often together on
other nights for practice. This high scoring, multi-skilled
team has taken the APA league by storm and so far,
no one seems to have an idea of how to stop them.
As they enter into the spring session almost every
team in their division expect them to come out on
With their tenacity and immense focus, they've shown
the rest of the league that they are here to stay
and that they can compete on any level.
The8knights takes pride in honoring this group of
extra ordinary young ladies who, with their actions,
have brought a wealth of positive energy into the
APA. May there be no limits to their future accomplishments
and may they always remain focus, honorable and distractive.
by: Vincent Morris