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Rack Em Up


It's a great way for kids to have fun, meet new friends, and in some instances, compete for scholarship money. The Quad Cities Junior Billiards League was formed about five years ago. Some of the best young billiards players in the area are involved.

Sixteen year old River Burke is a sophomore in high school. He practices about forty five hours a week, and has already been offered a scholarship to play at Lindenwood University in Missouri.

Burke says he learns so many things about the game from experienced players, and that helps to elevate his game.

Sixteen year old Tyler Howell is one of the highest ranked players in a local adult league. He has only been playing for about two years. Howell says billiards involves physics. You have to learn how to put spin on the cue ball to make it go at a certain angle in order to get the desired result.

Isabelle Plumb is a freshman at United Township High School. She has been playing since age six and is a student of the game.

Several young players have done extremely well in competition, and will take part in a state tournament in Des Moines in April. There will be scholarship money awarded at that tournament.

Rack em up! Junior League billiards. Combing artistry with sportsmanship.