GARY | Not losing a single match over a three-day period, the veteran billiards trio of Clayton Shepard, David Machaj and Hector Guajardo — sponsored by the "Tap House" in Lake Station — won the Men's Team division at the South Shore Midwest Pocket Billiards Championships held Oct. 9-13 at Majestic Star Casino.
South Bend-based "Always Late" consisting of Jose Loera, Jeremy Edwards and Al Wier was runner-up.
Gina Negrelli, of Schererville, sharp-shot for two Midwest titles, besting runner-up Nancy Beadel for the Women's Open 8-Ball title, and teaming up with Bill Brown to win the Scotch Doubles title over Brandon Bright and Donna Whitcomb.
In Open 9-Ball, Ike Runnels defeated Jim Jeffers in the final. Ann Mason bested runner-up Jessica Talerico for the Women's 9-Ball title.
The Masters 8-Ball title was claimed by renowned local "shark" Troy Johnson, of East Chicago; Paul Scott placed second in the bracket.
In Seniors 8-Ball, Ed Lattimer, of Chicago, bested Dave Darnell, of Kouts, for the men's title; and Whitcomb defeated fellow Iowa resident Beadel for the women's title.
La Porte resident Dom Lamken won the Men's "A" 8-Ball title over runner-up Bright; Roy Schueler, of Antioch, Ill., bested James Moran in the Men's "B" 8-Ball final.
In Sportsman (brackets reserved for players and teams stopped short of cash-prize rounds), champions included Bright (Open 9-Ball), Bob Ball (Singles 8-Ball), Leroy's Hot Tamales (Women's Team) and Cagney's (Men's Team).