Two Duncanville ISD students recently placed in a national billiards competition. Brother and sister combo Jose and Julissa Herrera traveled to Wisconsin on July 13 to compete in the 2012 Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) Junior Nationals 9-Ball Championship tournament.
Duncanville HS junior Jose fought to the fourth round of the competition against 42 other players in the 18 -and-under category. This is the second consecutive year Jose has participated in the national championship, thanks to his success in the BEF Junior Texas State Championship earlier this year.
Twelve-year-old sister Julissa pocketed a Fifth Place tie, shooting against 19 other competitors from across the nation in the Girls 14- -and-under bracket. She represented the Southwest/Northwest Dallas American Poolplayers Association League in the national competition, even though she has taken only one year of league lessons. Julissa will start sixth grade at Brandenburg Intermediate this fall.
Local APA franchise owner Lori Way says Julissa took the *cue from her brother, who has taken lessons with the league for three years. Way couldn’t be happier with the performance of her young players at nationals.
“I just think it’s fantastic that they love the game so much and that their parents are willing to support them so much. I feel the Dallas area is well-represented by these two teenagers, and I wish I had more like them,” she gushed after learning the competition results on Tuesday.
Story photo courtesy of APA League
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