On Friday night, the American Legion had their 31st Annual Back Alley pool tournament. Friday night started off with 48 single entries from all over the area, including St. Cloud, Edgerton, and a number of Iowa players. The American Legion had to bring in 10 extra tables from St. Cloud and put them in the banquet side of the Legion. The singles tournament started at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and ended at midnight.

In this double elimination tournament Nate Zender and Brian Brekke met in the finals. Brekke has spent time as a semi-pro billiards player and has traveled all around the country competing. Zender himself, is a highly skilled pool player and has been around the Back Alley Tournament for many years. He has been watching and playing in the tournament since he was 13 years old.  Brekke needed to beat Zender twice because Zender hadn’t lost all tournament. These two players showed off their skill in the tournament. Each player would break and run nearly all the balls off the table. After forcing a final and deciding game, Brekke was not able to complete the comeback and lost to Zender.

For more information please see the March 23 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.