Captains To Be Announced In Coming Weeks
The Billiard Congress of America today announced its team for the 3nd annual Atlantic Challenge Cup event to be held in Klagenfurt, Austria, 5 – 8 July, 2017.
The 2017 team begins with reigning Junior National 9-Ball Champion and member of the 2016 US World Junior Team Ricky Evans. Ricky will be joined by his 2016 World Teammate Nathan Childress, long time junior standout Manny Perez, and 2016 Atlantic Challenge Cup team member Shane Wolford.
2015 Atlantic Challenge Cup Team USA MVP April Larson, and 2016 reserve member Sierra Reams round out Team USA.
“To be selected a member of Team USA is a unique honor and I hope every player understands what a great accomplishment it is to wear the Team USA jersey,” said Billiard Congress of America CEO Rob Johnson. “Now, it’s time to prepare to compete as a team and give Team Europe a great battle for that Cup! Team USA Committee Chair Rick Doner and his team have assembled a first-class team of players and special kids. Thank you to Rick, the additional committee members and the Billiard Education Foundation for their hard work and commitment.”
Members of 2017 Team U.S.A.
1. Manny Perez, age 19 (Overland Park, KS)
2. Ricky Evans, age 15 (St. Peters, MO)
3. Shane Wolford, age 17 (Troutville, VA)
4. Nathan Childress, age 15 (North Chesterfield, VA)
5. April Larson, age 17 (Bloomington, MN)
6. Sierra Reams, age 18 (Richmond, VA)
“Having such a diverse group of juniors has once again provided Team USA with strong, knowledgeable and experienced players to represent America as ambassadors of our sport,” said Team USA Selection Committee Chair Rick Doner. While not an easy process, it is designed to find the very best players and individuals who will represent America in this special event. We are delighted with the wonderful group of young ladies and men coming together to form Team USA.”
Launched in 2015, the Atlantic Challenge Cup features the best youth players from Europe and America in a Mosconi Cup style event. Six players on each team, four boys and two girls, battle it out on an annual basis to see who has bragging rights across the Atlantic. The event is the result of a joint venture between the Billiard Congress of America and the European Pocket Billiard Federation.
Stay tuned to AtlanticChallengeCup.com for continuous updates on the 2017 event.
Press release issued by the EPBF & BCA.
入選的美國青年隊男子選手，將由Ricky Evans、Nathan Childress、Manny Perez及Shane Wolford組成。Ricky為現任全國青少年9號球冠軍，並與Nathan同為2016年青少年世錦賽 美國隊成員，Shane則同為去年大西洋挑戰盃隊友，兩人將繼續攜手併肩作戰。女子方面，則將由2015年大西洋挑戰盃MVP April Larson與Sierra Reams為代表。
“雖然甄選的過程並不容易，但其主旨在選出代表美國隊的最佳成員。我們很高興擁有這群具有不同特質並經驗豐富的小球員們，他們不僅使美國隊更加強大，也成為我們這項運動的大使。” 美國選委會主席Rick Doner說道。
大西洋挑戰盃 (Atlantic Challenge Cup) 是一項由 EPBF 歐洲撞球協會 (European Pocket Billiard Federation)與 BCA 美國撞球協會 (Billiard Congress of America) 於2015年所創辦的一項新賽事，猶如莫斯考尼杯的青少年版，進行歐洲隊及美國隊的團體對抗賽，每隊將由4位男子及2位女子選手組成。