Dart players...Grab a partner of your choice, register with payment to Steve Garrean Jr. prior to September 5th and represent any of Greater Omaha Leagues' bars in a Remote Doubles EQ CR Dart tournament on Sunday September 11th, 2016. Tournament will start at 1pm. Please verify that your represented location will be open for you to play prior to registering. Only 2 registrations will be allowed per board at a Greater Omaha League location, first come basis. The tournament will be a race to 3, All cricket equalized using Greater Omaha Leagues' Arachnid league software. Players will be able to follow the bracket on Challonge.com. Entry is $20/team, all monies will be paid back out.
1st - 50%, 2nd - 30%, 3rd - 15%, 4th - 5%.
If two divisions are played, the payouts will be as follows for each:
1st - 50%, 2nd - 30%, 3rd - 20%
Payments will be sent out via mail immediately the day following the tournament, unless winning players prefer to come to Central Distributing's office to collect.
All players registering must have a verifiable league average.
This event is also a Greater Omaha Leagues' Ultimate Qualifier event worth doubles points.
**If paying by check, checks must be made to Greater Omaha Leagues. There will be no entries allowed after the deadline.
It's that time again...signups for Greater Omaha Dart Leagues for the Fall 2016 season are being taken now through September 5th...but be warned, spots at bars fill up fast so don't wait to get your teams signed up.
Sunday 1pm Remote Adult/Youth Doubles CR/01
Sunday 4pm Remote Doubles CR
Monday 7:30pm Remote Doubles CR/01
Wednesday 7:30pm Cass Co. Travel 7.0 Cap Trios
Thursday 7:30pm Remote Team CR
Leagues start September 12th-18th
Andrew's Lounge (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
Auburn Bowling Alley (Auburn, Nebraska)
B & C Chaps Bar & Grill (Sidney, Iowa)
B & J's Lounge (Syracuse, Nebraska)
Big Al's Bar (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
Big John's Billiards (98th & M)
Blue Moon Bar & Grill (Hamburg, Iowa)
Caddy's Lounge/LakeRidge Golf (Beaver Lake, Nebraska)
Caddy Shack Bar & Grill (120th & Blondo)
Caddy Shack Bar & Grill (180th & Harrison)
Cigar Factory Bar & Grill (Plattsmouth, Nebraska)
Corner Bar (Fremont, Nebraska)
DC's Waterhole (Plattsmouth, Nebraska)
Dog House Saloon (Waterloo, Nebraska)
Driftwood Tavern (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
Fire Barn Sports Bar (96th & Hwy 370)
Fire Barn Sports Bar (Waterloo, Nebraska)
Glo Lounge (30th & Farnam)
Good Times Bar (Louisville, Nebraska)
Grant St Bar (90th & Grant)
Happy Bar (16th & California)
Journey's Bar (90th & Blondo)
Keystone Tavern (78th & Military)
Lighthouse Bar & Grill (156th & Maple)
Manley Hideaway (Manley, Nebraska)
Maplewood Lanes (101st & Maple)
Mockingbird Lanes (96th & Mockingbird)
Nebraska Brewing Co Taproom
Palooza's Sports Bar & Grill (120th & Military)
Phoenix Food & Spirits (120th & Blondo)
Plattsmouth Eagles 365 (Plattsmouth, Nebraska)
Plattsmouth VFW 2543 (Plattsmouth, Nebraska)
Redneck's Saloon (84th & Hascall)
Red Zone Sports Bar (Colon, Nebraska)
Rick's Drift Inn (33rd & I)
Rose & Crown Pub (16th & St. Mary's Ave)
Sandy's Bar & Grill (Nebraska City, Nebraska)
Shark Club (72nd & Center)
Steel Horse Saloon (Nehawka, Nebraska)
Stoli's Lounge (120th & Dodge)
Tanner's Bar & Grill (Ankeny, Iowa)
Tanner's Bar & Grill (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Tanner's Bar & Grill (156th & Maple)
Tanner's Bar & Grill (190th & Q)
Tanner's Bar & Grill (119th & Pacific)
Tanner's Bar & Grill (72nd & Harrison)
The Mark (Elkhorn, Nebraska)
The O Bar (156th & W Center)
Tiki Time Bar & Grill (Beaver Lake, Nebraska)
Tin Lizzy's Tavern (Fremont, Nebraska)
Underwood Bar (49th & Underwood Ave)
Wagon Wheel Bar & Grill (Nebraska City, Nebraska)
Wes Central Bar & Grill (Nebraska City, Nebraska)
Western Bowl (132nd & L)
Zach's Bar & Grill (Peru, Nebraska)
Wolfpack Junior National Team Surprises Even Themselves at 2016 NDA Junior National Dart Championships!
On June 27th, 2016 a collective sigh of relief was breathed as the culmination of 12 months worth of hard work, practicing and fundraising was complete for the 2016 Wolfpack Junior National Team. In what is always an extremely emotional weekend, this year's Junior National Dart Championships proved to be even more heartwarming.
This team, proudly known as "The Wolfpack", worked diligently over the course of the previous year to improve not only their dart skill, but their relationship and bond with their teammates. The Wolfpack considers itself as more of a brotherhood or family; they win together, they lose together, but more importantly than anything they support each other.
When asked if it was difficult managing a exponentially larger team this year (increasing from it's original four player roster), Coach Steve Garrean Jr. said that "Sure, at first there were a lot of different personalities and kids from different backgrounds, but over the course of 12 months those things begin to fade away and they begin to build friendships that will last for years to come." Coach Matt Winters added, "There were bumps along the way with an extended group of youth players, but in the end they find out that their brothers are there for them when needed most. This type of committed family style environment isn't for everyone, but we feel that is one of the biggest reasons we've seen the success we have thus far. We are not just a team, we are a family and it's nice to know there are a group of people that accept you for you and help in any way they can."
Along with their two other coaches, Gabe Ahlers from Louisville, Nebraska and Wes Babcock from Omaha, Nebraska; Garrean & Winters said the boys had a solid support system that included help with mechanics, personal advice and even coaches attending their school sporting events. The Wolfpack has created a formula that isn't easily duplicated, but you can't deny the success of what they've accomplished as a team...or should we say family.
Although the coaches said that they placed no expectations on this year's Junior National Championships, the Junior players had their own thoughts on the subject and even challenged Coach Matt Winters...if every one of the players won a National Championship, he would quit smoking. They almost fulfilled their side of the deal as the only player to fall short of a National Championship this year was returning 2015 National Champion Kole Gray; who finished with a National Runner-Up and three 4th place finishes this year.
The Wolfpack definitely met and exceeded any expectations they may have had, walking away with 8 National Championships, 3 National Runner-Ups, 1 National 3rd Place and 3 National 4th Place finishes! Here is a list of the individual accomplishments:
Singles Cricket Level 1: National Runner-Up Jeff Martens; Fremont, Nebraska
Singles Cricket Level 4: National Champion Kade Hansen; Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Singles Cricket Level 5: National 3rd Place Trenton Marasco; Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Singles 501 Level 1: National Champion Dallas Winters; Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Singles 501 Level 2: Back to Back National Champion Chance Taylor; Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Singles 501 Level 2: National Runner-Up Jeff Martens; Fremont, Nebraska
Singles 501 Level 4: National Champion Kade Hansen; Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Singles 501 Level 5: National Champion Trenton Marasco; Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Doubles 501 Level 1: National Champions Dallas Winters & Jeff Martens
Doubles 501 Level 3: National Champions Kade Hansen & Dylan Dietl
Doubles 501 Level 4: National Champions Trenton Marasco & Tabor Ahlers (Louisville, NE)
Trios Combo Level 2: National Runner-Up Kole Gray, Chance Taylor & Coach Steve Garrean Jr. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska)
On the night before the final event, Coach Matt Winters and sponsor M&R Darts of Spirit Lake, Iowa surprised the team with custom made jerseys that featured the team's logo and it's 2016 motto "The Strength of the Pack is the Wolf; and The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack". That must have fired up the team as the final day of competition, the Wolfpack walked away with 3 National Championships & a 4th place finish in their four efforts.
With a weekend filled with accolades out of a Hollywood movie, the Wolfpack has some added pressure for next year's 2017 NDA National Championship...not just attempting to defend their National Championships, but with the news that the tournament will be hosted in their hometown area of Omaha, Nebraska. So now they have the comfort of their familiar city, but the added pressure of not being defeated in their own backyard.
We asked Coach Steve Garrean Jr. how this will effect the team, to which he replied "This changes nothing. We will continue to be a family, support each other, work on the things we've always worked on and approach this next National Championship event the same way we have the past two. If it's not broken, why attempt to fix it".
The Wolfpack as a whole seems pretty excited about the 2017 NDA Junior National Championships coming to Omaha. Excited for the Junior players they've met from around the United States to come see their home town and of course for the weekend of fun and competition.
Coaches have already begun discussing the 2017 team and although no decisions have been made, they will be announced within the coming weeks and they are pretty confident in the choices they will make. They are looking for not just promising Junior darters, they say that's never been a deciding factor...they look for young players who they believe will fit the family atmosphere of The Wolfpack.
The 2016 Wolfpack would like to thank not only its endless support system among the dart community and hometowns; but also its sponsors, who all made the past year possible: Greater Omaha Leagues/Central Distributing Co., Alkar Billiards, Keeler & Associates, Eagles FOE #365, Wick'd Smoke BBQ, Vis Major Brewery & Taproom, M&R Darts, HJH Seamless, Ben's Game Zone, Lighthouse for a Change and Plattsmouth State Bank.
Dallas Winters, 14 years old of Plattsmouth and Chance Taylor, 15 years old of Plattsmouth both earned the right to compete against some of the best in the World by winning Regional Qualifier tournaments; and they did just that Memorial Day weekend at the 2016 Bullshooter World Finale in Rosemont, Illinois. Traveling with their "Wolfpack" Junior National team coaches, Steve Garrean Jr, Matt Winters & Wes Babcock they experienced the next level of competition against top tier talent.
Both Winters & Taylor challenged professional players in several matches featured on the event's live stream via YouTube. They managed to win a few of those challenges, but most importantly learned from that experience and had people throughout the ballroom talking all weekend. Their play also earned them an interview with Bulls Eye News, a National Dart Magazine, which will feature them in an upcoming edition.
Winters, with partner Donnie McConnell of Omaha, finished 13th in the World in the non-pro Doubles 501 tournament out of 246 of the World's best. That same team also made a run in the non-pro Doubles Cricket event, but fell short of placing. Both Winters & Taylor were recruited by numerous players to play with them in future tournaments.
Winters, Taylor and coaches would like to thank their sponsors for allowing them to experience the 2016 Bullshooter World Finale: Greater Omaha Leagues, Cold Steel Transfer LLC, MEB Lawncare & Landscape, Alkar Billiards, D&M Transport LLC, 3G's Bar & Grill, Blue Devil Lawncare & Blue Devil Storage.
Next up for the pair and their "Wolfpack" teammates is the 2016 NDA Junior National Championship June 24-26th in Bloomington, Minnesota and then the Nebraska State Games in July. Heading into the Junior National Championships, Chance Taylor & Kole Gray will be attempting to win back to back National Championships and Dallas Winters will try to turn last year's National Runner-Up into a National Championship.
The Coaches are excited about what lies ahead at the Junior National Championships and believes that they will return with more National Championships to add to the team's trophy case. You can follow what the team is doing on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/WolfpackNextGeneration
Open Masters Singles 501 DI/DO 5th Place --- Wade Tannahill
Open Singles 501 Level 1 (2nd Place) --- Donnie Holden
Level 2 (9th Place) --- Greg Sanders
Level 6 (7th Place) --- Keith Witcher
Level 7 (4th Place) --- Jason Higgins (One Source Amusement) **Friend of Greater O**
Level 7 (7th Place) ---Chad Davis
Level 7 (13th Place) --- Tony Cordy
Level 9 (7th Place) --- Ray Smith
Level 9 (9th Place) --- Brian Cordy
Level 10 (7th Place) --- Andrew Cordy
Level 11 (5th Place) --- Alisia Moreno
Level 12 (7th Place) --- Valerie Titus
Level 13 (13th Place) --- Tonya Knop
Open Singles CR Level 1 (13th Place) --- Brady Raines (Iowa) ***Friend of Greater O**
Level 3 (13th Place) --- Terry Blakey
Level 6 (5th Place) --- Bryce Mortensen (Sioux Falls) **Friend of Greater O**
Level 6 (9th Place) --- Dana Post
Level 6 (13th Place) --- Eric Earley
Level 7 (7th Place) --- Dereck Fischler (Mid-NE Coin) **Friend of Greater O**
Level 8 (9th Place) --- Chad Davis
Level 8 (13th Place) --- Keith Witcher
Level 9 (7th Place) --- Tony Cordy
Level 9 (9th Place) --- Andrew Thompson
Level 10 (13th Place) --- Anita Kincaid Neal
Level 12 (7th Place) --- Valerie Titus
Level 12 (13th Place) --- Alisia Moreno
Level 12 (13th Place) --- Andrew Cordy
Level 13 (2nd Place) --- Kelly Bradbury
Senior Singles Combo Level 1 (5th Place) --- George Collins
Mixed Doubles Combo Level 2 (3rd Place) --- Donnie Holden & Alisia Moreno
Level 2 (4th Place) --- Larry Evans & Bert Sundberg (Mid-NE Coin)
Level 3 (5th Place) --- Clark Bierle & Mary Reed
Level 4 (1st Place) --- Greg Sanders & Kelly Bradbury
Level 4 (7th Place) --- Chad Davis & Kim Stutsman
Level 5 (2nd Place) --- Andrew Wulf & Lindsay Wulf
Level 6 (4th Place) --- Bryan Finerson & Andrea Galvin
Level 6 (7th Place) --- Brian Cordy & Melanie Hiracheta
Level 6 (7th Place) --- Tonya Knop & Ray Smith
Open Doubles 501 Level 1 (1st Place) --- Donnie McConnell & George Collins
Level 1 (9th Place) --- Donnie Holden & Mike Kluver
Level 5 (5th Place) --- Justin Carter & Chris Gilbert
Level 6 (9th Place) --- Andrew Cordy & Tony Cordy
Level 7 (13th Place) --- John Mack & Penny Mack
Level 10 (1st Place) --- Kelly Bradbury & Andrea Galvin
Level 10 (5th Place) --- Steph Psota & Lindsay Wulf
Open Doubles CR Level 3 (4th Place) --- Cody Rawson & Dustin Rawson
Level 4 (2nd Place) --- Glenn Camper & Donnie Clark
Level 5 (13th Place) --- Justin Carter & Chris Gilbert
Level 6 (2nd Place) --- Bryan Finerson & Brian Dale
Level 7 (7th Place) --- Ray Acosta & Melissa Acosta
Level 8 (2nd Place) --- James Oliveri & Kelly Bradbury
Level 10 (3rd Place) --- Jennifer Anderson & Jennifer Hammer
Mixed Trips Combo Level 1 (2nd Place) --- Donnie Holden, Mike Kluver & Alisia Moreno
Level 3 (7th Place) --- Justin Carter, Chris Gilbert & Nellie Moreno
Level 5 (7th Place) --- Glenn Camper, Jennifer Hammer & Melanie Oliveri
Level 5 (7th Place) --- Andrew Cordy, Brian Cordy & Michaela Kraft
Open Team 501 Level 1 (5th Place) --- Terry Blakey, George Collins, Ken Rayfield, Greg Sanders
Level 2 (7th Place) --- Dustin Rawson, Cody Rawson, Chris Gilbert, Justin Carter
Level 3 (9th Place) --- Lavelle Harris, Earl Justus, Shawn McMiller, Keith Witcher
Level 4 (4th Place) --- Andrew Cordy, Brian Cordy, Tony Cordy, Ray Smith
Open Team Cricket Level 1 (4th Place) --- Donnie Holden, Mike Kluver, Donnie McConnell, Rick Molczyk
Level 1 (5th Place) --- Terry Blakey, George Collins, Ken Rayfield, Greg Sanders
Level 2 (3rd Place) --- Cody Rawson, Dustin Rawson, Chris Gilbert, Justin Carter
Level 4 (7th Place) --- Andrew Cordy, Brian Cordy, Tony Cordy, Ray Smith
Level 5 (9th Place) --- Cleo Beckham, Penny Mack, Paula Petersen, Robert Brown
With each year, the Heartland Dart Championships has grown at a stellar pace and this year was no different, in fact this year's event weekend saw a surge in participation. The event, which has been known as a great weekend of fun and travel is quickly becoming known for competition and friendship as well.
The 2016 Heartland Dart Championships was held April 15th-17th, 2016 in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year's events saw nearly 250 entries from all over the State of Nebraska competing in the events...a number that pushed the limits of their current venue, Captain Jack's Bar inside the Super Bowl FEC. Luckily, a larger venue has been secured for the upcoming years, which will allow the event to continue growing and improving upon what they have already accomplished. This tournament is open to all league players across the State of Nebraska and hopes that it will some day grow into a version of a State tournament, giving a weekend event for players of all skill levels and leagues a place to compete and socialize with one another.
The Heartland Dart Championships is an event weekend hosted, ran and promoted by Mid-NE Coin of Grand Island and co-promoted with Greater Omaha Leagues of Omaha, Nebraska. It is an annual event held the week before NDA's Team Dart, many players using this weekend as a warm-up for Team Dart. The Heartland Dart Championships features Men's & Women's Singles, Men's & Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Mixed Triples and new this year was Junior Singles. Each of these tournaments have multiple levels based upon players' league averages and participation.
Level 1 Champion - Wes Babcock, Omaha
Level 1 Runner Up - Larry Evans, Kearney
Level 1 3rd Place - Jake Pemberton, Grand Island
Level 1 4th Place - Dallas Winters, Plattsmouth
Level 2 Champion - Dereck Zinn, Fremont
Level 2 Runner Up - Danny Brodersen II, Plattsmouth
Level 2 3rd Place - Chance Taylor, Plattsmouth
Level 2 4th Place - Randy Maynard, Kearney
Level 3 Champion - Brad Ouderkirk, Grand Island
Level 3 Runner Up - Paul Lomasney, Grand Island
Level 3 3rd Place - Troy Houdek, Grand Island
Level 3 4th Place - Lucas Thompson, Grand Island
Level 1 Champion - Christina Wells, Grand Island
Level 1 Runner Up - Lindsey McAlevy, Shelton
Level 1 3rd Place - Cheryl Brodersen, Plattsmouth
Level 2 Champion - Tammy Moyer, Nebraska City
Level 2 Runner Up - Jessila Carr, Grand Island
Level 2 3rd Place - Courtney Ball, Omaha
Level 1 Champions - Terry Reilly, Grand Island & Shawn McIntosh, Grand Island
Level 1 Runner Up - Jeff Brindley, Fremont & Sonny Seyler, Plattsmouth
Level 1 3rd Place - Larry Evans, Kearney & Dennis McAlevy, Shelton
Level 2 Champions - Andy Prociw, Omaha & Rodney Ketchum Jr., Omaha
Level 2 Runner Up - Jeff Martens & Brian Martens, Fremont
Level 2 3rd Place - Mark Robinson & Shawn Schultz, Fremont
Level 3 Champions - Brandon Wolf & Dereck Zinn, Fremont
Level 3 Runner Up - Matt Winters & Steve Garrean Sr., Plattsmouth
Level 3 3rd Place - Steven Ross & Trenton Marasco, Plattsmouth
Level 1 Champions - Dodi Ouderkirk, Grand Island & Lindsey McAlevy, Shelton
Level 1 Runner Up - Tawney Pemberton & Christina Wells, Grand Island
Level 1 3rd Place - Terril Kennedy & Cheryl Brodersen, Plattsmouth
Level 2 Champions - Tammy Moyer & Sara Roberts, Nebraska City
Level 2 Runner Up - Tori Lorsung & Cindy Baker, Grand Island
Level 2 3rd Place - Julie Garrean, Plattsmouth & Kori Forsman, Omaha
Level 1 Champions - Aimee Ostdiek, Lawrence & Allen Newman, Hastings
Level 1 Runner Up - Amy Schlund & Travis Baier, Grand Island
Level 1 3rd Place - Debbie Jones, Grand Island & Wes Babcock, Omaha
Level 2 Champions - Sara Roberts & Cyle Johnson, Nebraska City
Level 2 Runner Up - Shaylynn Sauder & Robert Wagner, Grand Island
Level 2 3rd Place - Anne McKinney, Plattsmouth & Shawn Schultz, Fremont
Level 1 Champions - Amy Schlund, Jake Pemberton & Travis Baier, Grand Island
Level 1 Runner Up - Lori Hunt, Larry Evans & Brad Luff, Kearney
Level 1 3rd Place - Rochelle Bunner, Doniphan; Terry Reilly & Ron Powers, Grand Island
Level 2 Champions - Julie Garrean, Dallas Winters & Chance Taylor, Plattsmouth
Level 2 Runner Up - Bert Sundberg, Jeremy Gnuse & Dan Antle, Grand Island
Level 2 3rd Place - Jessila Carr, Ruben Luna & Adam Stibolt, Grand Island
Level 3 Champions - Christina Wells, Brandon Gish & Paul Hansen, Grand Island
Level 3 Runner Up - Nellie Risewish, Cory Fulton & Scott Breitkreutz, Grand Island
Level 3 3rd Place - Amy Fuchs, Tyson Bonahoom & Matt Malouf, Hastings
Champion - Dallas Winters, Plattsmouth
Runner Up - Trenton Marasco, Plattsmouth
3rd Place - Jeff Martens, Fremont
Sunday April 24th, 2016 marked a very eventful day for the Plattsmouth VFW #2543 as two dozen pool players from around the region marched in to claim the inaugural King of Cass County 8-ball Championship!
The venue was unsure of what the turnout may be with the weather nice and other conflicting events, but needless to say they were extremely happy with the outcome of their first installment of the event. As always, there were things to improve on, but those improvements will be made and next year will be bigger and better.
2016 King of Cass County 8-Ball Champion: Dave Davis, Beaver Lake, Nebraska
Runner-Up: Gabe Record, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
3rd Place: Sonny Seyler, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Two of the coaches of Greater Omaha Leagues' Junior National Dart team, known as the "Wolfpack", have come up with an interesting way to raise money to help fund the team's trip back to the 2016 NDA Junior National Championships. The two coaches, Matt Winters, of Plattsmouth and Gabe Ahlers, of Louisville have laid out a challenge to the supporters of the team.
If supporters can help the team raise $300.00 before May 14th, 2016 the two coaches have agreed to shoot in the team's May 21st fundraiser Luck of the Draw while wearing make-up. To set an even higher goal, the coaches have said if at least $500.00 is raised they will shoot in that same tournament, but with dresses and shaven legs added to the ensemble.
The team's May 21st event is their last big push towards the goal needed to send the team fully funded back to the NDA Junior tournament in Bloomington, Minnesota this Summer. The event will feature the aforementioned Luck of the Draw dart tournament, a BBQ cookout with meals available for purchase, 50/50 raffle drawings and prize raffle drawings. The event will be held at the team's sponsored home location; the Fraternal Order of Eagles #365 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.
This will be the "Wolfpack's" second trip to the NDA Junior National tournament, which was also held in Bloomington, Minnesota last year. Last year, the Wolfpack consisted of Chance Taylor, Kole Gray, Dallas Winters and Trent Record with coaches Steve Garrean Jr. & Matt Winters. Chance Taylor left last year's event with two Junior National Championships; Kole Gray also returned as a National Champion, Dallas Winters finished with a National Runner-up & Winters and Record finished with a 3rd place medal in a Doubles event.
The team definitely set the bar high last year, but expects similar results from this year's team; which has expanded. The Wolfpack now consists of several more players and twice as many coaches. The coaches said that this year's journey back to the Nationals has been tough, but they expect the end result to be worth every minute. They are already scouting for potential members of next year's team...most of their scouting process takes place during the Summer's Tuesday night Adult/Youth Doubles league held at the Eagles in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.