Saturday September 26th marked the date of the first fundraiser for the 2016 Greater Omaha Leagues' Junior National team, nicknamed "The Wolfpack" and affectionately known as "The Pack".
The first fundraiser was a Luck of the Draw dart tournament to allow supporters to get to know the new faces on the team, as well as see them in action. The event also featured 50/50 raffles and prize raffles, as well as the ability to purchase the team's wristbands.
Many of you may be familiar with the team from their 2015 Junior National quest, which resulted in multiple National Championships and other trophies being brought back with the team. This year the team has expanded greatly, introducing 11 new youth players; along with two new coaches.
2016 Team Roster:
Chance Taylor, 14 years old, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Kole Gray, 16 years old, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Dallas Winters, 14 years old, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Jeff Martens, 19 years old, Fremont, Nebraska
DJ Bibler, 16 years old, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Dylan Dietl, 16 years old, Nehawka, Nebraska
Kade Hansen, 13 years old, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Tabor Ahlers, 12 years old, Louisville, Nebraska
Brandon Ketchum, 20 years old, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Trenton Marasco, 13 years old, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Ryley Kellison, 17 years old, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Steve Garrean Jr, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Matt Winters, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Gabe Ahlers, Louisville, Nebraska
Wes Babcock, Omaha, Nebraska
One name that you may have noticed missing is that of Trenton Record, from last year's team. Unfortunately Record moved away following the 2015 National tournament and was not able to participate on this year's squad. The coaches continue to keep in contact with him through social media and remain available to him for advice.
The coaches are very excited about this new team and the progress and potential that they are already showing. With the next nine months to continue working with them and getting them great experience, they believe the sky is the limit for this squad. The returning players are looking to successfully defend their National Championship & National Runner-up status and the new members are looking to make some heads turn themselves.
The team and the coaches thank everyone who came out to support them and look forward to future fundraising events, such as bake sales, chili cook-offs, car washes, raffles, pancake feeds and of course a few more dart tournaments too.
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Results of Luck of the Draw dart tournament:
1st Place: Wes Babcock, Omaha & Matt Winters, Plattsmouth
2nd Place: Dallas Winters, Plattsmouth & Aaron Halagarda, Plattsmouth
3rd Place: Chance Taylor, Plattsmouth & Jeff Martens, Fremont
4th Place: Brian Martens, Fremont & Ryley Kellison, Plattsmouth