Greater Omaha Leagues' Junior National Team, The Wolfpack, has been holding weekly practice sessions at their "home" location, Eagles FOE #365 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Each week, on Sunday evening, the team gets together to practice darts and socialize with each other to build the team bond. At these practice sessions, the coaches have been taking turns providing pizza and raffle prizes for those players who participate in the events.
As part of these practice sessions, Coach Steve Garrean Jr thought it would be a great opportunity to solicit the help of local professional dart players to share some of their knowledge and experience, by requesting them to host some clinics for the group of Junior players. The first of these clinics will take place on Sunday April 2nd, 2017 when professionals Anthony Croker and Brandon Neal lead an educational clinic that may touch on numerous topics, such as professionalism, situational strategy, technique, mental focus and a multitude of others.
The next stop of competition for the Wolfpack team is in just a couple short weeks when they travel to compete in several events at the 2017 Heartland Dart Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska on April 14-16th. Some of the events they will be competing in are Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles & Mixed Trips. Wolfpack members Chance Taylor & Dallas Winters are reigning Heartland Dart Champions in the Mixed Trips Level 2 event, along with Coach Julie Garrean. The team is excited to for the competition and chance to get the valuable experience leading up to the National Championships.
The Wolfpack Junior National team is in the home stretch of it's 2017 campaign, which will culminate in the 2017 NDA Junior National Championships...which this year is being held right here in Omaha, Nebraska. The members of the Wolfpack, many of whom are former & current Junior National Champions with the NDA are excited to represent their state and "Defend the Den" as they have coined as their slogan this year.
If you would like to follow the team on their journey, you can do so at the Facebook page by clicking this LINK.
Greater Omaha Leagues hosted a singles tournament on Saturday March 18th, as part of its series of remote tournament offerings. Overall, 51 players, from 15 different Greater Omaha locations, competed in four different divisions based upon skill level. The tournaments proved to be very competitive and left many players asking for remote tournaments to be held more frequently. Currently Greater Omaha hosts a remote tournament once every 4-6 weeks.
1st Place - Brad Drews (Dugout in Fremont, Nebraska)
2nd Place - Mark Robinson (Tin Lizzy's in Fremont, Nebraska)
3rd Place - Steve Garrean Jr (Eagles #365 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska)
1st Place - Cody Lasovich (Phoenix in Omaha, Nebraska)
2nd Place - Jesse Bachmann (Corner Bar in Fremont, Nebraska)
3rd Place - Aaron Halagarda (Eagles #365 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska)
1st Place - Aayla Woerth (Big Al's in Council Bluffs, Iowa)
2nd Place - Kael Nauslar (Rick's Drift Inn in Omaha, Nebraska)
3rd Place - Dave Baker (NC Eagles in Nebraska City, Nebraska)
1st Place - Alec Engelsman (Phoenix in Omaha, Nebraska)
2nd Place - Kelsey Dietl (VFW 2543 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska)
3rd Place - Tim Calabro (Big Al's in Council Bluffs, Iowa)
The next Greater Omaha Leagues remote tournament offering is scheduled for Saturday April 29th, 2017 and is slated to be a Mixed Doubles event in remembrance of former league player and ambassador, Kim Burgess. Registration and payment for that event is due by April 23rd.
Each year, Arachnid, makers of the Galaxy 3 dartboards, hosts a series of Regional Dart Championships in numerous States around the US and other countries, to give players the chance to compete against a higher level of opponent. Each of these "Bullshooter" Regional Championships has a guaranteed payout of $10,000.00 and the top 4 finishers in each event earn a qualifying card for them to compete in the Bullshooter World Finals in Rosemont, Illinois each year on Memorial Day weekend...the final two earning a professional status with Arachnid. The finals has a payout of $140,000.00 and is the scene for the best of the best in the United States and beyond to compete for the Bullshooter World Championship.
With Nebraska's Bullshooter Regional tournament being one of the last of the series, it's no wonder that the attendance is among the largest year in and year out. Players flock to the Nebraska Bullshooter Regional from states all over the Midwest and even Texas, California, etc. for the final chance to earn their qualifying card or professional status with Arachnid.
Each year, Greater Omaha Leagues has had more players participate in the Regional events and this year was no different. There were several of our league players that had good showings in the events, with a few that really shined. Among those that placed high were Ken Quade and Steve Garrean Jr; who took home a runner-up in the Open Doubles 501 event, earning both of them qualifying cards and professional status.
This year's Bullshooter also saw a pair of Greater Omaha's Junior players from their Junior National competition team, "The Wolfpack", earn qualifying cards for the World Finale. Dallas Winters (sponsored by Ultimate Team Gear and M&R Darts) finished 4th place in Open Doubles 01 with Coach Gabe Ahlers and Cameran Runge finished 4th place in the Women's Singles tournament. Gabe Ahlers & Dallas Winters also placed 5th in the Open Doubles Cricket event and Winters added a 5th place finish in the Mixed Doubles event with partner Cheryl Brodersen. Greater Omaha Leagues are proud of each and every one of their players who came out to compete in the tournament and represent our leagues. The next stop for many of our players is the Heartland Dart Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska on April 14-16th.
Greater Omaha Leagues' Junior National Team, The Wolfpack is getting ready to start their apparel fundraiser to help raise money to pay for Junior Nationals this year. They have partnered with All Star Shirts & More of Bellevue, Nebraska to offer high quality "Wolfpack" apparel so players, families and friends can show their support for the team, while helping them meet their fundraising goal.
The Junior dart team needs to raise money to help cover the expenses of competing in the 2017 NDA Junior National Championships in June. Some of those expenses are event entries, team shirts, meals and hotel stay throughout the weekend. This year's Junior National tournament is being held in Omaha, Nebraska...meaning the Wolfpack has the added pressure of duplicating their success from previous years in their own hometown.
To help support the Wolfpack players, you can order a variety of apparel directly from one of the players, coaches or parents. You can print a copy of the order form or simply contact one of the aforementioned people to place your order. Some of the clothing options are T-shirts (both short & long sleeve), moisture wicking poly T-shirts (both short & long sleeve), polo shirts, hoodies, beanies & baseball caps. All checks should be made to All Star Shirts & More. All orders and money must be turned in on April 9th during the team's practice session and apparel should be delivered 2-4 weeks following.
The Wolfpack Junior National team would like to sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts. As always, we coaches like to add a little spin on things...the player/coach who sells the most items will win a $50.00 gift certificate to our team's sponsor Alkar Billiards in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as a gift basket of other prizes.
Wolfpack: She-Wolves: Coaches:
Captain - Kade Hansen Captain: Cameran Runge Steve Garrean Jr.
Dallas Winters Kathleen Villarreal Matt Winters
Chance Taylor Madison Andera Gabe Ahlers
Kole Gray Kilee Jean Molczyk Jeff Martens
Trenton Marasco Tiffanie Dietl Jessica Jordan
Dylan Dietl Michaela Brodersen Julie Garrean
Tabor Ahlers Kiairra Markham