Rest in peace, Rick – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

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RIP Rick Reynolds; March of 1953- February 5, 2022. In Ancient history, Rick was instrumental to Fort Bragg Pool League, having helped organize and then play in our present-day League. In high school, Rick was a standout Basketball player, with trophies from playing different sports. He was an avid golfer and was always the best player in most any foursome he joined. It should be no surprise then that he was also a standout pool player. Look at names on the top-shooter of the League Trophy, and you will see Ricks’ name, not once, but multiple times. His generosity was in his willingness to teach anyone methods to improve their pool game. Greg Puderbaugh credits Rick for advancing his pool game, and many others benefited from Rick’s instructions. We played a couple of racks of 8-ball at Welcome Inn a few weeks ago. Rick was sitting and relaxing and watching the game at the pool table closely. I asked him to play, and he, his face brightening and with honest enthusiasm, nodded yes. In our games, Rick played well and was smiling and joking a bit. I thought at the time that playing pool was likely one of Ricks’ favorite things in this life. I wish he could play in the 2022 Fort Bragg Spring Pool League, but that was just not in the cards for him.

If you are feeling some slight sniffles, don’t go to Pool League! We have people already becoming ill with colds and flu. We all want to keep the Pool League going, and teams can’t afford to lose even one player. So if you feel even slightly under the weather, please stay home and limit exposure to any illness of yours to any other people; we need to look out for the general public and our League players and their families.

For Tuesday, 02/08/2022:

Team position: Angelia’s Grill and Bar Team #1: 2 wins; Angelina’s Grill and Bar Team #2: 0 wins; Golden West Saloon Team #1: 1 win; Golden West Saloon Team #2: 0 wins; Milano Bar Team #1: 2 wins; Milano Bar Team #2: 1 win; Tip Top Lounge Team #1: 2 wins; Tip Top Lounge Team #2: 1 win; Welcome Inn Team #1: 1 win; Welcome Inn Team #2: 0 wins.

Top players of their Team: Angelina’s Grille & Bar Team #1: Hugh Miller, Josh Thomason are tied; Angelina’s Grille & Bar Team #2: Rosendo Padillo; Golden West Saloon Team #1: Trent Ducati, Luke Pedersen are tied; Golden West Team #2: Dave Hill; Milano Bar Team #1: Jorge Ek, Gabe Medina, Flaco Pat, Mike VanHorne, and Joel Vidal are tied; Milano Bar Team #2: Mark Wright; Tip Top Lounge Team #1: Dan Casteel, Luis Medina, Victor Munoz are tied; Tip Top Lounge team #2: Jason Hawk; Welcome Inn Team #1: Mike Bohanon; Welcome Inn Team #2: Schlagh Fredson.

Top players in League: Dan Casteel, Luis Medina, Hugh Miller, Victor Munoz, and James Thomason are presently tied with no losses so far this season.

Visit Angelina’s Grille & Bar, Golden West Saloon, Milano Bar, Tip Top Lounge, or Welcome Inn: all maintain a calendar of League play. Look to the list for someone you know and find where they are playing. You might join a team, make new friends, or watch 8-ball games as they are played. League play starts every Tuesday at 7 pm ending by 10 pm. Tournaments, if held, will be after League or on a different night. Tournament schedules are posted on the bulletin boards, and anyone can enter. If visiting Fort Bragg, test your game with local players! Good company, food, music, a full bar, and Shuffleboard. With dice, dart, and corn-hole games in addition to billiards for entertainment. Angelina’s Grill and Bar also features Karaoke Friday evenings. If you like a venue with an outdoor patio, try Milano Bar, friendly patrons, a full-service bar, and a patio with a corn-hole game, or relax and enjoy the fresh air. Come, spend the day at Fort Bragg.

Cue Tip: Stop practicing if you are not having any fun practicing your pool game. When you do practice, figure out some way to make it fun. It is hard to learn if you are tense and unhappy with the effort. Try setting realistic goals and add some fun to them. It is more fun when playing regular games because you are competing with another person. Maybe add a person to your practice play? Place the balls in exact positions, and play them. Your practice partner resets them and tries to beat your score. If you are without a practice partner — invent one, they call that, “playing the Ghost.” Contact me at mcbohanon@gmail.com.

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