Balls were smacked and pockets were stuffed Thursday night as The Pit held and sponsored a one-on-one pool tournament.
Registration began at 7:30 p.m., and competitors began shooting for glory by 8 p.m. The tournament bracket was designed as a double elimination system, allowing each of the 37 registered student competitors to play in multiple games. The Pit supplied chicken wings and dipping sauces, as well as ice water.
CSC student and Pit worker Tobe Mbanugo, 23, of Abuja, Nigeria led the event.
“Every semester, we have a double or single pool tournament.”
He explained that pool is one of The Pit’s major events because it attracts so many players and spectators. The competition brought about 60 students and community members.
“It’s been really great,” Pit worker Konery Klueber, 20, of Rapid City, South Dakota, said of the turnout, “Its nice to see some new faces out here. You know, we always have the regulars down here during the week, but to see some more people come out and play and compete is always awesome.”
The third place prize, a $50 gift card, was won by Klueber. The second place prize was a $100 dollar gift card, earned by James Larson, 19, of Hill City, South Dakota. The first prize was a 32 inch Sanyo Roku smart HDTV. Senior Kyle McClaren, 23, of New Underwood, South Dakota, won the tournament. McClaren has competed in every pool tournament the Pit has held during his five-year collegiate career. This was McClaren’s first singles tournament victory, but he has had success in the past.
“I’ve won three doubles. I won a speaker every time. This is my first TV.” McClaren said with a triumphant grin.