Mountaineer 8-Ball league overcomes tough season to donate to Hospice

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Members of the Mountaineer 8-Ball League make a $500 donation to Hospice of the Panhandle. Pictured from left:  Mike Rinker, Sr., co-owner of Brass Rail; Mike Rinker, Jr., co-owner of Brass Rail; Larry Timbrook, captain of Brass Rail III; Bonnie Saville, secretary of Mountaineer 8-Ball League; Johnna Shreve, Hospice of the Panhandle team leader; Sandy Shanholtz, president of Mountaineer 8-Ball League; David Shanholtz, treasurer of Mountaineer 8-Ball League; and Steve Hines, captain of Brass Rail I team.

Members of the Mountaineer 8-Ball League make a $500 donation to Hospice of the Panhandle. Pictured from left: Mike Rinker, Sr., co-owner of Brass Rail; Mike Rinker, Jr., co-owner of Brass Rail; Larry Timbrook, captain of Brass Rail III; Bonnie Saville, secretary of Mountaineer 8-Ball League; Johnna Shreve, Hospice of the Panhandle team leader; Sandy Shanholtz, president of Mountaineer 8-Ball League; David Shanholtz, treasurer of Mountaineer 8-Ball League; and Steve Hines, captain of Brass Rail I team.

Despite a tough year for the local pool league, captain Larry Timbrook and his team Brass Rail III won the Mountaineer 8- Ball League Season Championship and the Mountaineer 8 Ball League Playoff Championship.

As the season’s winners, they then got to choose who would receive a $500 donation from the league. The team chose Hospice of the Panhandle to be the recipient.

Getting to the end of the season was no easy feat for Brass Rail III and several other teams. It began in October when one of the host bars decided it could no longer sponsor its three teams.

Fortunately Mike Rinker, Sr. and Mike Rinker, Jr., owners of the Brass Rail, stepped up to host one of the orphaned teams, Brass Rail III.

One of the other teams was adopted by another local bar. Unfortunately, the third team was never able to relocate. The majority of the players joined other teams.

A few months later, a bar that hosted two teams closed. To allow the teams to finish the season, Rinker, said that they would hold more games at the Brass Rail so that all of the teams could finish the season.

Fittingly, it was one of his teams that won both the season championship and the playoff championship.

The members of the winning team are Larry Timbrook, Bonnie Saville, Danny Quinn, Mike Rothgeb, Bill Smith, Presley Talley, John Garber, Dennis Moore, June Prescop, Glen Sirbaugh, Randy Conneway, Michael Rothgeb, Keith Rothgeb, Jeff Kerns, Chuck Riley, Rhonda Newcamp and Paul Sirbaugh.

The league is always looking for new members. If anyone is interested in joining the Mountaineer 8-Ball Pool League, please call Bonnie Saville at (304) 703-4997.

A meeting will be held August 12 and Saville hopes that 2 or 3 new teams will be joining the league. “We aren’t sure what we are looking at yet this season,” she said, “but we hope it’s a little less hectic than last year.

The new season will be starting in October.

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