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Local players prepare for Junior Pool Championships

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — The VNEA Junior Pool International Championships begin Thursday in South Sioux City. The River City Youth Pool league of Sioux City is preparing to compete in the Championships.

The River City Youth Pool league is made up of players ages 8 to 20 years old. They have six total teams, and two girls teams competing in the championships this week. The River City league is set up to teach young people the sport of pool as a source of entertainment for the rest of their lives.They spend a lot of time together so they’ve become a big family.

“It’s really nice having a community,” said Dallas Smith. “Pool almost seems like dying sport and we’re trying to revive it here. I feel blessed to have these people around me while I’m playing.”

“This team is honestly my favorite group of people I’ve been around,” said Crystal Birdsell. “They’re nice, they’re caring, They’re there for you every step of the way and they help you a lot.”

South Sioux City was elected to host the Junior Championships last year and this year. The players in the River City Youth League enjoy having the competition close to home.

“It’s right in the middle of the United States for everybody to meet in the middle,” said Jackson Newton. “It’s cool meeting people from all over the world. I love that part but to have it here two times in a row, there’s nothing better than that.”

The VNEA Junior Pool International Championships begins Thursday at the Delta Hotels Center in South Sioux City.

Devin Reiners

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