The sharpshooters of Columbus are out competing on Wednesday nights in a summer pool league.
Every week teams from BT’s, Eagles Club and Maximus meet at the bar and shoot a few games. The teams are made up of three people, who will play each person on the team three times for nine games apiece per week.
This year’s summer league has seven teams competing.
DJ Donoghue is on one of the teams and competed at Maximus on Wednesday with his teammates Perry Peace and Brandon Lotspeich.
Donoghue, who said he has played pool from a young age and got into the pool league after observing some people play when he was working as a bartender, mentioned multiple reasons why he enjoys shooting in the league.
“I think it’s relaxing for one,” Donoghue said. “It’s competitive and you can learn something new everything single time you play.”
Donoghue mentioned there is sometimes friendly banter with the competition, but by playing with the same people, you build bonds over time.
“I think we give each other a hard time once in a while, but we play with the same group,” Donoghue said. “So you get to know the people and become friends.”
If anyone is interested in playing, they could contact Jason Miller at Top Score, 1363 23rd Ave. Top Score also has dart leagues available for anyone interested in that.
You can also find more information on the website http://topscoregames.com/
Right now, the team in the lead is BT’s Breakers which consists of Kevin Hamling, Scott Gottschall, Bob Hiner and Sandy French.
BT’s Bill is in second place, followed by BT’s JEM in third. Eagles Jerry Kids is in fourth, Donoghue’s team Maximus DJ is in fifth, BT’s Eric is in sixth, and Eagles The Cruisers is in seventh.
Matt Loseke of BT’s JEM and Eagles Jerry Kids’ Jerry Maca are tied with the high game winning percentage at 72.22 percent.
The league runs 14 weeks and is currently in the sixth week of competition. August 29 is the last day of the season.
Most of the games are played at BT’s Bar who normally host four teams a week.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at peter.huguenin at lee.net