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2024 EVENT 1

March 9-10

Shooters Family Billiards

Wayne NJ


          - 32 player field -

  1st  $725  Briana Miller

  2nd  $525  Rachel Lang

  3rd  $350  Joann Mason Parker

  4th  $250  Giovanna Napolitano

  5th  $120  Kia Burwell

       $120  Melissa Jenkins

  7th  $ 75  Jay Pass

       $ 75  Linda Cheung



Briana Miller


~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, March 14, 2024

Adopting the idea that 'a picture is worth a thousand words,’ we offer the graphic representation of what Briana Miller has accomplished on the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT) over the past two years, during which time, she has also been the tour’s director. Last year’s accomplishments are in the top row (l to r) and the year before, the bottom row.


      Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Oct Nov Dec

        1      1     13    1     1  split   2     1      1     1      5


      Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Oct Nov Dec

        1      1      -     1    1    2    1      2      1   split    

‘Split’ means there was not a final match. And ‘no,’ we don’t know what happened last May. Translated, it all means that Miller has won 40% of the JPNEWT events (14 of 21, not including ‘splits’) in which she has competed over the past two years. The chart does not include (though the percentage calculation does) that she won this past weekend’s (March 9-10), 2024 season opener, going undefeated at the $750-added event which drew 32 entrants to Shooter’s Family Billiards in Wayne, NJ.

In the four matches that preceded her appearance in the hot seat match (30 games), Miller gave up just two racks; one to Jenn Pederson and another to Bianca Martinez in the first two rounds. She then shut out both Linda Cheung and, in a winners’ side semifinal, Melissa Jenkins.

Miller’s eventual opponent in the hot seat match, Rachel Lang, had something of a ‘tougher row to hoe’ as she opened her campaign in a double-hill battle against Shuang Gao. She survived that to down Roseann Daw 7-3 before Joann Mason challenged her, double hill, in a winners’ side quarterfinal. She advanced again to up give up a single rack to Giovanna Napolitano in the other winners’ side semifinal.

Lang chalked up more than twice as many racks against Miller in the hot seat match than all of Miller’s previous opponents combined. It was one of those almost double-hill matches (7-5) that sent Lang off to the semifinals, leaving Miller in the hot seat. If there were a generic, physical JPNEWT ‘hot seat’ – a director’s chair, for example –  they could create one with Miller’s name on it and it would be right, most of the time.

Jenkins came over to the loss side and picked up Mason, who’d followed her narrow loss to Miller with two straight shutouts, over Judie Wilson and Jay Pass.

Napolitano drew Kia Burwell, who’d been sent to the loss side by Bianca Martinez in the opening round and worked her way through five matches that included the recent elimination of Carol V. Clark 7-2 and Linda Cheung 7-3.

Parker defeated Jenkins 7-1, as Napolitano sent Burwell home 7-4. Parker then defeated Napolitano 7-3 in the quarterfinals, before suffering the same 7-3 fate at the hands of Lang in the semifinals.

Miller tightened the racks-against screws in the finals. She gave up two less (3) than she’d given up in the hot seat match, completing her undefeated run to claim her 14th JPNEWT title and her first of the new season. 

Miller, in her role as tour director, thanked the ownership and staff at Shooters Family Billiards for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards Superstore, InTheBox Sportswear, PA Pro-Am Pool, Mezz Cues and George Hammerbacher (Advanced Pool Instructor).

For its next stop, the JPNEWT will return to the city/town of Somersworth, NH (it’s officially recognized as both) on the state’s southeastern border with Maine. The $1,000-added event, scheduled for the weekend of April 6-7, will be hosted by Buster’s Billiards in Somersworth.

2024 EVENT 2

April 6-7

Busters Billiards

Somersworth NH


          - 38 player field -

  1st  $825  Briana Miller

  2nd  $615  Emily Buddy

  3rd  $410  Ashley Benoit

  4th  $300  Stacey Tonkin

  5th  $160  Sandy Cheng

       $160  Donna Switzer

  7th  $100  Jane Im

       $100  Mindy Maialetti


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Emily Duddy, Briana Miller

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Jane Im, Emily Daddy, Ashley Benoit, Stacey Tonkin, Donna Switzer, Briana Miller, Sandy Cheng, Mindy Maialetti


~ Skip Maloney, AZBilliards, April 10, 2024

In a way of figuring out how to say, yet another time, that Briana Miller won a stop on the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT), we searched for the Numerology significance of her latest victory – #17, earned over the past three years. She picked up that 17th win this past weekend (April 6-7), going undefeated at a $1,000-added event that drew 38 entrants to Buster’s Billiards in Somersworth, NH.

Turns out, according to the Affinity Numerology Web site that 17 is a “business number, specifically an independent business. People with that number in a major position on their numerology chart tend to be focused on building things intended to last for many generations, either material or social, and doing the building in their self-determined way.”

Sounds about right, as Miller, in her second full year as JPNEWT’s tour director, has arguably done as much in that position as she’s done at the tables for all 17 of her wins; the tour being in New Hampshire over the weekend being one of many ways that she’s impacted the ‘business’ of the JPNEWT, while simultaneously ‘building’ on her own skills at the table.

Miller was challenged twice in the event by WPBA compatriot, Emily Duddy. Miller opened with victories over Mindy Maialetti 7-2, Amanda Connolly 7-1 and Erica Testa 7-4 to draw Duddy in the first of their two in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Ashley Benoit, in the meantime, got by Hannah Leedberg and Emily Smith, both 7-3 and then, defeated Amanda Laverriere 7-5 to pick up Stacey Tonkin in the other winners’ side semifinal.

Miller defeated Duddy the first time 7-3, as Benoit advanced to join her in the hot seat match with a 7-1 victory over Tonkin. Miller and Benoit battled to double hill before Miller closed it out to claim the seat.


On the loss side, Duddy opened up against Donna Switzer, who came into the match with four loss-side wins that included the recent elimination of Laverriere 7-4 and Jane Im 7-3. Tonkin drew Sandy Cheng, who’d lost her opening match to Laverriere and was at the tail end of a six-match, loss-side streak that had recently eliminated Erica Testa 7-4 and Mindy Maialetti 7-3.

Duddy and Tonkin ended both loss-side streaks. Cheng put up a double-hill fight versus Tonkin, but it was Tonkin who advanced to the quarterfinal. Duddy downed Switzer 7-2 to join her.

Duddy won the next two matches 7-5, defeating Tonkin in the quarterfinals and Benoit in the semifinals for a second shot at Miller, waiting for her in the hot seat. Miller concluded her ‘business-like’ undefeated run with a second victory over Duddy 7-2.

In her role as TD, Miller thanked the ownership and staff at Buster’s along with title sponsor J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards Superstore, InTheBox Sportswear, PA Pro-Am Pool (livestream), Mezz Cues and George Hammerbacher (Advanced Pool Instructor). The JPNEWT will be back in New England for its next stop. Scheduled for the weekend of May 18-19, the $1,000-added event will be hosted by Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT. 

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