‘Breaking Balls’ looks for Vegas win

Published 6:25 pm Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Farmville Herald

Following a motorcycle accident that left her struggling to use her arm, the game of pool became a therapeutic activity designed to help Dawn Kingsley with rehabilitation.

Now it has become much more for the Dillwyn resident as she is the captain of the American Pool Association Central Virginia championship team.

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The six-member group known as “Breaking Balls” consists of men and women from Buckingham, Farmville and Dillwyn. The group is made up mostly of mothers and sons playing together.

Kingsley is joined by her sons, Gary LaFontaine (co-captain) and Jason LaFontaine, on the team. Edna Baldwin, her son Lee Baldwin and Karen Leighty round out the team.

After winning the Farmville area tournament, “Breaking Balls” traveled to Richmond to compete in regional play, where they took on teams from areas such as Charlottesville Richmond.

For claiming first place and winning the Central Virginia title, the team brought home a $5,250 prize.

After claiming that tile, the team will now be heading to Las Vegas to compete in the international competition against teams from throughout the United States and other countries. The winner of this event will bring home a $25,000 prize.

In 2013, this group also went to Las Vegas for the international tournament and won the event. They will be looking for their second title in three years as they leave on Saturday to compete.

The team is part of a seven-team group in the Farmville area that plays on Monday nights at Badeaux’s Cajun Kitchen at Bar 202, The Fishin Pig and Main Street Lanes.