The first six-figure prize ever offered for amateur pool players will be awarded next Sunday at Chattanooga Billiard Club East on Jordan Drive. CBC East will host 16 five-player 8-ball teams beginning Friday in the culmination of the inaugural USL Playoffs, and the winners will divide $100,000 while the second-place group will receive $40,000, the third-place team will get $20,000, the fourth-placers will divide $15,000 and two fifth-place teams will get $10,000. The other 10 teams will receive $5,000 each. The sweet 16 advanced to Chattanooga through a week of regional playoffs after the United Billiard Leagues' 16-week regular season, according to a release from the newly formed organization for amateur players. It features handicap rules giving inexperienced players equal opportunities with more advanced opponents. "Our dream was to have a system that allows everyone to compete, have fun and have a chance to win never-before-seen prize money," UBL co-founder Mike "Captain Hook" Sigel said in the release. Sigel has won 10 world pocket billiard titles and was technical adviser on the Paul Newman and Tom Cruise movie "The Color of Money," and he and UBL's other founder, Peter Margo, are in the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. Play at CBC East will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
» The ones who came the farthest were the most rewarded Saturday night at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Three of the first six championship bouts in the 2019 Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions were won by boxers from Hawaii — Breeanna Locquiao, Jazzelle Bobadilla and Asa Stevens — and another Hawaiian was a runner-up. The 10 male and 10 female champions represented 15 jurisdictions across the nation. Texas had two winners (Alexis Araiza-Mones and Den Tati-Mackaya) and four other finalists, and New York Metro had two champions (Orville Crooks and Krystal Dixon) and two runners-up. Michigan also had two champs, Morris Young Jr. and Joseph Hicks. The other weight-class winners were Anthony Johns, Abraham Perez, Mikiah Kreps, Erika Sanchez, Angel Barrera, Ariele Davis, Marcell Davidson, Morelle McCane, Brianna Che, Tika Hemingway and Antonio Mireles.
» Adam Bess won the King of the Mountain 4-mile road race Saturday on Lookout Mountain in 25 minutes, 45 seconds. Sloan Youngblood was second in 25:54, Haskell Murray third in 26:47, and the first two females were 12-year-olds Frances Bohner and Gilly Shumate, seventh and 10th overall in 28:35 and 29:59. A week earlier, Rodney Stoker won the Gordon Lee High School Trojan 5k in Chickamauga in 16:36; Ashley Dimaiolo was the women's winner in 27:05.