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By Jack Hammill sports@civitasmedia.com



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COLDWATER — E.J. Tackett is the new champion of the PBA Central Regional Lefeld Implement Classic.


And he was quick to give thanks for his performance to the full house who were in attendance for the final rounds on Sunday afternoon in Coldwater.


“I really want to thank all of you that showed up this afternoon to root for us,” Tackett said. “It is you that makes this tournament happen for us and we are most appreciative for your efforts.”


Tackett of Huntington, Ind., defeated Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., in the finals by a tally of 221-193 in a match which was closer than the final score.


Page rolled well, but could not overcome two 6-8 pocket splits and brutal 8 pin leave that cut short his rally at the end of the match.


Tackett had jumped out to the lead through the eight-game qualifying block, as he outdistanced 2009 Champion Chris Loschetter of Avon, by 82 pins in a dominant first-round performance.


Tackett then stumbled back to the pack and was passed by Dakota Daniels of Whiting, Ind., in the Round of 32. He struggled even more in the Round of 16 falling to fourth, as he was passed by Daniels, Loschetter and Page.


His first game in the Round of 8, a 254, catapulted him again to the top of the leaderboard and the top seed in the stepladder final.


Brandon Novak actually made the big move of the day. He was in 15th place when the day began just above the No. 16 cut line. He rolled well in each of the eliminator blocks on Sunday to challenge for one of the top four spots in the stepladder.


When Daniels went wide with his fill ball and left three pins it created the need for a one game rolloff for the final playoff spot.


Novak would eliminate Daniels, 197-170. He would then defeat fan-favorite Chris Loschetter, who clearly deserved a better fate 233-223 when the 10-pin simply forgot it was supposed to fall when crushed.


Page eliminated Novak in a match, which went to the 10th frame, 210-204, for the right to face Tackett in the finals.

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