Jun 10, 2012 6:46 PM by Christina Lysacek
A not-so-typical trip to Las Vegas last week left five local men on cloud nine. The team of pool sharks sponsored by the Cat's Paw brought home second place trophies from an international billiards tournament at the Bally's Casino.
"It's pretty incredible to be involved with the tournament and to know that we're right at the top of all those teams and players," said David Seavey, captain of Cat's Paw 2, the team from Gallatin and Park counties who beat out more than 360 teams to make it to the final match where they lost to a team from Portugal.
"We were talking right before the final match and we all said this is what we've been playing for all our lives. It's not every day you get a chance to play Portugal for the Valley National 8-Ball League Association World Championship," said Adam Sansaver, a Cat's Paw 2 team member.
It's certainly not every day the team is playing on such a grand stage.
"At a local bar, you have maybe 2 or 3 tables, if you're going to Bally's to the international tournament there's literally hundreds of tables and thousands of people," said Seavey.
The team said that some of the matches they played in the Cat's Paw are what set them up for success.
"Some of our toughest matches have actually been against some of the other locals," said Joe Schwartzer, Cat's Paw 2 team member.
The team took home $7,000 and trophies to show for their success, but the most important thing they brought back to Montana is pride.
"We finished the highest of any team from the U.S. so basically what it boils down to is we really wanted to have a good showing for the town of Bozeman and ultimately for America," said Sansaver.
Even though some team members are letting this year's success sink in a little bit, Schwartzer is already looking to next year, "you know we have to set the bar higher next year and win it all."
One of the local women's intermediate teams also took second place in their division at the tournament.