Schetrompf Making Mark With Pool Skills
Thirty-seven-year-old Tonya Schetrompf, currently of Hancock, Md., garnered a 12th-place division standing in the Rally In The Valley pool tourney that kicked off March 19 and ended several days later on March 22. Organized by the TAPS League, the event saw more than 10,000 competitors in the four-bracket division, including Schetrompf's husband, Jayme.
According to Schetrompf, the daughter of McConnellsburg residents Junior and Millie Truax, while she enjoyed playing pool and had been dabbling in the hobby for several years, she didn't get serious about the sport until she met her husband.
"I've been playing for about 11 years, but I started getting serious about four years ago," said Schetrompf, who netted $250 in earnings for her performance at the tournament. "Recently a lot of people have been encouraging me to start practicing more because they've seen me play. Plus watching the other women play has been an inspiration to me."
Schetrompf stated she has a pool table in her 1518 Pierre Road home and does practice and play for fun with her husband. However, much of her time at the table occurs during several nights of league play throughout the course of the week. Schetropmf is a member of the APA Pool League, a nationwide organization based locally in Hagerstown, Md., as well as the TAPS League out of Winchester, Va. She also participates in league play in Martinsburg, W.Va.
She noted she had been playing year-round but intends to take some time off this summer to spend some quality time with her family. Looking ahead to the future, though, Schetrompf indicated she has already made reservations for the 2010 Rally In the Valley tournament and hopes to someday achieve the skills currently possessed by her husband when it comes to moving the queball out of sticky spots.
"I wish I was as good as my husband," concluded Schetrompf, who added in gest that she is enjoying the status involved with possessing the largest trophy in the family pool room.