Helland over Shahbazi for California State Women’s 9-Ball Title


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It must have felt like old times. Melissa Helland and Melissa Shahbazi were back on the road, heading off to compete in a California State Women’s 9-Ball Championship. Helland (formerly Melissa Herndon) and Shahbazi (formerly Melissa Morris) met and started their pool careers over 20 years ago, but hadn’t even seen each other for four years before they decided on playing the 2022 California State Women’s Championship at Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento California on the September 18-19 weekend. Even with all of that time since they started off their pool adventure together, it was still Helland and Shahbazi meeting up at the end of the event. Shahbazi rode the top half of the bracket with wins over Kamilah Torch Morton, Lyndee Russell and Milianne Chin, while Helland took the bottom half of the bracket with wins over Cassandra Gray, Alicia Rousseau, Jamie Stewart and Savannah Easton.

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