Kansas City is home to a national champion sports team, and it's not the Chiefs or the Royals

Kara Ridihalgh-Allen couldn't believe her luck when her team won the 8-ball world championships in Las Vegas.

KMBZ News Staff
August 23, 2019 - 5:08 am

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City is now the home to the national champion 8-ball billiards team, a title earned by K-9 in Las Vegas last weekend.

Kara Ridihalgh-Allen is on the team, and told KMBZ fun nights playing pool with friends turned into something much bigger. 

"We started our team three years ago, and just kind of did it at the time to get a team together and start playing. I had never played before in my life," Kara said.

Now, she is a national champion. While some are hesitant to classify billiards, or 8-ball pool, as a sport, Kara said that's not fair, and explains that the game keeps her active. 

"For me, it is a sport," Kara said. "It gets me up and moving. I actually have scoliosis, so a lot of the contact sports are not a doable thing for me any more."

Kara and her teammates won a trophy, individual plaques and $25,000 bucks as the top prize at the competition, which featured more than 700 teams from across the nation. 

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