Local 15-year-old takes home national title in billiards


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local high school student can now call himself one of the best in the country at billiards.

Shooting pool came naturally for Wilmington native Austin Le and after playing for only a year and a half he now has a national title at the age of 15.

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Le began his road to the championships by winning first the regional title to advance to the nationals. The tournament spanned three days over the course of the weekend in Davenport, Iowa. He finished as the Junior National APA Champion. With over 250 players entered, he said he had a lot of competition.

He goes to Laney High School and first started playing pool at Break Time Billiards with his friends.

“We would go to Buffalo Wild Wings every Friday night then come up here and shoot pool just for fun for how ever long we could,” Le said.

He says he does get nervous during tournaments so he tries to just listen to the music and block out distractions. Le hopes to go back to the championship next year and take home another title.

He says his ultimate goal is to become professional one day.

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