2002 Hall of Fame


Ken Barnhart
Charter: Great Amuse. & Music – Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Ken "Barn" Barnhart has won numerous local championships and captured the South Dakota State Team "Open A" Championship in 1999. He followed that up with two third place finishes in 2000 and 2001.

He has served as League President and Captain of his teams for both Great Amusement and Music Service Charters and has been very active in the formulation of leagues in his area.

In 1982, at the 2nd Annual VNEA International Championships in Reno, Nevada, Dave’s team (Lariat Lounge) finished atop the leader board marking Ken’s most memorable moment in his VNEA career. Ken’s team finished a respectable third the following year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"I appreciate where VNEA leagues have taken pool. Pool’s better image is a direct result of it. Having Charter Holders like Great Amusement and Music Service will ensure league play for a long time." – Ken Barnhart


Bill Ganne
Charter: Wal-Mac Amusements – Edmonton, Alberta

Bill has captured titles in major tournaments in each of the last six decades. He won the Alberta 9-Ball Provinicial championship in 1996, 1997, and 2001.  He was also the Wal-Mac Masters champion in 1996 and 2001. He holds Wal-Mac’s record for Most ERO’s and Most 10-0’s as well as several league singles and team championships. He has been a member of Wal-Mac leagues and both Captain of his team as well as president of his league.

At the VNEA International Championships in Las Vegas, Bill was a finalist in the 8-Ball Senior Singles division in 1992 and 1993.

Bill also gives back to the sport he loves by teaching groups and individuals of all skill levels the fundamentals and strategies of the game of pool.

"I know I speak for everyone who has joined a Valley league or has journeyed to the annual championships in Las Vegas when I say please keep up the good work and continue your quest to remain the best pool association in the world." – Bill Ganne


Dan Kubista
Charter: D & R Star – Rochester, Minnesota

Dan’s local accomplishments are many. His local team finished either 1st or 2nd in the top league and tournament in 11 out of 14 seasons. He has helped grow his junior leagues from 5 to 20 teams and the adults from 32 to 65 teams. He runs one of the largest junior tournaments in the nation with 50+ three-person teams and sends an average of 35 youths to the International Championships each year. He has been his team’s Captain for many years and has been very involved with league government

Dan has captured several league titles including a 1st place finish in 1999 in the D & R Masters. He has also played in four International Championship events in Las Vegas.

Dan entered the VNEA Hall of Fame with twin brother Dennis.

"I am grateful to be a part of the VNEA because it gives me a chance to bring as many youth pool players to the International Championships as I can. Thanks to VNEA, Paul Huebler, and D & R Star for helping make this happen." – Dan Kubista


Dennis Kubista
Charter: D & R Star – Rochester, Minnesota

Dennis has won various singles and team championships with D & R Star.

With his guidance, his league has grown from 2 divisions to an incredible 8 divisions. He has served as league President and runs the year-end tournament with nearly 100% participation.

Dennis participated in the International Championships in Las Vegas in 1996 and has sent many junior teams to the International Championships.

During his trip to Vegas in ’96, Dennis will always remember the quality time he spent with teammates Wayne, Del, Mike, and Dave. Hanging out with these guys that tournament was his most memorable event in his VNEA career.

Dennis entered the Hall of Fame with twin brother Dan.

"VNEA is a great association. What makes it great is its foundation. Our local Owatonna league is very strong. That helps make our Charter Holder D & R Star strong. Strong Charters make the International level stronger. Everyone in the system benefits when we all work together." - Dennis Kubista


Bobby Wiedeman
Charter: High Country/TD Rowe – Ft. Collins, Colorado

From "League Champion" to "League Top Shooter," Bobby’s local accomplishments are many. None, however, more impressive than receiving a "League Special Recognition Award" in 2001 for having 18 years of Perfect Attendance.

Bobby has served as his team’s Captain for 8 years and has also worked on the Tournament Staff for many state tournaments as well as the International Championships in 1988 where he was able to meet and become friends with Mr. Paul Huebler (Huebler Cues). Bobby has used a hand-made Huebler custom cue for over 20 years and being able to meet the maker was one of his greatest thrills.

Bobby has also competed at the International level in 1986, 1987, and 1996.

"I believe the league structure that VNEA has established can be matched by none, as it makes players of all skill levels better at the game of pool, which has been a big part of my life." – Bobby Wiedeman