Wiregrass Whiz Kid - Jenna Haburey

By: Alli Mechanic Email
By: Alli Mechanic Email

Forget Candy Crush and Angry Birds, this teen sticks to the classics.

“Well it started with my family, daddy played whenever he was younger and my brother played it and i just really liked it so it just stuck,” explained Jenna Haburey, World Champion Dominoes Player.

Dominoes may not be the most popular game for teenagers, but, in the Haburey household, it's a way of life.

“I enjoyed it. We play it around the house. We played uptown a lot and I spent a lot of time with George when he was little and then Jenna came along and it was just automatic that she fell into the click,” said Jenna’s father George Haburey. “She took to it fairly easy, both of them, bam, took right too it.”

Don't let the bones fool you, Dominoes is more than just a game. For the last 10 years, the family has traveled to Andalusia for the World Championship Domino Tournament. Jenna made her debut when she was only 8-years-old.

“Her first time, and I was like 'Jenna you know you haven't really played', I didn't want her to get there and get disappointed because she got put out and she still placed and lesson to me to not underestimate your kids,” laughed Jenna’s mother Angie Haburey.

But that was only the beginning; soon the trophies started getting bigger.

“When she won last year and was the reigning Champion for two years I was extremely proud but that is almost never done its usually one time and you move on. But she won it twice,” said Angie.

This year, she faces a new challenge. Jenna will be moving out of the teens categories and begin competing with adults.

But it’s not all about titles and trophies, it’s also about making lasting memories.

“They are just growing up too fast for me. sometimes you say that and sometimes you say you wish they would grow up faster but pretty much I enjoy them and Ii enjoy playing games and things with them,” said George. “It is something unlike football or baseball when you get older we can always sit here and play Dominoes."

Jenna and her brother will continue to represent their family as they take on competitors from all around the world at the 2014 World Championship Domino Tournament. The event will be on July 11 and 12 at the Andalusia Rotary Club.


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