Sandy "Fireball" Haas - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Sandy is a veteran regional player who took a long break and thought she may have given up the game. But she has returned to the sport with her usual toughness and a renewed focus on the sport.
She was born in Pennsylvania but was raised in upstate New York and has lived in the Chattanooga, Tennessee for over 20 years. She describes it has " Northern Attitude, Southern Heart", a fitting term to describe this talented player.
Her first experience was with electronic darts in Knoxville, TN. The game failed to hold her attention and it wasn't until 1989 that she discovered the steel tip game when she moved to Chattanooga. She was hooked and took to the sport fast while working at a large dart bar in the city. She says if she wasn't working or sleeping she was playing.
Sandy traveled to tournaments in her region and found success as her game developed, but she really had no ambitions other than to play and have fun. She never cared about the national tour or ratings and was largely oblivious to it.
Around 1998 she lost her motivation to play and stopped throwing altogether. She had a long break but when she met nationally ranked player Joe Chaney he convinced her to return, or as she puts it "he dragged me kicking and screaming back into the world of darts". This has led to a new found focus and commitment to the game, one that wasn't there before. A determination to improve without over thinking it, and to have fun while staying mentally tough. She says it's tough to walk this line but she working on it one dart, one match and one tournament at a time.
Sandy is close to getting her degree in computer programming capping a long college career where she changed her major several times. She simply says "that she did not know what she wanted to be when she grew up". I don't know what she wanted to be but I know what she is, a damn good dart player.
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