A miracle in the corner pocket
It’s a miracle that Frog’s Legendary Billiards has opened its doors here in Cedar Springs. It’s not because of any red tape; it’s because it’s a miracle that the owner, Alex Schreer, is alive at all.
According to Alex’s mom, C.J. Teahan, Alex was hit by a drunk driver when he was 22 years old, and suffered a shear injury to the brain stem. For over two months he was in a coma, with no response in his eyes. His brain waves were flat. He then slowly began to emerge from the coma, but the doctors still gave his family little hope. “Nothing from the head down would work,” she explained. “And he had to be on a respirator.”
C.J. said she never considered disconnecting him from life support. Instead, she relied on her faith in God to bring Alex back. While she waited for him to recover, she wore a shirt that read, “I believe in miracles.”
Before the accident, Alex had been gifted in academics, with an IQ of 140, and a #1 singles tennis player.
Alex, who will turn 40 this year, eventually recovered, though it was a long process. And he does have some residual issues to battle, such as doing things left handed now because his right side doesn’t work well.
“Our family attributes his recovery to a God-given miracle,” said C.J., and she said Alex does, too. “You don’t see people raised from the dead in this life very often.”
In the last two years, she said Alex has been motivated to do something with his life. “He has always been interested in playing pool, and he noticed high school and middle school kids hanging out and thought they might enjoy it (playing pool),” she explained. “He really enjoys helping and teaching people.”
Alex’s father, Ron Schreer, helped Alex get the business, Frog’s Legendary Billiards, started. They’ve redecorated the interior at 86 North Main (next to Perry’s Place). The pool hall has five new pool tables—one seven-foot, three eight-foot, and one nine-foot, complete with new cue sticks and balls. They offer refreshments, including Coke products, bottled water, chips and candy, and pizza from a local shop. WiFi is also available. Soon to come is darts in the back room and TV for Tiger baseball games. They hope to add additional pool tables, shuffle board, dart and pool leagues, billiards lessons, and sports trivia contests.
Stop in and visit at 86 N. Main in Cedar Springs, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. It’s $2 for a single game, or $6 per hour.