The Clarke University women's bowling team, seeded eighth after the qualifying rounds, rolled over number one seeded and national powerhouse Webber International University, two games to one. The Clarke women then took on Midland University in an exciting match, coming up just short, losing two games to one. The third-place victory at the 13th Annual Leatherneck Classic, which was held at Miller Time Bowl, in Davenport, Iowa is the highest finish for the women's squad in school history.
The Clarke University men's bowling team continued to roll this weekend too at Highland Park Bowl, in Moline, Ill., with another top 10 finish. The men used teamwork and consistency to grind out another solid performance. The men will hit the lanes again November 28th and 29th at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Ill., while the women will hit the lanes again in December.
The women's team was led by Sarah Bunta with a five game average of 201, and freshman Kayla O'Brien with a six game average of 194. Kelsey Gregory, Kristina Hochrein, Allison O'Rourke, and Morgan O'Brien rounded out a great qualifying round performance with averages of 186, 184,170, and 164. Sophomore bowler Jenn Rood gave a solid performance during the elimination round and assisted in rolling key strikes against Webber International. Morgan O'Brien was also clutch in the tenth frame by rolling three strikes in the tenth frame to lock-out Webber International. The women showed great team chemistry and team spirit to take-on and defeat many of the best women bowling programs in the country.
The men's team was led by Spencer Hochmann with a 218 average, Tyler Heintzelman's 217 average, and Jacob Boresch's 208 average. Aaron Turner, Stephen Habel, Andy Ehrlich, and Jonathan Heidler rounded out another great weekend for the men's team with averages of 194, 186, 185, and 154. The men's team used consistency and patience out on the lanes during the tournament and was inspired by the team spirit of teammates Jonathan Heidler, and Mike Maida.
The women's junior varsity team was led by freshman bowler Mercedes Munoz's 156 average, and K'Lynn Lawver's 151 average. Fellow bowlers, Maegen Ashens, Penny Berning, and Meggan Mumaw rounded out their great performances by helping place all junior varsity girls in the top 60% of all varsity and junior varsity female bowlers in the tournament. The women's junior varsity team finished in ninth place and was assisted by Clarke University men's bowler Robert Petsche.
The Clarke University's bowling program is based upon the philosophy of "we win and lose as a team." No team member is above or below the team. We bowl as one unit. We practice together! We bowl together! And we win together!