At the completion of bowling on day one at Stardust Bowl in Addision, Illinois this past weekend, the men's bowling team found themselves in ninth place trailing fourth place Wisconsin-Milwaukee by 188 pins. However, the Crusaders would not be denied a berth into the Intercollegiate Team Championship on day two.
The ITC Sectional Tournament is like a marathon rather than a sprint. The athletes bowled 64 Baker games which were divided into four 16 game blocks over two days.This tournament was truly an emotional rollercoaster for the athletes and coaches.
Clarke University's men's bowling team looked discouraged but not out when arriving at Stardust Bowl on Sunday morning. "My athletes take great pleasure in chasing down their competiton on Sundays, and that's what they did again." said Coach Marcus.
At the conclusion of block three and after a mediocre 16 games, Clarke had moved up to seventh place, 34 pins behind fourth place Ashford University.
The first four games of the final block (212, 194, 279, 202) which catapulted the team into fourth place. The team continued to bowl well over the next four games, increasing their lead over Ashford University to 80 pins. The last four Baker games was a position round which pitted Clarke against third place McKendree University with fifth place Asford University competing against sixth place Pikeville,
"The hardest thing about our last four games was that we were competing against Mckendree University but our eyes kept looking over to fifth place Ashford," said Coach Marcus.
However, midway through their last game, Clarke bowlers Jacob Boresch (SR, Kenosha, Wis.), Spencer Hochmann (SR, Rockford, Ill.), Josh Udelhofen (SR, Platteville, Wis.), Russel Rook (SR, Monticello, Iowa), Tyler Heintzelman (JR, Shorewood, Ill.), Andrew Willems, Michael Maida (JR, Channahon, Ill.) and Aaron Turner could not contain their tears of joy knowing that they had punched their ticket to Reno for the 2014 Intercollegiate Team Championship.