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The men’s and women’s bowling teams split up to play in separate competitions over the weekend of Friday, Nov. 9. The men’s team finished the Leatherneck Classic in 40th place, shooting a grand total of 7,550 pins while the women’s team competed in the Warhawk Classic, taking 17th place.
The men’s program opened the two-day tournament at Highland Park Bowl shooting 5,080 over six traditional games. In a traditional game, each bowler shoots their own ten-frame game and the team’s total is the sum of all their points. The team was led by freshman Steve Plane, who shot a 1,168, followed by freshman Caleb Kirby, who shot a 1,086.
Day two consisted of 16 Baker games in which the Flyers bowled a total of 2,470 on the day. Baker games require the team to work together with five bowlers each bowling twice in the same frame. The first team member will bowl only frames one and six, and the next player will bowl frames two and seven. This continues with team members three and four and then the fifth bowler, or the anchor, will bowl the fifth and tenth frames to determine the team’s total score in that round. The Flyers fell from 34th place to 40th on the second day of competition.
The women’s team traveled to AMF Lanes in hopes of earning more hardware after their second place finish the weekend before at the Crusader Classic. The Warhawk Classic featured many top teams, including the top six in the nation and seven more teams in the top 25. The Flyers went 1-4 in five-game Baker matches on the first day of competition. Their only triumph of the day was over Lincoln Memorial University with a score of 920-770.
On the second day, the team competed in five traditional games including games against No. 2 McKendree and No. 3 Nebraska. The Flyers were unable to keep up with the competition, dropping five consecutive games. The closest game of the day was a hardfought 917-904 loss to Valparaiso University. Freshmen Erin Biccochi and Michelle Tiltges led Lewis in points, shooting 923 each over the five games, followed by freshman Caitlyn Kaltenbrun who shot an 877.
The women concluded tournament play for the weekend with three best of seven games. Lewis opened the day with a 4-2 loss to Adelphi followed by a 4-1 loss to Elmhurst, but the team rallied to defeat Lincoln University of Missouri in their final game. They jumped to a 3-1 lead, but Lincoln came back to tie the game at 3-3. In the seventh round, the Flyers beat the Blue Tigers 159-147 to clinch 17th place.
Scott Taylor, the head coach for both the men’s and women’s bowling teams, looks to continue coaching his players to find success in the program’s first year at Lewis. “As individuals I hope to see them grow on the lanes and off,” Taylor said. “As a team we are looking to set the culture for the years to come.” The teams’ scores in their upcoming competitions will depend largely on their ability to maintain energy, support each other and continue to seize opportunities to win given to them by their opponents.
The men’s and women’s teams will travel together for their next competition to compete in the Ebonite Warhawk Open at Stardust Bowl in Addison, Ill. on Dec. 1.