ADDISON, Ill. – Midland University’s men’s and women’s bowling teams both came home with top 10 finishes in this past weekend’s Ebonite Warhawk Open.
The Warrior women finished fifth out of 24 teams that competed in Addison, Illinois over the weekend while the men’s team finished ninth out of 25 teams.
The women’s varsity team finished in a tie for fifth place after qualifying for the eight-team bracket. Midland fell to St. Ambrose in the first round, losing the best-of-three baker matches, two games to one.
In qualifying, the Warriors scored the highest overall baker score with 3034 pins in the 16 Bakers games, the only team to eclipse 300 pins. The high baker score boosted them into the bracket with the sixth most total pins after 6 team games and 16 baker games.
Individually, senior Katie Fritchie was the highest scorer for Midland in 21st place out of 215 bowlers during the first day. Fritchie averaged a pinfall of 189.0 in her individual games.
The other Midland bowler in the top half of the field was junior varsity member Korrissa Johnson. The freshman finished in a tie for 78th with an average score of 162.3 pins.
Midland’s men’s team missed the final eight-team bracket by one spot, finishing their tournament in 9th place. The Warriors had the seventh best team score in the six team games, but finished 12th in the Bakers category, dropping them just 137 total pins, an average of only three more pins per game, below Iowa Central Community College for the final spot in the bracket.
Senior Zach Karr was Midland’s highest overall individual with a scoring average of 211.0 pins per game, good enough for 18th place out of 282 bowlers.
Other varsity members with impressive individual scores included junior Morgan Moore (38th, 199.0), junior Kolby Crowell (43rd, 196.0), and senior Charlie Rex (52nd, 191.8).
Midland also had a handful of junior varsity members that outperformed a large percentage of varsity bowlers from the tournament, including freshmen Chris Myers (49th, 197.8), Brandon Muraoka (45th, 195.7), and Landon Barcel (62nd, 188.3).
Both men’s and women’s team continue to be mainstays in the top fourth of tournament standings after another impressive weekend on the lanes. Depth is also becoming a valuable asset to the Warriors as junior varsity members are proving they belong with some of the best competition on the schedule.
The Warriors travel to Las Vegas next for back-to-back two day events running between December 17 and 20. Midland will compete in the Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational on December 17 and 18 before taking part in the Collegiate Shootout on December 19 and 20.