Warriors Host Annual Sandhills Classic; Men Finish Second, Women Third

LINCOLN, Neb. – Playing host to six other schools, Midland University came away with a third- and second-place finish at the Sandhills Classic on Saturday and Sunday. Both the women and men came out of qualifying as the top seed but came up short of taking home the championships.

On Saturday, Midland had three women earn all-tournament honors as Brittany Schnicke, Candice Goldfinch, and Chloe Herman finished 1st, 2nd, and 5th respectively. Schnicke had a 198.5 average while Goldfinch bowled a 196.67 and Herman had a 182.33.

The Warriors men had a pair of individuals earn all-tournament recognition as Zach Karr won the individual title and teammate Kolby Crowell was third. Karr ran away with the top honors with a 226.7 average, over 13 pins better than second place. Crowell had an even 211 average over the six individual games.

In the team Baker games, Midland saw their huge pin lead shrink as they knocked down just 2,842 pins while Hastings netted 2,982. The Warriors still won the trials portion which is used in USBC ratings by nearly 300 pins as they finished with 8,461 to the Broncos 8,185. College of Saint Mary (7,365) and Colorado Mesa (6,909) joined them in the in bracket play while Iowa Western (6,581) and Wayne State (5,949) were relegated to spectators.

On the men’s side Midland knocked down 3,161 pins during the Baker rounds to finish with a total pin count of 9,024. The next closet team was Hastings with a pin fall of 8,833. Nebraska was third (8,695) and Colorado Mesa fourth (7,722). Wayne State (7,317) and Iowa Western (6,657) failed to advance to bracket play.

In bracket play Midland’s women’s team fell to Colorado Mesa in the opening round after the Mavericks seemed to have all the pins fall their way. Hastings though would squash their luck in the championship for the team title. Midland’s men’s team got past the Mavericks in the semifinals but came up just short in the finals as Hastings completed the sweep, winning the men’s title as well.

Up next for the Midland bowlers is a weekend trip to Wichita, Kansas for the MidStates Championship. Competition starts on Saturday, October 20 and concluded on Sunday, October 21. The men will bowl at Northrock Lanes while the women will be at West Acres Bowl.