SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University resumed their bowling season this past weekend after a long hiatus with multiple cancellations from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Warriors were eager to get back into competition and showed little rust in their first competition since the end of September. Both teams were able to work their way to second place finishes at the Mustang Invitational.
Midland was joined by a mix of other schools including GPAC members Morningside College and Hastings College. Overall, there was a total of nine teams on the women’s side and ten on the men’s side.
Individually, Brittney Schnicke paced the entire competition, including the men’s side, with her total of 876 in four games, averaging 219 a game. She finished first individually and was named to the women’s all-tournament team.
Not far behind was Chloe Herman who finished 4th with a total of 801, averaging 200.25 per game. Rounding out the Warriors in the top 10 was Samantha LeClear, who finished 9th with 727 and an average of 181.75 per game.
On the men’s side, the Warriors had three bowlers place in the top 20 with Tyler Hunter the highest earner, placing 10th with a total of 778 and an average of 194.5 a game.
Behind him was John Malone, who placed 11th with a score of 777 and a 194.3 average. Placing 19th was Mitchell Johnson. He had a score of 745 and an average of 186.3.
As a team, the women knocked down 6,598 pins during four rounds of individual play and 16 Baker games. They were just 27 pins behind the winner, Baker University.
The men had a total of 6,990 pins through the slate of games. They were 68 pins behind Hastings, who won the men’s varsity division with 7,058.
Head coach Bill Holbrook was pleased with his team’s performance after such a long mid-season break. “Both teams bowled well and were in contention for the win all day. It was a great first tournament after being out of competition since the end of September.”
The Warriors will be back on the lanes on January 30-31 for a pair of events hosted by Hastings College. The Bronco Open will take place on Saturday with the Bronco Bash scheduled for Sunday. Both tournaments are set to roll at 10:00 a.m. in Hastings, Nebraska.