SCAD men, Pikeville women lead at 2019 Hoosier Classic


INDIANAPOLIS - The Savannah College of Art and Design - Savannah (SCAD) men and Pikeville women paced the field after the first day of qualifying at the 50th Annual Columbia 300 Hoosier Classic.

The Hoosier Classic, the final Tier 1 event of the United States Bowling Congress Collegiate season, is being held at Western Bowl and had 78 men's teams and 66 women's teams compete Saturday in six traditional games.

On the men's side, SCAD made its move into the top spot during the final game, rolling 1,091 to finish its block with a 6,095 total. Robert Morris-Illinois was the only other team to average more than 200 on Saturday and is second with 6,034.

William Penn, the defending bracket champion at the Hoosier Classic, sits in third with 5,980, while Grand View (5,964) and McKendree (5,914) round out the top five.

Midland's Kristopher Yadao earned top individual honors Saturday, rolling 266 and 256 in his final two games to finish with a 1,354 total, a 225.7 average. SCAD's Dylan Byars was second with 1,339, while Robert Morris-Illinois' Chase Benites (1,306), Grand View's Adam Morse (1,274) and Midland's Zach Karr (1,274) also earned spots on the all-tournament team.

The Pikeville and Lindenwood women battled for the top spot throughout Saturday's block, with Pikeville persevering with a 5,944 total. Lindenwood finished with 5,903 and was followed in the standings by Indiana Tech (5,709), Webber International (5,633) and Saint Xavier (5,619).

Pikeville's Lauren Piotrowski claimed the top spot in the individual standings after posting 235 in her final game to edge Lindenwood's Haley Cummings by a single pin, finishing with a 1,271 total. William Penn's Nicole Craft (1,233) and Lindenwood's Taylor Lee (1,223) took third and fourth, respectively, while William Penn's Kayla Gifford and SCAD's Veronica Cepeda tied for fifth with 1,221.

All teams will return to Western Bowl on Sunday for three Baker sets, each consisting of five games. After the conclusion of the Baker set in each division, the top eight men's teams and top eight women's teams will advance to bracket play. Bracket play will consist of best-of-three Baker matches for the first two rounds, while the championship round will be a best-of-five contest.

Northwestern Ohio enters Sunday's Baker block in eighth place in the men's standings with 5,825, three pins ahead of St. Francis-Illinois and eight pins ahead of Lindenwood. In the women's standings, Wisconsin-Whitewater (5,586) holds onto the eighth spot by 22 pins over Aquinas (5,564).

BowlTV will provide livestream coverage Sunday starting at 7:15 a.m. Eastern with the men's Baker block. Coverage will follow with the men's Baker bracket at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, and the women's Baker bracket will start at approximately 4 p.m. Eastern.

During bracket play, the lanes will be oiled by hand by Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Len Nicholson, who served as the PBA Tour's lane maintenance director for more than 20 years.

With the regular season concluding this weekend, USBC Collegiate will announce sectional assignments for the 2019 Intercollegiate Team Championships on Wednesday, Feb. 20 live on BowlTV. The broadcast will take place at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Sectionals will take place March 8-10 at four locations across the country. The locations for 2019 are Stratford, New Jersey; Smyrna, Tennessee; Addison, Illinois; and Dallas.

The 2019 Intercollegiate Team Championships and Intercollegiate Singles Championships will be held April 15-20 at Poelking Lanes South in Dayton, Ohio.