Collegiate Ticker - Oct. 26, 2022

The Northwestern Ohio men and Ohio State women came away victorious during Tier II action at the Ohio Bowling Conference (Event 2) Tournament held at Columbus Square Bowling Palace in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend.

The event, which had a field made up of 17 men’s varsity teams and 12 women’s varsity teams, consisted of four traditional games and 16 Baker games with total pinfall determining the champions.

Northwestern Ohio’s run to the men’s title began almost immediately as the Racers used games of 1,074, 1,122, 1,230 and 1,050 to finish the traditional portion of the tournament with a four-game total of 4,476 and a lead of nearly 250 pins heading into Baker play.

Northwestern Ohio stayed just as strong once Baker began, notching high games of 266, 257 and 245 en route to a 16-game total of 3,585, which, once again, was more than 240 pins better than any other team in the field.

When all was said and done, the Racers cruised past the finish line with a first-place total of 8,061. Walsh University finished in second place with 7,505. St. Vincent (7,369), Muskingum (7,197) and Robert Morris – Pennsylvania (7,017) secured the remaining spots in the men’s top five.

Evan Thro of Muskingum captured first place in the men’s individual standings. Thro began his set with steady games of 226 and 216 before erupting for 279 in Game 3 and 300 in Game 4 to finish with a four-game total of 1,021, which was good enough for a 255.3 average and the victory.

Devin Flowers (967) and Dominic Weicht (932), both of Northwestern Ohio, captured second and third place, respectively. Connor Collins of Muskingum and Justin Bartholomew of Cincinnati both shot 931 to round out the men’s top five.

In women’s action, Ohio State kept the competition at arm’s length from start to finish.

The Buckeyes used games of 977, 967, 961 and 930 to establish an 89-pin lead after the four traditional games, and then they shot 200 or better during nine of their 16 Baker games to top the field by an additional 127 pins and breeze to the title with a winning total of 7,006.

Northwestern Ohio placed second with 6,790. Walsh wasn’t far behind, tallying 6,739 to finish third. Robert Morris – Pennsylvania (6,518) and Muskingum (6,384) also cracked the women’s top five.

Hannah Vaughn of Mount Vernon Nazarene showed that consistency pays off as she shot 227, 232, 232 and 236 to take first place in the women’s individual competition with a four-game total of 927, a 231.8 average.

Abby Bach of Northern Kentucky was second with 900. Danielle Long of Robert Morris (865), Abbey Ambroza of Ohio State (845) and Haylie Rotz of Northwestern Ohio (835) also earned all-tournament team honors.

In other collegiate action:

- At the McKendree Bearcat Open in Fairview Heights, Illinois, the Lincoln Memorial University women toppled No. 1 seed McKendree 4-1 during the semifinals and downed No. 3 seed Mercyhurst by that same margin in the finals to capture the tournament title.

- At the Golden Bear Invite in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, the Caldwell University women won a title-match roll off to defeat top-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson and emerge victorious.

- At the Grapevine Classic in Erie, Pennsylvania, the Daemen College women put up a winning total of 4,213 to finish in first place by more than 250 pins.

- At the Lindenwood Lions Classic in St. Charles, Missouri, the hosts from Lindenwood defended their home turf proudly as both the men’s and women’s teams rallied from championship-match deficits to defeat Missouri Baptist 3-2 and capture first place in their respective divisions.

- At the MSC Cincinnati Classic in Fairfield, Ohio, the SCAD – Savannah women put up 9,072 during nine traditional games to finish in first place by more than 300 pins. SCAD – Savannah bowlers averaged 201.6 per game, making them the only team to average over 200 for the event.

The men’s MSC tournament was a two-horse race with Tennessee Southern and Pikeville running away from the pack and nipping at one another’s heels all the way to the finish line. In the end, Tennessee Southern walked away champions with a nine-game winning total of 9,643. Pikeville finished just behind at 9,632, which was helped in large part by Bryce Oliver’s 300 during Game 9.

- At the Warhawk Classic in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Carthage used the last two games of Baker play to narrowly slip past the hosts from Wisconsin-Whitewater by a final margin of just 48 pins (8,195-8,147).

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