Aaron Smith & Terry Bigham
Intercollegiate Team Championships Field
The 16 men's and 16 women's bowling teams that will compete for the Helmer Cup at the 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships were determined at four sectional qualifiers held over the weekend.
The 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships will take place April 20-23 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas, for the second consecutive year. Both the men's and women's championship rounds will be taped for broadcast on CBS Sports Network in May.
At the sectional qualifiers, each team bowled 64 Baker games over two days with total pinfall determining the four teams that advanced from each sectional. The sectional sites were 30 Strikes in Stratford, N.J., Suncoast Casino in Las Vegas, Stardust Bowl in Addison, Ill., and Smyrna Bowl in Smyrna, Tenn.
In Stratford, the Urbana men cruised to the sectional victory by more than 200 pins with a 13,655 pinfall total. Webber International, the 2012 ITC champion, was second with 13,453, while McKendree (13,313) was third. William Paterson set a sectional record of 3,640 in its final 16-game block to earn the final spot from the sectional with a 13,210 total.
The McKendree women rallied in the final three Baker games to capture the women's top spot in Stratford with a 12,463 total. Webber International, which hoisted the Helmer Cup in 2010 and 2012, took second with 12,451. Delaware State (12,286) and Emmanuel (12,162) were third and fourth, respectively, to punch their ticket to Wichita.
In Smyrna, defending ITC men's champion Wichita State rolled to the sectional win with a 13,095 total. Robert Morris-Illinois, the 2013 ITC titlist, finished second with 12,890, while Notre Dame-Ohio (12,660) and Ohio State (12,496) also advanced.
The Wichita State women completed the sweep in Smyrna in dominating fashion, winning the sectional by more than 500 pins with a 12,421 total. Notre Dame-Ohio took second with 11,905, while defending ITC women's champion North Carolina A&T finished third with 11,896. Florida State was the final team to advance out of the sectional with an 11,887 total.
In Addison, the Morehead State men put together a strong final block to record the sectional victory with a 12,923 total. Purdue (12,743) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (12,730) took second and third, while Calumet jumped from sixth to fourth in the final four games Sunday to secure the fourth spot with 12,461.
The St. Francis-Illinois women distanced themselves from Wisconsin-Whitewater in the final 16 Baker games to win the women's sectional in Addison with 12,049. Wisconsin-Whitewater (11,931), Wright State (11,663) and St. Ambrose (11,632) also advanced to the 2016 ITC.
In Las Vegas, two-time ITC champion Lindenwood took the sectional title with a 13,739 winning total. Pikeville (13,351) and San Jose State (13,233) finished second and third, respectively, while Midland edged Arizona State for the fourth and final spot by three pins with a 13,144 pinfall total.
Newman rolled to the women's sectional win in Las Vegas with 12,639. Pikeville, the 2004 and 2008 ITC winner, took second with 12,293. Maryland Eastern Shore, the 2011 and 2013 ITC champion, finished third with 12,202, while Stephen F. Austin grabbed the final spot out of Las Vegas with 12,001.
Go to BOWL.com/ITC for more information on the Intercollegiate Team Championships.
Intercollegiate Singles Championships Field
The 24 men and 16 women who will compete for individual national titles at the 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships were determined at four sectional qualifiers held March 11.
The 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships will be held April 19 and 23 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas. Both the men’s and women’s finals will be taped for broadcast on CBS Sports Network in May.
At Friday’s sectionals, all participants bowled six games with the top four women at each sectional advancing to the national event. The men’s advancers were determined based on the number of entries at each sectional.
Six men advanced from the Smyrna, Tennessee, sectional, including Daniel Hanson of Robert Morris-Illinois, who had a 300 game. Team USA member A.J. Chapman of Wichita State led the qualifiers with a 1,373 pinfall total (a 228.8 average) with Kenneth Smith III of Florida State, Kenneth Ryan of Robert Morris-Illinois, Stephen Cowland of Wichita State, Hanson, and Notre Dame-Ohio’s Meeco Walker, who took second at the 2015 ISC, also qualifying.
Jacqueline Evans of Lawrence Tech had a 1,275 pinfall total to lead the women’s qualifiers in Smyrna. Also advancing were Campbellsville’s Crystal Land, Wichita State’s Estefania Cobo and Mallory Caraway of Martin Methodist.
Michael Kissel of Suffolk County Community College led men’s qualifying at the Stratford, N.J. sectional with a 1,346 pinfall total. Also advancing were Amando Jay Villa of St. John’s, Ashton Maxwell of Webber International, Brandon Runk of William Paterson, Collin Smith of McKendree and Matthew Russo of Webber International.
Fairleigh Dickinson’s Morgan Brown was the top women’s qualifier at the Stratford sectional, posting a 1,320 pinfall total, and was joined by Webber International’s Verity Crawley, an ISC semifinalist in 2015, and Stephanie Sheridan of Delaware State. Webber’s Tawni Vollmer claimed the final spot, winning a roll-off after she tied Emmanuel College’s Ashley Crowder and Destiny Harper after the six qualifying games.
Nebraska’s Julia Bond, who took second at the 2015 ISC, was the top women’s qualifier at the Addison, Ill., sectional with a 1,257 pinfall total. Samantha Pasch of Indiana Tech, St. Francis-Illinois’ Nicole Troha and Catherine Maher of St. Ambrose also qualified.
Three Morehead State bowlers were among the eight men who qualified from the Addison sectional. Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Nick Kruml led the sectional with 1,364 followed by Nick Eckert and Michael Davidson of Calumet College of St. Joseph, Lindenwood’s Ben Pallardy, Joshua Anderson of St. Ambrose and the trio from Morehead State – Jacob Yazell, Zachary Doty and Cory Schultz.
At the Las Vegas sectional, 2015 ISC champion Emily Eckhoff finished second to Newman’s Haley Williams (1,304) to advance. Team USA member and 2016 U.S. Amateur champion Stephanie Schwartz of Stephen F. Austin and Newman’s Miranda Hejny also advanced from the sectional.
Tyler Albracht of West Texas A&M posted the high men’s total of the day (1,378) at the Las Vegas sectional. Also qualifying from the sectional were James Rutledge of Nebraska, San Jose State’s Darren Tang and Dallas Leong of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Go to BOWL.com/ISC for complete results from all sectionals and more information about the Intercollegiate Single Championships.