From Jan. 11, 2016
Men's and women's bowling swept the team titles at the Hoinke Bearcat Classic January 9-10 at Western Bowl in Cincinnati, Ohio. For the Lady Lions, it was the sixth straight victory at the event, and it was the second time in the last three tournaments bowled that the Lions and Lady Lions both won the same weekend after accomplishing the feat at the Striking Knights Classic in November.
Competing on the challenging 52 foot Badger oil pattern, the longest in the Professional Bowlers Association library, the Lions fired a six-game total of 6,268 for a 157 pin lead after the first day of competition Saturday. There were 20 baker games bowled on Sunday, and Lindenwood used high games of 246 and 247 and averaged 202.5 to maintain a similar margin throughout a majority of the day, finishing with a grand total of 10,318, 174 pins ahead of Morehead State in second place.
The Lady Lions took a similar path to the title, with five out of six games in the 900's for a total of 5,594, but that was only good enough for a 76 pin lead after Saturday. Lindenwood posted a steady performance during baker competition on Sunday with seven games over 200 and no game under 170, resulting in an average of 194.55 for the day. The resulting overall total of 9.485 was good enough for a 189 pin advantage over Wright State in second.
Individually, Kyle Sherman knocked down 1,382 pins, 67 pins more than the next competitor in the 111 player field, to average 230.33 to win the men's division, and earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. John Savoywas sixth with 1,241 (206.83 average), Michael Coffey took 11th with 1,196 (199.33 average), Tyler Schimmerclaimed 13th with 1,192 (198.67 average), and Aaron Mudlong was 23rd with 1157 (192.83 average).
Two Lady Lions earned All-Tournament honors in the 92 player women's field. Amanda Garavet was second with a total of 1,182 and an average of 197, while Casey Goettel took fourth with a total of 1,158 and a 193 average. Three other Lindenwood players finished in the top 25. Shelly Goodwin was 11th, Erin Michelfeldertook 13th, and Kayla Schimmer was 24th.
The bowling teams return to the lanes for the Kegel Midwest Classic January 16-17 at Stardust Bowl in Addison, Ill. Last season the Lady Lions claimed second while the Lions took third at the "tier one" major event. Close to 60 men's teams and 50 women's teams are expected to compete over the weekend.