Lindenwood Men’s Bowling Wins Eagle Classic; Ladies Third

Eagle Classic Men's Champions
Men's bowling won while the ladies took third at the Eagle Classic February 6 at Eastland Lanes in Lexington, Ky.

The Lions took the lead after the first of five team games on Saturday and never relinquished it, but Morehead State made it close down the stretch.  Lindenwood shot three straight above the 1,000 mark to build a solid advantage after the fourth game, but then the Eagles started chipping away.  At the conclusion of the second of three, four-game baker sets, Morehead had pulled to within just 19 pins, but the Lions surged to shoot 845 in the last set compared to 760 for the Eagles.  Lindenwood finished with a total of 7,494 for a 104 pin final victory.

In the women's division, the Lady Lions struggled early in the tournament and sat in fifth place after the third game, but started bowling better as the day went on.  While eventual winner Emmanuel College proved to be out of reach, Lindenwood did start to move up in the standings.  After firing the highest 12 game baker block in the division at 2,276 (189.67 average), the Lady Lions climbed to third and only missed second by 11 pins.

Individually, four Lions finished in the top 10 with two earning All-Tournament Team status.  Michael Coffeytook second overall with a five-game total of 1,078 (215.6 average) and Brad Cieslewicz was fourth with 1,046 (209.2 average).  Ronnie Fujita finished seventh with 1,003 (200.6 average), followed by Andre Forswith 999 (199.8 average).  Ben Pallardy took 16thJacob Klein was 17th, and Eric Sacks finished 21st.

On women's side, Brandi Stephens led the Lady Lions with a total of 984 (196.8 average) to finish second and earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team.  Three other Lindenwood players finished in the top 20. Kayla Schimmer was 13thShaianne Yockman was 15th, and Kaitlyn Padgett was 17th.

The Eagle Classic was the first of two, one-day tournaments over the weekend, with the Norse Classic taking place the next day.

The bowling teams wrap up the regular season at the Hoosier Classic, one of the biggest events of the year, February 20-21 at Western Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.  A total of 78 men's teams and 66 women's teams are expected to compete in the tournament.