Lindenwood Men’s Bowling Wins Hoosier Classic; Women Sixth

2016 Hoosier Classic Men's Champions
Men's bowling captured the title while the women's team finished sixth at the 47th Annual Hoosier Classic February 20-21 at Western Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind. 

After getting through the first game in the field of 78 men's teams on Saturday, the Lions jumped into the top eight and the cut for match play by game two.  Lindenwood actually held the lead at the conclusion of game four, but slipped to third by the end of the first day.  With a total of 6,222, the Lions were only 120 away from first place with three games to go.  After a mediocre game seven overall to start competition on Sunday, Lindenwood charged through games eight and nine to climb to second place with a total of 9,317 to finish qualifying just 129 pins from leader Calumet College of St. Joseph.

As the number two seed, the Lions faced number seven seed Vincennes in the first round of single elimination, best-of-three match play.  The first game resulted in a high scoring 232-211 win for Lindenwood, which seemed to take the steam away from the Trailblazers.  The Lions topped Vincennes 203-150 in the second game to advance to the semifinals.  Number six seeded Urbana awaited Lindenwood in the round.  The Blue Knights had upset the three seed in the quarterfinals, so they had some momentum, but the Lions quickly slowed Urbana with a 243-191 victory in the first game of the match.  The Blue Knights rallied for a 212-170 win to even the match before Lindenwood took the final game 224-191.

In the best-of-seven finals, the Lions faced number four seed Webber International.  Once again, they jumped out to an early lead with a 222-201 win, followed by a 202-171 victory, but the Warriors responded with back-to-back wins of their own, 241-232, and 192-162.  With the match tied at two, Lindenwood regrouped to grind out a 185-157 game five before taking game six 210-182 to win the match 4-2.

In the women's field of 66 teams, the Lady Lions started strongly with two games near the 1,000 mark, but a tough game three dropped Lindenwood to 11th place and a position temporarily out of the top eight cut for match play.  The Lady Lions responded in the final three games of day one to climb back to fifth place with a total of 5,851.  On Sunday, Lindenwood once again began the day with a game close to the 1,000 mark, but this time, it was the second game of the day that cost the Lady Lions.  Sitting only 48 pins above the cut line, Lindenwood needed a strong final game to advance to match play, and the team responded with a score of 1,030.  That was good enough to claim sixth with a total of 8,702.

The Lady Lions faced the number three seed Newman in the quarterfinals, and caught the hottest team of the eight in match play.  Despite holding early leads in both games, Lindenwood was swept in two straight 203-184 and 229-198. 

Individually, Kyle Sherman was the top Lion, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team with a nine-game total of 1,953 and a 217 average, good enough for fourth place in the field of 555 players.  Ronnie Fujita took ninth with a total of 1,908 for a 212 average, and Rodolfo Madriz was 33rd with a total of 1,848 for a 205.33 average.

In the women's field of 429, Erin Michelfelder was the top Lady Lion with a total of 1,828 and a 203.11 average, good enough for 13th.  Amanda Garavet was 27th with 1,771 and a 196.78 average.

The Hoosier Classic concluded the regular season for Lindenwood bowling.  The Lions finished with a power ranking of third while the Lady Lions ended up in fifth.  Sectional assignments are expected to be released by February 24.  Lindenwood will be sent to one of four possible Sectional sites including Stardust Bowl in Addison, Ill., outside of Chicago; Smyrna Bowl in Smyrna, Tenn., near Nashville; 30 Strikes in Stratford, N.J.; or Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.