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Waldorf returns to lanes in Midwest Collegiate Classic

By: Waldorf Sports Information Director

ADDISON, Illinois – The Waldorf University men’s bowling team took to the lanes in the two-day Kegel/Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association (ISBPA) Midwest Collegiate Classic, which concluded on Sunday.

Waldorf battled difficult lane patterns during its first tournament of 2017.

“The scores out there were not overly impressive for anyone,” Waldorf coach Joe Squires said. “You had to hit a spot that was maybe an inch wide about 45 feet down the lane that would change after one or two shots.”

The Warriors compiled a team score of 7,816 pins, behind an opening-day total of 4,409 and a 20-game baker score of 3,407.

“The men had a good start, then the transition of the lanes hit hard really fast,” Squires said. “This house is really high-friction and leads to a really hard shot.”

Kyle Swiderski earned 64th place with a five-game total of 963. The sophomore from Minneapolis threw an average of 192.6.

Nicholas Heimerman tied for 80th as the senior from Faribault, Minnesota knocked down 946 pins and averaged a score of 189.2.

Junior Michael Templin, sophomores Roger HarfordDamon Helgevold and Tanner Schmitz also provided contrbutions for the Warriors.

Twelfth-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater topped the team standings with a score of 9,153. Thirteenth-ranked McKendree University (9,078) captured second, finishing ahead of No. 4 Notre Dame College of Ohio (8,991), University of St. Francis (8,879), No. 14 Morehead State University (8,841), No. 2 Robert Morris University (8,831), No. 1 Midland University (8,778), No. 21 Urbana University (8,764), No. 18 William Penn University (8,720) and No. 8 Wright State University (8,700), which rounded out the top 10 of the 62-team field.

Seventeen nationally-ranked teams competed in the tier-1 tournament.

Waldorf claimed a 42nd-place finish in the team standings.

Urbana’s Kyle Cook locked up first after recording a score of 1,139 and an average of 227.8. Cook beat out Notre Dame’s Vincent Bellar by one pin. Bellar took second after turning in a 1,138-pin total and an average of 227.6.

Waldorf looks to make progress during the upcoming week of practice and achieve higher scores in the next tournament.

“We’ll be working on our timing and transition as we move forward,” Squires said.

The Warriors continue their season in this weekend’s 4th Annual Crusader Classic, beginning the two-day tournament on Saturday in Dubuque.