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Bowling - Sun, Feb. 12, 2017

The St. Ambrose women bowlers wrapped up the regular season of competition with an exceptional performance at the 48th Annual Hoosier Classic this past weekend. Competing in Indianapolis, they qualified fourth in a huge field of 66 of the top bowling programs in the nation.

That set up a match-up with Newman University in the eight-team bracket finals, where they were eliminated 2-1. After winning the opening game 201-135, they fell 221-216 and 235-178. The ladies led for a significant part of the day on Saturday and rolled into Sunday's baker play in second place.  After baker competition, they finished fourth.

The women tallied 6003 pins for their six team games on Saturday, and added 2745 for their 15 baker games on Sunday for a 8748 total. The top three qualifiers were 1) Wichita State (9091), 2) Lindenwood (8883) and 3) Webber International (8820). Wichita State eventually won the title by beating Concordia University in the championship match 3-0.

In all 4 Tier 1 events - those events which draw the largest and deepest fields in collegiate bowling - they finished among the top 10 teams. The impressive performance helped push their national ranking to No. 8 in the country with just one week remaining in the regular season.

The ladies were led by a pair of standout performances. Sophomore Kayla Crawford made the All-Tournament Team by finishing fifth among 518 bowlers. Crawford finished with 1273 pins for six games. This was her fourth consecutive Tier 1 All-Tournament Team finish.

Also in razor sharp form was sophomore Miranda Rodriguez. She finished with a total of 1252 for her six games, placing her ninth in the overall field. It was her highest finish in a Tier 1 event. 

Other team members were Kaitlyn Keith (1187-six games), Kayla Ewing (1175-six games), Katie Maher (783-four games), Hayley Ryan (333-two games), Michaela Kelly and Brittany Breedlove.

Men finish 12th in field of 78 teams

The St. Ambrose men used a historic rally on Sunday to finish 12th at this year's Hoosier Classic. After struggling on Saturday, they came into Sunday's baker play in 28th place. On Sunday, they advanced to 25th after the first two baker blocks, but used a huge 1141 block over the final five games of baker play to vault all the way to 12th place.

The men were led by sophomore Russell Deer with 1176 (six games). He was supported by Brent Boho (903-five games), Alex Denton (815-four games), Anthony Dodge (799-four games), Kyle Krol (762-four games), Billy Hibbard (737-four games), Brenden Sramek (350-two games) and Jonathan Labrador (157-one1 game).

Their 28th place Saturday finish contained a 5699 pinfall, and they recorded the best baker block of all 78 teams with a 2984 15-game total. The top three qualifiers were 1) Webber International (9063), 2) Calumet College of St Joseph (9045) and 3) William Paterson (8970). Midland won the title by knocking off St. Francis Illinois in the championship match 3-1. 

The St. Ambrose men find themselves ranked No. 19 in the nation with one week remaining in the regular season.

The men and women await their sectional assignments, which are released on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to see what region they are placed.