SAU bowling
SAU bowling
Bowling - Tue, Sep. 26, 2017

Juniors Kayla Crawford (Silvis, Ill.), and Alex Denton (Waverly, Iowa) came out on top after 10 days of grueling tryouts for the 2017-18 St. Ambrose bowling squad.

Crawford moved into the lead midway through qualifying and claimed the honor for the second straight season; this time, she averaged 195.09 for 33 games. On the men's side, Denton staged a dramatic comeback, as he rallied from more than 150 pins behind, storming from fourth to first during the final three games, passing last year's tryout champion Brent Boho, who had led since the opening day of tryouts. Denton finished with a 208.72 average for 33 games.

The top four men and top four females automatically qualified for a spot on this season's varsity roster. Junior Jackie Peters (Elk Grove, Ill.) finished second, and she was followed by junior Michaela Kelly (Bettendorf, Iowa) and freshman Natalie Koprowitz (Girard, Ill.). Others named to the varsity roster included sophomore Kaitlyn Keith (Bloomingdale, Ill.), sophomore Bre Smith (Marion, Iowa), senior Hayley Ryan (Piqua, Ohio), and junior Miranda Rodriguez (Rockford, Ill.)

Joining Denton on the men's varsity squad for 2017-18 are junior Brent Boho (Colgate, Wis.), freshman Nate Stubler (LaSalle, Ill.), and junior Anthony Dodge (North Bend, Neb.). Joining that quartet are sophomor Billy Hibbard (Mukwanago, Wis.), junior Brenden Sramek (Bellevue, Neb.), freshman Brandon Dodge (North Bend, Neb.), and freshman Dakota Solonka (Indianapolis, Ind.) The 16 men and women on the varsity rosters represent six states (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Nebraska and Indiana).

Players rolled 33 games over four weeks and 10 days of tryouts in two different bowling centers. The top 25 men and top 25 women will represent SAU during 2017-2018 competition.

The men's and women's varsity and JV rosters kick off the 2017-18 season this coming weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, in Lafayette, Ind., at the Boilermaker Classic.

2017-18 SAU Tryout Award Winners

Leading Qualifer (Women's) - Kayla Crawford
Leading Qualifier (Men's) - Alex Denton
High 3-Game Series (Women's) - Natalie Koprowitz (718)
High 3-Game Series (Men's) - Brent Boho (750)
High Game (Women's) - Jackie Peters (279)
High Game (Men's) - Alex Denton (289)
Most Improved Average (Women's) - Jackie Peters (+29.29)
Most Improved Average (Men's) - Jonathan Labrador (+25.62)
Highest Single Pin Spare % (Women's) - Natalie Koprowitz (91.1%)
Highest Single Pin Spare % (Men's) - Teagan Smale (95.8%)
Highest Multiple Pin Spare % (Women's) - Bre Smith (80.2%)
Highest Multiple Pin Spare % (Men's) - Alex Denton (81.8%)
Best Overall Spare % (Women's) - Kayla Crawford (83.7%)
Best Overall Spare % (Men's) - Anthony Dodge (86.8%)
Highest Frame Fill % (Women's) - Kayla Crawford (86.6%)
Highest Frame Fill % (Men's) - Billy Hibbard (88.7%)

Final Women's Tryout Averages After 10 Days (includes average and number of games)

1. 195.09 - Kayla Crawford (33)
2. 191.12 - Jackie Peters (33)
3. 191.03 - Michaela Kelly (33)
4. 187.78 - Natalie Koprowitz (33)
5. 186.48 - Kaitlyn Keith (33)
6. 186.00 - Bre Smith (33)
7. 185.00 - Hayley Ryan (33)
8. 184.15 - Miranda Rodriguez (33)
9. 181.51 - Kayla Ewing (33)
10. 181.42 - Hannah Jaros (33)
11. 178.33 - Brittany Breedlove (33)
12. 175.51 - Kayla Cory (33)
13. 174.90 - ***Bobbi Jo Buhlman (33)
14. 171.03 - Maddie Humphrey (33)
15. 169.21 - Christin Swank (33)
16. 166.12 - Alyson Scheidecker (33)
17. 165.51 - Sarah Heffron (33)
18. 164.93 - Amber Schweiger (33)
19. 161.57 - Brooke Lodge (33)
20. 161.42 - Haley Douglas (33)
21. 161.21 - Jamie Sexauer (33)
22. 159.69 - Sonya Addison (33)
23. 159.69 - Abigail Scheidecker (33)
24. 159.21 - Emily Mack (33)
25. 158.39 - Gillian Sutton (33)
26. 154.69 - Alison Seibel (33)
27. 153.42 - Clare Tobin (33)
28. 146.24 - Paige Setchell (33)
***out with injury for 2017-18; replaced by Alison Seibel

Final Men's Tryout Averages After 10 Days (includes average and number of games)

1. 208.72 - Alex Denton (33)
2. 207.48 - Brent Boho (33)
3. 206.39 - Nate Stubler (33)
4. 205.00 - Anthony Dodge (33)
5. 204.72 - Billy Hibbard (33)
6. 201.84 - Brenden Sramek (33)
7. 199.09 - Brandon Dodge (33)
8. 198.75 - Dakota Solonka (33)
9. 197.81 - Blake Eldridge (33)
10. 196.12 - Mitchell Kelley (33)
11. 194.45 - Teagan Smale (33)
12. 193.36 - Jordan Chavez (33)
13. 192.75 - Russell Deer (33)
14. 189.03 - Eric Ullian (33)
15. 187.96 - Shawn Burczek (33)
16. 185.33 - Blake Syron (33)
17. 184.90 - Jonathan Labrador (33)
18. 181.87 - A.J. Balich (33)
19. 180.96 - Ian Boho (33)
20. 180.60 - Seth Tegtmeier (33)
21. 179.15 - ***Thomas Rotello (33)
22. 169.45 - Jordan Soto (33)
23. 168.81 - Trevor Cross (33)
24. 167.00 - Andrew Schneider (33)
25. 165.96 - Jacob Ottenfeld (33)
26. 165.87 - Cole Hemann (33)
27. 163.96 - Kyle Snyder (30)
28. 156.42 - Justin Boer (33)
29. 152.33 - Joe Gallagher (27)
***redshirting in 2017-2018, replaced by Mitchel Guzzle