Greetings and Solutions, Welcome to the first edition of Striking Spotlight in the Ten Pin Journal. I would first like to take a minute to personally thank Doug Schmidt for adding Striking Spotlight. My name is Brian Hirsch and I just recently moved to Wisconsin from Arizona a few months ago. I am the 2nd Vise President for the IBMA (International Bowling Media Association) and Striking Spotlight is a blog that has been for 6 years and I cover all topics from Tournaments to Player profiles to what is going on within our industry.
November 11-13 Sheridan Lanes in Kenosha played host to the 2016 Warhawk Classic presented by Roto Grip. This was a very exciting weekend as I have not been to a College Bowling tournament since I bowled for MCC in Mesa, Arizona. There were a few schools that I have already knew of going in, but was surprised to see the talent that was there from all the schools. It was also great to catch up with Valparaiso Assistant Coach Gabriella Mayfield and Nebraska Coach’s Bill Straub and Paul Klempa. I can not forget to mention I was very eager to watch the 2016 National Champions Stephen F. Austin State University Ladyjacks with local Racine bowler Stephanie Schwartz who is a Jr at SFA. There is a lot of talent on that team and next time there is a college tournament near you I highly suggest that you check them out. SFA finished in 5th place with a 196 average for 68 games in the tournament. Vanderbilt University finished in 4th, University of Nebraska finished in 3rd, McKendree University finished in 2nd and Arkansas State University is the 2016 Warhawk Classic Champions.
“The way our system is set up in NCAA bowling, you basically have to win the tournament three different times,” Arkansas State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We won the first two days by around 250 pins, then we had to win the first match today against a good McKendree team and then had to turn around and beat them again to earn the trophy. That is a lot of pressure to put on our team and we stepped up each time and made some clutch shots when we needed to. It goes to show how good we really are and you have to give McKendree credit because they had a great weekend, and bowled well in the championship match.”
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks put on a great event for both the players and the fans and they are not quite done yet. Up next they will be hosting the 2016 Ebonite Warhawk Open, A College tournament to be contested on December 3rd and 4th at Schwoegler Park Towne Lanes for the Men’s team and the Woman’s teams will be at Dream Lanes which is a location change from Badger Bowl which will be demolished in the coming months.
“If you can’t hear a pin drop, then something is definitely wrong with your bowling”