Wichita State women, Midland men earn wins at 2017 Hoosier Classic

MEN: Qualifying | Individual | Bracket
WOMEN: Qualifying | Individual | Bracket

 The Wichita State women won their fourth consecutive Hoosier Classic on Sunday, while Midland captured the men’s title at Western Bowl.

The Hoosier Classic was the final Tier 1 event in the 2016-2017 United States Bowling Congress Collegiate season.

A total of 78 men’s teams and 66 women’s teams bowled six traditional games Saturday and 15 Baker games Sunday before the field was cut to the top eight teams in each division for bracket play. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches featured a best-of-three Baker format, while the championship round was a best-of-five Baker match.

WSU_250The Wichita State women qualified first overall for Sunday’s match-play bracket and bested No. 6 Concordia in the finals, 3-0, including a narrow 200-199 victory in Game 3. The Shockers averaged 223 in the title match.

Wichita State earned its spot in the finals by defeating No. 5 Newman, 2-1, while Concordia advanced by sweeping No. 2 Lindenwood.

Webber’s Anna Andersson earned the women’s individual title by posting a 1,304 total, a 217.33 average, for her six-game block Saturday. Lindenwood’s Amanda Garavet finished second with 1,300, and Newman’s Kelly Machacek (1,296), Urbana’s Maude Demers (1,280) and St. Ambrose’s Kayla Crawford (1,273) also made the all-tournament team.

Midland_250In the men’s title tilt, Midland, who qualified fifth, dropped the opening game to No. 7 St. Francis-Illinois, 194-177, but bounced back to win the next three games by averaging more than 218 to earn the victory, 3-1.

Midland defeated top seed Webber International in the semifinals, 2-1, while St. Francis-Illinois swept No. 3 William Paterson, 2-0, to advance.

Webber’s Cory Lenz averaged more than 231 to claim the top spot in the men’s individual standings with a six-game total of 1,387. Lindenwood-Belleville’s Tim Heimann and Midland’s Nick Pate tied for second with 1,353, and Pikeville’s Andrew Letscher (1,335) and William Paterson’s Steve Kotowski (1,333) also recorded top-five finishes.

BOWL.com’s BowlTV provided broadcast coverage of the 2017 Hoosier Classic.

MEN’S GAMES 1-6 (Watch archive here)
Game 1 - Lindenwood, Webber, Adrian, Indiana
Game 2 - Ball State, Toledo, McKendree, William Paterson
Game 3 - Urbana, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Highland CC, South Florida
Game 4 - West Texas A&M, Notre Dame-Ohio, Indiana Tech, St. John's
Game 5 - Madonna, Kansas Wesleyan, Wichita State, Newman
Game 6 - Purdue, Calumet, Robert Morris-Illinois, Marian

WOMEN’S GAMES 1-6 (Watch archive here)
Game 1 - Wichita State, Newman, Lindenwood, Pikeville
Game 2 - Lindenwood, Toledo, Wisconsin-Madison, Newman
Game 3 - Wright State, Ursuline, Webber, St. Francis-Illinois
Game 4 - Webber, McKendree, Marian, Ursuline
Game 5 - Robert Morris-Illinois, Lindenwood-Belleville, Grand View, Emmanuel
Game 6 - Grand View, Indiana, Missouri Baptist, Lindenwood-Belleville

MEN’S BAKER GAMES 1-15 (Watch archive here)

Block 1 - Campbellsville, Wright State, Bowling Green State, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Block 2 - Lincoln Memorial, Fresno State, Central Oklahoma, St. Francis-Illinois
Block 3 - McKendree, San Jose State, Ohio State, Toledo

MEN’S BRACKET PLAY (Watch archive here)
Quarterfinals – Midland vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater; Webber International vs. Pikeville
Semifinals – William Paterson vs. St. Francis-Illinois; Webber International vs. Midland
Finals – Midland vs. St. Francis-Illinois

WOMEN’S BRACKET PLAY (Watch archive here)
Quarterfinals – St. Ambrose vs. Newman; Wichita State vs. Notre Dame-Ohio
Semifinals – Concordia vs. Lindenwood; Wichita State vs. Newman
Finals – Wichita State vs. Concordia