Collegiate Ticker - March 24, 2021

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Nearly 60 varsity bowling programs traveled to the Quad Cities last weekend to lace up at the Leatherneck Classic, with the Calumet men and Newman women earning bracket victories.

The men's field featured 32 varsity teams competing in Moline, Illinois, while 25 varsity women's squads bowled in Davenport, Iowa. Qualifying consisted of six traditional games and 16 Baker games, with the top eight teams in each division advancing to bracket play.

All bracket matches were contested in a best-of-three Baker format.

Calumet earned the top seed in the men's division by more than 200 pins, posting a 9,750 total to kick off match play against St. Ambrose, which earned the final spot in the bracket with 9,003. The Crimson Wave claimed the opening-round victory, 2-1, and defeated No. 5 Newman (qualified with 9,144) in the semifinals, 2.5-.5, to advance to the title match against No. 3 Ottawa (9,415).

Calumet recorded a 241-233 win in Game 1 of the final and completed the sweep in Game 2, 225-202.

Other teams earning spots in the men's bracket included Lindenwood (No. 2 - 9,545), Mount Mercy (No. 4 - 9,310), Wisconsin-Whitewater (No. 6 - 9,054) and St. Francis-Illinois (No. 7 - 9,022).

In the men's individual standings, Calumet's Kevin McCune finished his six-game block with games of 247, 267 and 278 to finish at the top of the leaderboard with a 1,432 total, a 238.6 average. Ottawa's Jared Freed rolled a 299 game and finished second with 1,423, and Calumet's Petey Vergos was third with 1,342. Mount Mercy teammates Andrei Tacorda and Alex Diercks earned the final two spots on the all-tournament team with 1,331 and 1,315, respectively.

The Newman women earned the No. 3 seed for the bracket after recording an 8,707 total, drawing No. 6 St. Francis-Illinois (8,533) in the opening round. The Jets won the deciding game against St. Francis-Illinois and then dispensed No. 2 Wichita State (8,926) in the same fashion to set up a meeting with No. 5 St. Ambrose (8,547) in the championship round.

Newman edged St. Ambrose in the opening game, 197-193, and closed out the victory in Game 2 with a 199-164 win.

Mount Mercy was the top qualifier with 9,002, while Grand View (No. 4 - 8,569), Saint Xavier (No. 7 - 8,512) and Calumet (No. 8 - 8,448) also advanced to bracket play.

Newman's Leanne Vastbinder was strong throughout the traditional block to earn top individual honors in the women's division, rolling games of 223, 215, 224, 248, 209 and 246 for a 1,365 total, a 227.5 average. Vastbinder was joined in the top five by Wichita State's Sierra Ciesiolka (1,335), Calumet's Alecia Albanese (1,289), Lindenwood's Margie Gish (1,275) and Wichita State's Addie Herzberg (1,259).

In other collegiate action:

- At the Arizona Shootout I in Glendale, Arizona, the Grand Canyon women and Arizona State men toppled the most pins in their respective divisions.

- At the Arizona Shootout II in Glendale, Arizona, the Grand Canyon men and women finished at the top of the standings.

- At the Southeastern Shootout I in Anderson, South Carolina, the Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah women returned with the victory, while Emmanuel claimed the top spot in the men's division.

- At the Southeastern Shootout II in Anderson, South Carolina, Webber International recorded the sweep in the men's and women's divisions.

- At the American Heartland Bowling Association III in Toledo, Ohio, Lawrence Tech claimed both the women's and men's titles.

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