William Penn Athletics News–December 9‏

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Statesmen Reach Bracket Competition

Madison, Wis.–The William Penn women’s bowling team made it to bracket play, but could not bring home the crown at the Warhawk Open hosted by Wisconsin-Whitewater Saturday and Sunday.

The Statesmen qualified fourth out of 19 teams with 7,837 pins in six regular games and four sets of Bakers. They advanced to bracket competition, but could not get past the quarterfinals, falling to #5 Clarke 2-1. #6 seed Illinois State won the event by defeating #8 Highland CC in the finals.

Leea Haworth of Robert Morris (Ill.) led qualifying with a 204.3 average (1,226 pins), while Stephanie Adams (Fr., Souris, Manitoba, Business Management) just missed the top ten by placing 12th with a 180.5 average.

Kirstin Newberry (Sr., Holland, Mich., Secondary Education) also rolled in all six games, posting a 165.5 clip.

Kelsey Johnson (Jr., Montgomery, Ill., Secondary Education), with a 174.6 mark, and Brittany Johnson (Fr., Schuyler, Neb., Business Management), with an average of 166.6, rolled in five games each.

MacKenzie Boyd (Fr., Knoxville, Iowa, Physical Education) tallied a 150.3 clip in four games, while Emily Braga (So., Newton, Iowa, Communications) knocked down 159.0 per game in two rounds. Also competing in two games was Montana Pence (Fr., Stronghurst, Ill., Elementary Education) with a 153.5 average.

Next: William Penn takes a week off before heading to Las Vegas, Nev. for its final pre-holiday action. On December 18-19, the Statesmen compete in the Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational. On December 20-21, the navy and gold take part in the Las Vegas Collegiate Shootout.

William Penn Snags Silver at Warhawk Open

Madison, Wis.–The Statesmen men’s bowling team was just one game away from claiming its first title of the year, but was denied by a conference foe at the Warhawk Open hosted by Wisconsin-Whitewater Saturday and Sunday.

The Statesmen qualified fourth out of 23 teams with 8,795 pins in six regular games and four sets of Bakers. They advanced to bracket competition and moved on quickly with a 2-0 quarterfinal win over #5 AIB.

WPU then knocked off top-seeded and defending champion Robert Morris (Ill.) 2-1 before being knocked off in the finals by #6 Clarke 2-1.

Ryan Keith of St. Ambrose led qualifying with a 226.0 average (1,356 pins). Cameron Foster (Sr., West Jordan, Utah, Business Management) was named to the five-person all-tournament team as he placed third with a 208.0 average (1,248 pins).

Jacques Kaune (So., Anchorage, Alaska, Business Management) was also in the top ten, finishing eighth at 202.0. Drew Balta (Sr., Walford, Iowa, Education) was a top-20 finisher as well with a 194.8 clip. The top three rollers started all six games.

Brandon Barboza (Jr., Brick, N.J., Sociology) recorded an average of 176.2 pins in five games. Piet Schaeffer (Sr., Livingston, Scotland, General Mathematics) had a 186.3-pin average in three games, while Travis Scott (So., West Saint Paul, Minn., Physical Education) was at 174.7, also in three games. Ryan Howard (Fr., King, N.C., Music) knocked down 198 pins in his lone round.

William Penn also had a JV team on the lanes which placed third out of nine non-varsity programs. Lucas Perdieu (Fr., DeWitt, Iowa, Public Accounting) finished just outside the top ten (14th) with a 197.7 mark in six games.

Ethan Noble (Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Business Management) was next at 175.8 (five games), while Stian Hoff (Fr., Orkanger, Norway, Accounting) notched a 185.3 average (four games).

Four players competed in three games with Cody Adair (Fr., Salt Lake City, Utah, Undecided) leading the way at 165.7. Connor Frederick (Jr., Ottumwa, Iowa, History/Government), at 162.3, Kevin Wesely (So., Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Industrial Technology), at 161.0, and Michael Applegate (So., Council Bluffs, Iowa, Undecided), at 155.7, also rolled three rounds.

Eric Smith (Sr., Glenwood, Iowa, Industrial Technology) managed 178 pins in his only game.

Next: William Penn takes a week off before heading to Las Vegas, Nev. for its final pre-holiday action. On December 18-19, the Statesmen compete in the Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational. On December 20-21, the navy and gold take part in the Las Vegas Collegiate Shootout.

Edwards Wins First AOW Honor of Year

Oskaloosa–Alex Edwards (Jr., Knoxville, Iowa, Secondary Education) had a great start to his 2013-2014 indoor season and his efforts netted him Midwest Collegiate Conference Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week laurels Monday.

Edwards won the inaugural honor by setting a new school record and qualifying for nationals. The junior competed in just one event, winning the 600-meter run at the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Invitational. He broke his own program mark with a time of 1:20.98, good enough to also eclipse the NAIA’s automatic-qualifying standard.

It is his third weekly award, all in indoor action.

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