By Eric Saunders, staff writer
The Newman Jets bowling team had a victorious weekend in Moline, Iowa.
Junior Lisa Johnson led the lady Jets with an average of 194 and junior Austin Boulds lead the men’s with an average of 217.
Both the men’s and women’s teams placed eighth at this tournament, losing 2-1 to the No. 1 team Wichita State. Also present at this tournament were the top 12 collegiate teams in the nation.
“Our teams are improving every day,” Head Coach Billy Murphy said. “With every event the Jets are getting more comfortable with the environment and level of play. We are young, but are growing up very quickly.”
On the first day, both teams bowled 16 games.
The next day, they bowled 16 baker games, this is where five people bowl one game. The top eight of the field will then be placed in match play, similar to bracket seeding.
“It was our first tourney with match play this year and it was fun,” women’s team junior Erin Sanagorski said. “Playing against some of the best competition out there, it showed what we needed to work on and prepare for future tournaments.”
The women went up against high ranking teams, including 12 out of the 20 nationally ranked teams.
“Despite the fairly slow start to the weekend, the girls came into Sunday with a sharper and more aggressive attitude to compete, which was great to see,” said Bianca Simmons, bowling assistant coach. “I believe overall as a team we learn a lot this weekend. Match play not only showed we are ready to compete with the best teams in the nation but also we have more work ahead to become a stronger team.”
The men were also competing against a strong field but finished in eighth place.
The men lost both starting matches 0-2. Junior Nathan Brooks and Austin Boulds led the Jets by consistently bowled an average of 217.
“We didn’t finish where we wanted but we’re definitely improving,” senior Tommy Magers said. “Spares definitely win tournaments and it’s just a matter of time before we realize that our first ball doesn’t make or break our life. Everyone needs to slow the game down and take one shot at a time.”
Newman Jets will be traveling to Fairview Heights, Ill. on Nov. 23-24 for their next competition.