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UPIKE women win; freshman men’s bowler qualifies for nationals

SMYRNA, Tenn. – The top-ranked University of Pikeville women’s bowling team will compete in the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships, and a member of the men’s team will bowl for the singles championship.

That is the results from last weekend’s sectional qualifier, where the women took the title for eighth time in 11 trips to a qualifier. The Bears will compete in the ITCs for the 11th time in as many opportunities since the school started bowling for the 2001-02 academic year.

It was also a big weekend for UPIKE freshman Lucas Hohnstein, who finished third in the singles competition and will compete in the Intercollegiate Singles Championship, which will also be held in April at Lincoln, Neb.

Hohnstein, a Boise, Idaho, product, rolled a six-game total of 1272 to qualify from a field of 149 men’s bowlers at the Smyrna sectional. He opened with games of 238, 215 and 239. After 172 and 186 in the next two games, he secured his spot in the national event with a 222 in the finale.

Hohnstein is one of six men from the Smyrna field who will be in the national tournament. Florida Atlantic’s Chris Spoo won it with a 1326, finishing 35 ahead of Saginaw Valley’s Cody Shoemaker. Hohnstein is followed by Adam Johnson of McKendree, Stephen Conn of Morehead State and Florida State’s Benjamin Hainsey.

Pikeville junior Kyle McInerney finshed eighth, only six pins behind Hainsey’s total of 1254.

In the women’s tournament, Pikeville jumped out to a big lead early and cruised to the title. The Bears finished their 64 Baker games with a score of 12393 (average – 193.64) to roll past McKendree, which was second at 12327.

Pikeville’s 16-game lead was 274 over second-place Wisconsin-Whitewater. McKendree was fourth, 303 behind the Bears and 21 in back of Notre Dame (Ohio)

By the end of Saturday’s first day, McKendree had moved into second and was only 28 pins behind the Bears. The teams remained 1-2, in that order, all day Sunday.

Pikeville and McKendree will be joined in the national tournament by Florida State and Wright State from the Smyrna qualifier.

On the women's side in Allentown, Penn., Webber International tallied 12,943 to lead with defending national champion Maryland Eastern Shore finishing second. Lindenwood and Kutztown also moved on.

The Wichita State women finished with 13,037 to win the Euless, Texas, qualifier and will be joined at nationals by Midland, West Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin.

In Fairview Heights, Ill., the Newman women led their division with 11,985, while Calumet, William Penn and Robert Morris-Illinois also moved on.

On the men’s side, the UPIKE men finished 10th in a field of 20 teams. Coach Kyle Wilson’s Bears finished with a 64-game total of 11937 to fall short of qualifying for the national event.

Wright State won the sectional qualifier with a final score of 12660. The Raiders will be joined at the national tournament by Morehead State, Vincennes and Notre Dame College from Smyrna.

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