Bowlers Compete in USBC Sectionals; Pair Advance to Nationals

DALLAS, Texas – Midland University’s Bowling Teams competed last weekend in the United States Bowling Congress Sectional Qualifier and came away with two impressive team score finishes.

The Warrior men finished in seventh place out of 18 schools that competed in Dallas, Texas on March 9 and 10, while the Midland women finished sixth out of 13 competing teams.

Midland sophomore’s Morgan Moore and Kristopher Yadao each finished in the top five of the men’s singles standings, earning them each a spot in the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championship Tournament on April 17-20.

Moore finished second out of 172 bowlers with a six-game total score of 1310. Yadao followed close behind and finished fourth overall with a score of 1301. The two finished amongst the top competitors that included the men’s winner, Ottawa University’s Daniel Hall, who finished with a 1427.

Matt Cleary (7th, 1261) and Charles Rex (T-16, 1214) were the two other Warriors who finished high in the final standings but fell short of the top five qualifying positions.

On the women’s side, junior Candice Goldfinch finished 6th out of 136 bowlers and finished with a score of 1251. Goldfinch was just 11 points behind fourth-place finisher, Alabama-Birmingham’s Rachel Strogin, for the final qualifying position in the women’s championship tournament.

McKendree’s Breanna Clemmer claimed the top spot on the women’s leaderboard with a score of 1295.

Brittney Schnicke (T-24, 1165), Katie Fritchie (34th, 1141), and Nicole Gattenby (39th, 1123) were other Warriors with impressive showings in Dallas.

In the team portions of the event, Wichita State claimed the top spot in the men’s division with a score of 13,050. Midland finished in seventh with a score of 12,019.

The McKendree women’s team finished in first on the women’s side with a score of 12,913. In sixth, Midland scored 11,888 points.

Before Moore and Yadao head to the USBC Championships, the Warriors must travel to Topeka, Kansas for the NAIA National Invitational. Midland will participate in the three-day event in two weeks on March 28-30.