The Valpo bowling program was well represented Thursday as the Southland Bowling League released its 2021-22 Academic Honor Roll, as eight Beacons earned the academic accolade.
Valpo freshman Lilu Smith (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) picked up her second postseason honor in less than a week’s time for outstanding performance in her first season competing at the collegiate level, as she was recognized Wednesday as one of five members of the Southland Bowling League All-Rookie Team.
Following a tremendous freshman year in the Valpo uniform, Beacons rookie Lilu Smith (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) was honored on a national level on Thursday as she was named an All-Rookie Second Team selection by the National Tenpin Coaches Association.
The Valpo bowling team put together a pair of strong performances on Friday on the opening day of the Southland Bowling League Championship against two top-10 teams, taking both matches to the tiebreaking best-of-seven baker round, but the Beacons eventually had their 2021-22 campaign come to an end in Harahan, La. in the afternoon session.
The Valpo bowling team wrapped up its regular season this weekend at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn., placing 20th out of 33 competing teams. Sophomore Isabella Palamaro (Thiells, N.Y./North Rockland) had an impressive individual performance in traditional team action, ranking 15th in scoring average in the highly competitive field.
The Valpo bowling team closed competition at the Big Red Invitational Sunday in historic fashion, as its best-of-seven baker match against host #3 Nebraska was broadcast live on the Big Ten Network — the first live bowling broadcast in BTN history, and the Valpo program’s first appearance on national TV in program history. The Beacons acquitted themselves well, taking two of the first three games before eventually falling to the reigning national champions.
The Valpo bowling team earned a pair of victories in Saturday action at the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., while Lilu Smith (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) broke 250 twice and finished the day eighth in the individual standings.
The Valpo bowling team kicked off its penultimate competition of the regular season on Friday with the first of three days of action at the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
The Valpo bowling program will appear on national television for the first time in program history on Sunday, Feb. 27, as the Beacons take on Nebraska in the final match of the Big Red Invitational live on the Big Ten Network.