The Valpo bowling team completed its first tournament of the spring semester over the weekend in Las Vegas, finishing in 10th place at the Stormin’ Blue and White Classic.
How It Happened – Saturday
- Valpo took on the nation’s top team in #1 McKendree to open traditional team action on Saturday, and despite averaging better than 200 a bowler, fell by a 1166-1002 final. Senior Becky Lohse (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) led the way in the opener with a game of 209, while junior Hannah Forton (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) posted a 203.
- Valpo suffered a 16-pin defeat in its second match, dropping a 999-983 decision to #23 Monmouth. Forton led the Brown and Gold in that contest with a 227, while Lohse posted her best game of the day with a 214. Senior Morgan Peacha (Henderson, Nev./Foothill) tallied a 203 as well.
- Valpo earned a 971-911 victory over #25 Prairie View A&M in the third match slot, led by Forton recording a 227 for the second straight match. Lohse also broke 200 for a third straight match, posting a score of 210, while freshman Alexis Roof (Flint, Mich./Kearsley) rounded out a trio above 200 with a 201 game.
- Roof posted a second consecutive game of 201 in the next match slot to lead Valpo, as the Brown and Gold finished with a 953 in a bye match.
- Valpo closed the day against #16 Tulane, falling 979-942. Junior Payton Bertermann (Grayslake, Ill./North) paced Valpo in the finale with a 210 game.
How It Happened – Sunday
- Valpo was the eighth seed for the best-of-seven baker bracket action on the third day of competition, as it closed the first two days in eighth place with 9,775 total pins.
- Valpo opened bracket play against #15 Maryville and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven contest. But Maryville would storm back to win four straight, including a 10-pin victory in game four and a three-pin win in game six, to send the Crusaders to a 4-3 defeat.
- The loss sent Valpo into a matchup against #14 Delaware State. Valpo claimed a victory in the first game, but lost the next three, including a narrow one-pin loss in game four. A two-pin win in game five extended the match for Valpo, but it was unable to overcome a 279 game from the Hornets in game six, falling 4-2.
- The tournament finale came against #23 Monmouth, a 4-1 loss, as Valpo finished the tournament in 10th
Valpo (28-34) returns in action in two weekends at the Columbia 300 Saints Invitational in Chesterfield, Mo. The three-day event kicks off Friday, Jan. 24.