Rolling through nationals

Rodriguez, Hutchcraft impress at national tournament

BY NICK MISIAK
SPORTS EDITOR

PHOTO BY ANDREW RELLINGER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Sophomore Angela Rodriguez rolls for a strike in the Ocelot’s home tournament at Merri-Bowl Lanes on Feb. 13. Rodriguez was named to her second consecutive All American Team at the Division III National Tournament in Cheektowaga, NY.

PHOTO BY ANDREW RELLINGER
STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Sophomore Angela Rodriguez rolls for a strike in the Ocelot’s home tournament at Merri-Bowl Lanes on Feb. 13. Rodriguez was named to her second consecutive All American Team at the Division III National Tournament in Cheektowaga, NY.

The Division III National Junior College Athletic Association Championship Bowling Tournament was held on March 6, and March 7, in Cheektowaga, New York. Of the 17 teams competing, the Schoolcraft Womens Bowling team finished tenth and the Schoolcraft Mens Bowling team finished twelfth.

For the women, sophomore Angela Rodriguez finished sixth overall with a 12-game total of 2135 (177.9 avg.) on her way to being named to the All-American team. This was the second consecutive year that Rodriguez has been named to the All-American team, making her one of the few Schoolcraft athletes who have been awarded All-American status during both years of eligibility. Freshman Ella Kearney finished twenty-sixth overall with 1997, and sophomore Yvette Ayers finished thirty-ninth overall with 1887.

Individually, on the mens side, freshman Leon Hutchcraft finished seventeenth overall with a 12-game total of 2192 (182.7 avg). Sophomore Ben Berger finished fifty-eighth overall with 1758, and freshman Josh Coffee finished sixty-third with 1668.

STRONG SHOWING AT STATES

The first Michigan Community College Athletic Association Bowling Championship in 30 years was held on Feb. 27, at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, and both the Schoolcraft mens and womens teams took second place in their respective competitions. Both teams lost to Muskegon Community College, with the mens team losing by a small margin of just eight pins.

On the mens side, Ben Berger (1386 seven-game series), Ricky Rutenbar (1359), Leon Hutchcraft (1333) and Ben Jakes (1333) were all named to the all-conference team. In the doubles competition, Ben Berger and Rutenbar took first place with a three-game total of 1216. Hutchcraft and Josh Coffee took third with a three-game total of 1118. For the individual competition, Ben Jakes took first place with a three-game series of 624 pins. Hutchcraft was second with 608, Ben Berger was fourth with 586 and Sam Berger made it a family affair, coming in sixth with 579.

Angela Rodriguez (1226 seven-game series), Ella Kearney (1190) and Yvette Ayers (1083) were all named to the All-Conference Team for the women. In the doubles competition, Rodriguez and Kearney took second place with a three-game total of 1007. Ayers and Bianca Greco took third place with a three-game total of 889. For the individual competition, Rodriguez tied for first place overall with a three-game series of 596. Kearney was fourth with a 506.

“Even though we were a bit disappointed with coming up short in both of the team competitions, I couldn’t be happier with how we did on the individual side,” said head coach Patrick Yeslik. “To have three of the six All-Conference spots belong to us on the womens side, and four of the six spots belong to us on the mens side, I think that really says a lot about our kids and the way that they practice and prepare. I see them all put in the hard work; it’s nice to see them rewarded for it.”

Overall, this year’s bowling season was successful, as Ocelots occupied over half of the All-Conference spots. With his first year under his belt, Yeslik looks to return next year with a strong core of returning players and fresh faces in an attempt to improve on an impressive rookie season.