CANTON, Mich.--The Adrian College men's bowling squad wound up in eighth-place at the 16-school American Heartland Intercollegiate Bowling Conference Championships held here at Super Bowl on Sunday, concluding its February schedule. The Bulldogs knocked down 3,904 pins, qualifying for the eliminator round to make the cut for the AHIBC championship where they were fifth (767 total) out of eight seeds.
The Bulldogs were consisted of sophomore Chase Fleming, who led the team as he was an anchor for the tournament. Fleming found his line after the first throw in practice and never looked back. Fellow juniors Austin Foate, Jadin Majewski and Jared Caudill also came to bowl as they helped lead the team. Sophomore Jansen Stone along with the other four bowlers, helped the team grab eighth place out of the 16-team field, which qualified them for the championship cut.
For the championship round, the top eight teams that made the cut were put into two groups of four, where they bowled four baker games to establish the top two for each group in a battle royale for the title match spots. Adrian College went up against Lawrence Tech (seed 1), Notre Dame College of Ohio (seed 4) and Bowling Green State (seed 5). Adrian was close to making it out of the quarterfinals but couldn't keep up with Notre Dame and Bowling Green as they went onto the next round along with Indiana Tech and Wright State. Notre Dame and Bowling Green faced off in the finals with the latter winning it all, 387 to 332.
Next up, Adrian is scheduled to participate in the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Singles and Team Championship on Friday-Sunday, March 8-10, at a site to be determined.
--Austin Foate '20, Sports Management major and The College World sportswriter