The Mid Michigan College Men’s and Women’s Bowling Teams recently capped off successful seasons with a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament in March. The NJCAA’s mission is to promote and foster two-year college athletics, and during the 2016-2017 seasons nearly 23,000 athletes and 1,700 teams participated from across the Country.
The NJCAA National Tournament consists of team, doubles, and singles competition structures. The Men’s team placed 15th and the Women’s team placed 9th overall.
In Doubles action, the team of Austin Castillo (Gladwin) and Matt Hoard (Ithaca) placed 15th.
Hannah Chase (Elwell) finished 33rd, Natalie Lewandowski (Harrison) 22nd, Victoria Ivey (Beaverton) 27th, and Emerald Forbes (Clare) 36th in Singles competition.
The tournament also includes an All-Events category where athletes’ team, singles, and doubles scores are combined to determine the final rankings. Patrick Pappas (Rosebush) finished in 45th place and Hannah Chase (Elwell) finished 9th in the All-Events standings.
“The trip was a success and we return five men and four women to the teams next year as well as bringing in an excellent recruiting class next season,” noted Ryan Harkrader, Mid Michigan College Athletic Director. “I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work the student-athletes put in this season, and we’re looking forward to more achievements this coming year.”
The College added bowling as a club sport in the fall of 2015 and added it as an NJCAA conference team in 2016. Currently, Mid supports eight NJCAA teams: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s bowling.