Mid Michigan College’s Lakers Men’s & Women’s Bowling teams recently finished a successful 2019-2020 season. The teams competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) regional and national tournaments.
In February both teams competed in regional action at the NJCAA Region XII Tournament in Lansing. Coach Ryan Harkrader was named NJCAA Region XII Coach of the Year in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
“Ryan is well-deserving of this honor. He has a passion for the sport of bowling and has dedicated himself to building a successful bowling program here at Mid,” noted Matt Miller, Vice President of Student Services at Mid. “We’re proud of the bowling the teams recent achievements, and excited for the future.”
The women’s team took first place with a pin total of 7,626. Mikayla Woodrow (Ithaca) finished second, Hallie Weaver (Alma) sixth, and Mackenzie Weston (Gladwin) eighth in the All Events category. Woodrow and Weaver were crowned champions, and Mackenzie and Bailey Weston (Gladwin) took fourth place in doubles action. Highlights didn’t stop there as Mackenzie Weston finished second place and Victoria Ivey (Beaverton) placed third in singles competition.
The men’s team also took first place in the tournament with a pin total of 8,515. Matt Hoard (Ithaca) was crowned champion, Austin Castillo (Gladwin) placed fifth, and Nathan Pittman (Mt. Pleasant) finished eighth in the All Events category. Hoard, Castillo, Nathan Hunt (Midland), Ryan Day (Gladwin), and Pittman finished third, fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth place in singles competition.
Both teams took home the title of Regional Champion and qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament which took place in Cheektowaga, New York in early March.
The women’s team placed fifth out of 19 teams, and had five student-athletes place in the top 50 in the All Events field which featured 94 competitors. Hallie Weaver finished eighteenth, Bailey Weston twenty-second, Victoria Ivey twenty-fifth, Mackenzie Weston twenty-sixth, and Mikayla Woodrow thirty-fifth. In singles play, Bailey Weston placed seventeenth and Victoria Ivey finished twentieth.
The men’s team placed eleventh out of 22 teams, and the doubles pairing of Nathan Hunt and Ryan Day placed fifth in doubles action which included 56 pairings. Austin Castillo placed 17th in singles competition which featured 120 student-athletes, and Tanner Mielke (Gladwin) placed 46th in the All Events field of 120 competitors.
“From being full-time students to attending practices and games, and from staying on top of their studies to working part-time jobs, Mid’s student-athletes go above and beyond, and enjoyed competing at the regional and National level,” noted Ryan Harkrader, Mid Michigan College Athletic Director.
Mid competes in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association regionally, and the NJCAA nationally. 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.