TERRE HAUTE — College bowling has returned to the Wabash Valley bowling scene.
If you guessed Indiana State University, you would be dead wrong. They have NOT resurrected their once-storied program that disbanded with a whimper a few years ago.
Followers of this column might recall that the ISU women’s team was national collegiate champion in 1984, and national runner-up in 1983 and 1985.
If you guessed Rose-Hulman, you can move to the head of the class.
While the early returns haven’t been dramatic in terms of high scores and tournament victories, the fact the Engineers are fielding a team for the first time since 1986 is dramatic enough.
Since this school year started, Rose has competed in four collegiate tournaments in Indianapolis (finishing 11th of 12 teams), Beaver Creek, Ohio (35th of 40 teams), Fairview Heights, Ill. (41st of 44 teams) and Lafayette (18th of 18 teams).
Competing in all four tournaments have been Ryan Pepmeier (Vincennes), Chris Iverson (Anchorage, Alaska), Ryan Mitchell (Fishers), Paul Grande (Warrick, R.I.) and Jeff Stuart (Cincinnati). Chris Huizenga (Schererville, Ohio) has competed in three of the events.
Iverson has led the team individually in three of the tournaments, with averages of 196.75, 189.2 and 181.67.
A female team member of the co-ed team — remember, Rose is a co-ed school — is Ally Cross, who bowled one game in the Brickyard Classic in Indianapolis.
Rose’s intercollegiate bowling team is a byproduct of the Rose-Hulman Bowling Club, which was formed in the 1998-99 school year as a campus/community activity through the Student Government Association.
The competitive team was the co-brainchild of Rose-Hulman Bowling Club President Matt Gildea and Pepmeier. Gildea secured the seed money for the team through the SGA, while Pepmeier set up the competition aspect with the United States Bowling Congress.
“[The Bowling Club] was set up for Rose-Hulman students. To get them off campus, get them away from homework and have a good time. Because of the [SGA], they can bowl three or four games for free,” Pepmeier said.
The club — which has about 30-40 participants each week — meets every Thursday that school is in session, except for final exam week, around 8:30 p.m. at Imperial Lanes.
Last year, the club conducted a quarterly no-tap tournament (Pepmeier won) as well as a faculty vs. student tournament (the team with Pepmeier as a member won). This year’s club events planned are the faculty/student, eight-pin no tap (both in the winter quarter) and a nine-pin no tap tournament (in spring quarter).
The Club is well-organized and even has a mission statement — “Encourage participation in the sport of bowling; to promote a competitive environment; to provide a means for improvement; and to maintain integrity and respect between all participants” — plus a constitution and bylaws.
The intercollegiate team members, 14 in all according to Pepmeier, practice from 9 p.m. to midnight on Tuesdays, from 2-5 p.m. on Sundays, with practice bowling donated by Imperial Lanes.
Like most of his Rose teammates, Pepmeier maintains a hectic schedule.
Besides the already-demanding academic load, plus practice time and traveling on weekends to tournaments, the computer engineering major also works on the school-sponsored Homework Hotline, the Student Alumni Association and is “involved with the [Bowling] Club as much as I can.”
One last note, the Rose bowling team is planning to host a collegiate tournament at Imperial Lanes on Dec. 2-3.
“We’re hoping to get anywhere from six to 10 teams to compete,” Pepmeier stated.
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Vigo Bowl and Imperial Lanes reported several honor scores for the past week.
At Vigo Bowl, Marc Pruett had a pair of 300 games in the Union Hospital League (Nov. 6) and Davison Service Electric League (Nov. 9). A.J. Wilson also had a 300 game in the Bell Welding League on Nov. 3. Ryan “Bam Bam” Nichols recorded an 811 three-game series (278-279-254) in the Davison League, also on Nov. 9.
At Imperial Lanes, Larry Collier, Tom Jones and J.C. Dressler had 300 games in league play. Bob Acree had a near-miss 298 game, while Dressler parlayed his 300 game to a 801 three-game series.
In the Greater Terre Haute — I assume it’s the Men’s Tournament slated for Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5 — Men’s Association Tournament, Crystal Sullivan recorded a 300 game.
We’ll attempt to post the final results of that tournament in the next Kegler’s Korner in two weeks.
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Allen Breshears continues to impress in his freshman season for the men’s bowling team at Vincennes University.
Breshears had the second highest score of his school’s bowlers on their two teams competing in the 44-team Illinois BPA Classic in Fairview Heights on Oct. 28-29.
Playing on the VU “Blue” team which finished in 25th place, Breshears knocked down 1,694 pins in nine games for a 187 average. He also had the high game of 247 and three-game series of 601.
TERRE HAUTE — College bowling has returned to the Wabash Valley bowling scene.
ISU picks up the defense to take down Eastern Illinois
When it's cold outside, it takes a while for your car engine to crank.
It wasn't cold inside Eastern Illinois' Lantz Arena on Saturday, but the same principle applied for the Indiana State men's basketball team.
Once the Sycamore engine revved up, the Sycamores cruised to a 66-48 victory over the Panthers.
Michigan State shakes up national title chase with win over Ohio State
Michigan State shook up the BCS title chase again Saturday night.
The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead on Connor Cook's 9-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 11:41 left and upset No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 to take the Big Ten title and put Auburn back in the national title hunt.
Zurek, one of ISU's best defenders, also working hard off the court
Winning basketball teams need glue players, the term sometimes used when referring to someone who helps hold it all together.
In some cases, that means getting the ball in the right place at the right time. Or having a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
It’s more often than not coming away with a loose ball on the court. It’s deflecting so many passes that you become the player that most annoys the opponent.
For Indiana State, that’s Natasha Zurek. The junior athletic training major was inserted into the starting lineup for the past two games.
Zurek leads the Sycamores with 16 steals through six games, which isn’t surprising to anyone on the team.
EIU might come at right time for ISU
Sometimes an opponent lines up just right on the schedule that suits a team’s needs.
That’s true for Indiana State as it travels to play Eastern Illinois at 8 p.m. today at Lantz Arena. And it’s not because the Panthers have struggled, even though they have.
Young gun: Freshman Belyea leads Engineers to second straight victory over Saint Mary-of-the Woods
Freshman women’s college basketball players sparked Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Rose-Hulman on Wednesday in Hulbert Arena. Playing her first major minutes of the season, Rose-Hulman guard Kristen Belyea was the clutch shooter for the Engineers. In the second half, Belyea knocked down 4 of 6 from the field and 2 of 3 from the 3-point arc to help the Engineers earn a second straight victory in the rivalry with a 74-54 decision.
Strickland leads RHIT men to win
Rose-Hulman opened its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball season with a 66-50 victory at Anderson University on Wednesday.
Metro: Boys county title games set for tonight
A pair of championship games in the Vigo County middle school boys basketball tournament will be played today in West Vigo High School’s main gym. At 6 p.m., Woodrow Wilson will take on Sarah Scott for the sixth-grade title. Then at about 7:30, Wilson and Honey Creek will tangle for the seventh-grade crown.
METRO ROUNDUP: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Rose-Hulman set to battle for Clabber Girl trophy
With the Clabber Girl Trophy hanging in the balance for the 21st time, the Rose-Hulman women’s basketball team will welcome crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to Hulbert Arena today for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.
The Engineers (0-4) will look to defend their title after capturing the Clabber Girl Trophy for the first time since 2008 with last season’s 80-74 victory.
ISU’s Underwood named first team All-MVC
Sophomore linebacker/defensive end Connor Underwood was named to the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team on Monday, heading a list of five Indiana State players honored.
Red-hot Strickland leads Engineers past Wabash 77-68
Julian Strickland tied his career-high point total with 31 Monday night — his third consecutive 30-point game this season — as host Rose-Hulman downed Wabash 77-68 in Hulbert Arena.
Metro sports: ISU women play today at No. 15 LSU
Indiana State’s women finish a three-game road swing by playing nationally ranked LSU at 12:30 p.m. today at Baton Rouge.
Rose-Hulman women fall short to Marian
A clutch 3-pointer and free throws down the stretch sealed the home victory for Marian University in Saturday’s competitive 50-45 nonconference victory over the Rose-Hulman women’s basketball team.
Strickland pours in 30, but the Engineers fall in home opener
Carroll University withstood a last-minute challenge by Rose-Hulman to earn a 67-64 men’s basketball victory in the Engineers’ home opener Saturday afternoon in Hulbert Arena.
Indiana State holds off hot-shooting Pepperdine
Indiana State’s men’s basketball team is very much a work in progress defensively. Evidence of that came Saturday when Pepperdine shot 57.8 percent against the Sycamores in the fourth-place game of the Great Alaska Shootout.
But when it came down to winning time? Pepperdine’s Waves crashed on the rocks of ISU’s defense.
Hoosiers gain 692 total yards, re-claim Oaken Bucket
Although his team fell well short of defending its possession of the Old Oaken Bucket Saturday against Indiana, Purdue’s freshman quarterback Danny Etling — a Terre Haute South grad — showed poise and talent in bringing the Boilermakers back in the second half in a 56-36 loss.
Sycamores outpace Seawolves
Indiana State wanted a better defensive effort in its Great Alaska Shootout consolation semifinal game against host Alaska-Anchorage on Friday, but the Seawolves weren’t going to give the Sycamores an orthodox offense to assess themselves with.
Prep/Metro roundup: Marshall girls pick up big wins at Robinson
Marshall’s Lions got a huge girls high school basketball victory Friday afternoon at the Robinson Thanksgiving Tournament, downing Mt. Carmel and 2013 Illinois Miss Basketball Tyra Buss 57-53.
Uneven Sycamores fall 63-62 to Tulsa
Indiana State loses to Tulsa 63-62 in opening game of Great Alaska Shootout
Tulsa's switching defenses confounded Sycamores
Tulsa paid Indiana State the respect they feel the Sycamores earned with a 3-1 start and a win at Notre Dame on Nov. 17.
So the Golden Hurricane threw multiple defenses at the Sycamores.
On target: Sycamores spreading the wealth with their shooting
Indiana State’s men's basketball team did many things right during the 2012-13 season, but one thing it couldn’t get a handle on was its 3-point shooting. The Sycamores shot 32.1 percent from 3-point range, ranked 252nd in the nation. It was going to take a lot of work to improve ISU’s percentage. So far, hard work has had its own reward.
O’Leary eyes return to Hulman Center
Former Terre Haute North standout Matt O’Leary is hoping to help Loyola Chicago coach Porter Moser turn the program into a new chapter of success in a new conference.
College report: Gardner jumps at chance to play for ISU
Cody Gardner enjoyed his freshman baseball season at Wright State and earned more time on the field than he honestly expected to get. Coach Rob Cooper departed WSU after last season to take over at Penn State, however, and Gardner jumped at the chance to return to his hometown as an Indiana State Sycamore and perform for the school where two members of his family previously excelled.
Young Evansville team unable to threaten Indiana
Indiana coach Tom Crean surprised everyone by starting senior walk-on Jeff Howard. Evansville didn’t give themselves the chance to surprise the Hoosiers.
Metro roundup: Rose star is conference POW
After a career-high 31-point performance on Saturday night, Rose-Hulman senior Julian Strickland has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
NCAA championships: Runners face muddy course, stiff winds as well as each other at Gibson course
More than 500 runners were prepared for a muddy course, but the NCAA’s elite also had to fight a wind chill in the teens Saturday at LaVern Gibson Championship Course.
Nothing was going to stop Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, who upset defending champion Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech or women’s champion Abbey D’Agostino, who adds her first NCAA title in cross country to her four national titles on the track.
ISU defeats Truman
What do you expect when a Division II team pays a visit to a Division I arena?
In Truman State’s case, you can expect a pretty good showing. Indiana State had some nervous moments against the Bulldogs, but the Sycamores prevailed 80-69 on Friday at Hulman Center.
ISU football closes out season against SIU
Indiana State’s football team had its last practice of the 2013 season Thursday and it had a jovial climax.
Favorites look to win at NCAA cross country championships
Two consensus thoughts prevailed in the hunt for the NCAA cross country individual championships: Kenyan Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech is the heavy favorite to repeat as men’s 10,000-meter champion and Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino, last year’s runner-up, will be tough to stop from winning the women’s 6,000-meter race.
ISU’s Underwood family affected by Illinois tornado
Indiana State defensive end Connor Underwood can be forgiven if football wasn’t the biggest thing on his mind this week as the team prepared for its season finale against Southern Illinois today.
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