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March 18, 2007

Kegler's Corner: Vincennes team falls short of consecutive national titles

The Vincennes University men’s bowling team just missed a second straight National Junior College Athletic Association bowling title, falling short by 123 pins to Erie Community College (N.Y.) in the 15-team finals in Buffalo last week.

The final tally showed Erie Community College outpointing the Trailblazers 13,627 to 13,504.

“I was extremely proud of the team how they were able to mount a formidable challenge after being down almost [302 pins after the first day of the tournament]” said Trailblazer coach Gary Sparks.

“Many teams would have just given up at that point and let Erie runaway with it, but they weren’t going to allow that to happen.”

VU freshman Darren Kravitz knocked over 2,360 pins for a 196 average during the tournament and was named to the fourth position on the five-man NJCAA All-American team.

Three other Blazers finished in the overall top-10 of the all-events standings, narrowly missing All-American honors. They included Bryan Hancock (195 average), Adam Voth (195) and Kevin Andes (193).

“I told the team after the tournament that that desire, team spirit was what we had been lacking all year,” said Sparks. “If we had put two days together of bowling like that, they probably would be national champs right now.”

“I told them that they need to use that to get ready for the USBC Collegiate Sectional qualifier coming up in two weeks and if they can put that energy level together there, they have a legitimate shot of making it to the Intercollegiate Team Championships in Wichita in April.”

• South Vigo wins — I was made aware via e-mail recently that Terre Haute South topped Terre Haute North to win this season’s high school bowling league.

The winning team — Terre Haute South 2 — consists of all underclassmen. Team members included sophomores Eric Archer, Jacob Wright and Jordan Taylor. Freshmen were Dustin Morris and Keith Rader.

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