News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Kegler's Korner

March 15, 2009

Kegler's Korner: Vincennes University defends championship

It must be spring.

Vincennes University wins the National Junior College Athletic Association men’s bowling championship and their coach, Gary Sparks, is named NJCAA Coach of the Year.

The ’Blazers defended their 2008 national championship with the program’s 16th national title last weekend in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Freshman Gerod Qualls and sophomore Brett Shepherd were named 2009 All-Americans, with Qualls being selected Most Valuable Player.

Qualls averaged 219 over 12 games rolled in the event. Shepherd, last year’s NJCAA overall winner, was the all-events runner-up, posting a 214 average.

VU’s Jack Sullivan ended 10th, averaging 202.

Sparks, was named NJCAA men’s coach of the year for the eighth time, and has now guided VU bowlers to nine national championships. This year, VU topped runner-up Erie Community College by a staggering 555 pins.

“Overall, I was very pleased with our bowling and adding another national championship to our history,” Sparks said. “This team made some strong progress here at the end of the season. We were able to carry that over into the NJCAA and get off to a commanding lead of over 350 pins after the first day. We completed our goal on continuing to improve on that for the final margin of victory.”

In the national doubles competition, two of VU’s four doubles teams finished in the top five. Brandon Brooks and Qualls finished in fourth with 1,261 pins, Sullivan and Allen Ahner took fifth with 1,256 pins. In the national singles competition, VU placed one bowler in the top 10 as Mikey Hill rolled a 668 for seventh place. VU is in Chattanooga, Tenn. this weekend for the Intercollegiate Team Championship sectional qualifier. Sixteen of the top 64 men’s teams will compete for four of the final spots in the ITC National Championships in Rockford, Ill., on April 15-18. “We have one of the strongest — if not the strongest — fields at the Chattanooga sectional and we’ll be seeded sixth, which means our task will be beating at least two teams ranked ahead of us in the final standings,” Sparks said. “If we continue to bowl as we have in the last two tournaments and carry that through the entire weekend, I like our chances.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Kegler's Korner
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Wisc. Twins Celebrate a Century of Laughter LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: 16 Killed in Gaza Market Strike Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity