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.”
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• Tournament time — The team of Jason Downs, Patrick Bemis, Bob Doti, Randy Bland and Mark Davis won the Darrell Jennings Memorial Shootout at Imperial Lanes recently.
High individual games in the tournament were Ryan Nichols (300), Darrell Davis (299), Chad Klopfenstein 9289), Bemis (286) and Downs (279).
The following are full team results:
First place — Jason Downs, Patrick Bemis, Bob Doti, Randy Bland, Mark Davis
Second place — Chad Klopfenstein, Bill Alumbaugh III, Jerry Monroe, Ray Sumner Sr., Joe Bukovack Sr.
Third place — Ryan Nichols, Jason John, Joe Bukovack III, Gary Turner, Mike Deady
Fourth place — Josh Thome, Dave Alumbaugh, Steve Heck, Steve Nicoson, Chris Burnes
Fifth place — Danny Travelstead, Chris Keen, Andy Jones, Gary Joseph, Terry Johnson
Sixth place — Darrell Davis, Tom Jones, Tom Ruddock, Randy Ramey, Bryan Kaufman
• Shootout at Vigo — The Team Shootout tournament will be at Vigo Bowl on March 21-22. Entry fee is $70. This will be a A-B-C-D format tournament, and must have an average of 185 or higher.
Five games will be bowled each day beginning at 11:30 a.m. Winners are determined by total score of 10 games.
Entries close at 10 p.m. on Friday, with team drawing at 10:30 a.m. on morning of first day of tournament.
Vigo County Bowling Leagues
Affordable Awards — High games: Christina Smith 289, Casey Coffee Shop 925. High series: Smith 729, Casey Coffee Shop 2,666.
Distributor’s Terminal — High games: Claudia Lydick 200, Gutter Gals 625. High series: Ida Taylor 525, Gutter Gals 1,805.
Bell Welding — High games: Terry R. Coker 280, Diana Heubel 223, Granger 1,144. High series: Jeff Harvey 693, Heubel 566, Mulligan’s 3,067.
Eagles Mixed — High games: Lonnie Pharris 275, Pam Gess 220, My Dixie Wrecked 843. High series: Pharris 686, Gess 607, My Dixie Wrecked 2,431.
School Staff — High games: Stephen Johnson 267, Marsha McQueary 175, Union Hospital 751. High series: Matt Lugar 687, McQueary 488, Union Hospital 2,048.
Vigo Bowl Bantams — High games: Nicholas Wagner 94, Grace Vanatti 124, Hot Shots 294. High series: Logan Thomson 171, Vanatti 182, Hot Shots 558.
Vigo Bowl Preps — High games: Troy Wright 200, Katie Shyrock 162, Silver Dragons 615. High series: Wright 498, Kianna Sweatt 380, Silver Dragons 1,712.
Vigo Bowl Juniors — High games: C.J. Brooks 210, Caitlyn Bruce 182, Team 3 730. High series: Kyle Lawrence 504, Bruce 475, Team 3 2,067.
Vigo Bowl Seniors — High games: Caleb Bruce 253, Amanda Perry and Audrey Nelson 222, Team 5 1,015. High series: Bryan Hudson 690, Perry 601, Team 60 Per Cent 2,916.
The Bush — High games: Gene Bedwell 300, Affordable Awards 1,268. High series: Joe Bush 783, Affordable Awards 3,508.
Davison Service and Equipment — High games: Mark Gomolisky 289, Remax 1,191. High series: Marc Pruett 763, Remax 3,458.
Baesler’s Market Senior — High games: Dave Paulin 279, Ida Taylor 213, Golden Eagles 822. High series: Paulin and Vern Keller 691, Jeri Russell 579, Golden Eagles 2,378.
Terre Haute Bowling Center
Chandler Construction — High games: Ian Huffington and Richard Rose 186, Tracey Leverett 210, Born To Bowl 755. High series: Huffington 515, Misty Chandler 563, Born To Bowl 2,088.
Affordable Awards Mixed — High games: Austin Marsh and Mike Zebrowski 278, Melissa Dressler 257, Logan’s Rib-Eye 959. High series: Marsh 802, Dressler 669, Logan’s Rib-Eye 2,724.
ANG Mixed — High games: Shane Mullenix 247, Jodi Moan 229, Big Dogs 733. High series: Mullenix 670, Marsha Marcum 629. Big Dogs 2,099.
TH Restaurant — High games: Darrell Davis 289, Crystal Lawson 172, THBC Snack Bar 784. High series: Davis 745, THBC Snack Bar 2,261.
THBC Monday Prime Timers — High games: Jay Scamihorn 278, Ruth Johnson 201. High series: Herb Gosnell 673, Johnson 569.
Premier Homes Mixed — High games: Richard Rich 268, Vicki Rich 238, Stuckey’s 901. High series: R.Rich 731, V.Rich 695, Stuckey’s 2,676.
Wabash Valley Christian — High games: Frank Crist 222, Heather Roberts 160, Central Christian 736. High seriesL Tony Morris 575, Roni Hawkins 446, Central Christian 1,998.
Wednesday Prime Timers — High games: Bill Meng 247, Sara Wright 192. High series: Jay Scamihorn 651, Velma Troye 524.
Guarantee Roofing — High games: Doug Weaver 279, Bowling Ball Garage 1,182. High series: Michael Winemiller 729, Bowling Ball Garage 3,360.
Nancy’s Song Bird Karaoke — High games: Carol Davis 223, TH Bowling Center 946. High series: Davis 570, TH Bowling Center 2,586.
Russ Fisher Truck Parts — High games: Richard Bucy 285, Lucky No. 13 1,130. High series: Bucy 787, Team 3 3,278.
THBC Bantams — High games: Robby Goekler 161, Rachael Goekler 92. High series: Trenton Tuberosa 341, Ra.Goekler 252.
THBC Preps — High games: Josh Combs 178, Olivia Gennaro 145. High series: Michael Rogers 435, Gennaro 403.
THBC Juniors — High games: Tyler Tuberosa 224, Ashli Ray 172. High series: Tuberosa 548, Ray 404.
THBC Seniors — High games: Cameron Bolinger 249, Brittany Wence 222. High series: Bolinger 703, Wence 532.
Thursday Youth — High games: Elijah Waterman and Wade Sons 213, Maria Walton 128. High series: Waterman and Sons 549, Walton 356.
Sunday Night Mixed — High games: Al Farmer 268, Mysti Fisher 221, 4 Of Us 773. High series: Farmer 745, Teresa Shepherd 559.
Wims Monday Mixed — High games: Dustin Hall 277, Lanie Shllivan 207, Barnes Construction 863. High series: Kelly Chessir 693, Sullivan 591.
Tuesday Morning Ladies — High games: Chris Cooper 177, Odd Balls 324. High series: Cooper 494.
Archie’s Tuesday Men — High games: Jared Norris 258, Al’s Sports Bar 1,105. High series: Austin Marsh 717.
Smith Trucking — High games: Brent Hoopingarner 279, Mysti Fisher 242, CertainTeed 1,169. High series: Scott Hill 740, Fisher 667.
Austin’s Thursday Mixed — High games: Mike Grayless 277, Julie Tatlock 247, Austin’s 1,079. High series: Danny Travelstead 764, Jeanna Montgomery 578.
Joe and Gore Thursday Men — High games: Rick Gorham 244, Joe 3rd 950. High series: Gorham 644. (Correction to last week): High game: Jack J. Myers 245. High series: Joey Bukovack III 680.