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November 11, 2006

Rose strikes up team for college bowling

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.

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