LAWRENCE — It’s win No. 1 for Lady Braves bowling.
The Ottawa University women’s bowling team, competing in the third tournament in team history, picked up the program’s first victory. The team won the Jayhawk Collegiate Challenge Saturday and Sunday, finishing the tournament with a pin total of 5,069.
“The ladies stepped up and came together during the bracket finals,” Geoff Poston, OU head bowling coach, said in a news release. “The lanes got super hard and it was important to keep the ball in play and cover your spares. I could not be more proud of how the ladies stepped up when the pressure was on.”
The Lady Braves defeated West Texas A&M 2-0. OU then topped Morningside College 2-1 in the semifinals. In the finals, OU faced Baker University, and defeated the Wildcats 2-0 to win the championship.
Rachel Barber led OU, finishing with a 1,111 pin total to place 13th. Finishing 15th for the Braves was Sasha Bengtson. She had a pin total of 1,103. Casey Holmes placed 28th with a pin total of 1,022. Placing 48th for the Braves was Cearstyn McGhee with a pin total of 942. Angely Morgan finished 76th with a pin total of 466. Hannah Middough finished with a pin total of 425 to place 78th.
LAWRENCE — The OU men’s team finished 10th (8,181 total pins), while the junior varsity team placed sixth (7,426 total pins) Saturday and Sunday at the Jayhawk Collegiate Challenge.
Jeffrey Gump led the Braves with a pin total of 1,151 to finish 18th. Brandon Kraus finished 28th with a pin total of 1,118. Finishing 38th for OU was Cody Swartz with a pin total of 1,066. Placing 39th was Braijon Carter with a pin total of 1,065.
Colton Swartz finished 43rd with a pin total of 1,042. Brady Brunson had a pin total of 1,026 to finish 45th. Danny King placed 47th with a pin total of 1,000. Placing 55th with a pin total of 961 was Tanner Wichmann. Dom Phillips had a pin total of 943 to finish 56th and Blake Lewis finished with a pin total of 824 to place 78th.
The Braves are back in action this Saturday and Sunday at the Leatherneck Challenge in Moline, Illinois.