The Alley Pats hopped in their snow plow vans once again to head to Richmond, Kentucky for the Thomas N. Burris Memorial hosted by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).
The Patriot men had a strong showing early, rolling a team total of 933 in game one allowing them to get out of the gate in the top five. Fortunately, for the Patriots it was a sign of good things to come as they nailed down a 1040 team total (third highest team score on the day) in game number three, propelling them to a 10th place overall finish. The Patriots were led by Jamie Wallingford (Bardstown, Ky.) with a five game total of 984 and a 22nd place finish. Shawn West (Louisville, Ky.) had one of his strongest performances of the year, nailing down a 26th place finish with a 975 five game score. With their strong showing Patriots were able to defeat NCAA Division One opponents Northern Kentucky and Alabama. In addition, the Patriots were able to use their momentum to roll over NCAA Division II Bellarmine University.
For the women, Tiffany Webb (Louisville, Ky.) led the way with her 871 five game total and 33rd place finish. Even with her strong performance, Webb had little breathing room as Nicole Denman (Louisville, Ky.) was right on her heels with an 868 and a season high 35th place finish. In the overall standings the lady Patriots were able to snag a 10th place finish, defeating Campbellsville, Lindsey Wilson, and NCAA Division I Louisville. The Lady Alley Pats rolled a five game total of 4241 with a baker score of 6077.
The Thomas Burris Memorial marked the end of the conference season for the Patriots and with strong showing the Patriots solidified their conference tournament seeds. The Lady Alley Pats will begin the conference tournament title defense with a fourth seed, only one spot down from their third seed in last year’s event. The Lady Patriots finished the season with an 8-10 conference record, which tied them with nemesis Campbellsville. During the regular season the Lady Patriots defeated the Tigers twice in their three meetings, giving the Patriots the tiebreaker and sole ownership of the fourth spot. The men finished their year with a 7-14 record and a sixth place finish. The Patriot men finished just one win shy of battling with the University of the Cumberland’s for fifth place, but like their chances in a tough MSC field.
The Alley Pats will have one more tune up before conference tournament play this weekend as they travel to the northeast side of Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in the Backhaul Hoosier Classic.