The St. Catharine College bowling teams, the Alley Pats, recently completed competition for the fall semester. Both the men’s and women’s bowlers are idle until the Blu & Gold Classic in South Bend, Indiana on January 21-22.
Before the Patriots’ last tournament, the BTM Striking Classic in Louisville, head coach Larry Luvisi wasn’t particularly thrilled with his team’s performances. “I am disappointed with the season so far,” said Luvisi who is in his second year as coach. “But we are still young. I guess I am just impatient.”
But Luvisi’s teams finished the fall position of the schedule on somewhat of an upbeat. The Ally Pats women finished fifth out of 13 teams and the men were seventh in a 15 team field.
“We did bowl better but we had a chance, especially our women who were third after the first day, to do better,” Luvisi added.
Lindenwood University, the nation’s top ranked team, won both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
The top individual finish for the men was Dylan Boggs who was 21st out of 172 bowlers. His five-game average of 204 was 34 pins behind Morehead State’s E.J. Smith who took home individual honors with a 238 average.
Devona Meyers led the St. Catharine women with an average of 201, 25 pins behind Pikeville’s Brandy Hensley’s 226 average. Meyers was 10th among 142 bowlers while Stephanie Wilcheck was 18th with a 194 average.
In addition to the South Bend tournament, St. Catharine will travel to Lexington and Indianapolis in February. In April the teams will participate in the NAIA National Championship in which the men finished fifth last season.