Area bowlers shine in college postseason
By Johnny Gorches Post-Tribune correspondent March 18, 2014 7:10PM
Updated: April 20, 2014 6:37AM
Northwest Indiana bowlers — whether they’re native to the region or competing on the area’s top squad up in Whiting — shined at the Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships over the weekend.
Local boys were especially proficient during the singles portion of the Addison (Ill.) Sectional at Stardust Bowl.
The Addison title went to Grand View freshman Nathan Maciejewski, who a year ago helped his Lake Central High School squad to the Indiana state title. He was joined by advancers Ryan McCoy (Griffith), Mitch Katic and Dakota Daniels from Calumet College.
In the four-team sectionals, multiple local bowlers will get the chance to help their teams at the finals April 16 through 18 in Reno, Nev. Those same Calumet College individuals, as well as Michigan City grad Jacob Grams and Portage grad Jacob Glass, helped the Crimson Wave advance from the Addison Sectional, while Lake Central grad Allison Sellers and Griffith grad Elizabeth Kras helped Grand View advance from the same sectional.
In the Allentown (Pa.) Sectional, Jeff Tinich of Griffith was part of Purdue’s third-place squad, while in the Fort Worth (Texas) Sectional, Marian University’s men advanced, thanks to Highland grad Matt Staninger and Lake Central grad Kevin Rush. On the women’s side in Fort Worth, Stephen F. Austin advanced, thanks to 2013 Post-Tribune Girls Bowler of the Year Paige Kraushaar.
For those of you wondering, yes S.F. Austin competes in both NCAA women’s bowling and the Intercollegiate Championships. Women’s teams have that option as long as they sacrifice a tournament during the NCAA schedule. Valparaiso’s women’s team competes only in the NCAA tournament.
Marathon event winding down: Country Lanes in Lowell is hosting squads for its 14th annual Marathon tournament at 9 a.m. March 23 and 30. First place is guaranteed $1,000 for scratch and handicap divisions separately in the 12-game tourney. The women’s division will pay $500 (scratch and handicap) based on 75 entries. The entry fee is $65, which includes buffet lunch. Lanes will be reoiled after six games during the lunch break. For more details, contact tourney director Martha Vazquez-Boezeman at email@example.com or 696-1584.
Hebron Lanes on the market? The 16-lane Hebron Lanes, located about a half-mile from the U.S. 231-State Road 2 intersection, is up for sale. The property has been listed on www.loopnet.com for more than a month at a price of $450,000 for its 9,800 square feet and 1.5-acres. For details, contact owner George Clarke at 996-7271.
St. Pat’s no-tap tourney at Hobart Lanes: The Lakeshore Bowling Association has one more noon squad for its annual St. Pat’s 9-pin no-tap open tournament (separate divisions for men and women) on Sunday at Hobart Lanes. The entry fee is $30, with a special mixed doubles event for an extra $10 per male-female team. For more details, contact tourney director Ken Laviolette at 741-4915 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stardust III events: Stardust Bowl III in Dyer is hosting its 11th annual March 9-pin no-tap tourney starting through March 30. The entry is $25 if pre-registered, $30 on day of squad, and $20 for re-entries. First place pays $1,000, based on 315 entries with 1-in-9 cashing. Handicap is based on 80 percent of a 200 average. The 48-lane center also will start its King of the Hill spring session Friday with the first tough oil pattern Kegel’s Highway to Hell 40-footer. The entry is $25, with start time around 10:45 p.m. For details on either event, contact Shaun Ciesielski at 322-3666.
Friends For Life tourney: Ray’s Lanes in Lake Station will host its Friends For Life no-tap singles bimonthly tournament April 5 (3 p.m. squad) and April 6 (1 and 3 p.m. squads). The entry fee is $25, with first place paying $1,000 based on 150 entries. The format will be 9 pins for a strike for men, 8 pins for women. There also will be optional side pots. For more details, call 962-1297.