The Emmanuel College Bowling Teams kicked off Spring Semester by competing in The FSU Seminole Classic in Tallahassee, Florida this past weekend. The tournament field consisted of several USBC top ranked teams including in the women's division, current ranked #1 University of Pikeville, and #5 Webber International University. In the men's division there was currently ranked #2 Webber International University also competing. The teams bowled 5 traditional team games on Saturday followed by 16 baker games on Sunday. An additional match play roll-off took place after the tournament involving the top 4 teams from each division (men, women both varsity and junior varsity).
The Emmanuel men's team finished the competition in 5th place, just 7 pins from match play behind North Carolina State University. Webber international was the tournament leader followed by Springhill College and Florida State University who was 3rd. Emmanuel's men were led by sophomore Dallas Sims who averaged 213 and placed 9th in all-events.
The women's side of the tournament started with a bang when Emmanuel freshman Cara Stasel opened competition with a near perfect game by shooting 299. Cara would go on to win the women's all-events title by averaging 229 and leading the Emmanuel JV team to a 2nd place finish, just 40 pins behind the Pikeville JV team.
The Emmanuel Women's Varsity Team made a strong push on Sunday to move ahead of top ranked Pikeville and finish 2nd in the tournament. Webber's women led the tournament followed by Emmanuel, Pikeville and Florida State. Sophomore Destiny Harper led the Emmanuel Varsity with a 202 tournament average, which placed her 6th in all-events. Pikeville did, however, go on to win the four-team roll-off thus making them the tournament champions.
It was a really good start to the second half of the collegiate bowling season and a strong showing by both the Emmanuel men and women's teams. There are very few perfect games shot in collegiate bowling and on USBC sport patterns and Cara Stasel should have gotten one. She rolled the ball really well all weekend and that last shot in the 10th frame was one of the best she had made all game.
The Bowling Teams will be back in action at the end of month in Mobile AL, as they begin the first of three tournaments in a row before heading into the post season.