Bowling teams 5th in nation!

April 13, 2021

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Going into this unusual season with many unknowns, Jets bowlers persevered to become the fifth in the nation at the NJCAA National Tournament.

Collin Baldwin took the men’s All-Events Championship by a decisive 78 pins. Marissa Wood finished in 11th overall at nationals, the top finisher for the women. The women’s team overcame hurdles with the COVID-19 virus with two players out for regionals; but, the team rallied and still finished in second, qualifying for nationals.

“This season was quite different, and we operated quite differently due to COVID,” said Corey Daniels, head bowling coach. “Our practice time was cut in half; our season was delayed until January – three months past the usual start date for us. While we adapted to so many changes and new ways of competing, we also took it as a challenge and used it as a positive reinforcement to our season.”

Baldwin didn’t know what the season would hold after COVID closed down bowling centers last year. Once bowling alleys opened again, Baldwin sought out Andy Schnebelt for private lessons to get back to it. “Over the season, as a team, we all grew as people and as bowlers. With how weird last year was, taking a year off, we were not too sure how everyone would do. It was surprising how well we all did.”

As the national tournament approached, Baldwin learned that his high school coach, Randy Chesney from Napoleon High, passed away. “I wanted to win for him; that’s the way I was thinking about it all week. It kept me centered on what I was doing.”

Wood, the previous bowler of the year for the women, agreed that the teams faced obstacles. “Despite this, though, we were able to place second at regionals and fifth at nationals! We had our ups and downs, but we ultimately finished the best we could. This team clicked so well, and it really felt like a second family.”

“Nationals was fun, plain and simple. We knew our teams were very good but weren’t sure just how good they were compared to the nation,” Daniels said. “Both programs finished the best that they ever had. The previous men’s best finish was in 2019 when we finished seventh in the nation. The women’s was 2020 when we finished 10th. It was a spectacular season, and we are so pumped to get back at it next year.”

Men’s Team Championship

Place Team DBL/SNG Five Man 1 Five Man 2 Baker Block 1 Baker Block 2 Baker Block 3 Totals
5 JC 5411 2803 2568 502 525 558 12367

Men’s All-Events Championship

Name DBLS1 DBLS2 DBLS3 SING1 SING2 SING3 TM1 TM2 TM3 TM4 TM5 TM6 Total
1 Collin Baldwin 237 192 192 164 211 176 193 239 257 192 251 172 2476
20 Jack Schultz 210 168 205 192 180 165  190 184 196 156 172 152  2170
21  Bradlee Ramsey 193 167 158 163 210 181 181  18 224 136 212 163 2,169
37 Mason Rutan 211 138 189 176 207 155 145 154 148 165 157 162 2007
40 Toby Tyler 154 169 129 144 247 129 200 139 170 166 163 149 1959
88 Nathan Sedlecky 113 147 176 96 165 158 0  0  0  0 0 0 855

Women’s Team Championship

Place Team DBL/SNG Five Man 1 Five Man 2 Baker Block 1 Baker Block 2 Baker Block 3 Totals                
5 Jackson College 4990 2406 2521 426 496 464 11303

Women’s All-Events Championship

Name DBLS1 DBLS2 DBLS3 SING1 SING2 SING3 TM1 TM2 TM3 TM4 TM5 TM6 Total
11 Marissa Wood 148 152 205 174 188 174 175 165 169 141 188 188 2067
14 Kaylee Hall 198 167 133 185 160 160 170 200 166 134 167 178 2018
24 Allison Fagan 163 140 133 174 143 139 210 153 144 164 175 158 1896
27 Lailah Maull 146 177 179 148 160 154 126 139 163 151 160 170 1873
44  Shelby Miller 176 166 144 138 171 170 137 0 0 158 188 201 1649
53 Morgan Sedlecky 148 173 190 159 189 158 0 153 136 0 0 0 1306
63 Hailey Thornhill 125 111 121 116 138 172  0 0  0 0 0 0 783