Men’s bowling heading to nationals; women improve in first season
February 26, 2019
** UPDATE – Congratulations to the Jets men’s bowling team on their 7th place finish at nationals! Well done!
Jackson College’s men’s and women’s bowling teams have been off to a great start in their first year!
Men’s bowling takes regional title, heading to nationals
The men took the MCCAA/NJCAA Region XII Bowling Championship in Livonia on Feb. 15 with a combined team total of 9,407 pins. Jets bowler Austin Hostetler set a new record by bowling a 299 in game three of the singles set and ended the combined eight-game series with 1,889. They will head to the NJCAA National Bowling Championship Tournament this coming weekend in Cheektowaga, New York.
“The men’s team surprised me like no other,” said coach Corey Daniels, who earned Coach of the Year honors. “I knew the men’s team would be fairly competitive, but nothing like this. They were easy to recruit as they approached me about joining and had a lot of dedication to winning.”
Throughout the season, the team was between the best and second best spot up until the final addition. “Ryan Saville carried the team throughout the season, with help from the others, Daniels said. Keegan Campbell is the most knowledgeable bowler who is also obsessed with learning more about the game. John Kortz and Brock Fullerton were two guys who can just straight up compete. They hate losing and they hate to struggle, so they are great guys to get you started and get you rolling. Andrew Richard is the make-or-break guy; he has the opportunity every time he steps on the lane to blow the pins away and shoot 300. It’s nice having one guy in there whom you can expect a big game from here and there.
“We added Austin Hostetler late in the year for our nationals run, and he was our horse. He took over our anchor position and never looked back. He set a conference record with his 299 game and was the singles and all-events champion for the region. He really lit a fire for us and gave us hope for the national championship run.”
Hostetler, Saville, and Campbell all earned All Region and All MCCAA honors for the season. Daniels and his team are excited about nationals.
“Now that we know we’re the best in our region, it gives us a different type of home for this weekend. We know that we belong here and we know we can compete; it’s just a matter of making consistent shots and playing our game. I have a ton of faith in these six guys and I think they will turn some heads in Buffalo. We weren’t supposed to be planning this trip, not in our first year, but here we are. We’re just ready to finish this storybook ending and hopefully bring home a national championship.”
Women’s bowling improves throughout first season
The Jets women’s team started the season without a full complement of bowlers but grew throughout the season.
“We had a good year for the hand we were dealt,” Daniels said. “I struggled mightily to recruit on the women’s side this year, and as the year went on, we finally pieced together a full team. Cami Emerson and Amanda Enners fought back and forth all year as my top bowler, and both are very dedicated athletes who love to win. Hannah Boobyer is the most dedicated individual in our program, and she was such a pleasure to work with. Maddie Spataro joined us right before our first tournament and was a nice spark for us. She developed very nicely and was a nice addition to our program. Adding Rachel Pelfrey late into the year gave us a full team, which was nice. She took on a sport she had never done and provided us with a fifth bowler that ultimately catapulted us from sixth or seventh in the conference to fourth.
“It was a fight all year, but to finish in the top half of the conference was an awesome ending.”