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Bowling completes annual Leatherneck Classic

Bowling completes annual Leatherneck Classic

MOLINE, Ill. — Augie women’s bowling stayed close to home this past weekend, competing in the Leatherneck Classic at Highland Park Bowl hosted by Western Illinois University. The Vikings posted a 7128 overall team score and placed 28th out of 35 teams throughout the two-day contest.

The Vikings competed in a traditional format to open the weekend, drawing success on an individual level. Rose Klinger was the team’s top performer on Saturday, rolling a high of 186 and totaling a 997 score in Saturday’s action. Klinger’s score saw her finish 103rd out of 281 bowlers in attendance. 

Klinger was trailed closely by teammate Delaney Walsh in the traditional format, who posted a 990 score. Walsh’s overall score and 105th placement was highlighted by her season-high 10-frame score of 211. Walsh was also the Vikings leader in spare and strike conversions for the traditional format, earning her the anchor position in baker format on Sunday. 

Samantha Novak anchored the Vikings in games one through five of traditional format and posted a weekend-high of 197. Novak was second in filled frames for the Vikings on Saturday and played the lead-off role in baker format. Megan Kukulka also rolled well for the Vikings with a weekend high of 186. 

Two other Vikings boasted noteworthy performances across the weekend. Sarah Stevanovic scored consistently during traditional play with a high of 183 and was Augie’s leader in first-ball average on Sunday. Stevanovic proved to be the Vikings’ best frame filler in Baker format after transitioning to the set-up spot on Sunday. In addition, Cami Flores saw action late in Sunday’s Baker contests, filling five of her eight frames and posting high pin counts across her opening shots. 

The Vikings’ best Baker effort came in their first match of the final set, posting a 181 score.

Augie will remain in the Quad Cities for their next tournament, facing their first CCIW tournament of the season on November 19-20. The competition will be held at TBK Sports Complex in Bettendorf, Iowa.

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