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Augie bowling sits 4th after first CCIW event

Augie bowling sits 4th after first CCIW event

WAUKESHA, Wis. — The Augustana Vikings bowling team competed in the first round of the CCIW event, where they took fourth place out of eight teams. The two-day tournament helps determine seeding for the conference championships in late March. 

The Vikings had a 4-3 record on the weekend as they received traditional wins over Lakeland 766-603, Elmhurst 891-880, and North Central 908-701. In Baker matches, Augie had a win over Carroll 857-756 with losses against Aurora 859-863 and Marian 813-950.

Samantha Olson was the high individual placement for Augustana, finishing fifth out of 48 bowlers and averaging 191. Other top finishers were Madelyn Lathrop who was 11th with a 176.7 average and Cassie Kontos was 13th averaging 175.7.

Augie had a great weekend on single-pin spares going 82.8 percent as a team, which included Sarah Stevanovic notching a perfect 9-9 on Saturday, Kontos tallying a perfect  7-7 on Sunday, Lathrop rolling a perfect 8-8 on Sunday, and Novak going 16-18 for the weekend. 

The Vikings also earned personal highs at the tournament. Olson struck an impressive 45 percent on Saturday and 34.4 percent for the weekend. Lathrop was the team’s top spare shooter at 75 percent, with Novak close behind at 69 percent. Kontos was the top bowler in the makeable spares category with 85 percent. 

High individual scores were Olson with a career-high of  231 and 203, Lathrop with 203, Kontos 186, Stevanovic 180, and Novak at 182. 

High Baker scores were 190, 195, and a clean 217. Augie is now at six clean Baker games, which is an improvement from last season where the total for the season was nine. The Vikings’ traditional score average increased by three pins and the Baker average increased by nearly a full pin. 

Based on the standings this weekend, the Vikings are currently tied with the Elmhurst Bluejays in the standings. Augie beat them head-to-head this weekend, currently giving the Vikings the tiebreaker. The conference record will be combined with the results from the CCIW event in March, with the top four teams moving to the conference championship tournament at the end of March. 

The Vikings’ next competition will take place in Dubuque, Iowa on January 20-21 for the Clarke Invitational hosted by the Clarke Pride.


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