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by Kerm Helmer
Collegiate Fever


Kerm Helmer
December 5, 1998

by Kerm Helmer

R.I.T./Fresno Top St. Louis

Rochester Institute of Technology and Fresno State captured the 1998 St. Louis Match Games Championship. The R.I..T. quint went to the wire to take the Men's title while the Fresno Women went into semi cruise control early in the tournament for their title. The R.I.T. championship may come as a big surprise for many, but not from this view. The Rochester quint was close to being a National contender a year ago. Add another year of experience and a couple more players and your not just close, but there. The Fresno women return everyone from a year ago including Keli Rapp, who owns Strike and Spare Lanes. This was the third year in four trips the former Erie C.C. player and Collegiate Player of the Year has won the St. Louis All-Events. This time out she averaged 235.6 for the nine qualifying games edging teammate Pam Inloes by 6 pins.

One thing always remains consistent with the St. Louis event, the scoring is "Disneyland". If a player tells you their team didn't do as well as they could have because they couldn't carry, they were probably telling the truth this time. There were also teams in the field that had career tournaments because they carried.

Sometimes this tournament brings about some big surprises on one side or the other, but this year seemed pretty true. On the men's side CMSU, Saginaw, William Patterson and Nebraska rounded out the top five, all capable of being there. One glitch was possibly the 20th place finish for Wichita State. On the women's side Morehead, Wichita, Nebraska and CMSU are givens. Perhaps the 4th place finish of Indiana State comes as a surprise, but word earlier was they had improved from a year ago so time will tell.

The WNY contingent had another could have been week-end, similar to the Chicago event. The Buffalo State Men and the Erie C.C. Women had two games they would like to have over and once again single pin or two in scratch cost both teams 50 or more in bonus.

The Erie C.C. Men really had a solid tournament. The Kats recorded only 11 misses in forty five individual games had a low game of 1027 and a high of 1156. This performance in most tournaments puts you in the money, but in St. Louis the absence of 1200 games sprinkled either here or there and you finish O.K. But not good enough.

The next big tests will come over the Christmas/New Years break when just about everyone in the country will be in either Las Vegas or New Jersey. Vegas will host the Showboat and Sam's Town events while Jersey plays host to the Colgate and the Brunswick North East. In Jersey look for Saginaw on the men's side and Morehead on the ladies side to wrap up their automatic berths. Both teams always play well in Jersey. On the West Coast, Arizona State's women should come out with one of the two berths while the men's side could be a guess at best.

The National Collegiate Bowling Coaches met in St. Louis for their Annual Meeting and it was one of the most professional meetings the organization has ever held. Usually this meeting seems like a get-together to agree to disagree, but not this year. The Coaches made some strong recommendations to be forwarded to the Collegiate Committee. They voted to discontinue the automatic berth tournaments next season and qualify the National finalists through season ending National Qualifier events. Four National Qualifiers held in March with the top 4 in each advancing to the National Finals. The Association also voted to change the format for the National Championships; good-bye Step ladder hello Double elimination. The first 12 games of the Nationals bowled in five man format will seed the 16 teams into a double elimination bracket. Number one will meet number 16 in the first match No. 2 will meet No. 15 etc.. If you lose, the best 4 out of 7 Baker Game Match you go into the losers bracket- two losses and the season is over. Progressive, you better believe it. Exciting, you better believe it. Can anybody win - got that right - "just get hot and you have got a shot".


This article originally appeared in Spares & Strikes, a bowling newspaper serving the Greater Buffalo/  Western New York Area. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.