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by Kerm Helmer
Collegiate Fever


Kerm Helmer
January 10, 1999

by Kerm Helmer

Christmas Late For Eight

Santa Claus was a few days late delivering gifts to eight collegiate teams, but you won’t hear them complaining. The women of Morehead, Purdue, CMSU and West Texas along with the men from Saginaw, Erie C.C., Nebraska and CMSU earned National Championship berths between Christmas and New Years!

Morehead State, unsuccessful in three prior trips to earn a berth made double sure they wrapped one up in the Brunswick North East Invitational. The Lady Eagles took both 1st and 2nd in the 22 team field. Purdue, taking advantage of Morehead’s Brunswick title finished 2nd to the Lady Eagles two days later in the Colgate Collegiate Invitational. Central Missouri State placed 2nd behind Fresno in the Showboat to grab their trip to Wichita. West Texas State found out 5th isn’t all that bad sometimes. The quint from Canyon, Texas couldn’t knock off Fresno, Wichita, Nebraska or CMSU at Sams Town, but they finished ahead of the rest of the field and that is all that counted. The four in front already had a spot, so 5th was the place to be.

Saginaw Valley, similar to the women of Morehead, ranked #1 in the land but still looking for a National Championshi berth took care of business in the Brunswick North East Tounament. Erie C.C. and St. John’s ran away in the Colgate Invitaitonal with St. John’s taking the title, but Erie C. C. grabbed the berth as St. John’s took care of business early in Atlanta. The men of Nebraska and CMSU rolled into the championshi with respective wins in the Showboat and Sams Town events.

There didn’t appear to be any major upsets in the holiday races for berths. Minor consideration could be the advancement of Erie C.C. on the men’s side and Purdue on the women’s side. However, bothe have been pretty steady in the early going and when the door opened they both ran through.

As of January 1, 1999 the championship field for Wichita stands with Nebraska, Wichita, Morehead, Fresno, Purdue, CMSU, and West Texas ready to go. On the men’s side St. John’s, Saginaw, Wichita, R.I.T., Erie C. C., Nebraska dnd CMSU are all set. The Brunswick Las Vegas event in February will add the 8th team on each side and the Columbus Buckeye the last weekend of February will add the 9th teams. The remaining 7 positions will be determined at the CBUSA national Qualifiers the 3rd weekend of March.

Early in the season I felt the men’s National field was anybody’s to take and I have seen nothing to change my belief. I also felt the state of women’s collegiate bowling was divided by a hard line. There is Morehead, Nebraska, Fresno, possibly Wichita or CMSU and the rest of the world. What this means on the bottom line is the National Qualifiers could be an all out war! Just a glance at the East on the women’s side and at this moment still standing for Baltimore are Sacred Heart, Florida, Florida State, Lindsy Wilson, and Erie C. C.. Last year one spot went to the East. How would you like this battle?


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.