Christmas Late For Eight
Santa Claus was a few days late delivering gifts to eight
collegiate teams, but you wont 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
Moreheads 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 isnt all that
bad sometimes. The quint from Canyon, Texas couldnt 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. Johns ran away in the Colgate
Invitaitonal with St. Johns taking the title, but Erie C. C. grabbed the berth as
St. Johns 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 didnt appear to be any major upsets in the
holiday races for berths. Minor consideration could be the advancement of Erie C.C. on the
mens side and Purdue on the womens 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 mens side St. Johns, 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
Early in the season I felt the mens National field
was anybodys to take and I have seen nothing to change my belief. I also felt the
state of womens 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 womens 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?