The 54th Annual Mid States Bowling Championships was unlike other bowling tournaments for the Wichita State’s men’s team. Not only did the Shockers host the tournament with Newman, but WSU won the past nine years, and a team title at Northrock Lanes on Sunday would make for a decade of titles.
After bowling a 251, 204, 247 and 227 in the final round, the Shockers claimed their tenth title, with Lindenwood finishing second, and Newman third.
“We won this nine times in a row, this was ten,” WSU coach Gordon Vadakin said. “I’m kind of flabbergasted by that. That’s a big accomplishment to have that much success in any tournament, and this event is obviously continuing to draw some good teams in the Midwest.”
Prior to the position round — the final round of four bakers format games — WSU was in first place with 11,576 points, but Newman was only 24 points behind, and Lindenwood only seven points behind the Jets. Based off of WSU’s performance earlier in the tournament, Vadakin was concerned with how the team would handle the stress of a close final round.
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“I liked what we did when it came down to the end of the tournament. We made some decisions on how we were going to play the lanes, and as it turned out that was the difference,” Vadakin said. “If we had not made the decision to use more ball speed, play deeper angles, we wouldn’t have scored high enough to win this event, we probably would have finished third.”
WSU showed improvement from its last tournament in Lima, Ohio, three weeks ago.
“A lot of those first events show up a lot of things that we need to work on, and I think we had a chance to work on a lot of those things in the last three weeks,” Vadakin said. “We haven’t been in a position like this before, we had no idea of how we would perform, and I’m real pleased with how we did perform.”
Fourth-year player Devin Bidwell finished 80 in the individual standings, knocking down 1,448 pins in only seven games. Bidwell also bowled fifth for the Shockers in the bakers games.
“I’m really glad we had a moment like our last four games where we performed really well,” Bidwell said. “We know we’re on the right track and we can carry that through the season.”
Newman’s Austin Boulds finished fourth overall in the individual standings, with 1,902 pins in nine games, an average of 211.33 pins per game.
WSU’s women’s team took first place at The Alley, finishing with 12,410 points, with second place Central Missouri only scoring 11,356 points. WSU’s Holly Harris and Tannya Roumimper finished first and second in the individual competition. Newman finished sixth with 10,725 points.
Team—Wichita State 12505, Lindenwood 12479, Newman 12330, Midland 12140, North Texas 11685, Kansas University 11480, West Texas 11342, Nebraska 11342, Lincoln 11199, Texas Tech 11085, Iowa Central 11036.
Individual—Ben Pallardy, Lindenwood JV A, 1956; Cristian Azcona, Lindenwood, 1922; Kyle Sherman, Lindenwood, 1915; Austin Boulds, Newman, 1902; Perry Crowell, Midland, 1878.
Team—Wichita State 12410, Central Missouri 11356, Lindenwood 11194, Midland 11076, Baker University 10985, Newman 10725, West Texas 10333, Hastings College 10102, Iowa Central 9655, Tabor 8970.
Individual—Holly Harris, Wichita State, 1976; Tannya Roumimper, Wichita State, 1864; Kara Richard, Central Missouri, 1789; Sabrena Divis, Midland, 1772; Leela Yayha, Wichita State JV A, 1731.