Collegiate Ticker - Feb. 10, 2021

The Pikeville women and Marian-Indiana men highlighted a busy weekend of college bowling by collecting wins at the Brandon Burns Memorial in Smyrna, Tennessee.

The tournament was held at Smyrna Bowling Center and featured 14 varsity women's teams and 15 men's teams. Programs competed in six traditional games Saturday and 16 Baker games Sunday, with total pinfall determining the winner in the Mid-South Conference event.

Pikeville cruised to a big win in the women's division, building a 334-pin advantage over the field after Saturday's traditional block. The Bears continued to roll during Baker competition to capture a 571-pin victory with a 9,012 total.

Martin Methodist was second with 8,441, and University of the Cumberlands was third with 8,317.

Pikeville's Kristina Catoe was the top individual performer in the women's division, averaging more than 220 for her six games on the way to a 1,325 total. Martin Methodist's Lindsay Brown was the only other competitor in the women's field to average more than 200 for the six-game block, and she finished in second place with 1,220.

Campbellsville's Ashley Moch (1,185), Marian's Rebekah Dearing (1,181) and University of the Cumberland's Allysen Coryell (1,152) also finished in the top five.

The team competition was tighter in the men's division, as Marian-Indiana surged into the lead after a 1,143 effort in Game 2 on Saturday, which helped the team finish the day with a 51-pin advantage on the field. The Knights maintained their advantage as one of two teams to average more than 200 during Sunday's Baker block, taking the win with a 9,513 total.

Pikeville was second with 9,356, and Tennessee Wesleyan was third with 9,156.

Pikeville's Parker Spencer led the way in the men's individual standings, recording a six-game block of 1,364, a 227.33 average. A pair of Marian-Indiana teammates also finished in the top five, with Jeffery Mann (1,354) and Nicholas Graveel (1,317) finishing second and fourth, respectively.

Tennessee Wesleyan's Briton Helton and Martin Methodist's Keith Davis each rolled 300 games during Game 2 of Saturday's block to also make the all-tournament team. Helton finished third in the standings with 1,322, and Davis was fifth with 1,314.

In other collegiate action:

- At the Mid States Championships in Wichita, Kansas, the Wichita State men and women swept the top spots by 480 and 533 pins, respectively.

- At the Railsplitter Baker Classic and Railsplitter Challenge in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Lincoln Memorial women led the way in total pinfall at each event, powered by Cassidy Anschutz's 300 game during the Railsplitter Challenge.

- At the Southwestern Athletic Conference East Round-Up in D'Iberville, Mississippi, the Prairie View A&M women claimed the title.

- At the Northeast Invite I and II in Stratford, New Jersey, the North Carolina A&T women posted the top score at each event.

- At the Muskie Mash in Lancaster, Ohio, the Robert Morris-Pennsylvania men and Northwestern Ohio women rolled to victory in their respective divisions.

- At the McKendree Baker Challenge in Fairview Heights and Belleville, Illinois, the McKendree women claimed a 3-1 victory in the best-of-five bracket finals over Mount Mercy. In the men's division, Mount Mercy swept McKendree, 3-0, to record the win.

- At the American Heartland Bowling Association I in Canton, Michigan, the Bowling Green State men edged Trine by four pins for the win, while Alma collected the women's title.

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