Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
This was the first event after Christmas break for CCSJ and the rust showed. CCSJ only averaged 188 and found themselves as low as 17th in the standings out of 21 teams on day one. They would continue to improve gradually on day one and would finish the day in seventh place. For the first half of the day, CCSJ’s JV squad was outscoring the varsity squad and found themselves second in the JV division averaging 182.
On the second day of competition, the Crimson Wave Varsity squad really showed what they are capable of as they averaged 212 for the 16 baker’s games and found themselves competing for second and third place. CCSJ would fall just short and qualify in fourth place for match play. The JV squad would struggle on day two averaging 175 for their 16 games but would hold on and qualify in third place amongst the ten JV programs.
The Crimson Wave Varsity squad found themselves facing 5th seed Lawrence Tech in the first round of match play. CCSJ would dominate the match winning 214-193,230-199, and 213-167 wining 3-0. This pitted CCSJ against number one seed and number one ranked in the country, Robert Morris University.
This was an extremely well bowled match by both clubs and it could have easily gone either way. Robert Morris won the first game 213-199. CCSJ responded winning game two 225-223. RMU won game three 212-205. CCSJ won game four 243-179. This brought them to the decisive game five.
CCSJ was behind the entire game as neither team had been able to win on the right lane. Towards the end of the match, Matt Kuba would strike in the eighth, Ryan Burks would strike in the ninth, and Mitch Katic came up in the tenth with a chance to double to win. The whole center stopped to watch and Mitch delivered a good shot that came just light in the pocket and RMU would win 216-202. CCSJ would lose 2-3 and finish third overall in the event.
Interestingly enough, the Crimson Wave JV found themselves in a similar situation against St. Francis JV, It also came down to CCSJ freshman and anchor, Nick Eckert needing to strike in the tenth for the win and he would deliver an almost perfect shot and leave a solid nine pin. CCSJ JV would lose 2-3 to St. Francis JV and finish third as well. Noteable performance by Sophomore Dakota Daniels made a huge impact day one as he performed impressively almost all day in the anchor position.
The men will return to action this weekend when they compete in the Kegal/ISBPA Midwest Classic in Addison, Illinois.
The Crimson Wave were led during qualifying by senior Mitch Katic with a 207 average that gave him a 9th place finish individually.
CCSJ qualified in 3rd place in there respective division, for the match play portion of the tournament. The Crimson Wave first took on Culver Stockton and took the victory in the first two games of the best of 3 match. CCSJ would go on to beat Newman University in two games as well.
Unfortunately the CCSJ momentum would die down as they lost tough back-to-back three game matches. The first lose came at the hands of McKendree and then to the same Newman team they just defeated. The Crimson Wave performance landed the team a 5th place finish in this overall demanding field.
Dakota Daniels led the junior varsity squad with a 214 average that placed him 6th overall and first among junior varsity competitors. The CCSJ junior varsity squad also qualified in third in their division for match play.
The junior varsity squad would also go on to finish 5th in their division after winning their first match 2 games to 1 and then losing a tough 3 game match to Lindenwood Belleville junior varsity and a match against Lindenwood University junior varsity.