Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
After the first day of competition, the Crimson Wave were sitting in 8th place. The men looked to climb the ladder in day two and would go on to finish the event in 5th place out of forty teams.
Facing just twelve team baker games, CCSJ would average 205 on the challenging 37ft pattern. CCSJ would pass up Purdue University, UW Whitewater, and Notre Dame College to find their 5th place finish.
Leading the charge for the Crimson Wave was senior Mitch Katic who averaged 208 and finished 8th individually. Junior Matt Kuba averaged 207 and was 13th overall.
The men will return to action on October 18th and 19th when they compete in the Orange and Black Classic in Dayton, Ohio.
The top eight players received a bye in the first round which CCSJ’s Mitch Katic qualified seventh and received a bye. Dakota and Ryan both had to bowl the first round of three game matches. Dakota Daniels bowled well but lost to Perry Crowel from Midland. Ryan McCoy would win his first match against Andro Simounet from Webber International. This brought CCSJ to round two and the final 16. Ryan McCoy was pitted against Brian Busch from Lawrence Tech and Mitch Katic was facing Ryan Graywacz from Western New England. Unfortunately this is where CCSJ chances for a singles title would end as Ryan McCoy and Mitch Katic each lost their match.
The Intercollegiate Team Championships would be on April 16th. The format would be 24 baker qualifying games for seeding and then a double elimination best of seven games matches. CCSJ’s lineup consisted of Mitch Katic, Ryan Burks, Matt Kuba, Dakota Daniels, Ryan McCoy, Jacob Grams, Joe Bowers, and Jake Hayes. The Crimson Wave would start slow and found themselves in last place early. However, CCSJ would finish strong as they fought back to ninth place after 12 games. CCSJ continued to try to figure out the toughest lane condition as they would see all year. The Crimson Wave would struggle in the second set and finished qualifying in 11th place. With this seeding position, CCSJ would face #6 seed Midland University in the first round. CCSJ came out ready for Midland and would beat them quickly 4-0. Going into the second round of the winner’s bracket, CCSJ would now face a tough #4 seed Lindenwood University.
The Crimson Wave would find themselves leading three games to two. CCSJ was leading game six early on. Unfortunately, Matt Kuba made a great shot only to leave a pocket 7-10 in the ninth frame. That would lead to CCSJ losing game six. CCSJ then lost the decisive game seven.
CCSJ had a good qualifying round finishing third overall. Junior Mitch Katic was injured and was replaced by freshman Lucas Ferrando. Lucas was joined by Ryan Burks, Matt Kuba, Dakota Daniels, Ryan McCoy, Jacob Grams, Joe Bowers, and Jake Hayes. This was roster is the most unique CCSJ has ever had with three lefties. CCSJ went up against Lawrence Tech University in their first match. CCSJ would start slow but then really got it going in the tenth frame of the first game. Sophomore Matt Kuba would make his ten pin spare and Lawrence Tech would miss theirs which gave momentum to CCSJ who just steam rolled Lawrence Tech three games to none, winning the next two games by 40 and 39 pins.
Lawrence Tech bowled 198, 236, 164 and Calumet College of St. Joseph bowled 203, 276, and 203.
Up next for CCSJ was Webber International who is ranked second in the nation. CCSJ and Webber International have great history against each other. This match was where CCSJ missed Jr Mitch Katic who routinely bowls the tough tenth frame.
Neither team could win two games in a row. In the first game, Matt Kuba struggled in the anchor spot as the Crimson Wave fell to Webber International. CCSJ bounced back to win the second game and it was a seesaw battle from there. This brought CCSJ to game five and the three lefties all had good looks to the pocket. Coach Kubacki decided to go to senior leader Ryan McCoy. This game had three lead changes and was well bowled. Unfortunately, Ryan made great first shots but was unable to strike. Many of these matches do come down to making spares. CCSJ fell to Webber International. Webber International scored 170, 213, 206, 165, and 219 while Calumet College of St. Joseph scored 160, 222, 174, 214, and 202.
With the tough loss to Webber, CCSJ would then bowl number one qualifier St. Ambrose and again would lock up in a tough five game match. CCSJ would bowl even better than they did against Webber but St. Ambrose made some lineup changes for games four and five as their bench provided a huge lift. Again, game five had three lead changes and CCSJ was doing well through the first five frames but would leave three splits in a row in the sixth, seventh, and eighth frames as CCSJ would eliminated from the double elimination tournament. St. Ambrose scored 217, 210, 159, 230, and 244 while Calumet College of St. Joseph scored 224, 206, 223, 210, and 200. This elimination placed CCSJ 11th out of the twenty teams competing. CCSJ competed well and more importantly, conducted themselves with good sportsmanship and character.
The Crimson Wave will return to action for the ISC and ITC in Reno, Nevada April 13th-19th.