by Mari Pizzini–The Morningside Mustangs men’s and women’s bowling teams traveled to Hastings, NE, November 16th and 17th in pursuit of points for sectionals.
On Saturday, November 16th, each team bowled six sets of five individual games. Morningside senior Emma Sonier made the all-tournament team (ATT) in the top spot for the women. Junior Brooke Bomgaars followed in sixth and senior Bailey Portwood placed ninth.
On the men’s side, senior Matthew Hystad made the ATT by claiming the fifth spot.
The weekend proved victorious for the women and the men with a strong showing, falling just short in the semi-finals. The Mustangs qualified second and third, respectively, going into match play.
“This weekend was unforgettable,” Portwood said. “We did something we’ve been waiting for all season. We fought hard for our win.”
Match play games were decided in a best two-of-three format. The women first met Barton College in the quarter finals, sealing the win in three games. Their next competitor, Hastings College, also took the Mustangs to three.
Ottawa College met Morningside in the finals, where scores of 203-192, 163-199, and 244-194, resulted in a Mustang win in three.
Senior Ally Dudley said, “Our team has been working really hard this season and it paid off this weekend. I am excited to put this win under our belts before I graduate in the spring.”
The Mustang men’s team met Drury University in the quarterfinals, taking the set in two games. Kansas State University was able to string some strikes in the semis, taking the men’s team in two.
Senior Brett Hansen said, “The guys team came together in match play, but we ran into some tough competition in the second round. We are showing some improvement in pressure situations, but there is still room to grow.”
The Mustangs are set to host their home tournament December 7th and 8th at Plaza and Rush Lanes in Sioux City.