The Cowley College men and women’s bowling teams continue to gain valuable experience in the first season of the program as evidenced by the teams taking part in the Jayhawk Collegiate Challenge Saturday and Sunday in Lawrence, KS.

The Lady Tigers finished 16th out of 20 teams, while the Tiger men placed 21st out of 22 teams. Wichita State University placed first in both the men and women’s varsity division.

Cowley head coach Ian Alumbaugh said the teams struggled with their spare game on Saturday.

“We will be emphasizing more on that as we move forward,” Alumbaugh said.

Both teams going into Sunday were mathematically knocked out of the tournament match play opportunity (top 8), but set team goals for Sunday to improve on the difficult conditions they play on, and tournament play in general. 

“I feel both teams gained great experience from that, and are beginning to get used to collegiate bowling,” Alumbaugh said.

The Tiger men were led by Wyatt Baumgartner finishing 49th out of 208 bowlers with an average of 185.6, including a season-high 243 game to end the day. Kelli Stewart led the Lady Tigers by placing 54th out of 169 bowlers with an average of 159.8. 

“Kelli and Wyatt are two of the hardest working athletes on our team, and seeing them towards the top of the results isn’t by accident,” Alumbaugh said. “The determination they put forth each day at practice and in strength and conditioning has been a huge part of our team’s development. I am excited as time goes on to see how they grow and excel in the near future.”

After Baumgartner, the Cowley men were led by Evan Jefferson (169.8) and Nick Valdez (158.3).

Following Stewart were Lady Tiger bowlers Abigail Parks (159.8) and Rebekah Coleman (147.2).

Cowley will have some time off before taking part in the Bronco Open VI November 17-18 in Hastings, Nebraska.

“Heading into Hastings, we will be emphasizing work on our spare game,” Alumbaugh said. “And we will also try to have some time to practice on the tougher oil conditions we face in tournaments. If we can dial in those items, I feel that the Bronco Open can be a great event for us.”