Rio bowling teams make debut


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



LIMA, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande men’s bowling team began its history by recording a ninth-place finish at the 2017 Racer Classic, which concluded its weekend run at Westgate Entertainment Center on Sunday.

The RedStorm finished ahead of Bowling Green State University and Davenport University, while also earning 16 championship points, in the two-day, 11-team event hosted by the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Notre Dame College captured the team championship.

Individually, freshman Kaleb Taylor (Washington Court House, OH) topped all Rio bowlers with a 16th-place finish in the field of 80 participants. He toppled 1,158 pins for the weekend and finished with a 193 average.

Among the other competitors for the RedStorm were freshman Chris Somerville (Gallipolis, OH), who finished 21st with 1,139 pins and a 189 average – in addition to recording the RedStorm’s high game of 256; freshman Austin Cook (St. Mary’s, OH), who placed 22nd with 1,134 pins and a 189 average; freshman Shane Matthews (Hamilton, NJ), who was 33rd with 930 pins and an average of 186; and freshman Brandon Westerfield (Barberton, OH), who was 41st with 820 pins and a 164 average.

Placement was based on total pins and not averages.

Rio Grande returns to action on Sept. 30 at the Cardinal Classic, hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

The University of Rio Grande women’s bowling team got its inaugural season underway with an eighth-place showing at the 2017 Racer Classic, which concluded its two-day run at Westgate Entertainment Center on Sunday.

The RedStorm finished 76 pins out of seventh place in the eight-team event hosted by the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Wright State University won the team title for the fourth consecutive year.

Individually, freshman Courtney Merrill (Norton, OH) led Rio with a 17th-place finish in the field of 57 participants. She finished the weekend with 978 pins and a 163 average, while also recording the team’s high game of 199.

Among the other competitors for the RedStorm were freshman Hannah Cheeseman (Lancaster, OH), who, in addition to throwing a strike on the first roll in team history, finished 18th with 930 pins and a 155 average; freshman Macy Detty (Jeffersonville, OH), who placed 19th with 919 pins and a 153 average; freshman Lindsey Downs (Logan, OH), who was 30th with 686 pins and an average of 137; Stephany Detrick (Ashville, OH), who finished 33rd with 603 pins and an average of 150; and freshman Tara Miller (Washington Court House, OH), who was 43rd with 413 pins and a 137 average.

Placement was based on total pins and not averages.

Rio Grande returns to action on Sept. 30 at the Cardinal Classic, hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

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