Despite the last place finish among 17 teams in the sectional qualifying round of the 2008 U.S. Bowling Congress Men’s and Women’s Intercollegiate Team Championships, the SIUE men’s club bowling team had a successful season just to qualify for the sectional among some 64 collegiate teams in the nation.
The top four teams from the sectional, held at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights earlier this month, now head for the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships in Wichita in mid-April: Calumet College of St. Joseph, Wichita State University, Indiana University and UW-Whitewater. The only other Illinois teams to finish in the Top 10 of the sectional were McKendree College and Western Illinois University.
The SIUE club bowling team members who competed in the Fairview Heights sectional were: sophomore Brett Hinnen, sophomore Adam Kusmierczak, freshman Blake Badillo, freshman Eric Radford, sophomore Grant Evans, junior Matt Hudacek and sophomore Robby Smigiel, named academic all-American. “We had a great season,” said Club Bowling Coach Bryan Winterbottom.“We were ranked as high as 35th in the nation this season after finishing 12th in one of the 10 national tournaments in Atlanta. We also had back-to-back third-place finishes in Bloomington (IL) in regional tournaments,” Winterbottom said.
“This was the first time in the SIUE club team’s five-year history that we finished in the top 50. We’re very proud of that,” he said. SIUE finished 47th overall among 136 collegiate teams in the na