Saturday, October 20 – Sunday, October 21
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania | Sunshine Lanes
Both days will be streamed live from the Mount Bowling Facebook account.
Saturday - 5 traditional matches
Sunday - 2 baker matches, followed by 2 best 4-of-7 baker matches (bracket style position rounds)
Total pins for each team for the five traditional & two baker matches on Saturday & Sunday will determine the schedule for bracket position rounds. The Bracket position rounds will be best 4 of 7 matches.
The Mount shootout will consist of a field of 12 teams – Mount St. Mary's, #24 Kutztown, #13 Saint Francis U, Howard, Coppin State, Morgan State, Felician, New Jersey City, Wilmington, Medaille, Robert Wesleyan, Mount Aloysius
The Mount's inaugural season got off to a historic start this past weekend, as the Mountaineers claimed the tournament crown in their first-ever competition, going a perfect 5-0 on the opening day of the Bud Whitman Memorial. The Mount racked up wins against a pair of nationally-ranked teams, #15 Adelphi and #24 Kutztown, to go along with victories over Robert Wesleyan, Coppin State and Youngstown State to win the tournament. Tamera Stanton led the way for the Mount with a 20.14 baker frame average and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
On the second day of the Bud Whitman Memorial, the Mount posted a 4-1 record with wins over #19 LIU Brooklyn, Bloomfield, Penn State Behrend, and Medaille, and finished in 11th place with a 170.6 team average. Ashley Santos, who rolled a 248 in the team's final match of the day, led the Mount with a 179.98 average on the day. The Mount closed out the two-day event at 9-1 overall, which was the best record among all teams in the field.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Mount St. Mary's freshman Tamera Stanton was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Thursday. Stanton was pivotal to the Mount's success at the team's first-ever tournament this past weekend, registering a baker frame average of 20.14 on Saturday, which was the second-highest among all players. Stanton and the Mountaineers went a perfect 5-0 on Saturday on their way to taking home the tournament crown. The rookie followed it up with a 177.80 traditional average on Sunday to help the Mount close out strong.
The Mount's inaugural team is comprised of nine freshmen from eight different states. Erin Burkart (Marrero, La.), Haley Buser (Birdsboro, Pa.), Rebecca Dodson (Panama City, Fla.), Kayla Durbala (Gaithersburg, Md.), Barbara Hawes (Flint, Mich.), Emily Mele (Wall, N.J.), Danielle Milo (Orchard Park, N.Y.), Ashley Santos (Fresno, Calif.) and Tamera Stanton (Baltimore, Md.) make up the Mount's first-year squad.
AT THE HELM
DeGraaf was announced as the head coach to lead the first-ever Mount women's bowling team in February of this year. He came the Mount following a stint as the assistant women's bowling coach at fellow Northeast Conference member Saint Francis U, where he helped lead SFU to a 75-47 overall record in 2016-17 as the Red Flash reached the national rankings.
During his collegiate bowling days, DeGraaf was a two-time team captain at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. DeGraaf earned Siena Heights Male Bowler of the Year honors and captured two individual titles during his career, as he became the first male bowler in school history to place first individually. DeGraaf also earned Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and National Ten-Pin Coaches Association Academic All-American honors each year from 2013-16.
The Mount's next tournament is the Virginia Union Invite spanning November 2-4.