Saturday, October 19 – Sunday, October 20
Frederick, Maryland | Terrace Lanes
Mount St. Mary's is set to host the second annual Mount Shootout for its second weekend of competition. With the field increased to 16 squads, the event moves to Terrace Lanes in Frederick after the inaugural competition was held at Sunshine Lanes in Waynesboro, Pa. Opening ceremonies begin at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 19), with events beginning at 8:15 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 20). Admission to the event is free.
SETTING THE SCENE
No. 21 Mount St. Mary's lived up to their potential and then some at the Bud Whitman Memorial to open the season. The Mount went 8-2, earning a third place finish for the first day and runner-up on the second day. Tamera Stanton was named Northeast Conference (NEC) Bowler of the Week after leading The Mount in Baker averages on Saturday and tying for fourth overall with a 210.4 average during individuals Sunday. Stanton also recorded a program high 276 game in the fourth round of individual matches. She and Rebecca Dodson were named to the All-Tournament team, and Ashley Santos earned a top ten finish.
In the inaugural Shootout last season, the Mountaineers finished second in the field after posting an 8-1 record. The home squad – unranked at the time – defeated five ranked teams before falling in the championship match.
This weekend's tournament features a unique format for bowling tournaments. Saturday will lead off with five traditional matches – usually reserved for day two. Baker play will occur on Sunday with a pair of five game matches in the morning, followed by best-of-seven bracket play in the afternoon.
A large contingent of schools from the NEC and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) make up half of the field. The second half comprises teams from all over the Northeast. Five ranked teams from the National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll (NTCA) will compete, including The Mount at No. 21. Delaware State stands at No. 15 and reigning Mount Shootout champion St. Francis University is 16th. Duquesne enters at No. 20 and Youngstown State ranks 23rd.
Fellow Maryland schools Morgan State and Coppin State will participate, along with Howard out of Washington, D.C. St. Francis Brooklyn will also represent the NEC at the tournament.
This will be the last meet for Mount Bowling in October. They will kick off November with the Virginia Union Invitational in Richmond (Nov. 1-3).