Red Hawks split with Mott CC

Red Hawks split with Mott CC

Bowling Association initiates awards program

By Tom O’Neill

            Lake Michigan College’s Lady Red Hawks remained unbeaten at 3-0 following Saturday’s home opener, but it didn’t come easy. LMC escaped with a 54-51 victory over Mott CC despite 26 turnovers and shooting just 32.8 percent.

            First year Coach Patrick Daniel said “there were just too many turnovers. Every time we went on a run we let them back in.”

            The Lady Hawks, coming off two-blow-out wins, jumped out to a 14-7 first quarter lead behind sophomore Jade Mosier’s five buckets. She opened the second quarter with two points before picking up her third foul and was quickly benched with 6:26 left.

            Mott capitalized, tying the game twice before giving the Hawks a 23-21 halftime lead. Mosier stayed foul-free in the third, adding six more points and helping LMC to a 37-29 lead. She picked up her fourth at the 9:30 mark of the fourth quarter and was taken out with 8:37 left and the Bears down four, 37-33.

            Freshman Emily Atsinger, who had eight points in the third quarter, hit a key bucket with just under four minutes putting LMC back on top, 46-45. Mosier reentered the game. The next bucket belonged to Mott before Atsinger hit four consecutive foul shots, LMC up 50-47. A defensive rebound foul at 2:25 gave Mosier her fifth.

            Brooke Becker broke a 51-51 tie, scoring and hitting the bonus with 47 seconds left. The Bears had the final shot but the clock ran out. Mosier finished with her third double-double, scoring 18 points with 14 rebounds. Atsinger added 15 points.

            LMC will face fourth-ranked Kankakee at home November 11. Tipoff is 1PM.

Eighth-ranked Bears clobber Red Hawks 104-73

            Lake Michigan College (1-1) could not stop the perimeter shooting of Mott Community College, the Bears hitting 14 of 27 beyond the arc. 

            Despite the Bears’ perimeter shooting the Red Hawks stayed close, scoring inside. Bryce Sexton put LMC up 23-22 before Mott went on a 10-2 run. The Hawks pulled within four before back to back threes by the Bears ending the half, 56-46.

            Lake Michigan lost the services of its leading scorer, Gavin Rassler, with 7:37 left in the half. The 6-foot 5 sophomore went down hard and had to be helped off the court with a knee injury.

            Saxton, who led LMC scoring with 12 points, opened the second half with a bucket but at 19:39, the Hawks lost 6-foot 5 Malik Hall to an ankle injury. Mott would go on a 29-7 run, leading 87-55. Both Hall and Rassler would attempt returns during the second half, but neither was full strength. Hall was scoreless, finishing with nine points and six rebounds. Rassler had eight points and three rebounds.

            LMC Coach Jeremy Schaffer said Rassler had been dealing with discomfort but added, “He’s found a way to work. The best news is he’s tough.” Schaffer expects a light week of practice heading into Saturday’s game with Kankakee. Tipoff is 3 PM.

Local Men’s Bowling Association restores award program

            For years, the United States Bowling Association (USBC) had supported bowlers with an array of awards for high games, split conversions and high series. As ball and lane technology advanced, scoring soared among its members. Awards became limited to one-time achievements.

            To reduce expenses, USBC is forcing local associations to merge men, women and juniors into one. As sanctions increased, the elimination of awards became a hot point. A handful of leagues have voted not to sanction. Prior to the 2018-2019 mergers, the men’s association committed to restore some awards using local monies.

            “We recognized people should have something for attaining an honor award, “explained Gus Leoni, Association president. Leoni said $11 out of the each sanction fee goes to the local. “Next year when the USBC fee goes up our bowlers will not see an increase. We’ll cut our share to $9.” Local fees are used to conduct tournaments, purchase necessary supplies and equipment along with a few salaries.

            The Blossomland Bowling Association purchased jackets and shirts for members tossing 300 games or 800 series. Each time they repeat, the date is added to the jacket. Rings are also awarded for 300 and 800. Special bag tags are given for 299, 298 and 297. Plaques are awarded for 11 strikes in a row, the 7-10 split, 4-6-7-10 split and triplicate games.

            The Association also has trophies for bowlers shooting 50 and 75 pins over average. The first is for bowlers under a 174 average, the second for those above 175.

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