This past weekend Port Clinton graduate Sean Black competed for the Davenport University Men's Bowling team at the USBC Sectional Tournament in Allentown, PA, with an opportunity to advance to Nationals in Reno, NV.
On Friday Black competed in the singles portion with games of 163-137-226-189-213-170 for a total of 1098 for 6 games, finishing 68 out of 156 total bowlers. As a team the Panthers finished in seventh place out of 19 teams with a baker game average of 189, missing the top four for nationals by 309 pins. The Panthers will finish their season at the end of March at the NAIA Invitational, a tournament they won in 2011.
Here were some of Black's thoughts for the weekend: "On Friday I was just a little too nervous for the singles portion of the event. After the second game I just relaxed and bowled my game and I averaged nearly 200 the last four games, which shows me that I can compete on this level when I just go out and play. Saturday and Sunday for the team portion we got off to a fresh start, being in the cut for most of the day Saturday; but a bad set to end the day took us out of the cut and we could never mentally get refocused until it was too late on Sunday. It is definitely a learning experience and we will use this as motivation to get better as a team in preparation for next year's sectionals. With four freshmen in the starting rotation at any time, the future is definitely bright for our team."
Sean was awarded a certificate as a College Bowling Academic All American, which requires a 3.5 grade point average.