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Sean Black takes second at JTBA

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Sean Black, former Port Clinton Redskin Bowler and current Davenport University Bowler, led the qualifying at the Junior Tournament Bowlers Association (JTBA) at Miracle Lanes in Toledo Sunday, August 10.

He was fifth after the first 5 games rolling 211-178-209-269-190 and followed in the 3 game semifinals with 278-231-205 to become top qualifier. The JTBA used the 36’ Los Angeles Sport Lane Condition. He lost the final stepladder game to Urbana University’s Kyle Cook 259-190.

Sean earned $338 in scholarships and a paid entry into next summer’s USBC Junior Gold Tournament in Chicago.

“Today was a very strong outing and I am very pleased with this performance. I can’t be upset at all with losing in the Finals because it’s very difficult to beat a 259 on these type of Lane conditions,” Black said of the tournament. “This gives me lots of confidence after a rough tournament last weekend in Michigan so to come out and be able to execute good shots today was good as I continue to develop my bowling game.”

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Black breaks through at MJMA Memorial Championship

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This past weekend Port Clinton graduate and current Davenport University bowler, Sean Black, made history at the year-end MJMA (Michigan Junior Masters Association) Memorial Championship in Monroe, MI.  Black became the first male bowler from Ohio to win the year end tournament in honor of the organization's founder Dan Ottman.

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Sean Black College Bowling Academic All-American

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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.

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