Sonier leads Mustangs to first-ever women's bowling titles
Morningside’s women’s bowling team made school history when the Mustangs won the team and match play tournament championships at the Stout State Open held Saturday and Sunday in Eau Claire, Wis., for the first team titles in the history of the program.
The Mustangs knocked down 7686 pins to edge Waldorf (7594) for first place in the six-team field. Morningside’s junior varsity team finished third with 7041 pins.
The Mustangs defeated Waldorf 592-478 in the championship pairing of the match play tournament. Morningside defeated Waldorf in all three games by margins of 178-157, 213-168 and 201-153.
In addition to their two team titles Emma Sonier, a sophomore from Sioux City, became the first individual champion in the history of the Mustangs’ women’s bowling program. Sonier led all bowlers with 1672 pins and a 186 average in her nine games. She opened the tournament with two straight games of 213 and finished with a 214 for her top score of the tourney.
Morningside had a total of 8280 pins to finish fourth out of 10 teams in the men’s division. The Mustangs finished behind Wisconsin (8529), Waldorf (8355) and Minnesota State-Mankato (8339).
The Mustangs defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 596-577 in the match play tournament quarterfinal before they lost 661-614 against eventual champion Waldorf in the semifinal.
Sonier was joined on the women’s all-tournament team by Brooke Bomgaars, a freshman from Sioux City, who finished third in the individual standings with 1584 pins. Bomgaars had a 176 average with a high game of 224.
Haley Mathes, a junior from Oskaloosa, Iowa, finished seventh with 1538 pins and Katie Pearson, a senior from Sioux City, finished ninth with 1500 pins as a competitor for the Mustangs’ junior varsity team.
Mathes had a 171 average with a top tournament score of 208 in her finale. Pearson had a 167 average with a high score of 222.
Allyson Dudley, a freshman from Andover, Minn., who competed for the junior varsity team, had Morningside’s top individual score of the tournament with a 235 in her final game.
Marie Sitz, a junior from O’Neill, Neb., who competed for the junior varsity team, bowled a 208 in her final game and finished 12th in the individual standings with 1413 pins and a 157 average.
Jorge Loredo Duran, a freshman from Toluca, Mexico, made the men’s all-tournament team after he finished fourth in the individual standings with 1795 pins and a 199 average. Loredo topped 200 pins in four of his nine games, including a 247 in his finale for the Mustangs’ top individual score of the tournament. He also rolled scores of 201, 206 and 229.
Matthew Hystad, a sophomore from Le Mars, also had four 200 games en route to a 197 average and a 20th place finish in the individual standings with 1574 pins. He had scores of 231, 217, 214 and 208.
Michael Putzier, a sophomore from Sioux Falls, S.D., had games of 206 and 204 en route to a 184 average and Tanner Hansel, a junior from Sioux City, had games of 214 and 204 on his way to a 182-pin average.
The Mustangs will compete in the Jayhawk Collegiate Classic on Nov. 4-5 in Lawrence, Kan.