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Bowlers Headed to Huge Event Hosted by Kutztown

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READING, Pa. - The No. 19 Bethune-Cookman University bowling team will travel to Reading, Pennsylvania this weekend to compete in the Fifth Annual Kutztown Invitational. The event begins Friday, Jan. 25, running through Sunday, Jan. 27 at Hiester Lanes.

Fans can catch all the action live by tuning into BowlTV at, the official website of the United States Bowling Congress, or as they will provide free webcasts of the entire event.

Other participating teams this weekend include Adelphi, Cheyney (Pa.), Coppin State, Delaware State, Farleigh-Dickinson, Florida A&M, Howard, LIU, Maryland Eastern Shore, Medaille College, Monmouth, Morgan State, New Jersey City, Penn State-Altoona,  North Carolina Central, Norfolk State, Sacred Heart, Salem International, St. Francis (Pa.), St. Francis-Brooklyn University, Stephen F. Austin, St. Peter's, Southern, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

"This weekend's event is a 'who's who' tournament," stated B-CU bowling head coach Tony O'Neal. "Obviously, it's the biggest tournament in the nation. There's a waiting list each year for this event. And for Bethune-Cookman to be a part of a tournament of this magnitude, it's definitely a plus for this program."

Bethune-Cookman is coming off a third place finish last weekend at the Frederick E. Underwood Tournament in Laurel, Maryland. The Wildcats finished the event with a record of 10-3 overall, and went to a seventh and deciding game on the final day against fourth-ranked Sam Houston State.

Senior Staci Hilliard and sophomore Rachel Moore were each tabbed to the all-tournament team after registering multiple plus-200 games in Saturday's team competition that allowed the Wildcats to finish 5-0 on the second day of the event. The Cats were the only unbeaten team on the second day of the event.

"Last weekend's tournament was a stepping stone for us to show that we certainly are capable of bowling at a high level," expressed O'Neal. "Now, we have to see if we have matured enough to continue the pace in which we're bowling at this time."

The competition will be stiff as 28 teams from as far as Texas, Wisconsin, and Florida compete for the KU Invitational title during the three-day event. Fifteen of the nation's top-20 ranked teams, along with nine of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) 13 members will be present.

Friday will start with six (6) four-game Baker matches beginning at 11 a.m. Total pins on Friday will determine seeding for Saturday's match schedule only. Saturday will resume at 9:30 a.m. with six traditional team matches, and Sunday will conclude the tournament with three best four-of-seven Baker matches position round bracket style starting at 8:30 a.m.

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