The Nebraska bowling team is beginning its second semester of competition this weekend at the Mid-Winter Classic in Jonesboro, Ark. The three-day event will include a field of seventeen teams and begin on Jan. 13 at noon. The tournament marks Nebraska’s first competition of 2012 after finishing the fall semester with a fourth-place finish at the inaugural Track-Kat Clash, held in Huntsville, Texas.
Teams competing in the Mid-Winter Classic include Alabama A&M, Alabama Birmingham, Alabama State, Arkansas State, Central Missouri, Elmhurst, Jackson State, Louisiana Tech, Maryland Eastern Shore, Nebraska, Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston State, Southern, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, Valparaiso and Vanderbilt.
Seven bowlers will make the trip to Jonesboro for Nebraska, including Valerie Calberry, Kayla Johnson, Liz Kuhlkin, Kristi Mickelson, Yan Ling, Jackie Sutton and Shalima Zalsha.
The Mid-Winter Classic will kick off on Jan. 13 at noon with 5 five game baker matches. Following the first day of competition, the Huskers will compete again on Jan. 14 at 9:30 a.m. with five traditional team games. Competition will conclude Jan. 15 at 8:30 a.m. with three bracketed 4 of 7 baker matches.
This marks the sixth-straight Mid-Winter Classic that NU has competed in. Nebraska finished second in the event in 2009, third in the event in both 2007 and 2008 and fifth in the Classic in 2010 and 2011.
Following the Mid-Winter Classic, the Nebraska bowling team will have a short turnaround before hosting the Big Red Invitational at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska from Jan. 19-21.
Track-Kat Clash Review: Johnson Finishes Second Individually
The Nebraska bowling team finished fourth at the inaugural Track Kat Klash, hosted by Sam Houston State Dec. 2-4. NU's Kayla Johnson rolled her way to a 235.2 average over a five-game span to finish second individually and earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
Yan Ling finished 10th in the individual standings with a 1,049 pinfall over five games for a 209.8 average. The team's total pinfall of 8,995 over 10 games was 315 behind tournament winner Arkansas State. Vanderbilt finished third and Sam Houston State finished as the tournament runner-up.
Nebraska finished 9-4 overall on the tournament and 1-2 in Sunday's seeded baker matches. As the No. 4 seed, Nebraska defeated Vanderbilt in Sunday's first-round match, 4-3. The Huskers then dropped back-to-back matches against Arkansas State and Vanderbilt, respectively.
Saturday's action saw Nebraska go 4-1 in traditional matches. The Huskers defeated Grambling (1,005-888), Stephen F. Austin (1,011-894), Long Island (1,040-952) and Louisiana Tech (1,095-960). NU's lone loss to Vanderbilt was by just eight pins, 988-980.