Jan. 13 -
Noon, Jan. 14 - 9:30 a.m., Jan. 15 - 8:30 a.m.
Center, 3102 Shelby Drive, Jonesboro, AR
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.
Review: Johnson Finishes Second Individually
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.
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.
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.
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.