Ragsdale, Crawford earn All-Tournament honors at Midwest Collegiate Classic

Abby Ragsdale of the University of St. Francis (Oswego) and Kayla Crawford of St. Ambrose University (Silvis) earned All-Tournament honors at the Kegel/ISBPA Midwest Collegiate Classic Saturday.

Ragsdale placed second with a 5-game total of 1,065, including games of 237 and 243 to close.

“It means a lot as a freshman, but I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” she said. “The team has supported me and we have come together. It has been a great experience.”

It was the second all-tournament team in three weeks for Ragsdale, who won in Cincinnati two weeks ago.

“It was a hard transition (to college), but bowling on a sport pattern before helped me,” Ragsdale said. “My teammates have also helped me adjust.”

Crawford placed fifth with a 1,028.

“The pattern was really tricky,” Crawford. “You had to stay positive and make your spares up and keep your team up. Positivity is the key.”

Crawford has experience at the Stardust Bowl, which hosted the tournament and the tournament the previous week, including qualifying for Jr. Gold in 2015.

“I would definitely say I have an advantage over others from bowling at this center,” Crawford said. “This center is very tricky. Since I come here about five times a year, I know everything about the typography and stay up on it.”

Other top finishers for the women were Emily Koulis of Marian (Minooka), who placed 14th with a 997, Nicole Troha of USF (Lockport was 23rd with a 977, Jordan Tiritilli of USF JV (Morris) was 26th with a 968, Jessica Howell of Clarke (Moline) was 28th with a 963, Kayleigh Duff of Grand View (Des Plaines) was 30th with a 962 and Skylar Russo-Perry of Highland (Machesney Park) was 31st with a 961.

The men’s top finishers from Illinois were Billy Goodman of McKendree (O’Fallon), who finished 16th with a 1,021 and Justin Vandenburg of USF (Lockport), who was 30th with a 1,002.

Plenty of state schools competed in the Midwest Collegiate Classic over the weekend.

On the men’s side, McKendree University placed second with a 9,078 total. Wisconsin-Whitewater won with a 9,153. USF men had 8,879, good for fourth, Robert Morris Illinois was sixth with an 8,831, while Illinois State (8,051), Western Illinois (7,633), Robert Morris Lake County (7,631), Northern Illinois (7,223) University of Illinois (6,950), Robert Morris JV (7,977), USF JV (7,810) and Illinois JV (6,317) also competed.

For the women, USF finished in third place with an 8,548 total. Wichita State won with an 8,778.

“We knew what we had to do the last two games to win and we just didn’t do it and the pins didn’t fall the way we wanted them to,” Ragsdale said. “We just have to keep with it and the pins will fall when it matters. We’re having good results and I feel the results will pay off at the end of the season.”

Robert Morris-Illinois was ninth with an 8,297 total. Elmhurst (7,642), Robert Morris Orland (7,322), Illinois State (7,243), Aurora (6,893) and Robert Morris Lake County (5,957) also competed.

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