Former Cyclone bowlers help IWCC squads place fourth at national event
COUNCIL BLUFFS -- Former Harlan Community High School bowlers Devin Wilson, Bailey Schmitz, Lucas Schmitz and Tara Hansen were sophomore members of the highly successful Iowa Western Community College bowling teams during the 2019-20 season.
The Schmitz brothers are from Westphalia, Wilson is an Earling native and Hansen is from Harlan. All four are 2018 graduates of HCHS.
The men’s and women’s bowling teams at IWCC both placed fourth at the NJCAA national championship event held March 5-7 at AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga, NY - located just outside of Buffalo. The Reiver bowling program was in just its second year of existence.
Bailey Schmitz placed fifth in singles competition at the national event, leading the Reiver men with a 613 series. He also led the way with a 245 game on day two of the team competition and finished 69th out of 120 bowlers in the All-Event standings with a 179.3 average. Prior to nationals, he averaged a 174.3 in 28 games, an increase in 20 pins compared to his first season at IWCC.
Wilson also competed at nationals and finished 98th in the All-Event standings with a 161.3 average. He teamed with Andrew Gibbs to place 13th in doubles. For the year, Wilson improved his average by 23.4 pins from last season up to 176.4 in 29 games.
Lucas Schmitz, meanwhile, improved his average by six pins to a 172.8 in 29 games. He did not compete at nationals.
Hansen rolled a career-best 215 game at the national event and finished 55th out of 94 bowlers in the All-Event standings with a 141.3 average. In 19 games prior to nationals, she averaged a 144.5 for the Reiver women, improving by 32 pins over last season.
Bailey and Lucas Schmitz were also members of the IWCC shotgun sports team, which had its season cut short on March 16 due to COVID-19 health concerns. The Schmitz brothers helped the Reivers to a third-place Division IV finish in last year’s ACUI Collegiate Clay Targets National Championships, with Bailey winning a pair of individual championships in American Trap and Wobble Trap.
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