Trips to ITRC and Vegas Highlight 22-23 Bowling Schedule

EMMITSBURG, Md. (August 4, 2022) – Fresh off back-to-back postseason appearances in both the NCAA and USBC national tournaments, the Mount Bowling program has announced their 2022-23 schedule with hopes of making it three in a row.

As the team embarks on this quest, they will have a new challenge to undertake. With the school’s departure from the Northeast Conference, the Mount looked to find a new group of schools to battle with. After evaluating several scenarios, the team will spend the 2022-23 season competing as an independent.

“The move from the NEC to the MAAC is a great move for our university and ultimately we are team players in what is best for the school.” Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf said. “That being said, this schedule boasts many top tier tournaments, and I am confident if we keep our trajectory going upwards like we have been we will be in the hunt for a third consecutive at-large bid. I know we have some exciting conference ideas we hope come to fruition next season, but as it stands this team is good enough in my opinion to battle as an independent and make it back to the big dance. We will greatly miss that inaugural class and they are the reason we are where we are today, but we have some terrific returners and incoming freshman that are hungry to elevate this program even further.”

For the first time ever, the Mount has been invited to the exclusive Prairie View A&M Invite Jan. 27-29 in Arlington, Tex. The event takes place at the state-of-the-art International Training and Resource Center (ITRC) and serves as home to Team USA. The event, hosted by Prairie View, gathers the top 11 nationally ranked teams in attendance from last season.

Hosting duties include the Fifth Annual Mount Shootout Oct. 15-16 at Sunshine Lanes in Waynesboro, Pa., after the squad kicks off the season Oct. 8-9 at the Bud Whitman Memorial in New Castle, Del. The Mount will be looking to defend their title in both of those tournaments before the competition level picks up at the Dezy Strong Invite Oct. 28-30 in Coram, NY, as the team’s first three tournaments mimic the 2021-22 campaign.

Tough competition continues to await the Mount when they return from the holiday break to host their second tournament. Once again, the prestigious Stormin’ Blue & White Vegas Classic takes place Jan. 8-10 at the world-famous South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. With national postseason play headed to this complex in Sin City during the spring, many of the top bowling teams in the country have chosen to attend or renew their trip to this tournament.

Remaining regular season tournaments for the eleventh ranked team in the country include trips to the Virginia Union Invite Nov. 4-6 in Glen Allen and Maryland Eastern Shore’s Hawk Classic Nov. 6-8 p.m. in Millsboro, Del. This will be the team’s first trip to Virginia Union since the 2019-20 season. The Hawk Classic, the toughest competition field the Mount will see in the first semester, will be their third trip to the event after getting back in the select list of teams last season. These two events close out the fall semester.

After Stormin’, the always competitive Northeast Classic in Deptford, NJ awaits Jan. 20-22. Following up their trip to Texas and Prairie View’s events are the James Brown Invite in Towson, Md., and the Medaille Brunswick Classic in Buffalo.

Postseason play on the USBC side begins March 10-12 with Sectionals at a yet to be determined location. The team has never missed qualifying for sectionals and if they can place top four there will see a third straight trip to nationals in April, at the familiar territory of Las Vegas. The NCAA regular season concludes the same place it started in New Castle with the Northeast Roundup March 18-19.

By virtue of no conference and operating as an independent program for the 2022-23 season, the Mount will need to impress throughout the regular season to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Regional play begins April 8-9 with the Final Four set for April 14-15, also in Las Vegas. Even as a member of the NEC, the Mount’s first two NCAA appearances in 2020-21 and 2021-22 also came via an at-large selection.

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