HASTINGS – Midland University’s men’s and women’s bowling teams both captured second place during weekend competition at the Hastings Bronco Open at Pastime Lane.

Candice Goldfinch, a sophomore from Everett, Washington, grabbed the second spot on the women’s all-tournament team with a 192.5 average.

“It was a great weekend,” MU coach Bill Holbrook said. “Candice continues to bowl very well, making her second consecutive all-tournament team.”

Goldfinch led the Lady Warrior with 1,155 pins over the six games of Saturday’s opening session, helping the team to second place among the seven-team field after the first day.

Junior Katie Fritchie of Lincoln contributed 1,087 with Brittney Schnicke adding 1,073. Also seeing action on Saturday were sophomore Whitney Laritson of Lincoln; senior Brianna Oftedahl of Albert Lea, Minnesota; sophomore Shelby Throntveit of Discovery Bay, California; and junior Ashlee Erickson of Topeka, Kansas.

On Sunday, the Lady Warriors beat Ottawa University 181-162 in bracket play before losing to the host school in the finals.

“Our women’s team continues to improve each week,” Holbrook said.

Midland was third in the men’s 13-team after Saturday’s opening session.

Freshman Kris Yadao led the Warriors with 1,211 pins for a 201.833 average, missing a spot on the all-tournament team by 32 pins. Freshman Tyler Synovec of Fremont followed with 1,163 pins for a 193.8 average, and sophomore Morgan Moore from Aurora, Colorado, had a 1,088 with a 181.3 average.

Also bowling for the Warriors were freshmen Mason Moore and Donovan Thomas, sophomore Tommy Strauss and junior Charlie Rex.

The Warriors were able to move into second place heading into bracket play on Sunday, where they downed Waldorf University and Central Missouri before falling to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in three games in the championship match.

“The men had an up-and-down weekend with a strong finish to qualify second,” Holbrook said. “They won their first two brackets in dramatic fashion.”

Midland will return to the lanes Dec. 2-3 at the Ebonite Warhawk Open in Madison, Wisconsin.

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