PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville bowling teams will enter next week’s Mid-South Conference tournament as the top seeds after completing the regular season with perfect 18-0 worksheets.
That is the result after last weekend’s Thomas N. Burris Memorial Kentucky Collegiate Classic at Eastwood Lanes in Lexington.
Thomas Burris is a former Pikeville bowler who died as a result of injuries suffered in a diving accident after his sophomore season. The KCC was renamed in his honor and is hosted by his former coach, Pikeville’s Kyle Wilson, and Ron Damron.
The women won the tournament outright while the men outdistanced the league schools but finished behind Morehead State for the championship.
One the women’s side, Pikeville finished at 6954, ahead of second place Bethel (Tenn.) University’s 6679.
In the JV Division, Pikeville’s B group was the winner at 6671, with Pikeville A finishing second at 6451.
Pikeville had three of the top five individuals in the field. Bethel’s Chelsea Thomas was the overall winner with a five-game total of 1069. She was followed by Bear freshman Katelyn Simpson, whose five-game score was 1036. Sophomore Astrid Valiente was third at 1033, with senior Erica Anderson placing fifth with a score of 994.
On the men’s side, Morehead State was the winner at 8017, with Pikeville finishing in the runner-up slot with a score of 7136. They were followed by Louisville, Cumberland (Tenn.) and Bellarmine in the top five.
MSU also won the JV draw with a score of 7445. Pikeville A was second at 7123, while Pikeville B finished fourth, finishing with a score of 6155.
Pikeville had one member of the all-tournament team, with freshman Zach Fylling finishing fourth with a five-game score of 1,101, only one pin shy of third.
Sophomore Anthony Scerati was the next highest scoring Bear, finishing with a total of 987. Senior Brian Wicker followed at 980. Senior Cory Cotterman was next with a score of 948, while sophomore Cody Hayes finished at 941.
The Mid-South Conference tournament is set for Saturday-Sunday (Feb. 23-24) in Smyrna, Tenn., the same site as one of the four regional qualifiers for the USBC tournament in March.