Moment #15: Bowling Claims First Team Titles
July 1, 2014
It was another successful athletic season for Stephen F. Austin in 2013-14, capped by memorable games, incredible performances, championship efforts and moments that will be remembered for years to come. To close out the 2013-14 season, SFAJacks.com will count down the top 15 moments of the past year as voted on by the SFA administrative staff and media representatives. A new moment will be revealed each Tuesday and Friday, counting down to the top moment of the year on Tuesday, August 19th.
MOMENT #15 – Bowling Claims First Tournament Titles in Program History
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin’s bowling team continued to make its mark on the national scene in 2013-14, reaching a handful of milestones in the fifth season of competition for the Ladyjacks.
The first of those milestones came in the first weekend of the season when the Ladyjacks did something they hadn’t done before in program history - capturing the team title at the Tulane Invitational in New Orleans. Entering the final day of competition as the second-seed, SFA dropped its opening match of the day to sixth-ranked Sam Houston State, but would rally back to defeat Alabama State, then take the rematch against the rival Bearkats to give head coach Amber Lemke some hardware to bring back to Nacogdoches.
SFA enjoyed winning so much, it did it again the following tournament, placing first out of 19 teams at the Fairleigh Dickinson Jamboree in Hackensack N.J. two weeks later. The back-to-back victories sparked an impressive season for the Ladyjacks as SFA finished among the top-five in eight of its 10 events in 2013-14, capped by a runner-up showing at the USBC Sectionals in Fort Worth on March 16th.
The performance of the Ladyjacks garnered respect throughout the season as SFA was ranked as high as fourth in the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) poll, the highest-ever ranking for the squad. SFA closed out the year with a top-10 finish, ranking ninth in the final NTCA poll of the season.
Some individual Ladyjacks also garnered some much-deserved recognition, led by senior Nicole Parkhurst who closed her SFA career in style. Parkhurst was named a second team NTCA All-American as well as a first team NTCA All-Academic selection, becoming the first Ladyjack to receive higher than honorable mention in program history.
Sophomore Melanie Crawford was also named a third team NTCA All-American and a second team NTCA All-Academic performer as eight Ladyjacks were named to the All-Academic squad – a new program record.
2013-14 SFA Top Moment Countdown Schedule