Mount Mercy News
Women's Bowling - Mon, Nov. 14, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Senior Mariah Early clinched the first individual title in school history, leading the Mount Mercy women's bowling team to a fourth-place finish at the Minnesota Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at Midway Pro Bowl.

Early totaled 1,186 pins over six games for a 197.67 average, just ahead of Breanne Underwood of William Penn, who had 1,167 pins and a 194.50 average. Mount Mercy is in the midst of its debut season, and Early is the first bowler in school history to win a collegiate event. Freshman Audrey Manternach was also a top-10 finisher for the Mustangs, coming in ninth with 1,059 pins and a 176.50 scoring average.

Also competing for Mount Mercy in the 45-person field were freshman Kathryn Wheeler (12th place/976 pins/162.67 avg.), freshman Naomi Fisher (15th/940/156.67), freshman Nicole Nelson (17th/930/155.00).

Midland (Neb.) was your team champion with 9,154 total pins and a 915.40 average. They were followed by William Penn (8,626/862.60), Minnesota State-Mankato (8,402/840.20), Mount Mercy (8,202/820.20), Wisconsin-Oshkosh (7,527/752.70) and Waldorf (6,794/679.40).

The Mustangs head to Oshkosh, Wis., for the Titan Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20, at Oshkosh Lanes.