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Straub [Bowling], Berger [Wrestling] Earn Outstanding Sportsmanship Awards; past Greats of NU Bowling 12 National Tittles, National Bowling Day

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Congratulations to both!

Straub, a bowler from Lincoln, Nebraska, was a three-time NTCA All-American and was a member of four NCAA qualifying teams. She was both a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time member of the NTCA All-Academic Team. Straub was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar twice. Last season, Straub earned individual victories at the Bearcat Hammer Open and the Track Kat Klash, while also posting seven top-10 showings throughout the season. Her strongest showing was at the Columbia 300 Saints where she totaled a 1,394 pinfall for a 226.6 average. Straub earned the Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2018 and was a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient in 2017.

Berger, a native of Prineville, Oregon, wrestled at 157 pounds and was a three-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier. He was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and two-time member of the NWCA All-Academic Team. Berger was the runner-up at both the NCAA Championships and Big Ten Championships in 2019. He finished this season with a record of 24-3 (16-1 dual record) and became the 28th Husker to earn 100 career victories. Berger, who graduated with a degree in psychology in May, was voted Nebraska's Best Male Athlete of 2019.
 

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Husker Greats to Challenge for U.S. Women's Open Title
Kuhlkin captured the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open crown by winning four consecutive games in the stepladder finals, including a 218-196 win over Stefanie Johnson in the championship match at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kuhlkin has not won a title yet in 2019, but she performed well with a third-place finish at the PWBA Tucson Open a few weeks ago, which included a 299 game in the opening match of the stepladder finals.
Kuhlkin, who was a three-time first-team NTCA All-American at Nebraska (2013-15) and the NTCA Bowler of the Year while helping the Huskers capture the 2015 NCAA crown, will be looking for a bounce-back performance in Las Vegas after missing her first cut of the season at the Fountain Valley Open. While Kuhlkin suffered an early exit in Fountain Valley, a pair of former Huskers produced top-12 finishes in California.
Gazmine Mason, a three-time All-American and a two-time member of the NCAA All-Tournament team at Nebraska before completing her career in 2017, grabbed a 10th-place finish at Fountain Valley with a 204.30 average and a 6,121 total pinfall for the tournament. The standout from Cranston, R.I., earned $1,700 for her performance. She was followed by another three-time Husker All-American, as Meghan Straub took 11th in the PWBA Tour event. Straub, who completed her Husker career as a first-team All-American in 2019, posted a 202.17 average with a 6,065 total pinfall to earn $1,650 at Fountain Valley.
Straub and Mason will be competing alongside Kuhlkin and several other Huskers in the 108-player U.S. Women’s Open this week. The Open holds significance on the 2019 PWBA Tour as the final opportunity for bowlers to earn exemptions into the elite-tour events in August. The top 24 players on the 2019 points following the Open will earn exemptions for the PWBA East Hartford Open, the Pepsi PWBA Louisville Open and the BowlerX.com PWBA Orlando Open.
rior to the Fountain Valley Open, Kuhlkin sat at No. 15 on the PWBA season money list ($9,800), just ahead of former Husker three-time first-team All-American and two-time bowling World Cup champion Shannon Pluhowsky at No. 16 ($9,525). Pluhowsky completed her Husker career in 2004.
A four-time Nebraska All-American who completed her Husker career in 2018, after being named the Most Outstanding Bowler in Nebraska’s run to the 2015 NCAA Championship, Julia Bond was at No. 33 on the money list ($5,050), while Mason was at No. 36 ($4,600). Three-time first-team All-American and collegiate bowler of the year Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty placed another former Husker at No. 36 on the money list ($4,250). Asbaty starred for the Huskers from 1999 to 2002. Katie Ann Sopp-Schroeder put six Huskers in the top-60 on the tour money list at No. 59 ($1,550). Sopp was an All-American at Nebraska in 2008 and completed her Husker career in 2011.
The performances by Mason and Kuhlkin in Fountain Valley likely give Nebraska eight former bowlers among the top 75 on the current PWBA money list, entering the U.S. Women’s Open.

 
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Four Former Huskers Remain at U.S. Women's Open
Huskers Remaining in the 2019 U.S. Women's Open
Round-Robin Match Play (June 21)
3. Julia Bond - 8,381 (205.78, 5-3)
10. Liz Kuhlkin - 8,233 (202.08, 5-3)
18. Erin McCarthy - 8,154 (202.35, 2-6)
19. Meghan Straub - 8,138 (201.95, 2-6)
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30. Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty - 6,327 (197.72)
36. Lindsay (Baker) Boomershine - 6,182 (193.19)
 

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Kuhlkin Advances to Finals at U.S. Women's Open
Huskers Remaining in the 2019 U.S. Women's Open
Round-Robin Match Play (June 21)
4. Liz Kuhlkin - 11,939 (204.63, 16-8)
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9. Julia Bond - 11,748 (202.82, 13-11)
22. Erin McCarthy - 11,276 (198.14, 6-18)
 

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Kuhlkin Finishes Fourth at U.S. Women's Open

Kuhlkin was in 16th (1,594, 199.25) after the opening round of qualifying and moved up to 14th (4,880, 203.33) at the first elimination to advance in the tournament. She was 22nd (6,434, 201.06) after the Cashers' Round and stayed alive by finishing in the top 24. Kuhlkin made up ground on Friday night, going 5-3 in the first round of round-robin match play with a grand total pinfall of 8,233 (202.08). After the final two rounds of match play on Saturday, Kuhlkin was sitting in fourth place with a grand total pinfall of 11,939 (204.63, 16-8) to qualify for the stepladder finals.

Kuhlkin was a three-time All-American, competing for Nebraska from 2012-15 and was the 2015 NTCA Bowler of the Year.
 

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National Bowling Day – August 10, 2019

National Bowling Day Activities
  1. Go out and bowl
    You'll need a ball and shoes — but you can always rent them from the bowling alley if you don't have your own.
  2. Throw a bowling party
    It's so 1970s! Organize a bowling party for one of your good friends or family members. Make sure to include refreshments for the whole team. Pretty soon you’ll be the go-to for bowling night.
  3. Watch "The Big Lebowski"
    While "Kingpin's" definitely a classic (and arguably the more bowling-centric comedy), one can never go wrong when sitting down for a White Russian with The Dude! Fun fact: The Coen brothers shot those scenes inside the old Hollywood Star Lanes in Los Angeles. The alley closed in 2002. Bummer, dude.
 
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Bowling is an event included in the following international and regional championships: Pan American Games; Asian Games; World Games; Commonwealth Games,. Central and South American Games; Caribbean Games, Bolivian Games, South East and Far East Asian Games; Maccabiah Games; Masters Games, Solidarity Games, and Ciss Games.

Bowling has a rich sporting history dating back to ancient Egypt in 5200 B.C. It was an Exhibition Sport in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. In 1992 and 1996, a modern bowling facility was installed in the Athletes' Village at Barcelona and Atlanta where champion bowlers conducted exhibitions, competed, and offered instructional sessions for the benefit of Olympic athletes. Bowling supports and observes Olympic ideals.

 
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