“Of course, we would have liked to have won,” Fleck said. “But this is the best team we’ve had in a while and, moving forward, I only see us getting better.”
Senior Michael McKee, a Kenton Ridge graduate, has seen the steady development of the team over his four years with the Raiders.
“It’s pretty awesome to see how much we’ve grown, how close we’ve become and how hard we work,” McKee said. “We have all the pieces in place for success next season.”
The Collegiate Club Championships were not the only bright spot for a Wright State men’s team that won two tournaments and placed second in three other events this season. Sophomore Brandon Fleming, who was named to the Collegiate Club Championships All-Tournament Team, has his sights set even higher for next season.
“We look really good,” he said. “We lose some good bowlers, but we have a couple of guys coming in as freshmen to fill those spots.
“And finishing second makes us want to work even harder next year.”
Qualifying to the Intercollegiate Team Championships is high on Fleming’s to-do list for next season. The Wright State men last qualified to the ITC nationals in 2012.
“I think we have a good shot,” Fleming said. “We want to make a name for ourselves and this was a step in that direction.”
WSU women: The Raiders led the field by more than 350 pins in the 24-game Baker qualifier but were upset by Bowling Green in five games and West Texas A&M in the contenders bracket to finished 5th. Coach Jeff Fleck, Jeremy's dad, was named Club Coach of the Year, Tori Pappas was named club and tournament MVP. Raiders Colleen Hines, Leslie Campbell and Sarah Carpenter were named first team Club All-Americans.