For the first time since the creation of the Southland Bowling league in 2015, the league is recognizing its top bowlers with an all-conference team. Bea Hernandez, who was named the Southland Newcomer of the Year last week has earned first-team recognition, announced by the league office on Tuesday. 

 

Hernandez has been a big boost to the squad this year, stepping in to the anchor position as a freshman from the start of the season. She has spent most of the season in the No. 5 spot for the Kats.

 

Last week at the Southland Bowling Championships, Hernandez helped lead the Kats to their first league title. In the process she was named the tournament MVP.

 

She is third in the conference in overall scoring average and fourth in individual fill percentage. She is one of three bowlers in the league who have an overall strike percentage better than 50 percent, converting strikes on 50.4 percent of her 1,273 attempts. She’s even better in the baker format hitting on 53 percent of her attempts.

 

“The biggest thing with Bea has been her consistency,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “The moment she got here she has been the same bowler and I always know what we are going to get from her.”

 

The end of the game is where Hernandez has been her best. She leads the Southland in 10th frame scoring with an average of 21.1, just ahead of the Southland Bowler of the year Maria Bulanova from Vanderbilt. When she has bowled in the 9th frame she is also tops in the league in 9th frame strike percentage at 53 percent. 

 

The Kats also placed three bowlers on the honorable mention squad, with Madysen Keller, Katelyn Dickerson and Hayley Connelly all receiving recognition. Keller was named to the Southland All-Tournament team last week. Connelly was the tournament MVP at the Hawk Flight Invite after bowling a 220 average over her five games.  

 

Teams were selected based on the Player Composite Performance Index (PCPI) of the league’s top 20 players throughout the season, including tournament play.

 

The Bearkats will enter the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, as the No. 3 seed. They will face the winner of SFA and Prairie View A&M on April 11.

 

 

 

 

2019 Southland Bowling League All-Conference Second Team

Name

School

Cl.

Hometown

Maria Bulanova

Vanderbilt

Jr.

Moscow, Russia

Samantha Gainor

Vanderbilt

So.

Chesterfield, Mich.

Dakotah Hazlewood

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Capron, Ill.

Bea Hernandez

Sam Houston State

Fr.

Bambang Pasig City, Philippines

Kaitlyn Eder

Louisiana Tech

So.

Lithia, Fla.

 

2019 Southland Bowling League All-Conference Second Team

Name

School

Cl.

Hometown

Julia Huren

Arkansas State

Jr.

Westland, Mich.

Denisyha Waller

Arkansas State

Sr.

Markham, Ill.

Adel Wahner

Vanderbilt

Jr.

Las Cruces, N.M.

Leah Glazer

Arkansas State

So.

Henderson, Nev.

Tiera Gulum

Tulane

Sr.

Schenectady, N.Y.

 

2019 Southland Bowling League All-Conference Honorable Mention

Name

School

Cl.

Hometown

Paige Beeney

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Salado, Texas

Madysen Keller

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Mathews, N.C.

Taylor Davis

Arkansas State

So.

Davison, Mich.

Sarah Gill

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Texarkana, Texas

Jordan Newham

Vanderbilt

Sr.

Aurora, Ill.

Madison McCall

Tulane

So.

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Carlene Beyer

Stephen F. Austin

Fr.

Ogdensburg, Wis.

Katelyn Dickerson

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Painesville, Ohio

Hayley Connelly

Sam Houston State

So.

Hazlet, N.J.

Nikki Mendez

Youngstown State

Jr.

Homer Glen, Ill.