The conditions were perfect for Kodiak’s Josh Morin to nail down his first collegiate bowling title on Sunday in California.
Riding a near-perfect 299 game, the Arizona State University sophomore captured the Lindbrook Open at Lindbrook Lanes in Anaheim.
Morin finished with a seven-game average of 229.71 — eight pins better than runner-up Adrian Mercado from San Jose State University in the 43-person field.
“It was a really exciting day, a lot of emotions ... it was really a good time for me,” said Morin on Tuesday via cell phone from Arizona.
Bowling on a modified house shot, Morin fired a personal-best 299 in the sixth game that catapulted him to the lead. All seven of his games were over 200.
For Morin, a 2016 graduate of Kodiak High School, the 299 was almost as memorable as winning his first tournament. He left the 10 pin standing on his final shot.
“It is kind of nerve-wracking to get up there in the 10th frame — you are shaking,” he said.
Morin, whose highest placing in a tournament last season was 12th, is adjusting to college bowling. He rolls a minimum of 30 games a week while juggling being a full-time student at ASU.
In December, he will travel to tournaments in Las Vegas and Pennsylvania.
He said ASU, which has won four of six tournaments entered, is hoping to end the season at the Intercollegiate Team Championships in April in Lincoln, Nebraska.
“As time goes on, I am going to be putting more time into practicing and hopefully I can come out with another title,” he said.
Kodiak’s Hannah Wandersee has blossomed into the centerpiece of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s offensive attack.
The junior center headed into Tuesday’s Great Alaska Shootout leading the Seawolves in scoring (17.4 points per game) and rebounding (7.0), while leading the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in field goal percentage (.643), free throw percentage (1.000, 14-14) and blocks per game (2.3).
Wandersee, a 2014 graduate of Kodiak High School, was voted the Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding player last week, averaging 16.5 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two assists in wins over Holy Names and Western State.
UAA kicked off the 40th — and final edition — of the Great Alaska Shootout with a 69-59 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. Wandersee scored six points, while adding seven rebounds and one block in 22 minutes.
The Seawolves will play Tulsa — a 60-55 winner over Binghamton — in Thursday’s championship game at 2:30 p.m.
Wandersee entered this season as a reserve in 66 of 71 career games. She has started in UAA’s first five games — all wins. She ranks No. 1 all-time among Seawolves in free throw percentage with an .860 mark (86 for 100), is third in field goal percentage (.537) and 13th in blocks (52).
Adriane Horn, a junior for Montana Tech, logged seven minutes in the team’s 85-63 loss to Hope International University on Nov. 18 in Santa Clarita, California.
Horn missed all four of her shots from the floor, while grabbing one rebound.
Alec Canete-Hall — a player who guided Kodiak to the 2014 Northern Lights Conference title — made his long awaited collegiate debut on Nov. 18.
The Lower Columbia College freshman guard was perfect from the floor in a 54-39 win over Blue Mountain in a nonconference game in Washington state.
Canete-Hall hit all three of his shots, which included a 3-pointer, in tallying seven points. He added one steal and committed four turnovers in 13 minutes.
Lower Columbia is in the West Division of the NWAC.
Canete-Hall played his first two prep seasons with Kodiak before transferring to East Anchorage. He helped guide the Thunderbirds to a runner-up place at state as a junior and a third-place finish as a senior.
Canete-Hall graduated from East in 2016 and missed last year’s collegiate season due to injuries.
• Austin Frick opened his second season at University of Wisconsin-Marathon County with a five-point effort in a 103-33 loss to Dakota County Tech on Nov. 11 in Wisconsin.
The sharpshooter struggled from the floor, going 1 for 7 (1 for 6 behind the arc). Frick added two rebounds and one assist, while committing five turnovers.
As a freshman, Frick, a 2014 graduate of KHS, led the Huskies in 3-pointers made (81), 3-pointers attempted (181) and 3-pointer percentage (.448). He was second on the team in scoring (13.5 points per game).
Kalameli Matautia’s powerful sophomore season at Columbia Basin ended with a big award.
The outside hitter was named as an NWAC Eastern Region all-star after smacking 249 kills, while producing 154 digs and 31 blocks in 31 regular-season matches.
Columbia Basin went 1-2 at last week’s NWAC Championships. The team swept Whatcom in the opening round, then fell to Chemeketa 3-1 and Spokane 2-0 to finish the season with a 27-9 record.
In her final appearances for Columbia Basin, Matautia recorded 12 kills and five digs against Whatcom, nine kills and eight digs against Chemeketa and six kills and five digs against Spokane.
Kodiak’s Tahna Lindquist shared the pool with five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky at the Art Adamson Invitational that concluded Nov. 18 at College Station, Texas.
The two faced each other in a trio of events — the 500-yard freestyle, 200 backstroke and the 200 freestyle.
Ledecky, a sophomore at Stanford, won the 500 with a scorching time of 4 minutes, 27.84 seconds and the 200 free with a mark of 1:42.48, while Lindquist, a junior at the University of Hawaii, finished 50th in the 500 in 4:57.93 and 64th in the 200 free in 1:53.22.
The 200 backstroke was Lindquist’s best event, finishing fifth in the D finals with a time of 2:01.28. Ledecky posted a 200 backstroke preliminary time of 1:56.44, but did not compete in the A finals.
Lindquist added a 47th in the 100 backstroke (57.36) and was part of Hawaii’s 400 medley relay team that placed 25th (3:49.91) and 200 medley relay squad that was 26th (1:46.07).
Mhar (Andrew) Caballa of Eastern Oregon Unviersity earned his sixth win of the season by defeating Southern Oregon’s Trey Long in a dual on Nov. 17.
Caballa, a junior, is the 10th-ranked NAIA wrestler at 125 pounds.