August 20, 2008 CAPAC — The Saginaw Valley State University men's bowling team, which counts Capac High School graduate Matt Godbold (a sophomore who hails from Emmett) among its normal playing group, completed yet another outstanding season on the lanes.
This past campaign the perennial powerhouse, which was shooting for their third straight Division 2 national championship, made it all the way to the semifinal round before seeing their title bid halted.
That tournament was contested in Wichita, Kansas.
Saginaw Valley State University entered the day needing only to defeat Wichita State once to secure a national championship appearance.
However, Wichita State would prevent Saginaw Valley from adding their name next to them as the only schools to accomplish the threepeat in college bowling history.
Saginaw Valley State University started things off strong, winning the opening game by a 235-205 count and the second 224-185.
Wichita State University then bounced back with victories by the scores of 225-202, 277-216 and 200-181.
Saginaw Valley State bounced back with a 235-222 game six win.
That set the stage for the seventh and final game.
When the final ball was rolled down the alley, Wichita State had prevailed via a 225-201 count.
Due to the double-elimination format, that meant those same two squads would meet again.
This time around Wichita State University had an easier time of things. It was there the Shockers posted scores of 229-162, 223-171, 234-211, 201-225 and 203-202.
Wichita State University would go on from there to top Nevada-Las Vegas in the national championship game.
Capac High School graduates Tiffany Aguinaga and Therese O'Brien, both freshmen, also appear on the team's roster.