Thu, Feb. 16, 2017
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Mid-South Conference announced its 2016-17 men's bowling All-MSC teams and individual honors on Thursday night at the conference's annual banquet at the National Corvette Museum.
Lindenwood-Belleville's (Ill.) Luke McMahon was named the Mid-South Conference Bowler of the Year. Andrew Letscher of Pikeville (Ky.) earned Freshman of the Year honors, while head coach of the Bears, Kyle Wilson, was voted as the MSC Coach of the Year. Cumberlands' (Ky.) Brad Paynter was selected as the MSC Champions of Character recipient.
To be eligible for all-conference honors, bowlers had to bowl in at least 13 games during the conference's regular season.
Over 13 games bowled in conference events this season, McMahon compiled a grand total of 2,801 pins, to average 215.46 during the conference season, to lead all qualifying individuals.
Joining McMahon on the All-MSC First Teams is Bethel's (Tenn.) Anthony Richmond, Campbellsville's (Ky.) Andrew Lissik, Martin Methodist's (Tenn.) Camden Gutshall and Tim Hartigan, along with Matthew Cleary, Brandon Dubuc and Josh Encarnacion of Pikeville.
Letscher bowled in 19 conference games during the season averaging 204.47 on the year to lead all freshmen. He knocked down a total of 3,885 pins in individual games.
On the All Mid-South Conference Second Team with Letscher was his teammates Michael Atkinson and Matthew Diamond. Campbellsville's Ryan Bremer and Devon Gunderson, along with Lindenwood-Belleville's Timothy Heimann, Scott Hill and Brandon Magennis, appeared on the second team.
Wilson earned his third MSC Coach of the Year honor after leading Pikeville to MSC regular season title. The Bears went 38-2 during the conference regular season and earned the top seed in the conference championship. Wilson also won the award during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
Brad Paynter of Cumberlands (Ky.) was named the MSC Men's Bowling Champions of Character winner based on his academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and demonstration of five core character values of the NAIA.
In addition to the all-conference teams, 29 men's bowling student-athletes were recognized for earning Academic All MSC honors -- reserved for those sophomores or higher with at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
The 2017 Mid-South Conference Bowling Championships start at 8:30 a.m. CT on Friday and runs through Sunday.