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KETTERING, Ohio – UPIKE men's bowling had one of its best performances of the season over the weekend, finishing second as a team at the Raider Classic and falling in the match play semifinals.

Even with the strong performance as a team, UPIKE's best individual bowler came from the JV squad as Michael Gallitz finished second overall with a 1,087 total pinfall. He bowled over 200 in his first three games, capped with a tournament-high score of 278 in the third.

Jonathan Lovett made the varsity all-tournament team with a fifth-place finish and a score of 1,060. Lovett finished his round strong with three straight games of 222 or more and finished just 44 pins back from first place.

Alex Hoffman also finished in the top 10 in eighth place. He was one of just two competitors with four 200-plus games and a total pinfall of 1,052.

Matteo Cittadino (19th, 1,007 total pinfall) and Justin Larson (40th, 966) were the other two Bears to bowl all five team games.

UPIKE held steady in second place through the majority of the two-day event. Their score of 4,957 was good for second through the first day, and the Bears rarely wavered from that position through the 20 baker games, eventually finishing 29 pins ahead of third place Tennessee Wesleyan.

UPIKE was part of the four-team round robin style championship round and finished fourth in the semi-finals to end its run.

Pikeville's JV team also made the championship round and finished third in its division.

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