2005 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships moved to The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, IL


    United States

    USBCcollegiateLogo.jpg United States Bowling Congress Collegiate has announced the 2005 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, scheduled for April 20-23, will be held at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Ill.

    "We are thrilled to be bringing the IBC to Rockford and The Cherry Bowl," Director of USBC Collegiate Jeanne Klescewski said. "There is no doubt in my mind that this season's event will add to the rich history of collegiate bowling."

    The Cherry Bowl previously has served as host to the Professional Women's Bowling Association's Greater Rockford Open and Women's Collegiate/Pro Challenge, and currently hosts the Illinois High School Association girls state bowling championships.

    "We are proud to be hosting the 2005 IBC," The Cherry Bowl General Manager John Andersen said. "I want to thank USBC Collegiate, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Rockford BA and WBA for working to bring the community this fantastic and fan-friendly event. I've been to many exciting collegiate tournament stops, but the IBC is exciting times 10."

    "We are honored to be the host community for the 2005 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships," Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Vice President LaVonne Brown said. "It's been a pleasure to work with USBC Collegiate, The Cherry Bowl and our local bowling professionals to bring this extraordinary event to our region."

    The 2005 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, sponsored by Brunswick and Pepsi-Cola - the "Official Soft Drink of Bowling", originally were slated to take place at Highland Park Lanes in Moline, Ill.

    "Unforeseen circumstances arose and Moline wasn't a viable option to host the IBC this year," Klescewski said. "We will continue to work with the Quad Cities and its convention and visitors bureau to bring future USBC Collegiate events to the area."

    The Intercollegiate Bowling Championships is the pinnacle event of the college bowling season. The IBC brings together the top 16 men's and top 16 women's teams in the country to compete for national titles on national television (College Sports Television). CSTV broadcast the 2004 event from Tulsa, Okla., where the University of Kansas won the men's title and Pikeville (Ky.) College captured the women's crown.

    USBC Collegiate (formerly known as College Bowling USA) maintains the eligibility and integrity of intercollegiate bowling while providing sanctioning, certification and regulation of varsity bowling at the collegiate level. USBC Collegiate also provides assistance and leadership in implementing bowling programs, securing the opportunity for student-athletes to compete in the sport of bowling and achieve athletic and academic excellence.

    USBC Collegiate also conducts the Collegiate Singles Championship and oversees All-America recognition, Academic All-America recognition, Rookie of the Year honors and Collegiate Bowler of the Year honors in conjunction with the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association.