Newman senior Derek Hartnell was named Most Valuable Player for the 2009-10 collegiate bowling season by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association. Hartnell was honored along with the rest of the All-Americans at the Night of Champions banquet held Wednesday in conjunction with the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships, which open Thursday at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.
A first-team All-American last season, Hartnell led the nation in average at 215.4 on the way to two top individual honors this season. He won the Midwest Collegiate Championships and the Mid-States Tournament, while finishing second at the Leatherneck Classic.
Hartnell is joined as a first team All-American by Wichita State’s Josh Blanchard, John Szczerbinski and Jake Peters and McKendree’s J.R. Raymond.
“All the credit goes to my coach, Billy Murphy, and my teammates because I couldn’t have done it without them,” Hartnell said. “I guess all the time spent practicing in the bowling center five or six days a week paid off.”
Hartnell and the Jets are in action at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championship in El Paso, Texas. You can keep up with the Jets through live video steaming.