Freshman Anthony Naujokas earned his first ever NEBA title at this weekend's Non-champs event in Norwich, CT. Anthony topped a field of 188 entrants after sneaking into the cut by going +10 on the Taj Mahal pattern during qualifying and then going undefeated in match play. The freshman won the title match 210-194 to earn $1,475 in SMART scholarship. Congrats!
Brandon Soedarmasto was named to the All-American Second Team this past weekend at the Club Nationals tournament in Indianapolis, IN.
Soedarmasto finished the year with an overall average of 206.692 while bowling every team and baker game for the Johnnies this season. He finished 10th among club players in average. Brandon had one All-Tournament Team finish--a 3rd place at the Sin City Invitational where he averaged 225.714. He also had four additional top 10 appearances: Penn Classic (6th), Stevens Invite (8th), Tier 1 Rebel Invitational (8th) and the Northeast Classic (10th).
For a full list of Club Team All-Americans, click here.
The team had a disappointing showing at the USBC Intercollegiate Sectionals tournament this past weekend, finishing 12th overall and failing to qualify for nationals for the tenth straight season.
Despite the performance, the season was still a success as the team defended its EIBC Conference title and had their highest Hoosier finish in over a decade, among other accolades. With half the team in their first or second season, there is plenty of hope for next season and beyond.
On behalf of the entire SJU team, we'd like to thank those of you who supported us throughout the season by coming to watch, helping to promote, and donating to us. We wouldn't be a top-25 ranked team without you.
The final college bowling power rankings were released and St. John's finished the season ranked #21, which is their highest placement since 2012 when they cracked the top 15.
USBC announced sectionals locations for the 80 qualifying teams, and SJU will be once again competing in the northeast section at Parkway Lanes in Allentown, PA the weekend of March 11-12. The other members of the top 24 competing will be Webber, William Paterson, Notre Dame Ohio, Wright State, and Lawrence Tech.
The top 4 teams at the end of 64 baker games will advance to Nationals, which will take place in Baton Rouge, LA in April.
The regular season ended this past weekend with the Northeast Classic tournament, which was held on Saturday at Lodi Lanes and on Sunday at Parkway Lanes in NJ. The team got out to a fast start on Saturday with games of 1,075 and 1,022 to lead the field, but faded throughout the day and found themselves in second place out of all varsity teams, and third behind William Paterson's JV1 squad.
Sunday saw the team compete in 3 team games, followed by 8 position-round baker games. Brandon Soedarmasto was the only bowler to bowl all 9 games, averaging 193.33 during the event.
For their second place finish among varsity teams, SJU earned a $160 scholarship award.
The team will now turn their attention to sectionals, which will take place over the weekend of March 10-12. The individual event takes place on Friday, March 10 at 8AM while the team event will feature 64 baker games on Saturday and Sunday. Sectional locations will be announced tomorrow.
The St. John's had their best performance in nearly a decade at the Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis, IN this past weekend. After 6 team games on Saturday and 15 baker games on Sunday, the team narrowly missed the top 8 cut to match play by 15 pins. Still, the performance in the field of 78 of the top teams in the nation earned them a scholarship award.
After a poor start to the tournament, the team posted a 1,170 game, followed by another plus team game to grab the overall lead heading into game 3. Following a few down games, the team remained in the top 8 heading into Sunday.
Going into the last baker set of the day on Sunday, SJU was in 9th place. They managed to post their best set of the day with a 995 total and jumped two teams ahead of them, but Vincennes and Pikeville posted scores well into the 1,000s to leapfrog SJU and end their tournament in 9th place.
Leading the team was Brandon Soedarmasto, who placed 11th overall in the field of 518 bowlers with a 1,313 total pinfall. Anthony Naujokas also finished 32nd with a 1,244 pinfall.
It was an up and down day for the St. John's bowling team at the EIBC Conference Tournament at Knob Hill Lanes in Manalapan, NJ. SJU had one varsity and two JV teams entered for the singles/doubles format.
No tandems placed in the top 3 in the doubles portion of the event, but freshman Chris Vietri won the singles portion by over 50 pins with a 767 series for games 4-6 on the 41' Montreal oil pattern. That set propelled Vietri to a 2nd place all-events finish with a series of 1,379. Also going plus for the day were Anthony Naujokas, AJ Villa, Alika Vendiola and Brandon Soedarmasto.
As a team, the varsity squad finished with a 7,178 pinfall, which trailed William Paterson's A team by 105 pins and their B team by 8 pins. The SJU JV team finished in 6th.
The next event is the biggest regular season tournament of the year -- the Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis, IN. The team will arrive on Friday and bowl 6 team games on Saturday before baker competition on Sunday.
The last time St. John's has finished in the top 3 of a Tier 1 college tournament was the 2010-11 season at the same event. That year, the team narrowly missed out on winning the event by 55 pins. This year, the team fell quite a bit behind the leader West Texas A&M, but was in contention for second place throughout the entire event.
Day 1 saw the team 50 pins out of 2nd behind Iowa Central Community College. Senior Will Blanco earned All-Tournament Team honors by shooting a 1,318 series for six games, and Brandon Soedarmasto was right behind him at 1,306, which was good for eighth place overall. Every Johnny that started finished in the top 25 in the event, and the low man on the day shot a 1,207 set.
Day 2 featured 12 2-game baker matches, and the team struggled with poor carry and inconsistency, but they managed to stave off a late run by Hastings College and snag third place in the event. The team also shot a 290 in game 20 of competition.
Next on the schedule will be the EIBC conference tournament, which is a one day event that will take place at Knob Hill Lanes in Manalapan, NJ on February 4th.
The SJU bowling team had one of its best performances of the season in the one-day event on Friday at the Orleans in Las Vegas. The format was 7 team games with the highest total pin fall, plus bonus pins, being awarded the title. Each match was worth 50 bonus pins.
All five slots in the lineup managed to finish at an even 200 average or better during the day on a 39 foot USBC Nationals Team pattern. Leading the way was Brandon Soedarmasto, who placed third to earn All-Tournament Team honors with a series of 1,580 (225.71 average).
The team went 5-2 in matches, including shooting a 1,178 set in the middle game.
Next up is the two-day Tier 1 event, the Rebel Classic. Tomorrow's format will feature 6 team games, followed by 12 2-game baker matches on Sunday.