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.