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.
The St. John's bowling team had a relatively disappointing finish at both Christmas Tournaments in Allentown, Pa. The team placed 12th in each event out of 31 varsity teams. The first tournament at Haja Rose Bowl saw SJU finish 884 pins behind the leader University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. They finished 667 pins off the lead at the second event at Parkway Lanes.
Individually, Will Blanco led the team at Rose Bowl with a 202.4 average for five games, while Brandon Soedarmasto led the team at the Parkway tournament, averaging 196.2 for five games.
The team will resume competition January 27-29 when the top eight players fly to Las Vegas for the Sin City Open and the Rebel Classic, which is a Tier 1 tournament.
The St. John's men's bowling team became back-to-back champions on Sunday afternoon in the final round of EIBC Conference matches at Wallingford Bowl. The team started the day 5 points out of first place behind William Paterson and managed to win by 9 at days end.
The Johnnies only had six out of their 30 baker games under 200 as the team averaged 214.6 on the day (6,438 total pins). The team was leading by five points heading into the final five game baker block and needed two points to clinch the title. That came in a decisive game 4 where the team shot 278 to seal the deal.
At the conclusion of competition, all-conference awards were handed out. Brandon Soedarmasto earned both Conference MVP and Rookie of the Year honors, and Will Blanco was named to the All-Conference Second Team. Additionally, Soedarmasto and Blanco shared the conference high game award, Blanco received the high 3 game series award, and Anthony Naujokas earned honors for winning the most match points during team play.
Our next event will be the Shippensburg Classic the first weekend in December where we will also look to defend our title from last year!
The 30th Annual St. John's Bowling Alumni Doubles tournament took place this past Sunday, November 13th at East Meadow Bowl. 19 alumni who graduated between 1977 through 2016 teamed up with 19 current members of the bowling team in search of the infamous "Wacky Award," which is given to the high finishers.
Last year's champion Jim Lizzo got to choose his partner this season and came close to repeating with AJ Villa, but the duo of former All-American Ian Lang and freshman Anthony Naujokas ultimately claimed the top spot. The pairing of junior Nick Bonomo and PBA star Mike Fagan took third place.
Junior Steve Hamlin took the individual high series award for the current bowlers, beating Naujokas' 743 set by a single pin thanks to a 289 game in game 2.
The event raised significant funds for the current team to use for their tournament expenses. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this great event!
The Red Storm struggled at the second EIBC conference matches of the season but still managed to grab 34 out of a possible 48 points, placing them second overall heading into the final round of matches next Sunday, November 20 at Wallingford, CT.
Freshman Brandon Soedarmasto was the only bowler to go plus on the tough college bowling medium #5 pattern as he shot 1,240 for six games.
The Red Storm flew to Atlanta, GA this past weekend for their first Tier 1 tournament of the season. Out of 36 varsity and JV teams, the squad finished in 13th place.
After six team games on Saturday, St. John’s was in 12th place and easily within striking distance of the top ten, but a slow start to the baker portion of the tournament on Sunday put them in an early hole. Back to back four-game blocks of 869 and 813 got the team back into the top 12 temporarily but the team ultimately fell to 13th to end their first major event of the season.
Leading the team once again was Brandon Soedarmasto, who knocked down 1,263 pins in six games to also finish 13th overall individually.
Next up is the second round of EIBC matches of the season at Holiday Bowl in Oakland, NJ on Saturday, November 12. Then, the following day, the team will be hosting its 30th Annual Alumni Doubles tournament at East Meadow Bowl, beginning at 12pm.