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.
The St. John's bowling team had a better day on Sunday as they opened EIBC conference play at Farmingdale Lanes. Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity 1 team registered 36 out of a possible 48 points in the league-style match, tying them for first place after day one. Overall, both of the top two teams went 5-1 on the day while the JV2 team took 22.5 points. Leading the squad for the day was Brandon Soedarmasto who finished +36 on the demanding college bowling medium #2 pattern. Anthony Naujokas was also +16 on the day, while Alika Vendiola and Andrew Fenn went +15 and +8 for the JV team, respectively.
Next up is the first Tier 1 event of the season this weekend, November 5-6, when the Varsity team flies to Atlanta, GA for the Brunswick Southern Classic.
The Red Storm had an up and down day at the one-day Stevens Invitational tournament, which featured only six teams. The event consisted of three doubles games, three singles games and 10 baker games. William Paterson finished with the top three scores in doubles and the tandem of Brandon Soedarmasto and Anthony Naujokas led St. John's in fourth place. Then in singles, junior Zack Porter placed second overall with a 689 series. Bakers didn't go as well, and the team finished nearly 900 pins behind last year's national runners up.
The team finished in third place at the Pennsylvania Classic this past weekend with a 9,913 total pinfall over 9 team games and 6 baker games. The finish was slightly disappointing as the Johnnies trailed second place Rochester Institute of Technology by 48 pins, but it was a better showing than last season when the team placed fifth overall.
Freshman Brandon Soedarmasto led the team with an 1,844 series, followed by the 1,827 set recorded by senior captain Will Blanco.
Next Saturday the team will be bowling in the Stevens Invitational in Oakland, NJ, followed by the first EIBC Conference match on Sunday in Farmingdale, NY.
Eight members of the bowling team flew to Dallas, TX this past weekend for a full-day lesson at the International Training & Research Center with coaches Rod Ross, Stephen Padilla and Teresa Ross.
The day began with a bit of classroom instruction as the team was told what would take place throughout the day. Once they hit the lanes, the coaching staff at the ITRC gathered data using C.A.T.S. for each bowler and measured their respective rev rate, axis tilt and rotation, positive axis points and release velocity.
After lunch, the team got the chance to walk through the International Hall of Fame Museum, which is located on site. Then, the coaching staff worked with each bowler for a few hours to improve upon a couple of physical inconsistencies that would allow them to be better able to repeat shots and achieve a greater level of success on the lanes in the immediate future.
Everybody saw much improvement throughout the lesson and made changes that will surely benefit the team and each bowler on the lanes during the upcoming season. Thank you once again to all the staff at the ITRC for a great session!
The 2016-17 bowling team tryouts concluded on September 17th at Herrill Lanes. Of the 21 bowlers who took part this year, 19 earned spots on the team. Leading the field after 18 games of qualifying across three days was freshman Chris Vietri, followed by freshman Brandon Soedarmasto and junior Zack Porter. The bowlers each bowled 6 games on the Atlanta (38'), Tokyo (43') and Beijing (35') oil patterns.
The team will begin organized practices on Tuesday in advance of their first tournament, which is set to take place the weekend of October 22-23 in Lancaster, PA.
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