At the team's biggest event to date this season, St. John's mounted an impressive comeback to earn a 5th place finish at the ISBPA/Kegel Midwest Classic in Chicago this past weekend.
After bowling well but not striking enough to keep pace with the field on Saturday, the team saw themselves in 16th place after completion of the B squad but remained within striking distance of the leaders. Sunday brought a new energy to the team, and consistent scoring in which the team didn't post a game under 175 all day allowed them to jump all the way to 5th place. Their 4,193 total pinfall in bakers was the third highest in the 75-team field, only 17 pins shy of the day's leaders and overall tournament champion St. Ambrose. The top 5 finish in the event earned them a $300 scholarship award, and the team also earned a free entry to next year's event courtesy of a random drawing.
St. John's had a slightly disappointing finish to a grueling 4-day tournament schedule, wrapping up the second of two consecutive Tier 1 events in Allentown, PA in fifth place.
SJU was one of just five teams to go plus on Day 1 at Jordan Lanes, posting a 5,049 five-game set which placed them in second and just 70 pins off the lead. Unfortunately, bakers on Day 2 weren't as successful and the team slipped to 5th place. In the end, their 8,990 total pinfall had them 177 pins off the lead.
Individually, it marked the second consecutive tournament where a St. John's bowler made the All-Tournament team. In fact, two Johnnies placed in the top five; Brandon Soedarmasto tied for 3rd with a 1,124 set, and Nick Perrone ended up with a 1,092 series to take 5th place by a single pin. Tom Burke also cracked the top 10 with a 1,084 series.
St. John's began day 2 in 3rd place and that's exactly where the team finished in the first of two consecutive Tier 1 tournaments in Allentown, PA.
The team shot 4,986 during day one and posted a 4,071 total during 20 baker games on Day 2, which was the second highest total of the day. Ultimately, William Paterson won the event, just 87 pins ahead of SJU, while Indiana Tech leapfrogged into 2nd place with a massive baker set, just 8 pins ahead of the Red Storm.
Andrew Hall won the event individually, posting a 5-game series of 1,149 and winning by 45 pins.