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.