Bowling News - 2010-11
Eighth at Premier Junior Bowling Tournament
July 26, 2011
USBC Junior Gold results
Kyle Anderson, an incoming freshman in 2011-12 from Lockport, Ill., finished
eighth at the 2011 USBC Junior Gold Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., recently.
The premier junior bowling tournament in the country featured 1,069 total
Anderson is a two-time Illinois High School State Boys Bowling Champion,
winning in 2010 and 2011.
Bowling Commitments for 2011-12
Head coach Donna Lawrence has started receiving commitments for the 2011-12
season. Click here for the complete list.
Five incoming freshmen bowlers who will be joining the
men's bowling program in Fall 2011 attended a recent St. Ambrose student
orientation. Pictured from left to right are Phillip Weiss, Ryan Keith, Adam
Keith, Kyle Anderson and Calvin Kramer.
Phillip Weiss is from Davenport Central High School.
Ryan Keith, from Lake Park High School, finished fifth at the 2009 Illinois
High School State Bowling Tournament.
Adam Keith, from Lake Park High School, finished fourth at the 2009 Illinois
High School State Bowling Tournament.
Kyle Anderson, from Lockport High School, was the Illinois High School
Individual State Champion in both 2009 and 2010.
Calvin Kramer, from Romeoville High School, finished ninth at the 2010
Illinois High School State Bowling Tournament.
Becca Payne from Jacobs High School in Algonquin,
Ill., will be joining St. Ambrose in the fall of 2011. She is the daughter of
Bill and Michelle Payne.
Williamson Named to
All-Tournament Team as Bees Finish Second
Apr. 3, 2011
After finishing just 13th in qualifying at the NAIA Invitational, the St.
Ambrose women's bowling team got rolling in the double-elimination bracket. The
Queen Bees advanced all the way to the championship match where they lost 3-1 to
McKendree. The men's team also had success in the head-to-head battles,
finishing in the top eight after taking 12th in qualifying.
Leading the Queen Bees was Memie Williamson (pictured right), who was named
to the All-Tournament First Team.
Both of the SAU women's losses came to McKendree. The Queen Bees opened by
defeating Siena Heights 3-0. Then came a 3-1 loss to McKendree dropping SAU into
the loser's bracket. That's when the Bees caught fire.
SAU won seven straight head-to-head matchups. First, St. Ambrose took down
Indiana Tech 3-0, then Bethel 3-1, Pikeville 3-2, William Penn 3-2,
top-qualifier and defending USBC National Champion Webber International 3-2, Lindenwood 3-2, and second-ranked Robert
In the championship match, the Queen Bees won the opener 220-185 before
dropping the next three games 168-164, 217-186 and 243-159.
On the men's side, the Bees won their first matches, a 3-2 decision over
Siena Heights, before losing to Midland 3-2. SAU then picked up a 3-2 win over
Indiana Tech followed by a 3-1 win over Grand View and a 3-0 win over Bethel
before falling to St. Catharine 3-2.
SAU in Middle of Pack
after Baker Games at NAIA Invitational
Apr. 1, 2011
The St. Ambrose men's bowling team is 12th and the women's team is 13th after
Friday's qualifying at the NAIA Invitational at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis,
The Bees will now advance to a double-elimination bracket starting Saturday
morning as an NAIA National Champion will be crowned Sunday. The SAU men will
face Siena Heights to begin bracket play at 8 a.m. Saturday. Siena Heights
finished 21st at qualifying. With a win, St. Ambrose would advance to face
Midland, ranked fifth after qualifying, at 9:30 a.m.
The Queen Bees will take on Siena Heights, 20th after qualifying, at 8 a.m.
The winner will take on McKendree, who was fourth after qualifying, at 9:30 a.m.
Robert Morris leads the 23-team men's field while Webber International is the
top team in the 22-team women's draw.
Live streaming of the event will be available through
Bees Wrap Up
Season at NAIA Invitational
Mar. 31, 2011
USBC release | BOWL.com
The St. Ambrose bowling team will conclude the 2010-11 season at the NAIA
Invitational April 1-3 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.
According to the BOWL.com
website, this will be the first dedicated NAIA national tournament since 1978.
The three-day event will feature 24 of the top men's teams and 23 of the top
women's teams in the country. Action begins Friday with 24 Baker system games
with every team then advancing to a double-elimination bracket starting
Saturday. National champions will be crowned Sunday.
Live streaming of the event will also be available through
Queen Bees Finish
Sixth at Peoria Sectional Qualifier
Mar. 13, 2011
There won't be a repeat appearance for the St. Ambrose women's bowlers at the
United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships. But
the Queen Bees didn't go out without a fight.
St. Ambrose finished sixth in the 17-team sectional qualifier in Peoria,
Ill., just 80 pins out of fourth place and a berth in the team championships.
SAU finished with 11,229 total pins over 64 baker games while UW-Whitewater
finished fourth with 11,309 pins. The top four teams in each of four sectionals
advance to the team championships.
The Queen Bees came out strong, sitting in second place after the first 16
games. SAU dropped to fourth at the midway point of the sectional and slipped to
fifth after the 48th game. St. Ambrose was unable to make up any ground in the
final block of 16 games and finished sixth.
Midland won the Peoria sectional and qualified for the team championships
along with McKendree, Robert Morris and UW-Whitewater.
The SAU men didn't have the same drama, taking 15th in the 16-team men's
sectional. The Bees finished with 11,227 total pins.
Calumet College, Robert Morris, Toledo and Davenport were the four schools
from the Peoria qualfier to advance to the team championships.
Bees Return to
USBC Intercollegiate Sectionals
Feb. 23, 2011
For the second straight year the St. Ambrose men's and women's bowlers have
been selected to participate in the United States Bowling Congress (USBC)
Collegiate sectionals. Although this year, they'll be doing it closer to home.
A year after competing in the Las Vegas Sectional, the Bees are heading to
Peoria, Ill., for the sectional from March 12-13 at Landmark Lanes. The other
three 2011 sectionals are in Allentown, Pa.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Euless,
A top-four finish at the Peoria Sectional would send St. Ambrose to the 2011
USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships, April 20-23 at AMF Peach Lanes in
Sectional assignments are based on the Team Ranking System points earned in
USBC Collegiate-certified competition throughout the season.
Each sectional will consist of 32 Baker System games each day for a total of
64 Baker games. The top four teams based on total pinfall in each sectional will
advance to the Team Championships.
Last year the SAU women's bowlers finished third at sectionals and advanced
to the Team Championships. The men finished seventh.
Men's Teams - Calumet College of St. Joseph, Davenport, Grand Valley,
Illinois-Urbana, Indiana, McKendree, Michigan State, Midland, Minnesota
State-Mankato, Notre Dame-Ohio, Robert Morris-Illinois, St. Ambrose, Toledo,
Western Illinois, Winona State, Wisconsin-Whitewater
Women's Teams - Calumet College of St. Joseph, Davenport, Elmhurst, Grand
Valley, Illinois State, Illinois-Urbana, Indiana, McKendree, Midland, Notre
Dame-Ohio, Robert Morris-Illinois, Rock Valley, St. Ambrose, Viterbo, Western
Illinois, Winona State, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Whitewater
Urban Finishes 13th to
Lead St. Ambrose
Feb. 21, 2011
Urban (pictured right) finished 13th individually out of 523 bowlers at the
Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic at Western Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.
The senior from Downers Grove, Ill., had a total pinfall of 1856 over nine
games for a 206.2 average. He helped the SAU men's bowlers finish 21st in an
SAU finished with 8548 pins to finish ahead of eight different schools
currently ranked in the top 25 in the nation, including #7 McKendree. The Bees
also finished ahead of #12 William Paterson, #13 Pikeville, #14 UNLV, #22
Toledo, #23 UC-Davis, #24 Urbana and #25 St. John's.
Nick Zarack followed Urban with 1512 total pins, a 189.0 average, to finish
171st. Bryan Thompson knocked down 1367 pins, a 195.29 average, and Sam Peterlin
had 1188 total pins, a 198.0 average, to also help the Bees.
State won the men's draw with 9285 total pins.
The women's team also had a solid showing, finishing 23rd out of 44 teams.
Brooke Dahm (pictured right) led the way by placing 129th with a total
pinfall of 1380, good for a 172.50 average. Kelly Granzow was right behind Dahm,
finishing 152nd overall with 1283 total pins, a 183.29 average.
Maggie Suchoski was 177th with 1096 pins (182.67 average) and Memie
Williamson was 197th with 965 total pins (160.83 average) for St. Ambrose.
Central Florida won the women's tournament with 8725 total pins.
The Bee bowlers return to the lanes April 1-3 at the USBC-NAIA Invitational,
held at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.
Named First Team All-Conference
Feb. 14, 2011
Bryan Thompson (pictured left) and Memie Williamson (pictured right) were named
first team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference as part of the Clarke Conference
Bowling Invitational Sunday.
Thompson has averaged a 196.23 over 47 games so far this year. He has two
top-10 finishes and has placed in the top-100 in five of his eight tournaments.
Thompson's top finish came Sunday at the conference tournament hosted by
Clarke. He finished third overall after knocking down 1,308 total pins over six
games, good for a 218.0 average. He was named to the all-tournament team for his
Williamson has averaged a 177.95 over 39 games this winter. She has finished
in the top-100 individually in six of the seven tournaments she has entered.
Williamson finished 31st overall with 744 total pins over four games for a 186.0
Teammate Maggie Suchoski (pictured right) was named to the Clarke Conference
Invitational all-tournament team after finishing fourth overall. She totaled
1,150 pins to average a 191.67 over the six games.
Along with Suchoski and Williamson, the St. Ambrose A team received strong
efforts from Taylor Garvey (18th with 900 pins) and Kelly Granzow (28th with 794
pins). The Queen Bees finished in second place among conference teams and third
overall in the eight-team field.
In the Midwest Collegiate Conference roll-off, SAU finished second to
conference champion William Penn. The Queen Bees defeated Viterbo in a semifinal
before falling to the Statesmen 3-1 in the championship. SAU won the first game
189-137 before dropping the next three (192-155, 168-128, 145-130) in the
A second SAU women's team finished fifth overall. Brooke Dahm and Brooke Post
led the way. Dahm finished eighth overall with 1,093 pins (182.17 average) and
Post was 15th with 935 pins (155.83). Jena Keimig was 29th with 793 pins
her team's second-place finish at the conference meet and overall results this
season, SAU head coach Donna Lawrence (pictured right) was named the MCC Women's
Bowling Coach of the Year Sunday.
Behind Thompson's third-place effort, the St. Ambrose Men's A team finished
third overall, and second among MCC teams, in the 12-team tournament.
Sam Peterlin was 16th with 1,169 pins (194.83 average) and Brett Dahm was
23rd with 1,149 pins (191.50).
The Bees were knocked off by Ashford in three close games (186-167, 189-171,
147-136) in the semifinals. Ashford fell 3-0 to William Penn in the men's
Evan Olson (10th with 1,251 pins), Brad Greenup (14th with 1,186 pins) and
Garrett Hyle (21st with 1,161 pins) helped a second SAU men's team finish
seventh while Ethan Gordon (seventh with 1,273 pins) and Adam Jacobsen (22nd
with 1,160 pins) led a third team to eighth place.
The SAU bowlers will next compete at the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic in
Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday and Sunday.
Pictured below are Bryan Thompson, Maggie Suchoski and Donna Lawrence
with their awards
Bees Finish 29th at
Blue and Gold Classic
Jan. 23, 2011
The St. Ambrose men's and women's bowling teams both came away with
29th-place finishes at the Blue and Gold Classic.
Kelly Granzow (pictured left) led the Queen Bees by placing 53rd with 1586 total pins. Memie
Williamson also cracked the top 100, finishing 96th with 1425 pins. Deanna Ptak
(159th with 1134 pins) and Taylor Garvey (197th with 864 pins) were in the top
The SAU women were 29th with 7417 pins in the 41-team field. Wichita State
won with 8707 pins.
Jack Urban (right) took 117th with 1645 pins to lead the St. Ambrose men's team.
Bryan Thompson was 225th with 1398 pins, Sam Peterlin was 243rd with 1338 pins
and Billy Kerber took 279th with 1216 pins.
The Bees were 29th in the 71-team men's division with 8471 pins. Wichita
State swept the event by winning the men's tournament with 9558 pins.
The Bee bowlers will next compete in the Clarke Conference Invitational Feb.
12-13 in Dubuque, Iowa.
Men Finish Eighth at
ISYL Leatherneck Classic
Dec. 5, 2010
(pictured right) and Bryan Thompson led the St. Ambrose Men's A team to an
eighth-place finish at the ISYL Leatherneck Classic. Zarack finished 80th
overall with 1083 total pins, a 216.60 average, and Thompson was 95th with 1021
pins, a 204.20 average, at the two-day event at Town & Country Bowl in Rock
The SAU Men's A team finished with 9393 total pins to take eighth in the
40-team field. Webber International won with 10,153 pins.
The SAU Men's C team finished 24th with 8859 pins, led by John Marolda and
Rich Barnotes. Marolda was 22nd with 1218 pins and Barnotes finished 50th with
JJ Seaba was the top Bee, leading the SAU Men's B team with 1225 pins to take
19th overall. The B team finished 27th with 8589 pins.
On the women's side, Taylor Garvey
(pictured right) and Memie Williamson helped guide the SAU
Women's A team to 16th place in the 26-team women's draw.
Garvey was 20th with
1111 pins, a 185.17 average, and Williamson was 26th with 1085 pins, a 180.83
average. Kelly Granzow also cracked the top 100, finishing 88th with 832 pins.
The SAU Women's A team totaled 8031 pins. Robert Morris won with 9723 pins.
Leah Perez helped the SAU Women's B team to 24th place. She finished with 975
pins. Katrina Hager (959 pins) took 60th and Jena Keimig (895) was 77th for the
The Bee bowlers return to the lanes Jan. 15-16 at the Roto Grip Eagles NAIA
Baker Challenge in West Chicago, Ill.
Ptak, Urban Lead Bees
at National Team Match Games
Nov. 27, 2010
(pictured left) and Jack Urban (right) led the St. Ambrose bowlers at the 2010 National
Collegiate Team Match Games. Ptak finished 31st in the women's draw while Urban
took 44th on the men's side.
Ptak knocked down 1117 pins over six games for a 186.17 average to help St.
Ambrose finish 24th in the 28-team women's division. Katelyn Seaba was 78th with
a 915 (152.50 average) and Brooke Dahm finished 97th with 797 pins (159.40
Taylor Garvey (741 total pins, 148.20 average), Maggie Suchoski (446,
148.67), Brooke Post (424, 141.33), and Leah Perez (263, 131.50) also competed
for the Queen Bees.
SAU finished 24th with 8518 total pins. Lindenwood won the women's side with
11,226 total pins.
Urban was the lone Bee to crack the top 100 on the men's side. He finished
with 1176 total pins over six games for a 196.00 average. Evan Olson was 116th
with 910 pins, a 182.00 average. Nick Zarack was 122nd with 888 pins for a
177.60 average and Bryan Thompson was 128th with 870 pins, a 174.00 average.
Billy Kerber (676 total pins, 169.00 average), Drew Enger (334, 167.00), Sam
Peterlin (316, 158.00) and Ethan Gordon (143, 143.00) also helped the SAU men's
team finish 32nd in the 36-team tournament.
The Bees finished with 9047 pins while Robert Morris-Chicago won with 11,122
The SAU bowlers will compete in the ISYL Leatherneck Classic at Town &
Country Bowl in Rock Island, Ill., Dec. 4-5.
Roll to Top-20 Finishes
Nov. 14, 2010
(pictured right) and Memie Williamson each finished 20th at the S.I. Elite
Invitational over the weekend. Kerber helped the St. Ambrose men's team finish
11th in the 31-team field while Williamson led the SAU women's team to a
13th-place showing in their 21-team tournament.
Kerber finished with 1680 total pins over nine games, a 186.67 average, to
finish 20th in the men's division. Nick Zarack was 34th with 1613 pins, an
average of 201.63 over his eight games. Jack Urban knocked down 1357 pins for a
193.86 average to place 81st.
Kerber, Zarack and Urban helped lead the SAU A team to 11th place with 8318
pins. McKendree won the men's division with 8790 pins.
A second SAU men's team finished 24th with 7828 pins. Evan Olson (1576 pins,
175.11 average) was 40th and Sam Biesack (1446, 180.75) was 66th.
Williamson was the top Queen Bee, knocking down 1617 pins over her nine games
for a 179.67 average. Maggie Suchoski totaled 1342 pins, a 167.75 average, to
take 67th and Katelyn Seaba was right behind with 1301 pins, a 162.63 average,
for 69th place.
The SAU women's A team finished 13th with 7450 pins as Wichita won with 8450
A second Queen Bee team took 20th with 6743 pins. Deanna Ptak (1518, 168.67)
was 37th overall, Brandi Collins (1433, 159.22) was 56th and Leah Perez (1369,
152.11) finished 61st.
The bowling teams return to the lanes Nov. 26-27 for the National Collegiate
Team Match Games in Fairview Heights, Ill.
SAU Men and Women
Nov. 7, 2010
It was a strong showing for the St. Ambrose bowling teams at the Warhawk Open
in Madison, Wis., as the top men's and women's team each finished in eighth
Bryan Thompson (pictured right) led the Bees with a ninth-place individual finish. He
collected 1282 total pins. Thompson was helped by Jack Urban (37th with 1173
pins) and Sam Peterlin (43rd with 1149 pins) as the SAU A team finished with
9123 pins for eighth place in the 30-team tournament, just three pins out of
seventh. A team from Rock Valley won with 9353 pins.
A second SAU men's team finished 12th with 8956 pins. Ethan Gordon led that
group with 1234 pins, good for 16th individually. Evan Olson took 24th with 1211
pins while Garrett Hyle was 51st with 1126 pins.
A third men's team, led by Drew Enger (18th with 1231 pins) and Seth Sander
(77th with 1036 pins) was 19th with 8534 pins.
(pictured right) led a balanced effort for the top SAU women's team. She knocked
down 1001 pins to place 36th and help the Queen Bees finish eighth with 7889
pins in the 20-team women's draw. A team from Robert Morris won on the women's
side with 8630 pins.
Taylor Garvey (58th with 868 pins), Memie Williamson (62nd with 853), Maggie
Suchoski (86th with 661) and Katelyn Seaba (88th with 642 pins) all finished in
the top 90 for the eighth-place Bees.
Stephanie Waite was the top overall Queen Bee, placing 28th with 1028 pins.
She helped a second SAU women's team to 18th place with 7117 pins.
Assisting Waite and the SAU B team were Leah Perez (46th with 942 pins), Jena
Keimig (57th with 877) and Deanna Ptak (59th with 858).
The bowling teams will next compete at the S.I. Elite Invitational in
Fairview Heights, Ill., Nov. 13-14.
Kerber Named to
Oct. 24, 2010
(pictured right) was named to the all-tournament team at the 2010 Kegel/ISBPA
Collegiate Championships Sunday in Addison, Ill., after his fifth-place finish.
The sophomore from Niles, Ill., knocked down 1218 total pins over six games,
for a 203.00 average, to take fifth in the 248-player field. Brett Dahm
collected 1193 pins, for a 198.83 average, to finish 10th overall. Along with
strong efforts from John Marolda (811 pins, 202.75 average), Sam Biesack (702,
175.50), Ethan Gordon (526, 175.33) and Chris Ruffino (517 (172.33), the pair
helped the St. Ambrose B team to a third-place showing with 7571 total pins in
the 36-team men's draw.
Sam Peterlin, Jack Urban and Bryan Thompson led the St. Ambrose A team.
Peterlin finished with 1099 pins, for a 183.17 average, to place 46th. Urban
knocked down 1006 pins, good for a 167.67 average, to take 70th and Thompson had
920 pins, a 184.00 average, to place 95th. The SAU A team finished 30th with
On the women's side, Kelly Granzow was one of six total Queen Bees to finish
in the top 100 out of 187 total bowlers. Granzow led the SAU A team with 1051
pins, a 175.17 average, to place 37th. Memie Williamson was 74th with 905 pins,
a 181.00 average, and Taylor Garvey was 83rd with 861 pins, a 172.20 average.
The SAU A team finished seventh in the 28-team tournament with 6919 pins.
Brooke Dahm led the women's B team with 1024 total pins, a 170.67 average, to
take 46th. Brandi Collins was 69th with 940 pins, a 156.67 average, and Leah
Perez finished 100th with 714 pins, good for a 142.80 average. The SAU B team
took 26th with 5818 pins.
The Bees' bowling teams will next compete at the Warhawk Open in Madison,
Wis., Nov. 6-7.
Bees Begin 2010-11
Oct. 3, 2010
St. Ambrose opened its 2010-11 bowling season with a solid showing at the
40th Annual Midwest Collegiate Championships in Wauwatosa, Wis.
Kelly Granzow (pictured left) was the top SAU finisher, placing 14th on the women's side. She
averaged a 188.44 over nine games to finish with 1696 total pins. Katelyn Seaba
(70th with 1390 pins for a 173.75 average), Taylor Garvey (90th with 1279 pins
for a 182.71 average) and Brooke Dahm (95th with 1228 pins for a 175.43 average)
also finished in the top 100.
The Queen Bees placed 12th with 9,453 total pins. McKendree won the 27-team
event with 10,459 pins.
On the men's side, Bryan Thompson (right) and Sam Peterlin led the way. Thompson
finished 96th with 1571 total pins (an average of 196.38) while Peterlin was
102nd overall with 1541 pins (192.63 average). Evan Olson knocked down 1412
pins, good for a 176.50 average, to place 132nd and Nick Zarack had 1297 pins, a
185.29 average, to finish 148th.
The SAU men's team finished 23rd with 10,178 pins. Webber International won
the men's tournament, featuring 43 teams, with 11,462 pins.
St. Ambrose will next compete in the Kegel/ISBPA Collegiate Classic in
Addison, Ill., Oct. 23-24.
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