Bowling News - 2012-13
Suchoski named Capital One Academic All-District
May 17, 2013
Maggie Suchoski, Heather Matejka (women's tennis), Dan Dierking (men's
volleyball) and Luke Staudt (men's golf) were named to
the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-District Men's and Women's At-Large Teams
The four represent District 5 in the College Division, which includes NAIA
and two-year schools from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
It is the second straight academic all-district honor for Suchoski
junior from Evergreen Park, Ill., was named to the All-Midwest Collegiate
Conference Women's Bowling Team after averaging a 185.91 over 58 games this
year. She had four top-20 finishes, including a fourth-place effort at the Storm
The honor, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America
(CoSIDA), recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined
performances on the playing field and in the classroom. Nominees must be a
starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point
Student-athletes participating in women's bowling, women's crew, men's and
women's fencing, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's
gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and
women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming, men's and
women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and men's
wrestling are eligible for the at-large teams.
By earning all-district accolades, the four Bees now advance to the Capital
One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team
All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Bees' season ends at Intercollegiate Team Championships
Apr. 18, 2013
St. Ambrose's season came to an end sooner than anticipated, as the Bees got
knocked out on the first day at the xbowling Intercollegiate Team Championships.
After 24 games of qualifying, the SAU men were slotted 13th with 4,849 total
pins in the double-elimination bracket featuring the top 16 teams in the nation.
The Bees lasted just two rounds in bracket play, held at Sun Valley Lanes in
SAU opened with a tight 4-3 loss to fourth-seed Fresno State. Fresno State
advanced with a narrow 256-245 win in the decisive seventh game.
In the losers' bracket, St. Ambrose was upended by fifth-seed Notre Dame
College in four straight games.
This was the second straight year the Bee men qualified for the
Intercollegiate Team Championships. Last season, SAU finished in the top six.
Kopera among nation's best at Singles Championships
Apr. 16, 2013
xbowling Intercollegiate Singles results |
Follow SAU at Intercollegiate Team Championships
Joe Kopera wrapped up the individual-portion of his freshman season with a
strong showing at the xbowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships in Lincoln,
as one of the 24 top individuals in the nation, Kopera (right) finished with
1,630 total pins over eight games for a 203.75 average. Twenty of the 24 bowlers
finished with an average better than 200.
Seeded 20th after qualifying, Kopera was knocked out of bracket-play by
Wichita State's Devin Bidwell. Bidwell, the 13th seed after collecting 1,695
pins in qualifying, defeated Kopera 679-597 over the three-game first round.
After three rounds Tuesday, the top four remaining bowlers (Morehead State's
Stephen Conn, Urbana's Brock Finch, Lindenwood's Ronnie Fujita and Saginaw
Valley State's Aaron Lorincz) will battle for the individual title Saturday.
Kopera will turn his attention to the team title as the St. Ambrose men's
team will be part of the xbowling Intercollegiate Team Championships for the
second year in a row in Lincoln, Neb., beginning Thursday. The Bees will be one
of 16 teams vying for a national title at Sun Valley Lanes.
St. Ambrose struggles at NAIA Invitational
Mar. 24, 2013
by Sam Peterlin
Last weekend the Queen Bees and Fighting Bees were sent to Woodland Bowl in
Indianapolis for the NAIA Invitational presented by the Kegel Training Center
but wouldnít last long into the weekend as both teams would be eliminated early
from the tournament.
On Friday, the Queen Bees would start the weekend off hot and after 20 baker
games they found themselves as the No. 4 seed heading into the
double-elimination match-play, the top 12 teams received byes into Saturday
which benefited the Queen Bees.
Ambrose would come back Saturday to bowl the first round in the winnersí bracket
against Calumet College-St. Joseph in a best-of-five match. With St. Ambrose
gaining the two games to one advantage, both teams tied game four. With St.
Ambrose unable to win the fifth game, they went into a 9th and 10th frame
roll-off to decide the match. Kelly Granzow (left) would strike to give the
Queen Bees the advantage as Calumet opened in their frame. Becca Czlapinski
(right) bowled the 10th and would spare then strike shutting out Calumet and
staying in the winnersí bracket.
The next round was against Pikeville University. However, the Bears took the
first two games 206-152 and 223-189. With their backs against the wall, the
Queen Bees would strike in the 8-9-10 frames to win 222-212 forcing a game four.
The fourth game would go to the Bears and send St. Ambrose into the Competitors
bracket against MCC foe Mt. Mercy. The last time these two met was with the
conference title on the line with Mt. Mercy winning that match. In Indianapolis,
it would be a similar story as the Mustangs ended the tournament run in four
games for Queen Bees.
Webber International University successfully defended its title and beat
Midland University in the finals and brought home the title for the second
St. Ambrose ends its season with 10 top-10 finishes highlighted with a
second-place finish at the MCC Championships. This is also the first year that
the program will have a graduating class of seniors, which includes Kelly
Granzow, Taylor Garvey, Jenn Baran, Ann Dobesh, Leah Perez, and Memie
On the menís side, SAU didn't fare any better. The Bees had a tough time
during their qualifying session and received the No. 11 seed heading into
match-play. They bowled the first round, with the top eight teams receiving
byes, and faced up against the Waldorf Warriors. Friday just wasnít their day as
the Warriors defeated the Fighting Bees in four games and sent them quickly into
the Competitors bracket.
On Saturday, the St. Ambrose faced the No. 5 Pikeville Bears and the Fighting
Bees won the first game, 184-178, but lost the next two games and put their
tournament life in jeopardy. Fortunately for the Fighting Bees, they would rally
and win games four (234-203) and five (200-166) and send Pikeville home early.
The next round the Fighting Bees went up against Martin Methodist and won the
first game once again. However, that is all they would win as Martin Methodist
won the next three games and sent St. Ambrose home much earlier than expected.
Robert Morris University (Ill.) came out of the Competitors bracket and beat
Calumet College-St. Joseph twice to claim the title.
The menís season isnít finished as they will travel next for the xBowling
Intercollegiate Team Championships for the second year in a row in Lincoln.
Neb., April 17-20. The event will be streamed live on www.bowl.com where last
year the Fighting Bees finished fifth.
Kopera earns prestigious Star of Tomorrow
Mar. 20, 2013
Freshman Joe Kopera was named the recipient of the 2013 Chuck Hall Star of
Tomorrow Award the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) announced today. It is
the second straight year a St. Ambrose bowler has earned the prestigious
national award following Kyle Anderson's honor last year.
According to the USBC website, the award recognizes "star qualities,
including distinguished bowling performance, academic achievement and civic
involvement, in a male high school or college student who competes in bowling."
The recipient is chosen by the USBC Youth Committee.
(right), from Orland Park, Ill., will formally receive a $6,000 scholarship at
the 2013 USBC Convention in Reno, Nev.
On the lanes, Kopera recently qualified for the xbowling Intercollegiate
Singles Championship and has been an integral part of a St. Ambrose team that
earned a spot at the Intercollegiate Team Championships in Lincoln, Neb., Apr.
Kopera has a pair of top-10 individual finishes this year, rolling a
runner-up effort at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships and placing
seventh at the Hoosier Classic. He is averaging a 204.7 over 46 games this
This comes on the heels of an outstanding prep career, which saw Kopera, a
two-time team captain at Carl Sandburg High School, claim the Illinois High
School Association individual state championship as a senior in 2012.
In the classroom, Kopera graduated high school with a 3.29 grade-point
average. He is a Nursing major at St. Ambrose and plans to earn his doctorate
after receiving his RN certification. Kopera is also active in his community,
having coached youth bowlers and participating in a fishing derby in his
The Star of Tomorrow Award is named after Chuck Hall, the former Young
American Bowling Alliance Executive Director.
Kopera, SAU men qualify for Intercollegiate Championships
Mar. 10, 2013
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For the second straight year, the St. Ambrose men have earned a spot at the
Intercollegiate Team Championships. The Bees will be one of 16 teams vying for a
national title at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., Apr. 18-20 after finishing
third in a sectional qualifier at Fairview Heights, Ill., over the weekend.
St. Ambrose collected 12,840 pins over 64 Baker games to comfortably finish
in third in the 19-team sectional. SAU will advance to the team championships
along with top-ranked and sectional winner Robert Morris (13,309 pins),
Calumet-St. Joseph (12,906) and William Penn (12,768).
Qualifiers from the other sectionals are:
Las Vegas (Nev.) sectional - West Texas A&M, Midland, Fresno State, Mount
Allentown (Pa.) sectional - Notre Dame-Ohio, Morehead State, William
Paterson, Webber International
Smyrna (Tenn.) sectional - McKendree, Lindenwood, Marian, Florida State
with the quest for a team title, SAU's Joe Kopera will have the
opportunity for an individual national title.
(right) finished second among 165 bowlers in the sectional to qualify for the
Intercollegiate Singles Championships, Apr. 16 and 20, in Lincoln, Neb. He was
one of seven from Fairview Heights to qualify for the 24-player singles
Kopera knocked down 1,437 pins over six games, including a 280 in the fifth
game, to earn sectional runner-up honors.
The SAU women didn't have things fall their way, as the Queen Bees placed
fifth in the sectional, missing a bid to nationals by a mere 29 pins over 64
St. Ambrose was in third place midway through the sectional but fell into
fifth place, just 10 pins out of fourth, after 48 games. SAU and Newman went
back-and-forth over the final 16 games before Newman grabbed the final spot by a
Wis.-Whitewater won the women's sectional with 11,960 pins.
The Queen Bees qualified for the team championships in 2010 and also narrowly
missed out last year, falling short by 72 pins.
Bee men fifth, women eighth in NAIA BCA Coaches Poll
Mar. 5, 2013
NAIA BCA poll
The St. Ambrose men have climbed to fifth while the women sit in eighth as
the NAIA Bowling Coaches Association (BCA) released its coaches poll today.
The Bee men received 45 points and the women picked up 21 in the second of
three polls conducted by the BCA. The final poll will be released in early
The top three in both polls are the same. Robert Morris is the top-ranked
team, followed by Webber International and Midland. On the men's side,
Calumet-St. Joseph is right ahead of SAU in fourth place, while Pikeville and
Marian round out the top five on the women's side.
St. Ambrose will test its lofty rankings against the nation's best at a
sectional qualifier in Fairview Heights, Ill., Saturday and Sunday. The top four
teams on each side will advance to the 2013 xbowling Intercollegiate Team
Championships in Lincoln, Neb., Apr. 18-20.
SAU men and women heading to Fairview Heights
Feb. 20, 2013
USBC release | Bowl.com
The Bee bowlers are returning to the St. Louis area for sectionals. The
announcement came out today that both the St. Ambrose men's and women's bowling
teams will compete in a sectional qualifier at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview
Heights, Ill., March 9-10.
Assignments to the four sectionals, also held in Allentown, Pa.; Las Vagas,
Nev.; and Smyrna, Tenn., are based on the Team Ranking System points earned in
USBC Collegiate-certified competitions throughout the season.
The sectionals consist of 32 Baker games each day. The top four teams based
on total pinfall in each division will advance to the 2013 xbowling
Intercollegiate Team Championships, which will be held at Sun Valley Lanes in
Lincoln, Neb., April 18-20.
The St. Ambrose men and women will be in the same sectional as Robert
Morris-Illinois, the top-ranked team in the Team Ranking System, and conference
foe William Penn.
The Bees have some familiarity with St. Clair Bowl, having competed in the
same sectional a year ago, and having participated in the National Team Match
Games there earlier this season.
Fairview Heights Sectional - Men
Ashford, Ball State, Bethel-Tenn., Bowling Green State, Calumet, Iowa
Central CC, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota State, Nebraska, Newman, North
Dakota State, Robert Morris-Illinois, Rock Valley, Saginaw Valley State, St.
Ambrose, Vincennes, William Penn, Winona State, Wright State
Fairview Heights Sectional - Women
Ashford, Ball State, Bellarmine, Bethel-Tenn., Bowling Green State, Calumet,
Carthage, Elmhurst, Iowa Central CC, Louisville, Newman, Robert Morris-Illinois,
St. Ambrose, William Penn, Winona State, Wisconsin-Green Bay,
Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wright State
More information on sectionals is available on
St. Ambrose men finish in top eight at Hoosier Classic
Feb. 17, 2013
by Sam Peterlin
The Fighting Bees and Queen Bees headed to Western Bowl in Indianapolis,
Ind., for the biggest regular season tournament of the year, the Hoosier
Classic. With 77 men's teams and 55 women's teams, both teams looked to gain
momentum heading into sectionals.
The men would bowl first in the morning squad on Saturday and bowl six team
games. St. Ambrose would find themselves close to the top of the leaderboard
after the first day. The Fighting Bees would find themselves in fourth, less
than 100 pins behind leader Morehead State University. Joe Kopera led the
Fighting Bees, averaging 224 for the first six games and would be second
individually heading into Sunday.
Sunday would provide a longer oil pattern, 48 feet, and three games before a
cut to the top 12 teams who would advance to match play, with the top four teams
receiving a first-round bye. St. Ambrose would start the day strong shooting
1012 for five men. However, that would be the highest score on Sunday as the
Fighting Bees would fall to eighth for match play.
SAU would face up against Saginaw Valley State, the No. 9 seed, in the first
round of match play. After losing the first game, St. Ambrose would battle back
to tie the match before winning the best-of-three series in the following game.
With some momentum in their corner, the Bees would face the No. 1 seed
Morehead State in the round of eight. However, the Fighting Bees would struggle
late in game one and allowed for Morehead State to wiggle their way back in and
win the first game. Trying to bounce back in the second game would be
unsuccessful as St. Ambrose would be swept by the Eagles.
"The guys stepped up big time this weekend," men's coach Duane Fleming said.
"A top-eight finish at the biggest tournament of the year is exactly what we
needed heading into the postseason."
Kopera (right) finished in seventh, averaging 209 and was the highest freshmen in the
field. He also won a $150 scholarship.
Morehead State would go on to eliminate McKendree University and Wichita
State University en route to winning the 44th Annual Backhaul Direct Hoosier
The Queen Bees would get their weekend started late Saturday and would
struggle out of the gate shooting 784. Starting in a hole, the Queen Bees
started to climb out over the next two games up to 18th with 924 and 899
respectively. The next three games would only allow for minimal movement as St.
Ambrose would move up to 13th to end the day.
Looking to make a run on Sunday and make match play would be unsuccessful as
the Queen Bees would only move up to 12th. Maggie Suchoski led the Queen Bees
throughout the weekend averaging 191 over nine games. Becca Czlapinski finished
in 49th averaging 178 and in 50th was Kelly Granzow, also averaging 178.
Both teams will wait for sectional assignments to be announced Wednesday.
Sectionals will take place March 9-10 with the top four from each of the four
sectional sites advancing to the Intercollegiate Team Championships in Lincoln,
SAU bowlers ranked in top 10 in NAIA BCA Coaches' Poll
Feb. 13, 2013
BCA Coaches' Poll
In the first NAIA Bowling Coaches Association (BCA) Coaches' Poll, the St.
Ambrose men and women both check in at No. 7 in the rankings.
The men picked up 39 points in their poll to sit just ahead of Midwest
Collegiate Conference foe William Penn. Robert Morris grabbed all 11 first-place
votes and has the top spot with 110 points. Webber International is second and
Midland is third.
Robert Morris is also the top-ranked team on the women's side with seven
first-place votes. Webber International has the other three first-place ballots
and is second. The Queen Bees have 28 points to again narrowly edge No. 8
William Penn, with 24 points.
The Bee bowlers are also garnering attention in other national polls. The
National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) has the SAU men and
women both at No. 16 while the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA)
ranks the men No. 18 and the women No. 20.
Several Bees garner individual MCC accolades
Feb. 13, 2013
MCC women's release |
MCC men's release
Strong team performances led to several individual awards as St. Ambrose was
recognized when the Midwest Collegiate Conference announced its postseason
Pictured (from left to right): Kyle Anderson, Maggie Suchoski,
MCC Men's Newcomer of the Year Joe Kopera and MCC Women's Player/Newcomer of the
Year Becca Czlapinski
On the women's side, Becca Czlapinski was named the MCC Player and Newcomer
of the Year after the Queen Bees finished second at the conference
The freshman from Marengo, Ill., is averaging a 186.33 over 55 games so far
this year. She has a pair of top-10 finishes, including a second-place effort at
the Midwest Championships, when she averaged a 203.67 over nine games.
Czlapinski was joined on the all-conference team by junior Maggie Suchoski,
from Evergreen Park, Ill. Suchoski is averaging a 184.98 over 49 games and
placed fourth at the Storm Western Shootout with a 190.00 average over six
The Bees swept the newcomer of the year awards as Joe Kopera earned the honor
for the men. Kopera, a freshman from Orland Park, Ill., is averaging a 203.51
over 37 games this season. He placed second at the MCC Championships and led St.
Ambrose to the team title with a 224.17 average over six games.
The 2012 MCC Newcomer of the Year Kyle Anderson earned all-conference honors
for the second straight year. The sophomore from Lockport, Ill., is averaging a
202.59 through 49 games. He has two top-10 finishes, earning runner-up honors at
the Kegel ISBPA Classic with a 220.00 average over six games.
The SAU bowlers will travel next weekend to the Hoosier
Classic in Indianapolis. Bowl.com will stream the event live online starting
SAU men first, women second at MCC Championships
Feb. 10, 2013
by Sam Peterlin
picked a great time to win its first-ever men's bowling team championship.
In their fourth year as an intercollegiate varsity program at SAU, the
Fighting Bees took home their first team victory by winning the Midwest
Collegiate Conference crown after a rough start Sunday morning, while the SAU
women took second at the MCC Championships competed at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque,
On Saturday, the Bees were led by Joe Kopera who finished second
individually, averaging a 224.17. St. Ambrose would go into Sunday in second
place, 90 pins behind William Penn University. Kyle Anderson also bowled all six
games Saturday and averaged 195.50 on the day.
The first 12 baker games on Sunday saw the field come close together in score
but St. Ambrose stayed in second. However, the Bees slipped to fourth before
match play started.
There, the Bees hit their stride. As the No. 4 seed, SAU swept No. 5 Clarke
University in two games in the best-of-three first round. In the semifinals,
top-seed William Penn came out striking early but not often enough as the Bees
were able to rally and win game one. Game two would be all St. Ambrose as the
Bees eliminated the Statesmen from the tournament.
The finals would pair the Fighting Bees against the No. 2 seed V-Hawks from
Viterbo University, a team that defeated SAU two weeks ago in the finals of the
V-Hawk Invitational. But the championship was another one-sided affair for St.
Ambrose as the Bees swept the V-Hawks.
been knocking on the door for two years now and to finally get that win at
conference is an amazing feeling," men's coach Duane Fleming said.
On the other
side of the house, the women struggled Saturday and Sunday and slipped to the
No. 5 seed heading into match play. Saturday, they were led by Aretha Williams
(left), who averaged 204.83 for six games to place second individually. Williams
was named to the all-tournament team along with Taylor Garvey (right), who
averaged a 194.17 over six games for the SAU JV team to place fifth overall.
Despite their struggles, the Queen Bees were able to pull a few upsets as
they beat Grand View in the first round of bracket play, using all three games
to do it. The Queen Bees were forced to a deciding third game in the semifinals
against top-seed Viterbo before getting past the V-Hawks 2-1 to advance to the
The Queen Bees matched up with the Mount Mercy Mustangs in the title match.
The first game would go to the Queen Bees but they would be unable to close the
door in the second game. The third game came down to the ninth and 10th frames.
The Queen Bees would open in the ninth, leaving the door open for the Mustangs
which they slammed shut to win the conference title.
Bees garnered individual honors at the MCC Championships.
On the men's side, Kopera was named Newcomer of the Year and Anderson was
selected to the all-conference team.
For the women, Becca Czlapinski was tabbed the MCC Player and Newcomer
of the Year, and was joined on the all-conference team by Maggie Suchoski.
Pictured (from left to right): Kyle Anderson, Maggie Suchoski, Joe
Kopera, Becca Czlapinski
The Fighting Bees and Queen Bees will travel next weekend to the Hoosier
Classic in Indianapolis. Bowl.com will stream the event live online starting
Ruffino wins individual title at V-Hawk Invitational
Jan. 28, 2013
While the weather delayed the Bees' departure until Monday morning, it
couldn't put a damper on Chris Ruffino's performance at the Viterbo V-Hawk
Bowling Invitational over the weekend.
(right) won the men's individual championship by knocking down 689 pins over
three games, for a 229.67 average. He won the title by 18 pins over Viterbo's
Along with Ruffino, Sam Peterlin and Kyle Anderson helped lead the Bees to a
second-place regulation finish in the 12-team field featuring three rounds of
individual play and 20 baker games.
Peterlin was 21st individually with 596 pins over three games and Anderson
was 26th with 573 pins.
With 7,133 total pins, SAU earned the second seed in a four-team bracket. The
Bees were able to slip past Ashford before falling to host Viterbo 2-0 in the
Calvin Kramer led a second SAU men's team with 602 pins, for a 200.67
Queen Bees got a balanced effort as three bowlers finished in the top 10. Becca
Czlapinski (right) led the charge with 592 pins, good for seventh place and a
197.33 average. Jenn Baran took ninth with 579 pins and Kelly Granzow was right
behind in 10th place with 572 pins.
The SAU women took third, behind Viterbo and Grand View, with 6,481 total
Bracket play was short-lived as the Queen Bees fell to Grand View in the
Taylor Garvey was the top bowler for the second SAU women's team, placing
23rd with 511 pins.
The Bees will take a week off before competing in the Midwest Collegiate
Conference Championships in Dubuque, Iowa, on Feb. 9-10.
Suchoski leads Bees at Blue and Gold Classic
Jan. 21, 2013
Maggie Suchoski finished 11th overall to lead St. Ambrose at the Blue and
Gold Classic in South Bend, Ind., over the weekend.
(left) knocked down 1,627 total pins over nine games, a 180.78 average, to help
the SAU women take fourth in the 24-team tournament.
The Queen Bees collected 7,776 total pins. Robert Morris won the event with
8,251 total pins. The women's field was divided into two different events based
on oil patterns, and McKendree won the other women's event with 9,214
Kelly Granzow backed backed up Suchoski by taking 18th place with 1,604 pins,
good for a 178.22 average over her nine games. Becca Czlapinski was 46th with
1,439 pins, a 179.88 average over eight games.
Kyle Anderson and Chris Ruffino led the St. Ambrose men's team.
Anderson was the top Bee, knocking down 1,590 total pins over eight games,
good for a 198.75 average, to place 162nd overall.
Ruffino (above right) had the top average for St. Ambrose with a 218.71 after
picking up 1,531 pins over his seven games.
The pair led the Bee men to 22nd place in the 78-team field. SAU had 8,847
pins while Lindenwood won with 9,571 pins.
The Bees return to the lanes Saturday and Sunday at the Viterbo Invitational.
The two-day tournament will be competed at Pla-mor Lanes in La Crosse, Wis.
Bee bowlers in NCBCA Coaches' Team Poll
Dec. 23, 2012
Along with earning recognition in the CollegeBowling.com national team
rankings, the St. Ambrose bowlers are also in the National Collegiate Bowling
Coaches Association (NCBCA) team polls.
The SAU men are eighth and the women are 12th as voted on by coaches. The Bee
men are ninth and the women 11th in the CollegeBowling.com poll released in
SAU bowlers remain ranked among nation's best
Dec. 14, 2012
Ambrose continues to be ranked among the nation's elite bowling programs. The
SAU men are ninth and the women are 11th in the CollegeBowling.com's team
The men have four top-four finishes so far this year, including a runner-up
finish at the Warhawk Open in early December.
Sophomore Kyle Anderson (left) leads the Bees with a 205.9 average. He is
ranked 40th overall. Freshman Joe Kopera (right) is 14th nationally among all
first-year bowlers with a 200.5 average.
Robert Morris (Illinois) is the top-ranked men's program and Lindenwood is
second. Clarke, at No. 38 in the poll, is the second-highest ranked Midwest
Collegiate Conference team behind St. Ambrose.
Bee women have placed inside the top 10 in five of the six tournaments they have
competed in this year. They had a season-best third-place showing at the Storm
Western Shootout back on Oct. 13-14.
Freshman Becca Czlapinski (right) is 49th overall, and 10th among rookies,
with a 188.5 average this season.
Lindenwood is the No. 1 women's team with Robert Morris in second place. The
MCC is well represented in the women's poll with No. 18 Viterbo, No. 19 William
Penn, No. 32 Grand View and No. 36 Mount Mercy all inside the top 40.
The SAU bowlers return to action Jan. 19-20 at the Blue and Gold Classic in
South Bend, Ind.
St. Ambrose closes out the year strong
Dec. 2, 2012
by Sam Peterlin
The Fighting Bees and Queen Bees were in action this weekend coming off
ninth- and eighth-place finishes, respectively. This weekend would take them
north to Madison, Wis., for the Warhawk Open.
Fighting Bees started the weekend well on Saturday and were consistent all
afternoon. They were led by sophomore Kyle Anderson (left), who averaged 207
over five games and finished in 13th place. The Fighting Bees (pictured below) moved up to third
after a fifth game, 1091, and gained momentum heading into Sunday, only 128
behind the leader Robert Morris University.
The Fighting Bees would start Sunday striking with a four game set of 906.
They would move up to second after the first baker set and would hang on to
finish in second behind three-time champion, Robert Morris.
On the women's side, the Queen Bees would start their weekend slow, but
finish strong on Saturday. They would head into Sunday in sixth. The Queen Bees
were led by freshman Becca Czlapinski (above right), who averaged 182 over five
games and finished in 25th individually.
On Sunday, the Queen Bees would be unable to move up in the standing, but
didn't move down, as they would settle for sixth.
Both teams will take the rest of 2012 off. They will start 2013 at the Blue
and Gold Classic in South Bend, Ind., on Jan 19-20.
SAU has strong showing at National Team Match Games
Nov. 24, 2012
some of the top teams in the country, St. Ambrose more than held its own at the
National Team Match Games. The Queen Bees finished eighth while the SAU men's
team took ninth in the two-day event.
The women, bowling at Bel-Air Lanes in Belleville, Ill., had three bowlers
finish inside the top 35. Becca Czlapinski (left) led St. Ambrose by finishing
27th with 1,135 pins over six games, good for a 189.2 average.
Right behind her were Maggie Suchoski (right) and Aretha Williams. Suchoski
was 32nd with 1,122 pins (187.0 average) and Williams was 34th with 1,118 pins
As a team, St. Ambrose collected 10,099 total pins to place eighth in the
25-team field. Wichita State won with 11,385 pins.
Anderson (left) was the top St. Ambrose bowler of the tournament, taking ninth
in the men's field. Anderson knocked down 1,272 total pins to average a 212.0
over six games.
Joe Kopera (right) was next for the Bees, placing 29th with 1,237 pins (206.2
average). Bryan Thompson was 57th overall with 1,156 pins and a 192.7 average.
The SAU men were ninth of 34 total teams with 10,907 total pins. Robert
Morris (Illinois) was the champion with 11,436 pins.
The Bee bowlers will next compete in the Warhawk Open Saturday and Sunday in
Home cookin' isn't what coach ordered
Nov. 11, 2012
by Sam Peterlin
The temperature in the Quad Cities warmed up this past weekend and so did the
lanes for the Fighting Bee and Queen Bee bowlers. However, both teams were
unable to keep up.
The 12th Annual Leatherneck Classic presented by the Quad Cities Sports
Commission took place on both sides of the river. The men were at Miller Time
Bowl in Davenport, Iowa. The women at Milan Lanes in Milan, Ill.
The menís field contained six out of the top 10 teams in the
www.collegebowling.com poll. The field showed its strength with two 300 games
bowled in the weekend, but neither were from St. Ambrose.
Thompsonís (left) efforts wouldnít be enough as the Fighting Bees would have to
settle for an 11th place finish out of the 30 team field. This would be their
first finish outside the top 10 since the Warhawk Open last season. Thompson
would lead the Fighting Bees averaging 220 for the weekend, good enough for 18th
On the other side of the Mississippi River, the Queen Bees looked for success
Unfortunately, they would struggle just as much as the men. They would finish
12th in the 26 team field. The Queen Bees were led by Becca Czlapinski (right)
who averaged 188 and finished in 30th place.
Both teams will travel next to Fairview Heights, Ill. for the National team
Match Games on Nov. 23-24.
Bowlers ranked inside top 10 of power poll
Nov. 1, 2012
Men's rankings |
The St. Ambrose men are fifth and the women are ninth in the first
CollegeBowling.com power rankings of the year through Oct. 28. It is the highest
ranking for either program since SAU started its bowling program in 2009-10.
The men have top-four finishes at all three events so far this year while the
women have placed inside the top 10 at every tournament.
Three different Bee men have better than 200 averages to this point, led by
Kyle Anderson's 208.4 through 17 games. Anderson finished second at the Kegel
ISBPA Classic by averaging a 220.0 over six games. Sam Peterlin is averaging a
203.5 through 15 games and Joe Kopera is at a 202.8 through 13 games.
Freshman Becca Czlapinski leads the Queen Bees with a 189.71 average over 21
games. She finished second at the Midwest Championship with her 2.3.7 average
over nine games. Through 10 games, Memie Williamson is averaging a 189.6. Maggie
Suchoski, was named to the all-tournament team at the Storm Western Shootout,
and is averaging a 187.2 over 21 games.
Robert Morris-Illinois and Lindenwood are first and second in both the men's
and women's rankings.
Anderson second, Bees third at Kegel Classic
Oct. 21, 2012
(right) was the individual runner-up and helped the St. Ambrose men's
bowlers to a tie for third place at the ISBPA/Kegel Collegiate Classic.
In the eight-team knockout round, the Bees, seeded fifth entering the
bracket, earned a top-four finish
with a two-game 433 total.
But the second round is where the Bees' run would
end. A two-game 317 would eliminate St. Ambrose as SAU settled for third place
along with Midland.
Robert Morris-Illinois defeated Wichita State 434-343 in the championship
round to win the men's team title.
The SAU men were fifth in qualifying with 7,655 total pins. Anderson was
second of 193 bowlers with 1,320 pins, good for a 220.0 average over his six
Jack Urban was 58th with 1,073 pins, a 178.83 average. Brett Dahm (791
pins/197.75 average) and Nick Zarack (787/196.75) also had strong efforts for
Robert Morris also defeated Wichita State in the women's division, and the
Queen Bees narrowly missed out on the eight-team knockout round. The St. Ambrose
women finished 10th with 6,729 total pins.
Aretha Williams (right) led the Queen Bees with a 23rd-place showing. She knocked
down 1,076 pins to average a 179.33 over her six games.
Maggie Suchoski (1065
pins/177.50) and Becca Czlapinski (1042/173.67) were right behind Williams,
finishing 27th and 33rd, respectively. Taylor Garvey also had a strong
tournament, finishing 53rd with 928 pins.
SAU will next compete in the Leatherneck Classic Nov. 10-11 in Davenport,
Iowa, and Milan, Ill.
Thompson, Suchoski receive all-tournament recognition
Oct. 14, 2012
(left) and Maggie Suchoski (right) earned all-tournament honors at the Storm
Western Shootout. Thompson finished third in the men's draw and Suchoski was
fourth on the women's side.
The SAU men and women each placed third at the two-day tournament at Western
Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.
Thompson averaged a 208.50 over his six games to take third with 1,251 total
pins. Sam Peterlin collected 1,197 pins over six games to end in 13th place and
with a 199.50 average. Jack Urban, who finished 133rd with 811 total pins,
averaged a 202.75 over four games.
The Bee men finished third out of 37 teams with 8,929 pins. Robert
Morris-Illinois won the men's division with 9,265 pins.
Three Queen Bees finished in the top 12, led by Suchoski's third-place
effort. She knocked down 1,140 total pins to average a 190.00 over six games.
Becca Czlapinski took 11th place with 1,109 pins, a 184.83 average over six
games. Aretha Williams was right behind with 1,097 pins, a 182.83 average, to
The SAU women were third of 26 teams with 8,190 pins. Robert Morris-Illinois
also won the women's draw with 8,370 pins.
The Bees will next compete at the Kegel/ISBPA Collegiate in Peoria, Ill.,
Czlapinski named all-tournament to open season
Oct. 7, 2012
In just her first collegiate tournament, Becca Czlapinski
(right) was named to the
all-tournament team after her second-place showing at the Midwest Collegiate
Championship in Wauwatosa, Wis.
The freshman from Marengo, Ill., knocked down 1,833 pins over nine games,
good for a 203.67 average, to be the individual runner-up in the 210-player
women's field. She finished 29 pins behind the individual champion.
Behind Czlapinski and Maggie Suchoski, who was 13th overall with 1,727 pins
over nine games, a 191.89 average, the Queen Bees placed sixth out of 30 women's
teams. St. Ambrose collected 10,519 total pins. Davenport won the women's
tournament with 10,836 pins.
Memie Williamson and Kelly Granzow also had strong showings for the Bees.
Williamson was 46th with 1,573 pins over eight games (196.63 average) and
Granzow was 83rd with 1,401 pins over eight games (175.13).
The men also had a strong start to the season, taking fourth place out of the
42 men's teams. The Bees knocked down 11,685 pins while men's champion Robert
Morris-Illinois picked up 12,330 pins.
Four Bees finished with better than 200 averages, led by Kyle Anderson. The
sophomore was 25th out of 306 men's bowlers with 1,859 pins over nine games for
a 206.56 average. Bryan Thompson was right behind Anderson with 1,819 pins over
nine games for a 202.11 average.
Sam Peterlin (right) recorded the highest average for the Bees with a 211.38 over
eight games. His 1,691 pins put him in 67th place. Joey Kopera had a 208.88
average over eight games for 1,671 total pins and 71st place.
The Bees get right back at it Saturday and Sunday at the Storm Western
Shootout in Indianapolis, Ind.
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