Senior Joe Bowers flashes a victory smile after the bowling team’s big win in Wisconsin on October 3-4.
CCSJ’s bowling team won the 45th Annual Midwest Collegiate Bowling Championship on October 3-4 at in AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Forty of the best schools in the country competed in the yearly collegiate shootout, a premier, Tier 1 tournament. According to head coach Mike Kubacki, the victory was especially sweet given the team’s inexperience:
It’s “a fountain of youth,” Kubacki said.
The team started the season without last year’s leaders Mitch Katic, Jacob Glass, and Jake Hayes. A new wave of recruits arrived and had to blend in quickly with some of the veterans. According to Kubacki, the program has never had such a young starting group. The team has three freshmen, two sophomores, one junior, and two seniors.
Senior Joey Bowers is pleased with the new recruits, “They give a fresh feel to the team,” and “bring new chemistry and a sense of energy that we never had.”
The team entered the tournament unsure how the freshmen starters would mesh with the veteran core, and unsure how well the group would perform.
“It was a tough tournament,” Bowers said. “After we figured out what to do on the lanes, shooting back-to-back 1100’s which averages roughly about 220 per person is astonishing for games two and three, [this] propelled us to victory.”
Bowers took 4th overall, with a 222 average earning a spot on the five player All-Tournament team. Senior Matt Kuba finished 11th, and sophomore Michael Davidson finished 29th respectively.
Coach Kubacki called it the “most coachable team he has ever coached.”
Kubacki began coaching the CCSJ’s men’s bowling team nine years ago. Since then, they have made it to the National Tournament every year, winning a second and a third place finish respectively. In 2013, Coach Kubacki became the first Collegiate bowling Coach to be named National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) and NAIA Bowling Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
The next scheduled tournament is the 2015 UPIKE Orange and Black Classic in Dayton, Ohio on October 19.
Cuban-American Felix A. Rojas is a junior at Calumet College of St. Joseph where he studies English, Writing, and Professional Communications with a minor in History.
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