SAU Bowling tryouts underway
SAU Bowling tryouts underway
Bowling - Mon, Sep. 4, 2017

Tryouts are underway for the 2017-2018 SAU bowling season. The 59 bowlers are trying out for eight men's and women's varsity spots, as well as an additional 17 spots on the men's and women's junior varsity squads. There are a total of 10 days of tryouts, ending on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Three days of tryouts have already been completed (results below). Team announcements and selections are Friday, Sept. 22.

With 20 promising freshmen joining an impressive roster of returning players, hopes are high for a successful 2017-2018 season. Last year, the women finished the season ranked No. 8 nationally, and won two tournament titles, while the men earned a No. 19 ranking in a major rebuilding campaign, having lost four outstanding seniors from the previous season.

Head Coach Eric Littig said the coaching staff is anxiously awaiting the start of the upcoming bowling season. "This year's freshman class has the potential to present a lot of major impact players for our program - on both the men's and women's sides. We have a great returning class, and when combined with this year's incoming group, the promise is there for a nice season."

This season's incoming class represents Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska and Nevada.

Joining the program this season are Nate Stubler, the 2017 Illinois State high school singles champion who shattered the state record by averaging 259 and rolling a pair of 800 series to earn the title. Stubler, a left-hander from LaSalle-Peru, Ill., qualified for the top-16 match play finals at this year's Junior Gold championship tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. Joining Stubler on the men's side will be three-time Nebraska high school singles and team champion Brandon Dodge, the younger brother of current team member Anthony Dodge.

Two-hander Dakota Solonka, from Indianapolis, Ind., also joins the program. Solonka was a member of his high school conference All-Star team, and rolled a 300 game in his Greater Iowa Scholarship Tour debut this past April. Jordan Chavez, from Joliet, Ill., is another promising right-hander joining the SAU program. Chavez finished an impressive 61st at this year's Junior Gold championships, and despite only bowling for four years, has shown dramatic improvement during his time on the lanes.

Another freshman, Eric Ullian, from New Lenox, Ill., was recently honored as a member of the Dexter All-American Team for 2017. Rock Falls, Ill., high school standout Mitchel Guzzle, a competitor on many of the Midwest's top bowling tours, will be enjoying his first season as a member of the program as well. Teagan Smale, from Boulder City, Nev., is another promising right-hander joining the program for the 2017-2018 campaign.

On the women's side, the 2017-2018 Alberta E Crowe national Star of Tomorrow award winner Natalie Koprowitz (Girard, Ill.) joins the program. Koprowitz recently finished fourth at the Teen Masters national tournament in Richmond, Va., and followed that up with a 19th place finish at the Junior Gold championship event. Also looking to make her mark on the Bees' bowling program is reigning Greater Iowa Scholarship Bowling Tour Bowler of the Year Christin Swank (Muscatine, Iowa). Last season, Swank captured three scholarship titles, and was a top high school performer as well.

Another promising freshman is Hannah Jaros, from Yorkville, Ill. Jaros is the daughter of former national PBA touring pro Steve Jaros, who earned five national and 45 regional PBA tour titles in his distinguished career; he also rolled a 300 game on national television. The 18 year-old is a powerful right-hander.

A total of 20 freshman men and women will be enjoying their first season as a part of the SAU bowling program. A complete list of commitments are below.

This season's schedule includes regular season events in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. The 2017-2018 season gets underway in Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Boilermaker Classic.

Tryout Averages after 3 Days

Men (includes average and number of games)
 1. 222.58 - Brent Boho (jr.) (12)
 2. 213.16 - Brenden Sramek (jr.) (12)
 3. 206.91 - Billy Hibbard (so.) (12)
 4. 205.91 - Anthony Dodge (jr.) (12)
 5. 203.16 - Blake Eldridge (jr.) (12)
 6. 202.58 - Mitchell Kelley (sr.) (12)
 7. 202.16 - Nate Stubler (fr.) (12)
 8. 197.75 - Blake Syron (sr.) (12)
 9. 197.50 - Dakota Solonka (fr.) (12)
10. 197.33 - Alex Denton (jr.) (12)
10. 197.33 - Mitchel Guzzle (fr.) (12)
12. 194.58 - Brandon Dodge (fr.) (12)
13. 190.16 - Jordan Chavez (fr.) (12)
14. 189.66 - Shawn Burczek (fr.) (12)
15. 188.25 - Seth Tegtmeier (sr.) (12)
16. 188.16 - Eric Ullian (fr.) (12)
17. 187.75 - Teagan Smale (fr.) (12)
18. 187.00 - Jonathan Labrador (jr.) (12)
19. 186.83 - Russell Deer (jr.) (12)
20. 180.33 - A.J. Balich (so.) (12)
21. 178.25 - Ian Boho (fr.) (12)
22. 175.00 - Trevor Cross (jr.) (13)
23. 171.75 - Kyle Snyder (jr.) (12)
24. 170.00 - Thomas Rotello (sr.) (13)
25. 168.41 - Jordan Soto (fr.) (12)
26. 162.66 - Cole Hemann (jr.) (12)
27. 161.25 - Jacob Ottenfeld (so.) (12)
28. 160.41 - Justin Boer (so.) (12)
29. 156.75 - Drew Schneider (fr.) (12)
30. 154.91 - Joe Gallagher (fr.) (12)

Women (includes average and number of games)
 1. 198.58 - Michaela Kelly (jr.) (12)
 2. 188.91 - Miranda Rodriguez (jr.) (12)
 3. 186.45 - Jackie Peters (jr.) (11)
 4. 185.60 - Kayla Crawford (jr.) (15)
 5. 185.58 - Natalie Koprowitz (fr.) (12)
 6. 185.50 - Kayla Ewing (jr.) (12)
 7. 184.08 - Breanna Smith (so.) (12)
 8. 183.84 - Hayley Ryan (sr.) (13)
 9. 182.75 - Brittany Breedlove (so.) (12)
10. 181.41 - Hannah Jaros (fr.) (12)
11. 179.16 - Kaitlyn Keith (so.) (12)
12. 171.66 - Kayla Cory (sr.) (12)
13. 170.83 - Madison Humphrey (so.) (12)
14. 170.00 - Sarah Heffron (jr.) (12)
15. 166.14 - Bobbi Jo Bohlman (sr.) (7)
16. 165.75 - Christin Swank (fr.) (12)
17. 164.54 - Haley Douglas (so.) (11)
18. 163.91 - Jamie Sexauer (sr.) (12)
19. 163.41 - Sonya Addison (jr.) (12)
20. 163.16 - Aly Scheidecker (fr.) (12)
21. 161.83 - Amber Schweiger (fr.) (12)
22. 158.21 - Brooke Lodge (sr.) (14)
23. 156.08 - Gillian Sutton (fr.) (12)
24. 156.00 - Clare Tobin (jr.) (11)
25. 154.09 - Alison Seibel (sr.) (11)
26. 152.41 - Aby Scheidecker (fr.) (12)
27. 148.83 - Emily Mack (fr.) (12)
28. 144.25 - Paige Setchell (so.) (12)
29. 128.50 - Jess Bahl (sr.) (6)