The Youngstown State Bowling Team will take their first road trip of the 2022-23 season this weekend when they travel to Long Island for the second annual DezyStrong Classic. The three-day tournament begins Friday and is hosted by Adelphi University at Coram Country Lanes in Coram, NY
YSU, who placed second at its home center at the MOTIV Penguin Classic two weeks ago, will be one of 18 programs competing in New York this weekend. All 13 Penguins games will be streamed live on the YSUsports YouTube channel and results will be posted as they become available on the team’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. One thing to note is that this week there will be one continuous YouTube stream for each day, rather than separate streams for each game.
The DezyStrong Classic follows the standard 13-match rotation with 10 qualifier matches and three bracket matches this weekend at Coram Country Lanes. Five Baker matches will be played starting at 9:40 am on Friday, and total pinfall will determine the winners of each head-to-head match. Five traditional matches will follow on Saturday from 9:30 a.m., with Pinfall once again determining the winners. The total number of pins from the first 10 matches of the tournament will determine the seeding for Sunday’s bracket game, which starts at 8:45 am. The bracket matches will be held in a best-of-seven-baker format.
exploration of the field
Southland Teams: Louisiana Tech, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Youngstown State
Ranked Teams (NTCA Preseason Poll): #2 Vanderbilt, #4 Stephen F Austin, #8 Louisiana Tech, #9 Youngstown State, #10 Fairleigh Dickinson, #11 Mount St Mary’s, #16 Sacred Heart, #17 Tulane, #22 LIU
Teams that also receive votes: Adelphi, UAB, Saint Francis (Pa.)
Unranked teams: Bloomfield, Bryant, Merrimack, Molloy, St Anslem, St Francis Brooklyn
Youngstown State will be one of four Southland Bowling League teams and one of nine league programs competing on Long Island this weekend. The Penguins, who ranked ninth in the Preseason National Tenpin Coaches Association’s Top 25 poll, join other top 10 ranked programs No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 4 Stephen F. Austin, No. 8 Louisiana Tech and No 10. Fairleigh Dickinson at The Competition. No. 11 Mount St. Mary’s, No. 16 Sacred Heart, No. 17 Tulane and No. 22 LIU are also in the field, and Adelphi, UAB and Saint Francis U received votes in the poll and will be under the field. Bloomfield, Bryand, Merrimack, Molloy, St. Anslem and St. Francis Brooklyn round out the group of 18 competing teams.
Friday – Five Baker matches begin at 9:40am
- Molloy – lanes 25-26
- Mount St Mary’s – Lanes 27-28
- LIU – Lanes 21-22
- Sacred Heart – Lanes 7-8
- Fairleigh Dickinson – lanes 13-14
Saturday – Five traditional games start at 9:30 am
- Position Round – TBA
- Saint Francis Subways 11-12
- Merrimack – Lanes 9-10
- St. Francis Brooklyn – Lanes 13-14
- Adelphi – lanes 25-26
Sunday – Three best-of-seven Baker
Last season at the DezyStrong Classic
Youngstown State competed in the inaugural DezyStrong Classic the last weekend of October 2021 and finished runner-up to receive a runner-up trophy. The Penguins bounced back from a poor start to the tournament and qualified fourth. On the final day, they beat Stephen F. Austin and Tulane 4-0 in group play to advance to the championship game. Youngstown State lost the title shot 4-2 to Vanderbilt.
Individually, megan gram averaged 209.80 for a total of 1,049 over five games to finish fifth in last year’s tournament. It was their second consecutive top-five finish and the All-Tournament Team nod to start the 2021-22 season. The Penguins had two other bowlers who finished in the top 12 of the field. Jade Cote Eighth with a total pinfall of 1,015 and Emma Wrenn finished 12th with a 990.
Review of last week
Youngstown State had two bowlers who finished in the top six individually, and the Penguins finished second as a team at the 2022 MOTIV Penguin Classic, supported by Litwin Paint & Supplies, to open the 2022-23 season on October 14. 16. The tournament was held at the Penguins’ home facility at Holiday Bowl in Struthers, Ohio.
YSU went 10-4 in head-to-heads of the tournament, going 4-1 on each of the first two days and 2-2 on Sunday. The Penguins earned victories in the tournament against Arkansas State No. 6 Morgan State #19, Lewis #20, and Central Missouri #21.
The Penguins overtook Arkansas State in the final game of Sunday’s qualifiers to advance to the championship fight against Nebraska. The Penguins and Huskers tied the first four games of the best-of-seven Baker match, but Nebraska won the last two games 4-2.
Individually, Kirsten Moor was named to the five-man all-tournament team with a fifth-place finish from eight games with a total of 1,701 pins. The junior, from Tallmadge, Ohio, hit 185 in each of her games and had impressive totals of 248 and 249 on Saturday. Teammate Madison Marx finished sixth with 1,694, just seven pins behind Moore, and Jade Cote finished 16th with a total of 1,588.
Cote was an anchor in 25 of the team’s 31 Baker games at the MOTIV Penguin Classic, and Marx filled that position in the other six. While seven of the roster’s nine members are returnees, Youngstown State has a new look for the back end of its roster. Emma Dockery and Emma Wrenn combined to throw 1,077 of a possible 1,123 10th frames — or 95.9 percent — in the Baker game over the past three seasons.
Spotting the penguins
Youngstown State is bringing back seven student-athletes from last year’s team that finished second at the Southland Bowling League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regional in Lansing, Michigan. YSU has been an NCAA tournament competitor in each of the past two seasons. He made the Final Four in 2021 and qualified for Regionals in 2022, and should be considered for a berth at large in 2019-20 before the pandemic ended the season. Last year’s roster had 48 wins against top-25 teams and broke many school records, particularly previous school standards for the season average in each format. The Penguins rank ninth in the National Tenpin Coaches Association’s top 25 poll after placing 10th in the last poll of 2021-22.
The returners for 2022-23 were YSU’s top finishers in six of the nine regular-season tournaments last season. second grader Jade Cote scored a school record of 205.13 in traditional play and as a senior last season megan gram was just behind her with an average of 204.26. Both had two top 10 finishes to their credit in 2021-22. Lyndsay Ennisa member of Junior Team USA in 2022, and Cote were both named to the five-man NTCA All-Rookie First Team last season and are juniors Kirsten Moores Her performance at Junior Gold last summer earned her a spot on Junior Team USA 2023. Junior Madison Marx was a main roster member in each of her first two seasons and has made up and down country in Baker Double Percentage as a freshman and sophomore Ellie Drescher and Madison Doseck have both made a lot of progress as they prepare for their second season. Add talented freshmen hope bunk and Hannah Muellerand head coach Doug Kubersky likes his team’s potential for another postseason run at the NCAA tournament in April.
Youngstown State has the first weekend in November off before it has its first series of back-to-back tournaments to conclude the fall schedule. The Penguins will compete November 11-13 at the MOTIV Ladyjack Classic in Kenosha, Wisconsin and bowl at the Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del. November 18-20.