Half of the Northeast Conference will be at Berks Lanes this weekend for what will be the unofficial start of the league’s fourth season of bowling.
The Kutztown Fall Invite will welcome a total of 15 NCAA bowling teams to Reading, PA for two days of competition – one strictly comprised of baker play and the other of traditional play.
Event host Kutztown along with Adelphi, Saint Peter’s, Long Island, and Saint Francis (PA) are the NEC members scheduled to compete with the former four opening their 2011-12 campaigns this weekend.
SFPA, however, got an early start to its season when it played a pair of matches against Penn State-Altoona on October 9. Tom Falbo’s Flash started off their second season as a program by posting a pair of victories over their local rival, but the schedule will only get tougher.
The Northeast Conference has proven to be the nation’s premiere NCAA bowling league since its inception in 2008. Six of the NEC’s 10 members were consistently ranked amongst in the National Tenpins Coaches Association Top 20 Poll throughout the entire 2010-11 campaign with Fairleigh Dickinson spending a number of weeks holding the No. 1 National ranking.
The NEC once again placed multiple representatives into the eight-team NCAA Championship field with FDU, which won it all in 2010, and Kutztown making appearances.
The season’s first edition of the NTCA Top 20 Poll has yet to come out, but Joe Ambrose’s KU Golden Bears and Mike LoPresti’s FDU Knights are almost certain to be amongst the nation’s top-ranked teams when it does.
Fairleigh Dickinson, which recently named former All-American bowler Tracy Ganjoin to its coaching staff, lifts the lid off its season next weekend (Oct. 29-31) at the Bethune Cookman Wildcat Invitational in Daytona Beach, FL.
NEC members Monmouth, Sacred Heart, and St. Francis (NY) get started at the Jersey Jamboree on November 4.
New Jersey City is the last NEC member to take to the lanes when it opens at the Northeast Conference Fall Meet on November 12.
Sam Santoro and Kayla Jones, both of whom have all-NEC credentials, hit the lanes for Kutztown this weekend…
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Articles of Interest
District college football weekend preview – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Josh Sickles)
Coach Dickenman Has Central Players Optimistic About Upcoming Basketball Season – Hartford Courant (Mike Anthony)
MU field hockey bows to Rider – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
Mount’s Brown leaves University for semester – Hanover Evening Sun
RMU to induct hall of fame class – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Council offers feedback on legislation – NCAA.org
Primer for the FCS playoffs – Sports Network (Sean Shapiro)
Movie will introduce many to Cathy Rush – ESPN.com
St. Francis (NY) WBB has some Australian flavor…
Duquesne Hosts Wagner in NEC gridiron action tomorrow…