Men’s bowling season is anywhere but in the gutter

By Sydney Endicott, Photographer

The men’s bowling team is having a good year and has even set a few school scoring records.

And that’s exactly what it was hoping for.

“Our hopes are the same every year: to compete at a very high level and try to win a National championship,” said Coach Billy Murphy. 

Newman’s men’s team is currently ranked fifth in the United States Bowling Congress’ power rankings, and it’s ranked seventh in the National Collegiate Bowlers Coaching Association’s coaches poll. During this 2023-24 bowling season, the men have racked up eight second-place finishes.

Four Newman bowlers are also ranked among the top 50 in the country. These include sophomores Noah Akiona, Cole Munley and Zach Smullen and junior Silas Limes. 

Akiona, who is averaging 215.6, is also ranked 11th in the USBC collegiate bowling rankings. He’s made two all-tournament teams and had six finishes in the top 10. Limes is ranked 44th in the USBC collegiate bowling rankings and is averaging 209.9.mes? 

Akiona is currently holding a 279 high game. 

Going into the season, he said, Akiona looked forward to having an awesome season with his friends and to “making memories with the guys and competing with them.”

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