The Canisius High School varsity bowling team captured the 2019 All Catholic championship at Classic Lanes in Tonawanda on Thursday, February 14. The format consisted of one team game, and six games of Baker Bowling to determine the victor.
Canisius took the team lead in the first game with a 1041 team game, and 26 pins ahead of St. Joe's, the regular season champions. The Crusaders had contributions from all five members of the team game, led by Connor Wright '19 and Cameron Hall '19 with 221 high single games, Chris Heitzhaus '20 with a 211 game, Joe Gogan '19 with a 202 game, and Joe Dopkin '19 with a 186 game. In the Baker format, Canisius never relinquished the lead, and expanded the spread to a 95 pin victory. Two other members of the varsity team, Simon Htoo '20 and Henry Mania '20 contributed in the Baker Format Victory.
Cameron Hall '19 was named the All Catholic MVP and he has qualified for a second consecutive year for the New York State Catholic Singles Bowling Championships on Long Island on March 2.
“It means a lot to me because our team was seen as an underdog going in," says Cameron. "It was definitely our best team effort all year because all of us were fired up and motivating one another constantly. You could see the excitement and how proud Coach Pat was of us. There is no better way to end my senior year and I’m going to miss it.”
For Canisius varsity bowling coach Pat Kwiatkowski '72 this is the ninth title in his 22 year coaching career.
"In any competition to be lucky, as well as believing in your team, means everything. And, these gentlemen, as well as their families and coaches, made this happen," says Coach Kwiatkowski.
Pictured at top, left to right: Henry Mania '20, Joe Gogan '19, JV Coach Mike Kwiatkowski '99, Chris Heitzhaus '20, Cameron Hall '19, Joe Dopkin '19, Coach Pat Kwiatkowski '72, Connor Wright '19 and Simon Htoo '20.
Pictured below: All Catholic MVP Cameron Hall '19.