Eight Lopes recognized for stellar season on the lanes
By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Tinajero
The trophy case just keeps getting bigger.
Eight members of the Grand Canyon University Bowling Program were recognized with postseason awards for a season’s worth of stellar performances on and off the lanes.
The individual accolades come on the heels of arguably the best season in program history – a campaign that featured five total tournament victories.
“Being nominated for and receiving season-long awards speaks to the continued success our program has had over the past few seasons,” said GCU Head Coach Ben Canfield. “While our team success comes first, we are proud to recognize individual performances on and off the lanes.”
On the men’s side, Joshua Molloy, co-captain Kyle Gilbert and Mathew Adragna – who rolled a perfect 300 game in January – were named Club All-American Finalists.
Adragna, Kimberly Araujo, Travis Hoffman, LeAnne Kommenich, Jarrod Spangler and Jackson Speece were selected to the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) Scholar Athleteslist, which recognizes student-athletes with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or greater.
Capping off the “hat trick”, Adragna was also named to the West Coast All-Star team, while Molloy added a Men’s Club All-American Second Team selection to his young resume’.
“I’m honored to receive the recognition,” Molloy said. “It’s even sweeter knowing how many other great bowlers are out there, including my own teammates. I really wasn’t thinking about the All-American awards. With this being my first year, I was just trying to get through the season and gain experience.”
Just a freshman, Molloy was a significant factor in GCU’s success this year.
With co-captain Josh Mabry out for most of the season with a broken finger, the Lopes desperately needed others to step up. Molloy did just that, leading GCU to a second-place finish in the SLOTown Showdown at the Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria, California in October.
He also turned in key performances in GCU’s final few tournaments down the stretch.
“These awards definitely give me a boost of confidence moving forward,” Molloy said. “At the same time, I know that I’m bowling on a team, and the ultimate goal is to win together. I’m glad I received the awards, but the team is always the top priority.”
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