The Erie Community College men’s bowling team captured its 18th national title March 5 at the NJCAA Bowling Championships at Transit Lanes in Williamsville.
The Kats, who won their first title since 2007, knocked down 13,638 pins to top Hudson Valley Community College by 64 pins.
ECC was led by sophomore David Zajac (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) who captured the men’s all-events title as he posted a score of 2,691 win by 159 pins.
Zajac is the 14th member of the ECC program to win the all-events title and the first since Ryan Ciminelli won the 2007 title.
Zajac was joined by Ted Chojecki (West Seneca, N.Y.) on the NJCAA All-America team. Chojecki finished fourth in the all-events competition at 2,450.
Freshmen Branden Simone (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) was 14th at 2,311 and Tyler Skoczylas (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) was 18th at 2,279.
Zajac and Chojecki recorded a score of 1,215 to finish fifth in doubles while Joe Elbers (Clarence, N.Y.) and Derek Szymkowiak (Eden, N.Y.) combined for 1,170 to finish 10th.
In the singles competition, Zajac and Chojecki finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Zajac had a high game of 264 in his 646 series while Chojecki had a 643 series.
Simone finished tied for 14th at 611.
ECC’s Jerry Carroll was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year.