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Hogan rolls to decorated senior year at Fresno St.

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Hogan rolls to decorated senior year at Fresno St.

Paul Hogan

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POSTED June 16, 2010 2:38 a.m.
After closing out an impressive four-year career with the Fresno State men’s bowling team, East Union High graduate Paul Hogan was recognized by the United States Bowling Congress as the intercollegiate winner of the Chris Steer Sportsmanship Award.

Hogan, who was also one of nine finalists for the Bowling Writers Association of America’s Collegiate Bowler of the Year, helped lead his Bulldogs to the 2010 Team Championships in El Paso, Texas. Hogan was an All-Tournament team selection at the championships, where Fresno closed out the season against the top programs in the country.

“Everything is always different every year, because we always have different guys,” Hogan said of the team championships. “This year, being my last year, it was a little harder I guess. You know it’s your last shot of your college career and so everything hits you a little bit more.”

Hogan closed out the season unquestionably as one of the best men’s bowlers in the country, finishing in the top-15 with a 208 average in over 70 games. Hogan mustered four top five finishes in regular season action his senior year and nine first-place team finishes for the Bulldogs, bringing an impressive Fresno State run to a close.

“When I first went down to Fresno I just wanted to try and become an All-American,” Hogan said. “That usually means being somewhere in the top-10 to be nominated for that. I was second-team All-American three times and being nominated for the bowler of the year was just a good end to four years.”

Hogan’s former Bulldog teammate, Josh Blanchard, (Wichita State) was honored as the bowler of the year, yet settling amongst such elite company was privilege enough for the senior standout.

“I was really excited to be nominated,” Hogan said. “I worked really hard for four seasons and to be recognized felt really good.

“The entire process was pretty exciting.”

Hogan’s accomplishments were not solely focused on the lanes, handling his responsibilities in the classroom on his way to a degree in psychology. With professional aspirations on the horizons, Hogan still has unfinished business down in Fresno.

“My first priority right now is just to finish school,” Hogan said. “Obviously, I will keep practicing and things like that. They have a regional tour (The Professional Bowling Association Regional Tour) and I will likely play in a couple of those events.

“We’ll see how that goes, and see where I go from there.”

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