SFA makes history with first ever bowling team

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE)- SFA makes history with their first ever bowling team. The Ladyjacks are already receiving votes in the national poll, despite competing with an all-freshman team.

Seven freshmen, hand-picked from around Texas, are making history as the first SFA bowling team.

"We saw them at local tournaments and thought they looked pretty good and asked them to come be a part of our program here," said head coach Laura Cramer.

"It feels incredible. I mean we're in the books. It's awesome."

With more than 30 wins this season, these young women aren't letting anyone second guess them.

"We've gone further than almost everyone thought we could have done. We've surprised a lot of people," said freshman Sierra Gibbons.

The Ladyjacks have already knocked off defending national champion Nebraska twice this season and has nearly a dozen wins against nationally-ranked opponents.

"These kids have been bowling since they were old enough to pick up a ball," said Cramer.

They are serious about their sport, perfecting their technique daily.

"You have to practice every day and you have to do workouts on top of that, to keep your strength, and so you can have more force into the ball," said Gibbons.

"It takes a lot more strength than most people think," said freshman Whitney Mccoy.

Repetition is key in getting that smooth approach.

This weekend, the Ladyjacks will host the first ever NCAA bowling tournament at Texas Pro Bowl in Nacogdoches. Southern, Texas southern, Grambling and Prairie View A&M are all slated to attend. The public is invited to attend free of charge. The tournament takes place Saturday at nine am and Sunday at three pm.

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