Springtime will soon be upon us.
The robins are returning north and high school seniors are finalizing their college plans.
Washington High School senior Kalee Crowe has made known her decision regarding college.
On Monday, Feb. 27, Crowe signed a letter of intent to attend Rio Grande University where she will continue her education and be a member of the new women’s bowling team.
Crowe was joined for the occasion by family and friends, coaches and administrators in the lobby outside the gymnasium.
“I’m really excited about it,” Crowe said. “I’ve been bowling for, this is actually my third year. I bowled in one league when I was little, but, it was nothing serious. Then, I picked it back up my sophomore year.
“I think it’s really exciting, going to college and continuing bowling,” Crowe said. “I’m looking forward to improving, checking out the different lane conditions. There are going to be a lot of challenging players. It’s going to be a challenge, but, it’ll be fun, too.”
What course of study might Crowe pursue at Rio Grande?
“I want to do criminology, or criminal justice, something to do with law enforcement,” Crowe said. “But, they don’t have any of those programs. So, I’m going to do sports and exercise.”
What about a favorite subject in high school?
“I really like math,” Crowe said. “I was really good at math. I didn’t really like history and science. I enjoy reading and writing, but math is probably my strongest subject.”
In addition to bowling, Crowe will soon be playing her fourth year of softball for the Lady Lions.
What about a favorite memory or accomplishment during her high school bowling career?
“I remember last year, we had a home baker bash,” Crowe said. “It came down to us and Jonathan Alder. Jonathan Alder is a really good team. Their fifth bowler has a full ride to college for bowling. She was pretty good. We ended up beating them and winning our baker bash.
“We’ve gone to Sectionals and Districts the past two years,” Crowe said. “I remember my sophomore year, I missed going to State by one pin. We finished third at the District this year.
“I think I’m pretty ready,” Crowe said of moving on to the next level of collegiate bowling. “I’ve only been bowling for three years, but, I’ve learned a lot from Ron. Macy’s helped me a lot and the Trace coach, Kaleb Taylor. I can still improve by practicing every day, picking up spares and just getting used to the different lane conditions and adapting to them.
“I’d like to thank Ron,” Crowe said. “He’s helped me a lot and gotten me to this point. I want to thank Bret for just getting me here, coming to matches and supporting me. I want to thank my parents for always being there and being supportive.”
“She was our leader this year,” Washington girls bowling coach Ron Amore Jr. said. “She’s a very, very hard worker. She’s a fierce competitor and I mean fierce. You can see it in her eyes. She will do very well at the next level, I’m sure.”
Crowe will join Miami Trace senior Macy Detty on the Rio Grande bowling team.
“They should have a real good team,” Amore Jr. said.
“She’s probably our No. 2,” Rio Grande head coach Bret Little said. “Macy’s our No. 1, Kalee’s our No. 2. There will be competition for the (No. 1 spot). We’ll get them trained up and see where it shakes out down the road.
“We’ve watched a lot of high school tournaments and we saw Kalee,” Little said. “Plus, I know Ron Amore from the Proprietors’s Association and he introduced us. We both own bowling alleys. Ron Amore owns one (LeElla Lanes), I own one, Skyline in Gallipolis. That’s how the contact network goes. That’s how I’ve been finding a lot of my bowlers, talking to the owners of bowling alleys.”
Rio Grande has landed another terrific bowler from Fayette County for their team.
Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1