2015-2016 Women’s Bowling Preview

2014-2015 MCC Finish: 7th out of 7
Letterwinners returning/lost: 7/2

Notable returners:
Stephanie Adams So. Souris, Manitoba
(First-team all-MCC, 194.1 avg., high of 269)
Briell Newberry So. Holland, Mich.
(Letterwinner, 170.5 avg., high of 254)
Emily Braga Sr. Newton, Iowa
(Letterwinner, 168.2 avg., high of 203)
Montana Pence Sr. Stronghurst, Ill.
(Letterwinner, 167.6 avg., high of 225)

Notable losses:
Kelsey Johnson
(Four-time letterwinner)

Notable newcomers:
Amber Ovel Fr. Waterloo, Iowa

A plethora of experience will grace the lanes for the Statesmen women’s bowling program as it looks to again be in the national picture in 2015-2016.

Head Coach Mark Van Wyk and Assistant Coach Breanne Underwood return first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference performer Stephanie Adams (Jr., Souris, Manitoba, Business Management), who is widely considered one of the top bowlers in the nation after owning a 194.1 average (72 games, high of 269).

Six other returners, headed by Briell Newberry (So., Holland, Mich., Secondary Education) at 170.5, also competed on the varsity last year and should provide Adams with great complements. MacKenzie Boyd (Jr., Knoxville, Iowa, Human Services/Sociology) (164.0), Emily Braga (Sr., Newton, Iowa, Communications) (168.2), Audra Farley (So., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Education) (151.1), Cybil Lennie (So., Ottumwa, Iowa, Undecided) (165.7), and Montana Pence (Sr., Stronghurst, Ill., Elementary Education) (167.6) also rolled at least 25 games last year.

Jocelyn Beaver (So., Knoxville, Iowa, Business Management) and Elizabeth Christy (So., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Digital Communication) return as well, while the coaching staff has brought in newcomers Kaylee Gerken (Fr., Dubuque, Iowa), Amber Ovel (Fr., Waterloo, Iowa), and Cheyanne Starr (Fr., Ottumwa, Iowa) to strengthen the program.


William Penn opens its 10-tournament season this weekend at the Storm Western Shootout in Indianapolis, Ind. Highlighting the season is the team’s holiday trip to Las Vegas, Nev., while the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic will conclude the regular season on February 20-21.

Story provided by Wade Steinlage


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