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Hall senior David McManus (seated, second from left) signs Friday to bowl at the University of St. Francis. He was joined at the signing by his father, Doug McManus (seated, left), his mother, Tammy Edgcomb (seated, second from right), his stepfather, Mike Edgcomb (seated, right), Hall coach Monica Hrovat (standing, left) and Hall athletic director Eric Bryant. NewsTribune photo/Kevin Chlum
In high school, David McManus helped build the foundation for a Hall bowling program that is just four years old.
Now he hopes to lay the foundation for a college program.
McManus signed a Letter of Intent on Thursday to bowl for St. Francis University, an NAIA school in Joliet that will have bowling for the first time next school year.
“It’s nice because you can make something,” McManus said. “It’s like how I came here to Hall. You can make it something. You’re basically the future. If it goes down, it’s because of you. If it rises, it’s because of you. Maybe I can help make a program over there, too.”
St. Francis coach Tony Talley said McManus is the type of student-athlete he wanted to build the program around.
“He’s a good kid and a hard worker. His maturity level really stood out for me,” Talley said. “The kid can bowl, so the added things that really stuck out like work ethic and maturity level, those are the things I’m looking for in bowlers to build around in the first year here.”
McManus chose St. Francis over St. Ambrose, Highland and IVCC.
“It’s a great school,” said McManus, who will major in criminal justice and minor in psychology. “I’ve been down there plenty of times and visited. My friend (and Hall teammate Joseph Parochetti) told me about it. He’s probably going to be my roommate. Whenever I’ve gone down there, it’s always seemed like a really nice school to go to.”
McManus, the first Hall bowler to sign with a college, was a three-time state qualifier and two-time NewsTribune Boys Bowler of the Year.
“He keeps his head in the game and he knows how to adjust,” Hall coach Monica Hrovat said. “He’s just a natural talent. I think in college he will do even better.”
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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