Kaitlyn Padgett wanted to bowl in college for a school in the state of Illinois, but after she found a limited number of collegiate programs in the state she started to look elsewhere.
Turns out, she didn’t have to look too far.
After searching, the Hall senior eventually found her match as she announced during a signing ceremony on Monday that she will bowl for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
“There weren’t too many schools in Illinois that had a bowling program, so I had to look outside of Illinois,” Padgett said. “My bowling coach in Rockford suggested Lindenwood, so I went for a visit and ended up really liking it.”
Padgett also considered the University of Nebraska as well as Spalding University in Louisville.
“My main thing was if I liked the campus or not, and the next thing was whether I liked the program and the coach,” Padgett said. “With the other two, one was too big and the other was too small, but Lindenwood was just right.”
The 2013-14 NewsTribune Girls Bowler of the Year, Padgett had a standout senior season as she finished with an area-high 208 per game average.
“She’s the first girls bowler from our program to go on to college, and that means a lot for the program,” Hall bowling coach Monica Hrovat said. “Hopefully, a lot of kids can see this and see that they can go to college if they try hard enough in bowling. Kaitlyn worked really hard in practice and over the years, and she has been one of the best in the area for a long time.”
While at Lindenwood, Padgett plans to major in Elementary Education.
“I’m excited that Kaitlyn will be joining us this fall,” Lindenwood coach Phillip Vida said. “She’s had a very good high school career and I know she’s a hard worker and already exhibits many of the skills that will help her succeed at the next level. I expect Kaitlyn to jump right in this fall and be a solid member of the Lindenwood bowling program.”
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