On Monday, May 12, 2014, Pennridge senior Jenn Stevens was recognized at a special news conference for committing to bowl at Cheyney University. To view photos of the signing, please visit the Photo Gallery.
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Jenn Stevens – Cheyney University (Bowling)
Major: Biology with a minor in Psychology
Final list of colleges: Cheyney, Kutztown, Fairleigh Dickinson
Reasons for choosing Cheyney: “I was deciding between all of those schools, but when I wasn’t getting contacted back, it made it a whole lot easier to decide.”
What was the progression that led you to bowling at the collegiate level? “I’ve been bowling competitively since I was eight or nine. I had a lot of support from my coaches, not just from high school but other coaches that I met through the years and my parents saying I should bowl in college. I’ve always wanted to, but at one point, I was like, ‘My future and my career are more important,’ but once I got offered the scholarship, I was like, ‘Why not?’ My scholarship is all academic, but I am going there because of the bowling program.”
Coach Brian Laiacona says: “Jenn’s a four-year varsity starter. She bowled anchor for us all four years. She put us on the map for boys and girls. Bowling is a unique sport – it’s not co-ed because you have boys team and a girls team, but we’re all together nonstop. It’s not like a traditional sport like soccer where you have a girls team and guys team and they are completely separate.
“Jenn went from a 172 to a 200 average from her freshman to her sophomore year, and that’s jumping marginally in that sport. We’re going to miss her.
“College bowling is a small sport, so for her to be going where she’s going is the elite of the elite. It’s not just U.S. students but a lot of students worldwide that will compete at Division One and Division II schools in that sport. It’s just a testament to how good she’s been and the level she’s at now.
“Jenn was the first (Pennridge) bowler ever to make states her sophomore and junior years. As a team, it was the first Pennridge bowling team to get to regionals. She really did put us on the map as a program. To watch her grow, it’s been a pleasure to coach her.”
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite movie: The Grey
Favorite music: Skillet, Drake and Eminem