Dexter and the United States Bowling Congress proudly announce the 10 student-athletes who have been named to the 2014-2015 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team:
Jonathan Bowman, Senior, Peru Central High School, Peru, New York
In addition to being named the New York State Public High School Athletic Association singles champion, Jonathan led his school to the Section VII team title during his senior year. He set conference records for high game, high series, and high average and was an all-section selection each year of his high school bowling career.
Samantha Gainor, Junior, L’Anse Creuse High School-North, Chesterfield Township, Michigan
The top qualifier at the state singles championship this year, Samantha also earned all-state honors. A three-time state qualifier, she won the regional title her sophomore year and took second place in the regionals this year.
Jerod Hromek, Junior, Circle High School, Towanda, Kansas
The winner of the Kansas High School Activities Individual State bowling title for two consecutive years, Jerod helped his team to victory in clinching the state title this year. Selected to the 1-4A all-state team the last two years, Jerod has a 3.64 grade-point average and has been a member of the honor roll for the past three years.
Joe Kleven, Senior, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, Edina, Minnesota
An all-conference performer for Benilde-St. Margaret’s School each of his four years on the bowling team, Joe earned Minnesota High School Bowling All-State honors in his senior year. He is also an Eagle Scout and member of the National Honor Society.
Keri Molloy, Senior, Sandusky High School, Sandusky, Michigan
A first-team all-state performer in her junior and senior year, Keri was the second-place qualifier in state singles this year. Her contributions to the Sandusky High School team helped earn the squad the state title in 2012, a second-place finish at state in 2013, and a regional title for the past four years.
Jordan Newham, Senior, Metea Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois
An all-conference selection for all four of her years at Metea Valley High School, Jordan took third in state and helped her school to its first state appearance last year, and placed seventh in state as a senior. She also earned all-conference academic honors during her junior and senior years.
Casey Smith, Senior, Chittenango High School, Chittenango, New York
Winner of the Section 3 Individual Championships, Casey took third place in this year’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association state tournament. Together with her teammates on the Section 3 All-Star team, she won the state title in 2014 and finished third in 2015.
Bradley Solomon, Junior, O’Fallon Township High School, O’Fallon, Illinois
Named to the academic all-conference team, Bradley was also selected first team all-area this year. A member of the O’Fallon Panthers squad that placed third in 2014, he led his team to a fifth-place finish in the 2015 state tournament.
Gregory Tack, Senior, Immaculata High School, Port Murray, New Jersey
Honored by several area publications with the distinction of High School Bowler of the Year, Gregory placed second in the individual state tournament his senior year and helped the Immaculata Spartans to the state title in 2014. He plans to attend college at Florida State University, where he hopes to continue his bowling career.
Amanda Wengryn, Senior, South Hunterdon Regional High School, Ringoes, New Jersey
Captain of the South Hunterdon Regional High School team for the past three years, Amanda earned second team all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior. In the tri-county tournament, she took third place as a junior and eighth place as a senior.
“This year is especially important to us as it marks the 10th team in the history of the All-American Team program,” said Bud Clapsaddle, Vice President of Dexter, the brand sponsor for the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team since its inception during the 2005-2006 season. “I’m amazed by the talented and dedicated young people I’ve met over the past decade, and extremely pleased that many of our team members intend to continue to pursue bowling as part of their college experience.”
“We appreciate Dexter Bowling’s support of high school bowling over the last decade,” Chad Murphy, USBC Executive Director added. “Selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American Team is one of the most prestigious honors a high school bowler can receive and we congratulate those selected to this year’s team.”
Every year, five boys and five girls are selected from high schools across the country for the All-American Team. In order to be eligible for consideration, bowlers must be nominated by their coach or athletic director, provide a letter of recommendation and a 500-word essay, and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average as well as a high level of dedication to their community. Each member of the 2014-2015 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will be honored for their achievement at the Junior Gold Championships in Illinois this July.
For more information on the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team program, please visit Bowl.com/highschool.