Bowling Seniors Set For Final Bow
April 15, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin gets set to close out its memorable 2013-14 season as the Ladyjacks are in Reno, Nev., competing in the 2014 USBC Championships. The four-day event gets underway Tuesday, April 15, before wrapping up on Friday, April 18.
The Ladyjacks qualified for the event by placing second at the USBC Regional in Fort Worth last month as SFA will look to build on its performance from 2012 when it advanced to the semifinals. Despite just missing out on qualifying for the NCAA tournament, the Ladyjacks have put together quite a memorable season, including top-five finishes in eight of their 10 tournaments and reaching as high as fourth in the NTCA media poll, the highest in school history.
Last week SFA also reached another program milestone as two players were named NTCA All-Americans for the 2013-14 season. Senior Nicole Parkhurst became the first two-time All-American as she was named a second team honoree (honorable mention in 2013) while sophomore Melanie Crawford was a third team selection.
Not only does the event this weekend cap a fantastic season for the SFA bowling team, it also marks the final event for three Ladyjacks who have helped build the program into what it is today. Seniors Sierra Gibbons, Whitney McCoy and Nicole Parkhurst have been integral parts of the rise of the Ladyjack bowling program as Gibbons and McCoy are both fifth-year players who have been with the program since day one.
“I can’t express what these three girls have meant to this program,” said head coach Amber Lemke. “They have done incredible things to help this program grow each season and develop into what it is today. The foundation they have set will help SFA bowling continue to grow and become a national contender, and I’m incredibly proud and thankful for everything they have done. They will all be very missed.”
We asked the three of them what it means to be a Ladyjack and what being a member of the SFA bowling program has meant to them:
Sierra Gibbons – Plano, Texas
Whitney McCoy – Houston, Texas
Nicole Parkhurst – Utica, N.Y.