Doppler Dave introduces student who receives scholarship for being top high school bowler in state
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - This is an exciting time of year for high school seniors as they wrap up high school and begin making plans for college.
We are accustomed to seeing scholarships awarded to high school athletes in various sports, but the story we have coming up is rather unique.
I spent some time bowling this week with Ashton Holladay, one of the top high school bowlers in the state.
His accomplishments in the sport in recent years have brought him a great deal of attention.
It was quite an honor to be coached by someone so skilled in his craft.
Ashton explained how his bowling journey began by seeing a video of a certain bowling style.
“I saw it on YouTube. And I was like, ‘Wow, you know I can. That’s really cool. I can try that,’” said Ashton.
“Not only did he attempt the style, he quickly mastered probably the first six months I kind of got consistent and got into leagues and bowling tournaments. And that’s when I was like, Yeah, I can I can be pretty good at this,” said Ashton.
Pretty good is a bit of an understatement. Ashton completed his first perfect 300 game. He now has five of those under his belt. It’s really incredible.
“We’re not a bowling family for say outside of entertainment. And I brought the boys through the summer to do kids bowl free dot com that they offer here at Western bowl. And he just took a liking to and he opted to quit playing basketball and football to pursue this because he loved it so much. And he had a real talent,” said Mary Holladay.
Ashton’s accomplishments have now opened the door for a college career.
“I’m the head coaches at OCU had been following me since my junior year of high school. They saw me at state my junior year. And then again this year at state they approached me and they said well, we’d like to see your family and you at our campus and have yourself a visit at Oklahoma and they presented me with a scholarship there and the rest is history,” said Ashton. “We’re going to OC for our students family this development just not been in the plan.”
“I think it’s really a promise of God that has come true for us that was spoken over him a long time ago that college would be covered for him and so, we just believed in that I didn’t know is going to be through bowling. But I’m just super proud of him as student encourages others to go all in on their interests,” said Mary.
Everybody has their own thing hobby sports, you know, people have their own unique likeness about everything, chase it, go get it.
If you want it that bad, you’ll get it.
Taking an uncommon interest and turning it into a college scholarship. Now that’s some good news.
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