Kaylea Wright talks about her passion for bowling and her journey with the sport so far.
“Bowling has expanded my horizons in a multitude of areas,” Wright said. “I have met many friends from all over the country, but also it has increased my mentality game and concentration.”
Starting at just 4 years old, Wright, a Southmoreland sophomore, said that her aunt was a bowling coach at Yough Lanes which helped her get her start, and from there, she progressed to becoming a competitive bowler.
Wright began winning first place titles last year and started receiving scholarship offers from schools like Mt. Aloysius, WCCC, St. Vincent, and Robert Morris.
So far in her bowling career, Wright holds a Pennsylvania state title, a regional title, a WPSP state Title, a WPSP regional title, and a travel title.
Wright would like to take part in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League, but it won’t be without having to overcome some challenges. Since Southmoreland does not have a bowling team, Wright explains that if she were to bowl for another school, “Both school athletic directors would have to talk to each other to work out an agreement. I would also need permission from WPIAL and PIAA.”
When asked what competing for WPIBL would mean to her, Wright said, “I would finally be able to get my name out more than it already is. I would get more exposure to college coaches and gain more knowledge of the sport itself.”
Southmoreland High School teacher Mr. Larry Ansell, commented on Wright’s work ethic and dedication to all that she does.
“Schools struggle with perception issues. You only hear the bad things,” he said. “Kaylea is the kid we want people to hear about and represent the school. She’s the type who isn’t afraid to work, which is becoming harder to find.”
Wright plans to continue her bowling career beyond high school and throughout college.
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