NEWPORT – When Katlyn Hoeh started bowling in seventh grade, she had no idea where the sport would lead her.
The Newport High School, Northern Kentucky’s top girls bowler during the season, will continue on in the sport at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Ky. Hoeh signed with the NAIA school April 16.
“I want to be a physical therapist and a bowler, so I can do both there,” she said. “It’s little and I thought I could fit in well there.”
Hoeh had a decorated bowling career for the Wildcats. In four years of KHSAA-sanctioned competition, she was a three-time state qualifier in singles. As a sophomore, she was regional champion and third in the state. Last year, as a junior, she didn’t qualify for state in singles but led the Wildcats to their first berth in the KHSAA team tournament.
“I’m very proud and excited,” said Newport head coach Janet Ball. “Her next journey in life is going to be really fun. She’s a great bowler. Academically, she’s probably going to be the valedictorian. She’s going to be very successful at whatever she does.”
Campbellsville finished ninth in the NAIA girls national tournament in March.
Newport retains Mirena Combs, who finished eighth place in state singles this season to win a state medal.
“It’s going to be difficult to make up for her,” Ball said. “Mirena is moving up and I have some other girls who have been working hard to get better and better, but she will be tough to replace.”
Hoeh is the pitcher for the Newport softball team and holds all the school pitching records as well.
“I don’t want it to be over,” she said. “I’ve accomplished pretty much here. It’s a lot of fun to me. I enjoy it.”
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