Since he was 3 years old, Mountain Home’s Troy Kill recalls his life revolving around bowling.
Whether traveling to a tournament or just having fun with family and friends locally, Kill could always be found at a bowling alley.
“I played other sports at Mountain Home,” Kill said, “but since I was 3 years old, all I’ve done was bowl. My grandpa (Ron Kalina) has taught me everything I know, and a couple coaches helped when I moved here. My mom did it in high school. It’s a big aspect in our lives. Every weekend we’re either out there bowling or going to tournaments around the state.”
The high school senior took the next step in his bowling journey on Wednesday, signing a National Letter of Intent to bowl at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
Kill was named both all-conference and all-state last season. The senior has bowled a high score of 279 in high school competition, but has shot one 300 in his career.
“A lot of my friends throughout the country I’ve met through bowling started going to colleges,” Kill said. “About my sophomore year, I realized, ‘hey, maybe I can do this, too.’ As soon as we got a bowling team here, I was pumped for when I got to high school. I did pretty good and am blessed to have this opportunity. I actually got noticed by the Lindenwood coach when I went to a combine in Texas they have every year for up-and-coming college kids who are bowling.”
The Lions sport a strong bowling program, sending men’s and women’s teams to the Intercollegiate Team Championships this season.
“I hope to be one of the top average bowlers at the school,” Kill said. “I want to be one of the ones to mean something to the team, someone the teammates will look to and ask questions in a situation where they need me to step up.”
Kill already was a senior leader for the Bombers this past season.
“I could always count on Troy, knowing he would at least get a 200 or above, even on his bad days,” Mountain Home bowling coach Chaseton McCarthy said. “He would get those pin counts. I would ask him to talk to some of the younger guys who weren’t as accustomed to being in a big tournament and would get nervous. He was really good about helping them out and encouraging them and patting them on the back when they didn’t do so well.”
Kill’s easy-going personality made the underclassmen Bomber bowlers more comfortable.
“Some of the ways he helped the most — not only with his bowling, because he was our top bowler — he was extremely enthusiastic and has a great personality,” McCarthy added. “He brought a lot of joy to the other guys. He likes to joke around with his teammates.”
Kill says he wants to be a sports agent and will have to take classes in business and law for that to happen.
“They have a really good business program there,” he said, “and I’m going to major in sports management business. I want to be an agent, and I’m going to minor in psychology.”