MURFREESBORO – Danielle Jedlicki became a national bowling champion recently.
She’s only 14.
The Siegel High freshman won the USBC Jr. Gold national championship in Chicago a week ago, winning by just nine pins.
The national championship came in her third year of bowling at nationals, an invitation-only event.
“I was excited (to win),” Jedlicki said. “Last year at nationals I was seventh, and the year before I was 11th. I stayed more calm this year and got my spares.
“I just took it one shot at a time.”
A replay of the event will be aired at 9 p.m., Aug. 11, on CBS Sports Network.
Jedlicki has been bowling since she was 4. She had her lone perfect game at 13.
Jedlicki bowled on different sport-shot patterns. These patterns place oil at different locations on the lane, making accuracy a premium.
“It’s not that difficult when you find your mark,” she said.
VanPatten chosen for Southeastern team: Siegel High senior Chase Van Patten will be competing Tuesday-Saturday in Tuplelo, Mississippi, in the Southern Zone Swimming Championships as a representative from the Southeastern Zone.
Van Patten will be competing in all freestyle events — 50-meter, 100, 200, 400 and 1,500 — as well as the 100 butterfly.
Van Patten was selected from the event after accruing points in the Southeastern championships earlier this month. It marks his first time competing in the event.
“I’m really excited about it and honored to be selected for the team,” Van Patten said. “I want to go have fun and have some good races and compete with some new swimmers I haven’t competed against before.”
Van Patten said this is his last meet of the summer before he starts his final year at Siegel.
“Junior Nationals was this last weekend,” he said. “So this is the last big meet for me.”
Former Blue Raider now a Cougar: Former MTSU standout Cam Robinson has joined the MTCS football coaching staff. Robinson, who led the Blue Raiders in tackles in 2009, will help coach the defense. He is also on faculty. Robinson was most recently a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech.
Offered: MTCS senior running back Tanner Green recently received his first college offer. Green, who rushed for 902 yards as a junior, received an offer from Harding University, an NCAA Division II school located in Searcy, Arkansas.
• Oakland defensive back Mark Pruitt, who had three interceptions a year ago, also has received an offer from the school.
• Siegel senior distance runner Tyler Smith has received an offer from UT-Martin to run cross country and track and field.
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