A two-time state title winner is one of three high school juniors selected to the 2014-2015 Dexter/United States Bowling Congress High School All-American Team.
The 2014-2015 team marks the 10th year the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team has been selected. This year’s team includes Jerod Hromek of Towanda, Kan., a junior who has won the Kansas High School Activities Individual State bowling title the last two years.
“We’re excited once again to recognize 10 high school bowlers who have excelled on the lanes and in the classroom,” Bud Clapsaddle, Vice President of Dexter Bowling, said. “We’re also proud to mark a decade of the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team.”
Dexter and USBC annually select five boys and five girls from around the country to form the Dexter/USBC High School All-American team. Student-athletes are nominated by their coach or athletic director, and must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.
In addition to high school bowling accomplishments, nominated athletes must provide a letter of recommendation and a 500-word essay. Each student-athlete will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will be recognized at this year’s Junior Gold Championships in July.
“We appreciate Dexter Bowling’s support of high school bowling over the last decade,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “Selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American Team is one of the most prestigious honors a high school bowler can receive, and we congratulate those selected to this year’s team.”
The five female student-athletes named to the team:
Samantha Gainor (Chesterfield Township, Mich.) – The junior at L’Anse Creuse High School North earned all-state honors and was the top qualifier at the state singles championship this year. A three-time state qualifier, she won the regional title as a sophomore and took second in regionals this year.
Keri Molloy (Sandusky, Mich.) – A first-team all-state performer the last two years, she helped Sandusky High School to a state title in 2012, a second-place finish at state in 2013, and to the regional title each of her four years. She was the second-place qualifier in state singles her senior year.
Jordan Newham (Aurora, Ill.) – She was an all-conference selection each of her four years at Metea Valley High School. She took third in state, and also helped her school to its first state appearance last year, while finishing seventh in the state as a senior. She also earned all-conference academic honors her junior and senior years.
Casey Smith (Chittenango, N.Y.) – The Chittenango High School senior won the Section 3 Championships and finished third in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state tournament this year. As a member of the Section 3 All-Star team, she won the state title in 2014 and took third in 2015.
Amanda Wengryn (Ringoes, N.J.) – She has been the captain of the South Hunterdon Regional High School team the last three years. She earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior. She finished third as a junior and eighth as a senior in the tri-county tournament.
The five male student-athletes named to the team:
Jonathan Bowman (Peru, N.Y) – He was the New York State Public High School Athletic Association singles champion his senior year and led Peru Central High School to the Section VII team title. He was an all-section selection each year and set conference records for high game, series and average.
Jerod Hromek (Towanda, Kan.) – A junior at Circle High School, he has won the Kansas High School Activities Individual State bowling title the last two years and helped his team to the state title in 2015. He was selected to the 1-4A all-state team the last two years. He has a 3.64 grade-point average and has been selected to the honor roll the last three years.
Joe Kleven (Eding, Minn.) – An all-conference performer for Benilde-St. Margaret’s School each of his four years, he earned Minnesota High School Bowling All-State honors his senior year. He is a National Honor Society member and an Eagle Scout.
Bradley Solomon (O’Fallon, Ill.) – The junior led O’Fallon Township High School to a fifth-place finish in the state tournament in 2015 and was a member of the Panthers team that finished third in 2014. He was selected first-team all-area and was named to the academic all-conference team this year.
Gregory Tack (Port Murray, N.J.) – The Immaculata High School senior was selected as high school bowler of the year by several publications. He helped the Spartans to the state title in 2014 and was second in the individual state tournament his senior year. He plans to attend Florida State.
Go to BOWL.com/HighSchool for more information about the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team, including previous teams, and to learn more about high school bowling.
2014-2015 DEXTER HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Jonathan Bowman, Senior, Peru Central High School, Peru, N.Y
Jerod Hromek, Junior, Circle High School, Towanda, Kan.
Joe Kleven, Senior, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, Eding, Minn.
Bradley Solomon, Junior, O’Fallon Township High School, O’Fallon, Ill.
Gregory Tack, Senior, Immaculata High School, Port Murray, N.J.
Samantha Gainor, Junior, L’Anse Creuse High School-North, Chesterfield Township, Mich.
Keri Molloy, Senior, Sandusky High School, Sandusky, Mich.
Jordan Newham, Senior, Metea Valley High School, Aurora, Ill.
Casey Smith, Senior, Chittenango High School, Chittenango, N.Y
Amanda Wengryn, Senior, South Hunterdon Regional High School, Ringoes, N.J.