Big Reds’ bowler Lakyn Edwards headed to Indiana Tech
Serves as the anchor for PHS
PARKERSBURG– When picking a college that suits the needs of both her major and a top bowling program, it was an easy decision for Parkersburg High School bowler Lakyn Edwards picking Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Due to not being recognized as a sport by the WVSSAC, bowling in the state falls under a club sport. Edwards has been involved with the bowling club her entire school career.
She has played a big role on the team as the anchor with a 210 average. Bowling on the fifth and tenth frames, the anchor is usually the best player rolling on the most important frames.
Thanks to her brother, Jacob, Edwards has been at the bowling alley since the age of 4. Only bowling competitively for two years, at the age of ten, she became the youngest in West Virginia to bowl a perfect game in 2014. “I was in shock and everyone was there congratulating me and it was just so unreal,” Edwards said.
Parkersburg High’s senior joins an Indiana Tech program on the rise.
Arriving at Tech in 2015-2016, head coach Tom Osborne has quickly turned both the men’s and women’s bowling teams into two of the top programs in the NAIA.
Osborne led both to Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) championships this past year. A feat he was honored for as the WHAC’s women’s Coach of the Year. Each team also has reached the NAIA National Invitational two years in a row.
“I picked Indiana Tech because the coaches are really great and they put the players best interests into it.” Edwards said, ” Whenever Tom and Jeff Dreyfus, the men’s coach, came they went from not being a contender to being ranked in the top 10 in every poll.”
Indiana Institute of Technology is a private non-profit university located in Fort Wayne, Indiana with 9,652 students in attendance.
The population is 253,691, making Fort Wayne the second most populated city in Indiana. Moving to a big city is a big transition for anybody. Luckily for Edwards her boyfriend of three years, Jacob Balser, attends Tech and bowls for the Warriors
“When he comes in he always talks highly of the coaches and the campus. It’s nice seeing a familiar face when going somewhere new,” Edwards said.
Working in a medical environment at Ohio Valley Health Care in Parkersburg for a year and a half, Edwards made the decision because she wanted to have a career in the medical field.
“I decided that I wanted to biochemical because I’m really into engineering and the principles behind it, so it’s the best of both worlds,” Edwards said. “I can also go to med school after if I wanted to continute my education.”
As a Big Red, Edwards carried a 4.13 grade-point average, but for her senior year, she is carrying a 4.25 grade-point average.