Emma Billenstein to bowl at Shawnee State


By Drew Terhall


VERSAILLES — Versailles senior Emma Billenstein is heading to Shawnee State next fall. She signed her letter of intent to be a part of the bowling program at the university.

Billenstein said it was a tough decision at first. But once she went to campus and met the coaches, she knew she wanted to go to Shawnee State.

She has worked hard to get to the next level. Billenstein said she’s not going to change her approach to the game once she reaches campus.

“I’m going to go in like I did in high school. I’m not going to treat it like anything different. I’m going to go in there and show my best,” Billenstein said.

Versailles head coach Tyler Phlipot said Billenstein has a great work ethic that will help her succeed at the next level. He also said she is a leader by example. It’s going to be a tough transition, but Billenstein has already worked this hard to get to this point. She won’t stop now.

“She’s worked hard at what she wanted to accomplish,” Phlipot said. “I’m proud of how she has done so far her senior year. I’m proud of her for making the next step, the next adjustment. Shawnee State is going to get a good bowler.”

Shawnee State head coach Bryan Sturgell and assistant coach Jani Sturgell first met Billenstein at a recruiting event last summer. From there, they invited her to campus and to meet the team.

“It seemed like once she got to know our team, it seemed like a perfect fit. You kind of knew it was going to work,” Bryan Sturgell said. “We like her attitude. We like her bowling skill as well, but it’s just the attitude she has for the game is going to help our program. It’s what we’re looking forward to.”

Billenstein will have chances to make an impact right away. Sturgell said with the bowling program being young, she will have an opportunity to compete early. He also said with Billenstein having a friend coming too, she could be more relaxed and have a familiar support system with her right away.

While attending Shawnee State, Billenstein will be studying early childhood education.

Contact Daily Advocate sports editor Drew Terhall at [email protected]

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