June 28, 2016

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College signing: Wadsworth bowler Lexie Shirley selects Ursuline

WADSWORTH — Lexie Shirley will be bowling for dollars starting with the 2013-14 school year.

The Wadsworth senior accepted a scholarship offer that combines academics and athletics from Division II Ursuline College.

Lexie Shirley

“It’s cool,” Shirley said Thursday. “Not many people get to bowl in college.”

Shirley led the Grizzlies to the state team tournament as a junior, when she averaged 206, and qualified individually as a senior, when she averaged 198. The latter season, she was joined by freshman brother Brendan in the boys state tournament competition.

Like most kids her age, Shirley has never heard of the 1970s and ’80s show “Bowling for Dollars.” Nor did she know until recently that scholarship money was available to participate in the sport at the college level.

“I just bowled because I liked it,” the right-hander said. “It wasn’t until my junior year that I realized if I got serious, there were actually schools that offered scholarship money for it.”

Shirley, who has a 3.8 grade-point average and scored a 24 on the ACT, also received a scholarship offer from D-II Notre Dame College. She plans on majoring in chemistry.

Shirley was a pitcher/first baseman for the Wadsworth softball team in the spring. The Grizzlies’ season ended Wednesday with a Barberton Division I Sectional final loss to Cloverleaf.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.

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