April 20, 2007
A high school All-American who recently won a national title at the Denny's PBA High School Championship headlines Vanderbilt bowling's incoming freshmen class.
The trio next fall will join all seven members of the Commodore's tournament team that recently won the school's first NCAA team championship.
"This is a talented group," says Coach John Williamson. "I believe it is further validation that many of the nation's best and brightest high school bowlers are selecting Vanderbilt. These three young women are excellent students - all planning to major in engineering - and they are also excellent bowlers."
The class is headlined by Ellen Morrison of Winnebago, Ill., only the second individual to win two Illinois state championships. She led her team to the state title this year and was a four-time conference Most Valuable Player. She was on the first Dexter High School All-America team named last August, one of just five prep girls in the nation.
Morrison recently was involved in the national Denny's PBA High School Championship in which each state sponsoring prep bowling entered its top competitor. Morrison cruised into the championship round, which was recorded and will be televised Sunday (April 22) by ESPN at noon (CT).
She was president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Student Council and also lettered three years in soccer. Her high game is 289 with a high honor series of 787.
Joining Morrison is Amanda Halter of Georgetown, Texas, who won the 2007 Texas State Pepsi Tournament, the 2007 Annual Texas State Youth Leadership Tournament and is a two-time Junior Gold participant, the biggest junior tournament in the nation. Her high game is a 278 with a 737 series best.
Halter is a member of the National Honor Society, graduating in the top five percent of her class and a two-time academic excellence recipient.
Katie Lammers of Centerville, Ohio is also coming to Vanderbilt next fall. Lammers plans for a Chemical Engineering major with a 286 high game and a 692 series. She was a first-team all-conference performer and was twice honored as a scholar-athlete.
Lammers' team placed third at the Ohio state championships after winning its sectional event.