Youngstown State head bowling coach Doug Kuberski has announced that Megan Grams, Emma Wrenn and Alicia Yacono have committed to continue their academic and bowling careers at YSU beginning in the 2019-20 season.
Grams (Michigan City, Ind.) and Yacono (Canton, Ohio) are high school seniors who have each signed a National Letter of Intent, and Wrenn (Arlington Heights, Ill.) is a transfer who will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Youngstown State recently completed its third season as an intercollegiate program at the Division I level. YSU is a member of the Southland Bowling League and was ranked 24th in the most recent National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.
Below is a summary of accomplishments for the three incoming Penguins:
Grams is a four-time all-conference honoree and a three-time selection on the All-Northwest Region team at Michigan City High School in Northwest Indiana. She has also been named to the All-Area First Team by the Post-Tribune. As a junior, she was the anchor of the state runner-up team and averaged a 201 during the regular season with a high game of 279. She finished 10th at the regional tournament in singles play. Outside of bowling, she was named the Most Valuable Player of the MCHS softball team as a junior and is a member of the National Honor Society. Her parents are Patty and Daniel Grams.
Coach Kuberski on Grams: "Megan is a fiery competitor, and I'm a big fan of the energy she brings to the lanes. Whether the scores are extremely high or low, or if the pace is in between, Megan has also shown she can hang with the best out there. Add in her athleticism and character, and you have a special player who keeps getting better and better. We are honored she is joining the Penguin Family."
Wrenn will be a redshirt sophomore at YSU in 2019-20, and she will bring plenty of high-level collegiate experience with her. As a freshman in 2017-18 at Saint Francis U, she was named to the NEC All-Rookie Team and MVP of the NEC Tournament. She led all bowlers at the conference championship in frame average and traditional game average and filled 86.4 percent of her matches en route to becoming the first freshman to be selected as the MVP. She went on to be named the Freshman Female Athlete of the Year at SFU. Prior to her time at Saint Francis U, Wrenn qualified for the state tournament four times, was a two-time conference individual champion and a two-time team MVP at John Hershey High School. She qualified in the top 16 at the Junior Gold Championships in both 2016 and 2017. She is currently attending Harper College near her hometown of Arlington Heights, Ill. Her parents are Patti and Bill Wrenn.
Coach Kuberski on Wrenn: "Emma is an elite athlete and has proven herself to be one of the best shotmakers out there. She also exudes positivity and embraces the competitive environments we face at the NCAA level. While she's accomplished a lot individually, Emma is able to maintain a team-first approach to her craft, and her character is infectious. We are thrilled she'll be continuing her collegiate career as a Penguin."
Yacono is a senior at Massillon Jackson High School who was named First-Team All-Ohio as a junior in 2018. She has also been named the Federal League Bowler of the Year in each of the last two seasons, and she has been a Stark County First Team pick every year of her career. She is a competitor in the Junior Tournament Bowlers Association of Ohio, where she currently ranks sixth on their season-long points list in the U20 division. Her parents are Dawn and Mike Yacono.
Coach Kuberski on Yacono: "Alicia works hard at her craft and has developed a very fundamentally sound game, so it's no wonder she competes at a high level on demanding conditions. She has elevated her game each year thanks to her work ethic and make-up, and I believe those will take her very far and also empower those around her. Alicia is also very patient on the lanes, which will play well in the environments we face at the NCAA level. We are excited to have her join the family."