Bowling, a lifetime love for Steele Canyon High School student

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Yet another member of the East County athletics receives a scholarship to play at the next level, but not in a sport you would expect. Brittany Crittenden of Steele Canyon High School recently committed to bowl collegiately at Baker University of Baldwin City, Kansas. 

Yes, bowling of all sports. Mark it eight, dude.

Yet another member of the East County athletics receives a scholarship to play at the next level, but not in a sport you would expect. Brittany Crittenden of Steele Canyon High School recently committed to bowl collegiately at Baker University of Baldwin City, Kansas. 

Yes, bowling of all sports. Mark it eight, dude.

What may seem out of the ordinary to our Southern Californian tastes constitutes a lifelong passion for Brittany. In the alley, she holds her own with an impressive 180 average and a recent 9th place finish in the state Pepsi Youth Tournament.

For the Crittenden’s, bowling is a family affair. Her father, Jim, has bowled his entire life and on the Amateur Bowlers Tour. She has bowled with him every Saturday morning “since she could remember.” It has been her passion, as her mother, Tammy, encouraged her to try “every sport” growing up, but always felt more comfortable in an alley and will continue to play long after she’s done with school.

The high school senior is as well rounded as the ball she rolls with. At Steele Canyon she takes every AP class she can. In addition, she also participates in both club and school swim and water polo teams. Outside of sports, she is an active member of the Girl Scouts. For her dedication, she was awarded $19,000 total in scholarships, including a Presidential Scholarship and Honors Scholarship from her University. Only four of the 19 are for athletics.

Her path to Baker was less than conventional. Since the only school that has a bowling team in California is Fresno State, she took it upon herself to find a school. Utilizing a website she targeted schools with programs and began sending emails. The coach then contacted her and made her an offer.

At Baker, she plans to major in Economics and minor in Pre-Law. Her aspiration is to go to law school and Baker boasts an impressive Pre-Law program. That made it a relatively easy decision for Brittany when choosing. Baker was where she felt she “was meant to be” upon her visit to the campus in February.

Moving to a town the “size of my block” will be a little bit of a culture shock she joked. She’ll miss the comforts of San Diego, the beach, her friends and family, but is looking forward to the next stage in her life.

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