Video: Chalmette bowler Deffes signs with NAIA power Pikeville
CHALMETTE – Years of hard work perfecting her craft turned into a college scholarship for Chalmette High School senior Allison Deffes Thursday morning.
Deffes became the first Owl bowler in the program’s history to sign a scholarship when she inked with one of the NAIA’s top programs, Pikeville (Kentucky) University, at a school ceremony.
Deffes was the outstanding performer on the area’s all-district team as a junior, when she finished fifth in the LHSAA state singles championship. Currently, she is averaging 182 in prep action, second-highest in the New Orleans area.
In making her decision, Deffes likened Pikeville’s small-town feel to Chalmette.
Pikeville won the NAIA championship last year, its third since the association recognized bowling as an emerging sport, and is ranked No. 1 in the latest CollegeBowling.com women’s power rankings.
Where NCAA rules prohibit coaches from being on hand to publicize signings, NAIA rules do not have the same restrictions, and Pikeville women’s coach Bobby Brown attended the signing event.
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