Photo by B.J. HARGIS
Sullivan senior William Keene, front, center, signed a letter-of-intent on Mondayto join the bowling team at Vincennes University. He is surrounded by his parents Russell and Lori Keene. Also pictured, back, from left, are VU coach Stephen Mohn, Sullivan High School assistant bowling coach Shelby Stewart and Sullivan High School assistant principal Bryan Strain.
William Keene, a senior at Sullivan High School, signed a letter-of-intent on Monday to bowl at Vincennes University next fall.
Keene, who has a 185 average, said he is excited to have the opportunity to bowl and earn an Associate’s degree in Auto Body Repair.
“This has been a dream of mine for a long time,” said Keene, who is the son of Russell and Lori Keene. “I am thrilled that coach (Stephen) Mohn is offering me this opportunity.”
William said he contacted Mohn about bowling at VU.
“He offered me a chance to come down and take a college visit,” said Keene. “I rolled a few games and coach Mohn then offered me the chance to come bowl for him.”
Mohn said he is happy about adding Keene to the program.
I’m really looking forward to Mr. Keene joining us in the fall,” he said.
Keene helped the Golden Arrows advance to the regional as a team this year.
“This was the first time in several years that a team from Sullivan made it out of the sectional,” said Keene. “It was a lot fun having a chance to compete at the regional for the first time in my high school career.”
Keene wanted to thank his parents and coaches Josh Kirby and Jordan Burdutte. He said that he has been bowling competitively since he was 5 years old.
“My dad gave us the chance to bowl when we were very young,” said William. “It is something that I took to right away.”
Keene said his best game was a 289, but came after unfortunate circumstances.
“It was right after my uncle (Chris Keene) had died,” said William. “His daughter (Sierra Keene) gave me his ball.
“I don’t know if he was with me or not, but I went out that day and rolled nine straight strikes heading to the 10th, where my first ball was a strike. On the second ball, it was like somebody had kicked the ball. I left the 4-pin and then picked up the spare for a 289. It was just one of those days where everything felt just right.”
Mohn knows that Keene will have to make adjustments, like all of his incoming freshmen.
“ William has a lot of changes coming his way in and out of the classroom,” said Mohn. “In the classroom, he will have to learn to be self-sufficient and for the first time in his life, he will shape his own future by how well he can stay focused on his studies.”
Mohn added that Keene will have to adjust to a different level of bowling.
“On the lanes, a lot of change is in store for him as well,” said Mohn. “His learning has already begun as college bowling is so much tougher than high school.
“The lanes are harder and the talent pool is so much deeper. William has a lot of work to do with his game, but he has a lot of the pieces he will need to succeed.”
Mohn said that he and William are a lot alike.
“We have talked and his game is a giant puzzle,” said Mohn. “He has all the right pieces but just hasn’t put them in the right order as of yet.
“He has tons of upside and I can’t wait to see what kind of bowler he can become.”