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D'Arcy Motors Athlete of the Week: Kiana Krahulik, Oswego East senior, bowling

Kiana Krahulik
Kiana Krahulik

Why she was selected:

Kiana Krahulik bowled a 1,137 series at the sectional meet. The two-time team captain is taking Oswego East to state for the fourth time.

Krahulik finished 18th individually at state last season. She’s the epitome of the multi-sport athlete, too. In the fall she became the first member of the Oswego/Oswego East co-op golf team to qualify for state. She is going to Olivet Nazarene on a golf scholarship to major in engineering. Krahulik talked with sports editor Joshua Welge about sectionals and more. Here is an edited version of the transcript:

Welge: How do you feel about sectionals?

Krahulik: I did not perform my best at sectionals, but my sister [Kassy, a sophomore] bowled really good. She carried us this weekend and a couple other girls stepped up. It was a team effort. I’ll do better at state.

Welge: How about your season?

Krahulik: Season has been going good. We came in third at conference. I finished ninth and my sister took fifth.

Welge: What’s it mean to take a team to state for the fourth time?

Krahulik: It’s a pretty big accomplishment. The first goal now is to make it to the second day, and from there we want to do better Saturday.

Welge: But golf is really your No. 1 sport, right? How did you get started with bowling?

Krahulik: So initially freshman year I was going to play basketball and softball, but because I had too many concussions I couldn’t play. I tried bowling. I always loved bowling as a kid, but I was never good at it. I went out the first day and coach saw something in me. He made one of the juniors play with me, taught me some stuff. I’m really competitive. That helped out a lot.

Welge: How did you go from not very good, to very good at bowling?

Krahulik: A lot of practice. The coaches at Oswego East know what they’re talking. They’ve been a huge help along the way. Without them I wouldn’t be here.

Welge: How much bowling do you get to do between seasons, with your busy golf schedule?

Krahulik: I really did not put in the time and effort my junior and senior year like I should have. It takes me two or three weeks to get back into it. That’s a lesson I probably want everyone else to know, especially my sister. If they want to be competitive and accomplish a lot, they should practice throughout the summer and bowl year-round.

Welge: Why did you choose Olivet?

Krahulik: I wanted a smaller school with civil engineering. Me personally, I like the Christian aspect of it and everything it stands for, education with a Christian emphasis.

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