May 30, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB bowling coach Michelle Crews recently announced the signing of Lauren Douglas and Bailey James to National Letters of Intent to join the Blazers for the 2013-14 season.
Douglas comes to Birmingham from Wickenburg, Ariz., where she bowled during her high school senior season at Youngker High School. She also competed at North Canyon High School (2009-11) and Centennial High School (2011-12).
She racked up numerous accolades during her high school career, featuring being a three-time state champion, three-time regional champion and twice being named to the all-conference team in her area. Douglas was also named the Arizona State USBC Star of Tomorrow for her excellence on the lanes.
“Lauren will join our program as we begin the third year of competition for our young team," UAB head coach Michelle Crews said. "We are very excited to add Lauren not only for what she will bring to the lanes but for her successes in the classroom too. I truly believe that she is what this team has been lacking and will help take this team to the next level.”
In addition, Douglas posted an average pin fall of 184 per match, and knocked down a personal best 268 pins in a sanctioned game last season. She earned first place finishes individually at the 2012 Metro-Phoenix USBC City Tournament and the 2013 Arizona State USBC State Tournament.
Douglas also excelled in the classroom during her high school days, ranking in the top three percent of her graduating class by registering a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Bailey James will don Green and Gold next season after attending Saint Agnes Academy in Memphis, Tenn. This past season, James finished first as both an individual and as on a team in the Scholarship League and she also was a member of the State Champion squad in 2013.
In addition, James, individually finished third in the state tournament and captured first place in scratch doubles at the Memphis City Youth Tournament.
“I’m am beyond excited to add Bailey to our women’s bowling program," Crews said. "Bailey has only been competitively bowling for two years but has an eagerness to learn and get better that is inspiring. I look forward to her bringing this eagerness and excitement to our team, on the lanes and in the classroom.”