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Women's Bowling - Wed, Apr. 2, 2014
Story and photo by Tim Robinson of Daily Press & Argus
Story and photo by Tim Robinson of Daily Press & Argus

BRIGHTON, Mich. - When Jenny Auxter began looking at colleges that offer bowling, a familiar face helped her make her choice.

Brighton grad Marisa Campbell, who transferred from Alabama State to Union College in Kentucky, did a little recruiting of her own, and as a result, Auxter signed an NAIA national letter-of-intent to bowl for the school, located in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky near the Tennessee state line.

"(Campbell) told me about it, so I checked it out," Auxter said.

Auxter, a four-year member of the Brighton team, joined after participating in a Kids Bowl Free program before entering high school.

"We wanted to get the kids out there and it was something we wanted to introduce to her," said her father, Mark, who was an assistant coach this season.

Auxter was a captain this season and posted a 169.75 average for Brighton.

"She was able to keep things calm," Brighton coach Jim Lantis said. "She kept the other girls focused. By no means were (her teammates) loud or excitable, but she kept them focused."

Auxter was as precise on the lanes as she is in conversation, that is, very direct, with no wasted motion.

"Her strength is her consistency and her technical skills," Lantis said, "from releasing the ball and hitting her marks. You do all that stuff up front, and your scores will happen."

Union College is located in Barbourville, Ky., about 6 1/2 hours from Brighton and a few miles off of I-75.

"We went down there, we met the coach (Chelsea Gilliam) and she was very receptive to us," Mark Auxter said. "She liked Jenny and gave us an offer. Jenny's pretty excited about going down there."

Jenny Auxter plans to major in social work.

"I want to be a counselor for kids," she said.

Asked if sometimes she clashed with her father, the assistant coach, Jenny said, "Sometimes," and laughed.

Her dad, meanwhile, is stepping down as a Brighton assistant, but will keep working with his son, Joey, a freshman who finished the season on the Brighton varsity.

"He did really well this season," Mark Auxter said. "It's nice to see them both doing it."

"We're sad she's going to be gone, but happy she's moving on to college," Lantis said. "She's headed in a good direction. She's found (an academic) program there she's interested in, and that's what's important."

Story originally posted here.