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Western Dubuque’s Lanie Konzen signed a National Letter of Intent to bowl at Hawkeye Community College during a ceremony at Cobra Lanes, in Farley, March 4. Seated from Left, WD coach Larry Knipper, Rose Konzen, Lanie Konzen, Andy Konzen and Sara McCusker; back, Hawkeye coach Heath Kohl.

Western Dubuque’s Lanie Konzen signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her bowling career at Waterloo’s Hawkeye Community College in a ceremony at Cobra Lanes, in Farley, March 5.

Konzen was a vital cog in the 2021 Bobcat team that finished third in the Class 2A State Tournament at Cadillac Lanes, in Waterloo, and finished in ninth-place individually with games of 232 and 234.

Konzen is excited to take her game to the collegiate level, explaining Hawkeye fits her athletic and academic goals.

“I was looking at multiple colleges, and my coach (Larry Knipper) asked me what schools I was looking at. I told him I was very interested in Hawkeye, and a week later I got a text from Coach Kohl wanting to talk to me,” said Konzen. “I’ll be studying to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant and I’m truly looking forward to it because I’ve heard great things about the program.”

A fine senior season has opened the door for Konzen to bowl at the collegiate level.

“It was my last season, so I wanted to make the best of it. Just qualifying for state was an accomplishment,” said Konzen. “To place third as a team was amazing since we hadn’t been there since my freshman year. All the hard work we put in as a team paid off.”

Joining the Redhawks is a natural next step for Konzen, who became interested in bowling at an early age.

“I’ve always thought about going to college to bowl, but it’s definitely awesome to think that I’m doing that,” Konzen said. “I started bowling at age six and have loved it ever since. I thank my dad (Andy Konzen) for that. We built a strong bond over it.”

Konzen’s steady presence played a big role in the success of this year’s Bobcats.

“She’s been instrumental in quite a few ways. She was a silent leader and did what she was supposed to do,” said Knipper. “She got along with her teammates and did her job. Her attitude on the lanes and off carried over to success for everybody on our team.”

Knipper is confident Konzen will contribute to the Hawkeye program.

“She’s off to a very good start and worked hard on her game this year,” Knipper added. “I think she’ll do well. She has a few adjustments she has to make, but once they get that figured out, she’ll be a good competitor for them.”

Kohl is looking forward to having Konzen join his program, now entering its fourth year of existence.

“It’s just going to be huge. The intensity she brings is going to be great,” Kohl said. “The work ethic she brings will fit right in with our system and what I believe in. She’s going to be a really good fit.”

Konzen, who averaged 191.57 per game last season and rolled a 300 game in December 2020, feels the Western Dubuque program has prepared her well as she moves forward.

“Our team has great communication and we pick each other up,” Konzen said. “ I’m really looking forward to seeing how it is going to be bowling with new girls, but Health has told me they are all great girls, so there’s nothing for me to worry about.”