GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T bowling team is coming off its best season in four years, but its recent success has not made the Aggies complacent. Head coach James Williams announced the signing of four bowlers on Thursday. The foursome should fit along nicely with the four returning bowlers, including MEAC Rookie of the Year Emily Strombeck, from last season’s 39-35 team.
Destiny Harper (Covington, Ga., Alcovy HS), Jorie Sineath (Mocksville, N.C., Davie County HS), Kristin Shinn (West Columbia, S.C., Airport HS) and MacKenzie Robinson (Detroit, Mich., Myers Park and Ardrey Kell HS) will look to help the Aggies return to the days when they were consistently winning MEAC championships.
The news of a stellar recruiting class for Williams went along nicely with knowing his bowling team is one of the best nationally in academics. The National Ten Pin Coaches Association recognized 23 institutions for having a team grade point average of 3.2 for the academic year. The Aggies, who had the best team GPA in Aggie Athletics in 2012-13, posted a 3.24 to finish 21st nationally. Williams believes the new additions will fit in academically and athletically.
“The addition of the new young ladies will increase the competitiveness of the team,” said Williams. “There will be a lot of inner-team competition as well as camaraderie building because they know in order to be able to even participate in tournaments they must do well in practice.”
Harper won the 2013 Pepsi USBC Youth Championship for the state of Georgia. She plans to major in business at A&T.
“Destiny is very vocal and very competitive,” said Williams. “She is not going to hold anything back. She will make sure her teammates are doing what they are supposed to do.”
Sineath will bring consistency to the bowling team, according to Williams. She was a four-year track and field standout at Davie County. She plans to major in chemistry as an Aggie.
“I don’t see her making a lot of mistakes when it comes to bowling,” said Williams. “It is important to have a spot in your lineup where you know what you’re going to get each tournament. She doesn’t give you that real wow factor, but she will be the steady hand we need.”
Shinn decided to wait a year after high school graduation before attending college. She has been a varsity bowler since the seventh grade, and has recorded the highest average on her team each season. She won South Carolina’s Pepsi USBC Youth Championship in 2012.
“Kristin is another super competitive individual,” said Williams. “She is able to real lanes and make adjustments quickly. She can really put up numbers when we need her to.”
In an addition to being a bowler, Robinson is also a musician. She was a member of Tri-M National Honor Society, an international music honor society for junior high and high school students. Robinson was also an A Honor Roll student for four years and a member of the high school marching band.
“She is a quiet assassin,” said Williams. “She is not going to make a whole lot of noise. She lets her bowling do the talking.”