Smith-Speights commits to Nebraska

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Smith-Speights commits to Nebraska

Amara Smith Speights

Amara Smith Speights

Amara Smith Speights

Amara Smith Speights

Yakub Nabie, J2 Reporter

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Amara Smith-Speights has been bowling since she was 4 years old. Her grandfather introduced her to the sport and was her first coach. She was pretty good at the sport when she first started and was better than most kids her age.

Amara is motivated by her aspirations of making her family proud. She is also playing in the name of her late father who passed away. “Everything I do is for him”, said Amara.

Her great bowling abilities have gotten her several offers to big name schools such as Maryland Eastern Shore, Louisiana Tech, and McKendree University. She has chosen to further her education at Nebraska University. Nebraska has been Amara’s dream school ever since she was a little girl. Amara’s main reasons for choosing Nebraska is because they have one of the best bowling programs in the country and they have won multiple national titles. Amara is the first Female bowler from Prince William County to go to a Division 1 school for bowling.

As Amara is getting ready to move on to the next chapter of her education and bowling career, she plans to win a few national titles at Nebraska and earn a degree in Biology.

She describes Bill Straub, who is the head coach for Nebraska’s women’s bowling team, as a traditional kind of guy and also a sweet hearted person even though he might look intimidating because he is “tall”. “Overall he is a well minded person and I am excited to be coached by him,” said Amara.

Amara has a few elite bowlers that she likes to model her game after. One of them being Kelly Kulick, who won the 2010 Tournament of Champions by defeating Chris Barnes. Another one would be Daria Pajak, who Amara would describe as throwing the ball pretty powerful, which she likes. But Amara personally describes her game as trying to “finesse” while also creating power.

With Nebraska being so far away from Woodbridge, Amara seems to have a calm, cool, and collected attitude about going there. Although she is a little nervous, she is definitely more excited to further her education at Nebraska. “ I’m just ready to start the next chapter of my life”, said Amara.

 

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