Marker signs with UPike bowling team

Times Staff Report

April 25, 2013

PIKEVILLE – A Tennessee native who bowled in the scholarship tournament here has signed a scholarship to join the University of Pikeville.

Cortni Marker, who will soon graduate from Independence High School in Thompson Station, Tenn., has signed to bowl for Coach Ron Damron and the Bears.

Marker was the captain of her high school team, which she helped lead to an appearance in the sectional tournament this season. Independence entered the post season unbeaten and claimed both the district and regional titles.

Individually, she was seeded sixth entering the state tournament and averaged 190 for the season. She finished 17th in the state event.

In the invitational held in Pikeville at Classic Lanes, Marker finished second in the talented field.

Courtni plans to major in biology and plans to be a pediatrician.

She will join a UPike team that won the Mid-South Conference championship this season. After placing fourth in the NAIA tournament in March, the Bears lost in the national championship of the xbowling Intercollegiate Team Championships in Lincoln, Neb., last weekend.

That event will be shown nationally on the CBS Sports Network on May 17.