PIKEVILLE – A signee of the men’s bowling team at the University of Pikeville has been named a high-school All-American for the second straight year.
Zach Fylling has been named to the Dexter/USBC High School All-American team. He will receive a scholarship plus an award in a ceremony to be held in Indianapolis in mid-July. The honor is based on bowling accomplishments, academic achievements and volunteer work.
Only five male and five female high school bowlers are chosen each year. Last season more than 50,000 students took to the lanes at thousands of schools across the country offering high school bowling competition. In the last decade, participation in high school bowling has nearly tripled.
Under the guidance of the USBC High School program, varsity high school bowling currently exists in 19 states and at the club level in another 28 states. During the 2007-08 season, more than 52,000 students competed at 4,656 schools that offered high school varsity bowling competition. In fact, bowling was the largest-growing high school sport in the 2007-08 school year, continuing a decade-long trend, according to the most recent National Federation of State High School Associations participation survey.
Fylling is a highly-celebrated bowler. Among his honors are the Bowlers Journal International High School Top 30 Prospects, Detroit Free Press State of Michigan Dream Team, Mr. Bowler Finalist, State Singles Champ in 2011, State Team Championship in 2010, State Team Runner up in 2012, All-State Academic Team 2012, Regional Team Champs four years in a row, a member of the only sanction Baker 300 game for John Glenn and an average of 210 over the 189 games during his high school career.
He graduated from John Glenn with a 3.8 GPA and was a National Honor Society member and Academic High Achievement honoree four straight years. He was on the Academic All-State team in 2012 and named student of the semester twice. In addition, he tutors high school students one day a week after school.
In addition to bowling at UPIKE, he plans to study Pre-Med.