By RANDY PAYTON
Rio Grande Sports Information
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio - When the sun rose on Wednesday morning, Miami Trace High School's fledgling bowling program had never produced a collegiate signee.
Along that same line, the University of Rio Grande's brand new women's bowling program had yet to officially secure its first signee.
But with one stroke of the pen shortly before noon, both of those issues were alleviated.
Macy Detty, a 5-foot-8 senior standout in the Panthers' four-year-old program, signed a letter-of-intent with the RedStorm during a brief ceremony at LeElla Lanes - the place where she's honed her skills under the tutelage of coaches Kaleb Taylor and Ron Amore, Sr.
Detty is a three-time All-South Central Ohio League first team honoree. She finished first in both sectional and district play as a sophomore, while finishing 30th in the state that same year.
"I'm very excited to get to continue bowling at the college level," Detty said. "I absolutely love the sport and I can't wait to see what it has in store for me."
Detty, who carries the high average in her youth travel league and who had a 202 average in SCOL play this year, said the chance to bowl beyond high school is something she's been focused on since her prep career began.
"I've been bowling since I was eight years old and getting the chance to continue is truly a dream come true," said Detty. "I really believe with the coaches at Rio Grande that I'll be able to continue to learn and further myself as a bowler."
Rio Grande Brett Little is equally as happy to have Detty in his program.
"We're excited to have Macy as our first signee," he said. "She'll be a strong, influential leader for our young team. We forsee great potential in her as her bowling skills continue to grow over the next few years."
Detty, who plans to major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, said she's excited to get her collegiate career underway.
"Hopefully, I've got some helpful knowledge about bowling and can give as much support as possible to my future teammates in order to allow us all to better ourselves," she said. "You have to continue working on adapting to the oil as it changes throughout the games. If you can do that, it certainly helps you be more successful overall."
And what, you might ask, is the ultimate goal of the RedStorm's first signee?
"I just want to compete to the best of my ability and contribute as much as possible to my future teammates to allow us all to be successful," said Detty.
Detty is the daughter of Sissy and Scott Detty of Jeffersonville.