Riverside bowler signs with West Texas A&M University

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Blake Hall, Riverside senior, signs a letter of intent to bowl at West Texas A&M University. Pictured with Blake are his parents, Russell and Tammy Hall, and bowling coach Terry Conner (right).

Riverside Senior Blake Hall signed a letter of intent to bowl at West Texas A&M University on Wednesday, April 20. The ceremony was held in the Rebel gymnasium with teammates, family, and friends joining to congratulate Blake on his accomplishments as he takes his bowling skills on to the collegiate level.

West Texas A&M is located in Canyon, Texas, about 20 miles south of Amarillo. Blake had offers from two other colleges but he said he felt at home when he visited the A&M campus.

Blake is the son of Russell and Tammy Hall.

Bowling coach Terry Conner talked about Blake's team and individual accomplishments during his high school bowling career.

Hall helped lead Riverside to back-to-back state runner-up finishes in Class 1A-2A-3A bowling and has a high game of 299. He is a three-time all state and all conference winner. He had the highest average in the state last year at 203. He also finished second overall in the state as a junior and a senior.

In addition, Blake was nominated for the 2015 Dexter/USBC All-American High School Team; invited to and participated in the 2015 Bowling Combine in Arlington, Texas; and selected for the 2015 Arkansas State USBC Youth Association All-Star Team.

Blake also bowled in the 2015 Junior Gold U20 Division in Chicago, Ill., and the 2014 Junior Gold U15 Division, Buffalo, New York.

Among other tournaments Blake participated in during 2015 include the Arkansas Pepsi State YBC tournament, Fort Smith; King of the Hill challenge Series, Jonesboro; ASBT #7, Jonesboro.

Blake serves on the local association's board as a youth representative. He also volunteers to help the youth in the USA Bowling program at the Jonesboro Bowling Center.

Blake will graduate with a 3.6 grade point average and has been a member of the Beta Club for four years. He also serves on the high school mentoring program.

Blake has enjoyed great support from his family and friends.

Blake said he is looking forward to continuing his bowling at the next level.

He plans to major in exercise science with a minor in athletic training.

The Riverside High School Booster Club and the Hall family hosted a reception following the signing. Guests enjoyed pizza and cake.

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