Owatonna High School senior Dakota Savoie signed a Letter of Intent Wednesday to bowl on a scholarship at Waldorf University in Iowa. He is a three-time first-team all conference bowler and is looking forward to the challenge of competing in college. Savoie says it's more than simply a good average that colleges are looking for. He says you have to have a good attitude and be coachable.

His high school coach, Scott Ferch, echoes those thoughts and says Savoie is the fifth OHS bowler to land a scholarship over the last four years. Ferch adds that Minnesota bowlers attract interest from many colleges due to the strong program in the state. Interestingly, high school bowling in Minnesota began in Owatonna about 35 years ago, spearheaded by Gary Staats, the longtime bowling alley owner in town.

Owatonna High School senior Dakota Savoie

Staats attended Wednesday's signing celebration. Owatonna's bowling program has had a number of alum go on to elite status and induction in multiple hall of fame programs. Those individuals include Chad Nelson, Dan Bock, Dave Oulman, David Langer, Dan Langer, Ryan Burr and Bob Hager according to Ferch, who coaches both the boys and girls programs in Owatonna.

Owatonna bowling coach Scott Ferch

The South Central Conference tournament is Saturday, November 10 at SpareTime Entertainment in Owatonna with advancement to the state tournament on the line. Owatonna has a strong history of reaching the state event.

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