Theresa Hutto leads bowling team one strike at a time

Mia Riese
Sports Editor

Theresa Hutto.  Photo from

Theresa Hutto. Photo from

The Elmhurst College women’s bowling team has had a rough start to their season going 4th of eight teams, 19th of 27 teams, 8th of 10 teams, 15th of 18 teams, and 18th of 24 teams in their past five contests.

Head coach Mike Nape shares that “the struggle comes from having a young team, which is a problem we have faced before,” and “the lanes have been very difficult this year.”

Despite the trials for the team that is comprised of mostly freshmen, there is one bowler that has made her mark. Captain Theresa Hutto has kept the team alive this season.

Her top performances this season in scoring were a 204 against Stephen F. Austin, a 203 against Sam Houston State, and a 200 against Mt. Mercy. Hutto is currently the second highest scorer on the team with a 165 average.

Not to mention, last season she earned honorable mention All-Conference awards from the MIAA and posted eight games of 200 or higher. She also scored a season high 267, which made her top four of all time scoring in a single game at EC women’s bowling history.

However, it is not just what her scores have been that put her in the spotlight. It is her team player attitude.

Hutto was described by coach Nape as “exactly what a coach wants in a college athlete” and “the nicest person” who “always has a great attitude and takes on any task you ask of her.”