Congratulations to Hancock senior Brenna Gleim, who signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to bowl for the Division I women’s program at Duquesne University!
A three-time state-tournament qualifier, Brenna officially committed to the Dukes with mother Beth and father Bill by her side Wednesday. Brother Billy also attended the morning ceremony in front of the varsity trophy case at Hancock Elementary School’s gymnasium, as did Superintendent Terry Dougherty, PK-12 Principal Julie Bergman, Athletic Director Ann Messenger, and teammates Anton Leonard and Tyler Allen.
Bill Gleim, who doubles as Brenna’s coach, said his daughter will bowl at Duquesne on a partial scholarship worth $10,000. She will join a program that’s in its fourth full season under coach Jody Fetterhoff. The Dukes are first in the Northeast Conference at 10-2 and rank 10th in the country.
“I love them,” Brenna said of her soon-to-be teammates, who made her feel right at home during a recent visit to the Pittsburgh university. “They were so nice and everyone seemed so happy to be there. Plus, it’s a Division I college that also has my major, so it all fits.”
Fetterhoff said Brenna seems like the perfect fit, too.
“She really clicked with the other girls during her visit, so this was a no-brainer for us,” she said. “She has that hard-working mentality and she wants to do whatever she can to help this team be successful. That’s really what we’re looking for.”
Brenna owns Midstate Athletic Conference girls bowling records for average, series and game, posting the highest numbers for all three in each of the last four seasons. She’s had the highest girls average in Section 4 the past two seasons and has been tops in her junior travel league the last three.
Hancock’s team MVP for four straight seasons, Brenna also earned a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship Award at the state tournament last year. Hancock’s National Honor Society treasurer said she plans to major in Early Childhood Education at Duquesne.
Brenna’s signing came the morning after Hancock’s girls and boys swept the MAC Tournament championships at Sunset Lanes in Kirkwood. The Wildcats’ girls and boys also finished first in the MAC regular-season standings.