Millie Shadden signs bowling scholarship with TWC

On Friday, Millie Shadden became the first Rhea County Bowler to sign a scholarship offer for College when she signed with Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Shadden headed to Tennessee Wesleyan to bowl

March 2018

Evensville, TN —  Rhea County High School senior bowler Millie Shadden signed with Tennessee Wesleyan College to bowl for the Tennessee Wesleyan bowling team next year.  Millie has been a very successful bowler for the Lady Eagles during her time on the team.  This past year, she along with Baylee Shipley represented the Lady Eagles as they qualified as individual bowlers due to their high averages.  Millie is the first bowler from Rhea County High School to sign a bowling scholarship.

Millie was an integral part of the success of the Lady Eagles with two District and two Region titles over the last four years.  The Lady Eagles bowled in two state tournaments.  Individually Millie competed in two state tournaments over her career.  She had a career high game of 246 and an average of 176.54  this year with 233 high game this year and she finished 33-1 head to head record.  She also received the team “Bonnie Hawk Leadership” award for this past season.

Rhea County High School Athletic Director Micah Hall said, “Her ACT score is outstanding.  She carries a 3.86 GPA.  She is just the type of kid you like having on your campus.  She wants to be a teacher.  I think she will do well with teaching.”

Rhea County High School coach Steven Williams said, “Tremendous improvement for Millie since her fist year.  In her first year she averaged 115.  She probably averaged bowling 25-30 games a week to make the improvement.

“She will be one of those I will remember the most.  She has been a leader on the lanes and off.  She is always loose and quite the fun person around the team.”

“We have others who will be following Millie in the next few years.  We have some fantastic bowlers in our program.”

“Since high school bowling began fourteen years ago, it has taken off.  Great to see bowlers getting the opportunity to bowl at the college level.”

Tennessee Wesleyan College made the addition of Men’s and Women’s Bowling to the lineup of sports offered on campus in January of 2015.  Collegiate bowling is a sport growing in popularity around the country.

John Ferguson is the first year head coach at Tennessee Wesleyan.

John said, “Millie is an outstanding bowler, person and student.”

“When you get a chance to get the whole package, that is great thing for the bowling program and the school.”

“We have some outstanding recruits coming in next year.”

“We are really a program on the rise.  We have gotten better every year.  Bowling is in the three year probation period to be a sport in NAIA.  We compete in the Mid-South” Conference.”

“We will be on the road for our bowling meets.  To qualify to host a meet, a bowling alley has to have at least 32 lanes.”

“College bowling is intense.  You walk in and there is caution tape of the floor for family to stand.  The fans are quite intense and bring lots of food and binoculars to games.  There is always movement.”

“The closest bowling establishment we bowled at was Smyrna, Tennessee.  We bowl in Kentucky and Ohio.”

“We went to six conference tournaments last year and tournaments last two days and usually involve from 15-30 men’s and women’s teams.”

“We will be going to one bowling alley with 42 lanes on one floor and another floor with 42 lanes.”

Millie Shadden and RCHS Athletic Director Micah Ruehling.


Millie Shadden with family


Millie and bowling team members


Rhea County High Bowling Coach Steven Williams
Millie Shadden and drama students
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