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Culver-Stockton Bowling Takeover

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The Culver-Stockton bowling program will look different behind new head coach Derek Sapp.

Sapp graduated from Western Illinois University where he was a member of two collegiate national championship teams in 2001 and 2002, while being named the 2001 and 2002 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships most valuable player.

He earned All-America honors four straight years, including three first team selections.

Sapp also won three gold medals representing team USA.

Sapp is a seven-time PBA regional champion and the 2008 Midwest PBA Bowler of the Year.

This is Sapp's first time being the head coach of a team. When describing the way he wants to coach Sapp said, "Were going to take it seriously, and I'm going to push you, I'm going to challenge you. I'm going to make you uncomfortable sometimes in practice, but that's where you become better. But at the same time were also going to enjoy it."

Even though this is Sapp's first time as a head coach, he's been a part of many successful teams and wants his team to have the same type of culture.

"I want it to be a culture where you pick each other up when you're struggling. And when you're bowling well, you are encouraging each other and kids feed off that and that's something they want to be apart of."

Sapp has already signed one recruit to his program, and knows what type of bowlers he's looking to keep recruiting.

"First and foremost are you a team player? It's not about one individual success, it's about the team success and that's not the men and women separately it's all together."

Sapp added, "You can learn so much from your other teammates. So, if you aren't a team player and your not willing to share ideas with your other teammates your not making the team better."

Culver-Stockton's bowling team usually begins in the fall but has to wait until after January first to begin, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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Garrett Tiehes

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