UPIKE Bowling rolling for success

PIKEVILLE, Ky (WYMT)- Tucked away in Pikeville lies one of the best programs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

"In the bowling community they go 'Woah, there's Pikeville.' Everyone out there knows us," said coach Bobby Brown.

Winners of two national championships in four years.

"We walk into a bowling alley and we have a target on our back," said Junior Lauren Piotrowski.

And with a championship coach at the helm.

"The coaching here is what makes us so good," said Sophomore, Jessica Wolfe.

The future looks bright for the Lady Bears to build on their five championships in 18 years as a program.

But the dynasty that is the UPIKE women's bowling team, started with a simple idea.

"When you were talking with them and their parents you know, they felt like they were looking for places where their children could bowl in college," said former coach Ron Damron. "That just sort of got my attention."

Ron Damron, The UPIKE Athletic Director at the time, pushed for a bowling program.

"Anytime that you begin anything new, you're always a little leery of what's going on."

The recipe for success is a simple one.

"And when you're striving for the same goal, and you have the same mindset, then the family atmosphere happens," said Damron.

"Family. These kids come from all over the country and they make lifetime friends, lifetime sisters," said Brown.