The headline may not be technically correct when you consider the fact that Michaela Troutt signed a letter of intent with Kentucky Wesleyan back in 2015.
But funding fell through for the program and was only re-instated in 2017 . . . and she was a Lady Patriot.
At any rate, Thursday, April 18 was a red-letter day for Massac County's bowling program as Southeastern Illinois College of Harrisburg offered Patriots Jon Frigo and Izayah Thurman letters to further their athletic/academic careers as Falcons.
The Falcons, under the tutelage of Doug Cottom, have turned some heads in their brief [one year] existence and are hoping to add some local firepower for the future.
Cottom hopes that the Metropolis duo will continue on the trajectory that 2018-19 had them on for him at Harrisburg.
Jason Steele and Gary "Bear" Adkins, MCHS bowling coaches, thought their 2019 team might be pretty good, and it turned out they were right.
Frigo and Thurman were integral parts of the Patriot team that missed by a scant margin of reaching the IHSA sectionals back in January.
Thurman, in his career, improved every year for Massac raising his average from the 140-150 range in his first year of varsity competition to this year when he ended up right around the 170 mark.
Frigo did likewise as his average improved from the 160 range to the 175-180 range by year's end. Frigo was just hitting his stride at the end of the season averaging over 190 for his last several matches as he, Dalton Holt and Dakota Ball all bowled well enough at the Carterville regional to advance to the sectional.
Steele and Adkins were thrilled to see SIC offer the boys a shot at the college level. "These kids worked their tails off this year and they really deserve this."