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By Andrew John
Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 9:08 p.m.

Last week, Sarah Ross received surprising news that included her in some elite company from around the country.

The recent Moon High School graduate was named to the Dexter/United States Bowling Congress High School All-American team, which consists of five girls and five boys high school bowlers.

“It was a big surprise,” said Ross, who averaged 204 this winter for the Tigers, with a 679 high series. “I was nominated by my athletic director (Ricci Rich) and then it was a wait-and-see. But when I got the call, it made for a pretty happy night.”

The Dexter/USBC High School All-American team normally consists of bowlers from Western New York and bowlers from out west. The last Pittsburgh native to be an All-American bowler was Seneca Valley's Tim Pfeifer in 2005.

Ross was a four-year captain for Moon's bowling team, selected to the WPIBL all-section first team in the previous two seasons, and a state qualifier. Ross was a four-year player on the Tigers softball team.

Ross, whose personal best is 279, was a decorated high school student, as well, as a member of the National Honor Society. Ross has given back to the community by coaching bowling and softball youth athletes and has worked at Make-A-Wish bowling benefits.

Ross will move on to compete for the St. Francis University bowling team next season and hopes to help the squad challenge for a national title.

“Tom Falbo was one of the first to recruit me,” said Ross on why she selected the Red Flash. “I know some of the girls on the team and our potential.”

Ross will major in business management, in hopes of following her father's footsteps. He is a partner in the Crafton-Ingram Lanes.

“I hope to own or to manage my own bowling alley,” she said.

Andrew John is a freelance writer.

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