MACHESNEY PARK – Harlem senior bowler Rebecca Hagerman knows what it takes to win. She led Harlem to a state and national championship last year, and the Lady Huskies will go for a third straight state title at Cherry Bowl this weekend.
“To dominate like Becca has in the conference for four years, this is pretty unprecedented,” Harlem coach Jim Heathscott, in his 20th year of coaching, said.
Hagerman’s grandfather taught her how to bowl. He’s not here physically to watch her this weekend, but she always keeps him with her.
“He’s the reason why I bowl now,” Hagerman said. “He passed away a year ago in December. He told me before going to state [last season] that I had a chance to win individually. That was a big rush of emotion.”
Now Hagerman considers her teammates to be a part of her family.
“I love them,” Hagerman said. “I don’t want to leave them. They’re my family. I call them my ducklings. Mama Beck is what they call me, so they’re my ducklings. I love them all. They’re all my family. We have fights; what family doesn’t? We get over them, and I don’t want to give them up at all. ”
Hagerman will get one more chance to bowl with her Harlem teammates this weekend, as the Lady Huskies go for a three-peat.