WEST PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth West High School doesn’t have an official high school bowling team, but they do have a collegiate bowler roaming the halls, as of Monday afternoon.
CJ Whitt, a senior Senator set to graduate from West this spring, signed his letter of intent to continue his education and join the men’s bowling team at Thomas More University located in Crestview Hills, Ky. beginning this fall.
For Whitt, his opportunities to knock down pins began at an early age while bowling with his family.
“When I was four or five I’d always go with them to the bowling alley, I watched them and it looked fun and looked like something I wanted to do,” he said. “Eventually I got old enough to where I was able to join their league. Once they took me and I got started, it seemed like it was meant to be.”
Upon enrolling at Thomas More, Whitt plans to double-major in Sports Entertainment Marketing and Mathematics.
Since West does not have an official bowling team, rather than using his scores during high school competition as a recruiting pitch to places like Thomas More, Whitt and his family reached out to universities in hopes of furthering his education and bowling career.
While visiting and gauging interest from various institutions along with friends and football recruits West senior Joe Igaz and Valley senior Levi Williams, Whitt found his home for the next four years in Crestview Hills.
“If a team would show interest, I’d go and bowl in front of them. They could tweak on some stuff and see if they liked me and if they do, they’d give me an offer.”
As Whitt signed his letter of intent to enroll at Thomas More alongside Williams who signed early last week to become a member of the Saints’ football team, he admitted he was a little surprised with the amount of friends, family, and supporters who were there to wish him the best in his the next chapter of his journey.
“It’s pretty cool,” Whitt said. “I wasn’t expecting everyone to be here, but it’s pretty cool to have everyone — parents, grandparents, all my friends down here.”
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