OTTUMWA – Even before his former head coach took over the program. Even before two of his teammates signed their letters to be a part of the team.
Dawson Greene knew he wanted to be a part of the William Penn bowling program. He’s known it for several years. Reuniting with Brandon Brooks, Jaxson Coble and Drake Lewis only solidified his decision.
Greene signed his letter of intent to bowl for the Statesmen next season. The Ottumwa High School senior joins Lewis and Coble as the most recent Bulldog bowlers to sign with the program that is coached by Brooks, who coached Greene up until the midway point of the past season before officially taking over as William Penn’s bowling coach.
“I’ve wanted to go to William Penn since I was 10-years-old. It’s kind of like a dream come true,” Greene said. “It’s been a good experience. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I have a ton of friends that already go to the school. I feel it fits my personality. I feel like it will make me an even better person instead of just a better bowler.
“I wanted to go to William Penn even before Coach Brooks became their coach. Having him there, having Jaxson and Drake there, just makes it even more clear that I’m making the right choice.”
Greene gives William Penn a bowler that has proven to be one of the best in the state, having earned all-state honors last year after finishing fourth individually at the Class 2A boys state bowling tournament. Greene also rolled his second 300 game this past season for the Bulldogs, achieving the feat at Great Escape in Ankeny on the first day of February after rolling his first 300 as a sophomore at Champion Bowl the previous season.
Brooks, who has been Greene’s head coach for the majority of his high school bowling career, talked about the asset that William Penn has earned in the Ottumwa senior.
“Dawson, like Jaxson and Drake, both have been a part of a lot of success with the OHS program. Knowing their games and how they interact is going to be helpful for me,” Brooks said. “The biggest thing being part of the Ottumwa bowling program is that these guys know how to win. The level these kids have been at, always competing in every meet to win from substate to state is a big deal. It’s a whole new level of pressure that bowlers like Dawson have already experienced. The bowlers from Ottumwa definitely have a head start in that direction.”
For Greene, one more season of Ottumwa bowling remains. The Bulldogs figure to be right in the hunt once again for the program’s first state boys bowling title having finished within 30 pins of championships each of the past two seasons.
“I have high expectations for everyone on the team. We’re destined for great things this year,” Greene said. “Things didn’t quite turn out our way at the end last year. I know things are going to go our way this season.”