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Day Signs on to Bowl at Mount Mercy College

By Jeff Holt

Published October 21, 2021 in The Burg

Last week, the front lobby at Galesburg High School was filled with proud teachers, some GHS faculty and family members of Chloe Day.

She was officially signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her bowling career at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

"I'm really, really excited," said Day. "The team last year (at Mount Mercy) was ranked first nationally in the country for women's bowling."

Individually, Day is a two-time champ of the Western Big 6 Conference. She's knocking on the door to bowl her first 300 game, with a personal-best of 290 in a practice round at Abingdon's Abbe Lanes.

She's currently got a 3.9 overall grade point avereage at GHS and is planning to study secondary education in college.

"I couldn't be any more proud of all the accomplishments that Chloe has made here at Galesburg," said Silver Streaks coach David Sharp. "She started bowling for me her freshman year and has broken nearly every individual record. She is one outstanding bowler and Galesburg should be proud."

Her grandpa, Roger Lamm, was also in attendance at the signing. Lamm said he was kind of like a cheerleader for Day and the entire Streaks team.

"I made signs for the bowling team the last three years that she started," said Lamm. "I enjoyed making the signs when she won her first tournament. I made an announcement and said: Do you know what time it is? It's Day Time and it kind of stuck, and I made lightning bolts for the Silver Streaks. I made a sign if they got a strike, a good spare or a good game."

Lamm, a 1963 graduate of GHS, reflected back on his time growing up in Galesburg and how much he loved the sport of bowling.

"When I was her age, I had aspirations of maybe becoming a professional bowler," said Lamm, "and I was pretty much self-taught. I did my best bowling in tournaments."

Lamm, who once bowled a 297 at Northgate Lanes, said he bowled on an intramural team in high school because they didn't have an official bowling team at GHS.

The next four years, you can bet that Chloe will make her mark in bowling (and academically) at Mount Mercy College. You might even see an occasional sign light up after she gets a big strike or spare.

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