OU women bowlers snare prep star

The Herald Staff

The Ottawa University women's bowling team is busy signing talent for the 2021-22 season.

Ottawa signed prep star Kiara Backstrom, of Channahon, Ill., for the 2021-22 school year. She attends Minooka Community High School.

Backstrom is a three-year varsity bowler in high school and helped her team to a third-place finish in 2019 and 2020. In 2018, Backstrom earned a second place finish at the Pepsi Tournament and she placed 40th at High School Nationals. Backstrom earned all-conference, placed second in sectionals, earned ninth place all-state honors and was fourth in High School Nationals in 2019. In 2020, she earned all-conference, placed first at regionals and was a seventh-place all-state selection.

Backstrom was the first two time all-state female bowler in Minooka Community High School history. Her high game is 299, high three-game series is 742 and high six-game series is 1324. In 2020, Backstrom's season average was 211.

"After meeting Kiara and her mother last month during their visit, I knew she would be a huge asset to our program,” head bowling coach Geoff Poston said. “She's an outstanding student, phenomenal bowler and has tremendous character. She will fit right in with our ladies. Pairing her with Hannah Casto on the women's side and Conner on the men's side, we are off to a great start for the 2021 class.”

Backstrom plans to major in human services.