Natalie Cortese

#32 Natalie Cortese

Yr. So.
Bowls R
Hometown Hoffman Estates, Ill.
High School (Prev. School) Hoffman Estates [Univ. of Central Missouri]

2010-2011: Started 37 traditional matches in her second year as a Crusader … became first bowler in Valpo history to post a 200 average for a full season, finishing the year with a 200.1 average … an NTCA Honorable Mention All-American … selected to the NTCA All-Academic Third Team … MVP of Valpo’s own Crusader Classic, posting a 213.6 average in traditional action at Stardust Bowl II … also earned All-Tournament Team accolades at the Kutztown Invitational, where her 218.9 average ranked second among all bowlers, and the Greater Ozark Invitational … also paced Valpo with a 205.5 average at the Big Red Invitational … rolled 19 200+ games, including seven games where she broke 230, and paced the Crusaders on 14 occasions … opened season with 245 Oct. 30 against #17 Minnesota St.-Mankato … rolled a 248 Nov. 13 against #14 UW-Whitewater, part of a stretch of five consecutive games of at least 200 … broke 200 in three of four games at the Big Red Invitational Jan. 21, including a 235 vs. #6 Arkansas State … surpassed 200 on four occasions, including each of her last three matches, Jan. 29 at the Kutztown Invitational … closed that day with a 235 vs. Howard, a 245 vs. Cheyney and a 258 against #2 Fairleigh Dickinson … 258 against FDU marked a season-high and Valpo’s second-best individual effort of the year … an NTCA All-Academic honoree … recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.

2009-2010: Named to the Brunswick/NTCA Second Team All-American squad after leading the Crusaders on the lanes in their inaugural campaign ... paced Valpo with 195.5 average over 52 traditional games ... rolled 22 games of 200 or better over the course of the season ... led the Crusaders in 17 of the 52 games ... named Tournament MVP at the Greater Ozark Invitational Oct. 23-25, averaging a 224.8 ... earned Tournament Co-MVP accolades at the Kutztown Invitational Jan. 29-31, where she averaged a 220.7 ... earned All-Tournament Team honors as well at Crusader Classic Nov. 13-14, where she finished third among all bowlers with a 200.6 average ... rolled Valpo season-high 290 Oct. 24 at #4 Central Missouri, part of four straight 200+ games ... posted a 226 Nov. 14 in win over Adrian ... registered Valpo's second-best game of the season Jan. 30 against Howard, rolling a 278 ... 278 kicked off another stretch of four consecutive 200+ games ... helped Crusaders to win over Elmhurst Feb. 14 at Warhawk Classic with 235 game as Valpo earned the event title ... also finished third at UW-Whitewater with 205 average, earning All-Tournament accolades.

2008-2009 [UCM]: Ranked fourth on the Jennies as a freshman, posting a 189 average ... helped Central Missouri to a runner-up finish at 2009 NCAA Championship ... named to All-Tournament Team at Morgan State Invitational.

Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Hawks ... won the Denny’s High School All-American Challenge in April of 2008 ... posted top-20 finishes individually at state tournament in each of her four years, including a fifth-place finish as a freshman ... a two-time All-State honoree ... won Pepsi Illinois State Tournament in 2007 and 2008 ... finished fifth at Pepsi Nationals in 2007 ... took fourth place at USBC Youth Open Championship in 2007 ... bowled a perfect 300 game on Jan. 12, 2006 ... holds state record for high three-game series of 802, set Dec. 9, 2005 ... helped Hawks to top-five state finishes all four years, including the team championship as a sophomore ... team won sectional title three times and conference title all four years ... a member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Natalie is the daughter of Joe and Angie Cortese ... major is graphic design with a minor in Spanish ... has earned Presidential academic honors during her time at Valpo ... born April 19, 1990.