#3 Amanda Cortese
|HOMETOWN||Hoffman Estates, Ill.|
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)||Hoffman Estates (Central Missouri)|
2010-2011: Started 34 traditional matches in her second season with the Crusaders … posted team’s second-highest average with a 187.8 average pinfall … broke 200 on 12 occasions as a junior … led Valpo in six matches … registered the Crusaders’ top average in traditional action at the Jeanette Lee Invitational, averaging a 202 and the Music City Classic … opened season with a trio of 200+ efforts Oct. 30 at the Greater Ozark Invitational, including a 224 against Prairie View A&M … finished just one pin shy of her Valpo career high with a 243 against Elizabeth City State Dec. 4 at the Jeanette Lee Invitational … also posted efforts of 217 against Bowie State and 221 versus Shaw that day as well … rolled a 224 in a win over Howard at the Kutztown Invitational Jan. 29 … closed season with three more 200+ games at the Music City Classic Mar. 19, highlighted by a 228 against Monmouth … also rolled a 210 versus Texas Southern and a 202 against Southern … an NTCA All-Academic honoree … recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.
2009-2010: Started 49 of Valpo's 52 traditional games in team's first season ... averaged a 186.0 on the year, second-best among the Crusaders ... named to the Brunswick/NTCA All-Academic Third Team, based on performance both on the lanes and in the classroom ... led the Crusaders in 11 games ... registered 14 games of 200 or better on the season ... started season with three straight 200+ games Oct. 24 at Greater Ozark Invitational ... rolled a 217 against #7 Arkansas State, a 201 versus #17 Elmhurst and a 204 against #12 Minnesota State-Mankato ... posted Crusaders' top average at Big Red Invitational Nov. 6-7 and led Valpo in four of the ten traditional games ... averaged a 192.0 at Crusader Classic Nov. 14, seventh-best among all competing bowlers ... rolled a season-high 244 against #7 Central Missouri at Mid-Winter Classic Jan. 16 ... followed that game with a 223 effort against Prairie View A&M ... rolled back-to-back 200+ games Feb. 7 at Shrewsbury Invitational and Mar. 12 at Music City Classic.
2008-2009 [UCM]: Appeared in 70 matches for the Jennies as a freshman ... helped Central Missouri to a runner-up finish at 2009 NCAA Championship ... averaged a 180 on the lanes in her rookie year.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Hawks ... earned All-State honors as a junior after finishing second at state tournament ... helped Hawks to top-five state finishes all four years, including the team championship as a sophomore ... won conference individual championship as a junior ... team won sectional title three times and conference title all four years ... rolled two perfect 300 games during her high school career, becoming the first bowler in Hoffman Estates history to roll more than one in a career ... had a high series of 762, second-best in program history ... Denny’s High School All-American in 2008 ... a three-time Junior Gold National Championships qualifier ... won the Division I Double Championship at USBC Youth Open in 2007 ... a member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Amanda is the daughter of Joe and Angie Cortese ... major is sports media ... has earned Presidential academic honors during her time at Valpo ... born April 19, 1990.