ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Rock Valley bowling debuted this past year for the first time as a varsity sport and not only did the mixed team win its conference, but the Golden Eagles finished as the national runner-ups.
On Thursday, RVC introduced its bowlers for its women's squad and expectations are riding high.
"We have the opportunity to do great things and really build a legacy with the Rock Valley program," said Hononegah senior Kelsey Olson.
The foundation is officially set for Olson and the RVC women's bowling team.
Head coach Tony Hall introduced the original six signings as the program is primed for its return in the fall of 2019.
"It's just really exciting to know that I'm going to be a part of a great team, know that I can build something and make a name for the Rock Valley program and continue the name that they've already made for themselves this year," Olson said.
That name already includes second place at NJCAA nationals thanks to Guilford grad Megan Peterson.
Her and Olson will be joined by Hono's Joslin Johnson, Harlem's Angel Grinnall and Amanda Wallace, East's Tegan Peterson and Belvidere's Lexy Sherman.
"There's always going to be a little pressure with things that go on, but you just have to get used to the fact that it's probably going to be a really great year," said Sherman.
"I'm a little nervous and intimidated by all of the amazing bowlers, but hopefully their good bowling is just going to push me to be a better bowler," said Johnson.
With the formation of the Golden Eagles, fierce competitors will also turn into teammates.
Grinnall and Peterson have a history together with what they call a friendly rivalry. They say they will only make each other better.
"We just have that friendship that we go against each other, we fight and then we root for each other at the end," said Grinnall.
"We fuel each other and whenever we bowl with each other, we both bowl really well," said Peterson.
Living up to those high expectations only comes with the territory for a group of women who compete in the NIC-10, which needs no explanation. They say 'bring it on.'
"Let's hope for a great season next year and hopefully we go out there and win a couple of trophies," said Wallace.
The Golden Eagles have set a tentative schedule where they will host a pair of tournaments this October.