From an early age, Bethany Watson has been successful on the lanes.

Even at the young age of 5, she was earning Top 10 awards. Watson grew up with bowling and competed in tournaments all across the country. Now, Watson will continue her playing days into college. She signed a letter of intent to bowl for Newman University's team next year.

"I'm very happy. I'm really excited to know that I can continue my dream and go on and bowl," Watson said. "That's always what I've wanted to do."

Watson has been Augusta's top bowler pretty much since she joined the program. She has qualified for State all four years and earned a medal last year as part of Augusta's state championship performance. Outside of AHS, Watson won a national championship title for her division at a meet in Las Vegas two years ago and competed in another national championship meet last year in Detroit, Mich. This year, she'll compete in a national championship in Buffalo, N.Y.

Watson will compete at the Kansas Class 5-1A state meet Friday after qualifying individually at Regionals.

"She's won just about everything there is to win," Augusta coach Kellee Roberts said. "...She's been incredible. She will really be missed."

Newman Univeristy has a top-flight program that recently had an individual national champion.

Watson said she will study business, but isn't sure of a more specific field just yet.

Her parents are David and Angie Watson.