Megan Buja, the 2012 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow.

Dec. 5, 2011

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ARLINGTON, Texas - When Sharon Brummell made Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) her lone recruit in 2010 it wasn't because she couldn't find anyone else; it was because she knew she had a star in the young Illinois native. Last month that title became a little more official when Buja was named the 2012 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow by the United State Bowling Congress (USBC).

The award, presented annually to a female high school senior or college student, is given for excelling in the sport of bowling as well as off the lanes.

"Being selected as the Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow winner is definitely an honor," said Buja in an interview with the USBC. "Former winners of this award have gone on to become important figures in the world of competitive bowling, and it is incredible to receive the same award that these women have received."

Some of the past winners include Becky Kregling (1985) and Ricki Williams (2009), both of whom coach top programs in NCAA bowling at Sacred Heart and Delaware State respectively and Heather D'Errico (2010), now the assistant coach at the University of Central Missouri. Other winners include All-Americans from Vanderbilt: Josie Earnest (2006), a former NTCA National Player of the Year and Brittni Hamilton (2008) as well as Amanda Burgoyne (2004) and Cassandra Leuthold (2005) who both were All-America selections for Nebraska and won National Championships.

Buja, now a sophomore, was a part of the historic 2010-11 season for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) when they won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship, the NCAA Championship and the USBC Collegiate National Championship. She qualified for the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championship as well.

In high school Buja was a two-time member of the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team, a four year starter at Jefferson High School, a two-time captain, and won a state title in 2008, the same year UMES won their first National Championship.



Academically Buja was a Dean's List student both semesters of her freshman year and was a National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Academic All-Star. She is a Human Ecology-Dietetics major and plans a career in medical school or as a physician's assistant.

Buja was named an All-Star at the New Jersey Jamboree earlier this season with a high game of a 256. She is currently averaging just under a 186 for the year.

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