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Rhinelander's state bowling champion signs offer with Mount Mercy UniversitySubmitted: 06/12/2018
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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Rhinelander's state bowling champion signs offer with Mount Mercy University
RHINELANDER - From your grip, to your shoes, to your ball, bowling is all about comfort, which is why Darin Bloomquist knew one school in particular just felt right.

"It felt like home to me," Bloomquist said.

Tuesday, the Rhinelander High School graduate signed on to bowl with Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Bloomquist signed the paperwork at Hodag Lanes on Stevens Street in front of family and friends.


"I'm going to prosper and grow as a bowler and a learner and I think Mount Mercy is a good option for me to do that," Bloomquist said.

Bloomquist had scholarship offers from Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and Robert Morris University in Chicago. He was ready to sign with the latter when he decided to look at one more school.

Winning the Wisconsin state bowling title in March put Bloomquist on coach Andy Diercks' radar, thanks to a Facebook video.

"I won't say that I don't reach out a lot online, but if you get five-percent, you're lucky," Diercks said. "Wisconsin does it right. Their high school bowling is a little more challenging than even in Iowa. When you're a state champion in Wisconsin, you really did something special."

Diercks asked Bloomquist to come visit the school and knew he needed him on his team. Nationally, Mount Mercy's men ranked 43rd last year, according to CollegeBowling.com. Diercks expects Bloomquist to boost that number early on in his collegiate career, but the more than $23,000 scholarship offer is largely academic based, showing the school's emphasis on classwork.

"All the things that go along with being part of a team, it means so much more to life than just to bowling itself," Diercks said.

Rhinelander Bowling Club Head Coach Mike Bourcier considers Bloomquist one of the best talents he's had, scoring wins on the lanes and helping attract youngsters to the sport.

"With him winning [the state title], I feel it's opened the door a little bit more for our sport here... The more I can bring in, the better," Bourcier said.

Bloomquist now faces a move more than 300 miles from home, but he's ready to roll into a school that fits just right.

"I have a lot more to learn, there's a lot more I want to learn and I think the bar's just been raised," Bloomquist said.

Bloomquists' scholarship will cover about half of his tuition at the private university. He plans to study business starting this fall.

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