Sam Houston bowling coach Brad Hagen has added his first ever Finnish signee to the 2019-2020 squad with the addition of Elice Piksila.
Piksila, from Helsinki Finland, is joining the Bearkats with plenty of world competition under her belt including several trips to the United States where over the last two years she's competed against her future peers at the DV8 Shootout, the USBC Open Championships, and the prestigious Junior Gold to face some of the top domestic bowlers.
She is the 8th international bowler to join the Bearkats over their nine-season history and will be the 11th to have represented their national team as a Bearkat.
“Elice is a very talented young lady who has competed all over the world internationally for her country both on the Youth National Team and on the Adult National Team for Finland,” Hagen said. “Elice's competitive experiences and eagerness to succeed will fit in great with this team. This young lady has worked endlessly over the last few years to come to the states to achieve her ultimate dream and I am happy we'll be able to help her pursue it.”
Some of Piksila’s most recent accomplishments include bowling with her Adult National Team at the Combined World Championships in December 2017, being a Finnish Youth National Team Member for the last four years and earning a silver medal in the team event at the European Youth National Championships.
She will bring in a very strong academic background where's she has posted a 3.31 GPA and plans to focus her academic future at SHSU either in Forensics or Physically Therapy.
Other national team members who have joined the Bearkats or made their respective team as a Bearkat include: Dayna Galganski (Junior Team USA), Aida Sanchez (Dominican Republic Youth National & Adult team), Neishka Cardona (Puerto Rico Youth National & Adult team), Janine Kuwahara (Youth National Team-Philippines), Carrie Hopkinson (Canada Youth National & Adult Team), Lynne Fishler (Israeli Youth & Adult National Team Member). Heather Penatzer (two-time Junior Team USA), Stephanie Zavala (Adult Team & Junior Team USA 2016-2017), Syasya Ismail (Singapore Youth National) Bea Hernandez (Philippine Adult National Team & Youth National Team).