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Area bowler takes on TV sports personality

Friday, June 29, 2007

Rebekah Hill challenged WTHI News 10's Jamison Coyle to a bowling match Thursday, defeating him at Brazilian Lanes.
Rebekah Hill comes from a long lineage of bowlers.

Her father, Robert, started bowling in 1963 and eventually bowled his way into the Indiana Bowling Hall of Fame and the Terre Haute Bowling Hall of Fame.

Her brothers, Bobby Hill and Shawn Schauber are both bowlers and brother Scott Hill -- whom Rebekah called "the pro" in the family -- has tallied perfect scores nearly 30 times.

Her sister Sherrie Downey is also an accomplished bowler.

But none of them had the chance Rebekah had Thursday.

After seeing a weekly sports contest challenge entry form on WTHI News 10's website, Rebekah decided to take the channel's sports department up to task.

"I got an e-mail back saying I had been chosen," she said Thursday at Brazilian Lanes as she waited for Jamison Coyle.

"I watched it on the news," she continued. "You don't think about bowling anymore. Nobody does. It sounded like something fun to do, to see how good they really are."

Coyle is one of WTHI's sports personalities. He accepted Rebekah's bowling challenge.

Still, with all the bowling history in her family, Rebekah was admittedly nervous prior to her matchup with Coyle.

However, she did bowl a 217 practice game before he arrived.

The channel's sports team recently challenged its viewers to different sport activities. Last week, one sports personality had a racing challenge.

"We've got about 40 requests to do this so far," Coyle said.

When he arrived at Brazilian Lanes Thursday, he really didn't know what he was up against.

"What's your average," he asked Rebekah.

"About 170," she replied.

"I'm in trouble," he said.

Coyle said the only thing at stake in the bowling showdown was "pride."

In the first game Thursday, Coyle out-dueled Rebekah by one pin, 159-160.

However, it was her second game that helped her get by Coyle, as Rebekah bowled a 148 to his 124.

In the third and final game of the 32-pin series, Rebekah bowled a 153 while Coyle finished with a 144.

Rebekah had a series total of 460 while Coyle finished with a 428, 32 pins behind.

Coyle said the challenge segments air on Mondays during the channel's 11 p.m. newscast. Thursday's bowling episode will air July 2.

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