Huntington North High School junior Zac Tackett won the Indiana boys' bowling individual state championship at Woodland Bowl, in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Tackett squared off against Tayler Peters, of Highland, for the title. The two locked in a duel through five frames before Tackett threw six consecutive strikes to claim the state crown, 224-203.
"It feels great," says Tackett.
Tackett started his day by rolling a 233, followed by a 259 and then a 245 to take the lead heading into the stepladder finals.
Being the state champion wasn't something he envisioned at the start of the season.
"At the beginning of the season, probably not," Tackett admits. "Because at the beginning of the season, I wasn't bowling very good.
"But as the season progressed, I started bowling better."
Tackett captured seventh at semi-state against stiff competition and expected more of the same at state, but believes pressure ultimately affected some of his competitors.
"Everybody else bowled well and during state, I thought everybody else was going to bowl very well, like they did at semi-state, but I guess the scores just weren't as high," he says. "I think it was just nerves that made everybody else bowl not as well."