HNHS sophomore Tackett claims state bowling title, piece of history

Huntington North High School sophomore E.J. Tackett (center) poses with his championship plaque and coaches Doug Scott (left) and Jim Bischoff after winning the Indiana High School state individual bowling championship at Anderson on Saturday, Feb. 21.
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Setting a record that can never be beaten, Huntington North High School sophomore E.J. Tackett completed his sweep through the Indiana High School Bowling Tournament series, claiming the state title Saturday, Feb. 21, at Anderson.

Tackett, bowling from the top seed for the fourth consecutive state series tourney, crushed Matt Johns of Avon in the championship, 290-181, to claim his championship.

The HNHS bowler started off with a nine-spare, then threw 11 consecutive strikes to finish off the most remarkable championship run in state bowling history. His championships at sectional, regional, semi-state and state, all from the top seed spot, set a standard that can only be matched, but never beaten.

Tackett got to the No. 1 seed with a 693 qualifying score, rolling 245-215-234 to edge out Ryan McCoy of Griffith by three pins.

For the four tournaments, Tackett averaged 240, and in his four title matches he upped the standard to 268. His four wins came on games of 257 at the sectional, 246 at the regional, 279 at semi-state and the 290 to win state.

Tackett topped 18 bowlers competing at Cooper's Sport Bowl.