Harlem's Pash wins individual bowling state championship
Despite the team results not going Harlem's way, the Huskies can still celebrate a bowling champion. On Saturday, Ethan Pash ended his high school bowling season with the individual title, holding on to win by 39 pins.
After bowling a ridiculous 1,589 (264.8 avg.) on day one, Pash cooled off on day two, as did the rest of the Huskies. The senior bowled a 1,222 (203.6 avg.) six-game series on Saturday, allowing Minooka's Efrain Soto and Lincoln-Way Central's Alex Nolan to sneak back into the mix. However, Pash did just enough in the final three games to secure the individual honor.
The team results were nearly the opposite for both Harlem and Hononegah. The Huskies entered day two with a 193 pin lead, but could not find any sort of rhythm or consistency. Harlem had a 1,000 series or better in just one of the six games on Saturday and finished the tournament in seventh.
The Indians just did not have enough in the tank to make a run. Hononegah hovered around the fourth and fifth place spots most of the tournament before ending it in eighth.
This year breaks a string of three straight state championships between the two teams, and four since 2015. Harlem's seventh place is the worst finish for a NIC-10 team since 2013.