Highland men's bowling wins first national championship

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Highland Community College men's and women's bowling team competed this weekend in Buffalo, New York for the junior college national championships.

The men's team came back from a 47-pin deficit heading into the last game to win its first national title in program history.

"It means the world to me man," said sophomore Bryce Lawson. "All this hard work. All of our team, all year and last year. It's just a dream come true."

Last year, the Cougars finished as the national runners-up. History almost repeated itself. Going into the final day, Highland was down by 209 pins. But the team didn't fold.

"In high school, I never won anything. I mean we went down there," said sophomore Jared Johnson. "Runners-up obviously last year. Feels good to win a national championship."

"I'm ready to do it again," said head coach Kris Beach. "I want to keep doing this. I want to show people how good we are, how good this program is and what we can do."