Jasper Wildcats Bowling State Champs!
LAFAYETTE (NNDC) – The Jasper Wildcats won the Indiana High School Bowling State Championship Saturday night, defeating New Castle in the championship final by six pins at Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl in Lafayette. The Wildcats finished second to New Castle in the qualifying round. Noblesville and Portage also adanced to the finals, finishing and third and fourth, respectively. Noblesville then defeated Portage and Jasper defeated Noblesville to set up the final match between Jasper and New Castle.
After Jasper prevailed in the final, Wildcat senior Patrick Huebschman told NewsNow Dubois County, “It’s amazing! It’s the best thing ever to happen to me in bowling!” Quite a statement for the young man who rolled a perfect 300 game one week earlier in the semistate, which earned him a $1,000 scholarship.
Huebschman finished 10th out of 24 bowling in Saturday’s individual competition. The Wildcats’ Mel Kiefer finished second in the state in the girls individual competition and Northeast Dubois’ Harlee Zehr finished 21st.
The state champion Wildcats are scheduled to return to Jasper tonight (Saturday) between 11 and 11:30. They will climb onto a Jasper Fire Department firetruck for the traditional victory ride into town. All friends and fans are urged to meet the firetruck in the Carson’s parking lot between 11 and 11:30 to welcome the state champs home.
Watch for additional information on the victory in Lafayette and coverage of the state champs’ return home on NewsNow Dubois County.