Bowling: Carly Larson wins first NWI singles state title
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent February 16, 2013 3:16PM
Dave Larson of Merrillville hugs his daughter Carly after she won the girls singles title at the Indiana High School Bowling state finals at Arrowhead Bowl in Lafayette. | Steve T. Gorches~Post-Tribune
Updated: March 18, 2013 7:10AM
LAFAYETTE — As the kids might say, “mad props” to Carly Larson on making history.
Not only did the Merrillville senior defeat former state champion Sydney Brummett of Homestead 235-234 in a thrilling girls singles championship match at Arrowhead Bowl in Lafayette, Larson also became the first individual from Northwest Indiana — male or female — to win a state singles title in the 14-year history of Indiana High School Bowling.
Larson, who opened with four consecutive strikes to start the final for a double-digit advantage that she maintained until the closing frames, converted pivotal spares in the ninth and 10th, both 7-pins, before striking on her final shot to seal the title.
Almost as newsworthy as her accomplishment was that Larson admitted she was totally unaware of the importance of that strike.
“When I made the two big spares, I heard my dad say, ‘big strike right here,’ to me,” Larson said. “Then I realized how big it was after I struck and I was really excited. I usually don’t show much emotion when I’m bowling, but I was thrilled. Being the first singles champion in the region hasn’t even began to sink in yet.
“My goal wasn’t even to win state. I just wanted to do better than I did last year.”
Larson, who rolled a 670 series (with a 269 last game) qualified second, 40 pins behind Brummett, a junior who won the state title as a freshman in 2011. Larson advanced to the final by defeating Aubree Trexler of Hamilton Heights 237-173 in the semifinal.
The next highest-placing local girl was Boone Grove’s Paige Kraushaar in sixth. For the boys, Nate Sipe of Chesterton was the top region boy in 11th place.