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Bowling: Chesterton’s Nate Sipe overcomes back trouble to take P-T boys title

Chesterton's Nate Sipe throws ball finals match during 11th annual Post-Tribune Boys Scholarship bowling tournament Stardust II Hobart Saturday May

Chesterton's Nate Sipe throws a ball in the finals match during the 11th annual Post-Tribune Boys Scholarship bowling tournament at Stardust II in Hobart on Saturday May 11, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 13, 2013 7:39PM



HOBART — When Nate Sipe captured a sectional title during this past high school season, it was the first individual title ever for the Chesterton senior.

And while Sipe had to overcome normal obstacles to win that title, they paled in comparison to what he had to rise above to win in the boys division of Saturday’s 2013 Post-Tribune Youth Scholarship Tournament at Stardust Bowl II.

Nursing a bad back over the past two months, Sipe aggravated it further during qualifying, but still managed to earn a seventh seed for match play.

From there, Sipe defeated No. 2 seed Jeff Smith in the quarterfinals, No. 3 seed Cameron Crowe in the semifinals and No. 8 seed Nick Laviolette 171-159 in the championship. After opening in the sixth and seventh, Sipe went clean the rest of the way and spared and struck in the 10th to force Laviolette to double in the 10th — which he failed to do.

“It was hurting a little at the start of the day and just attacked it with Icy Hot,” Sipe said about his back. “I had a line early, so I just had to keep making good shots. With Nick, he had been in the finals the last two years, so I knew I had to really work for the win.

“I was trying not to think about my back, but then I had to start thinking about everything in those last four frames. So I slowed down and started to hit my mark.”

Sipe’s win was also noteworthy because his girlfriend, Indiana High School champion Carly Larson, captured the girls division.

“We’ve been together since March 13,” Sipe said. “We’d been talking and texting for three weeks and I knew I liked her. We’ve been bowling here at Stardust II together. She definitely challenges me.”

Laviolette, who had to settle for his third consecutive runner-up finish, walked a delicate tightrope himself to advance to the finals. He rolled 240 in the first game of qualifying and followed that up with a 130. His 179 allowed him to advance just 11 pins ahead of ninth-place Bobby Kammer.

He won his quarterfinals match 244-243 over Mitchell Katic, and needed to pick up the 2-8 spare in the 10th frame to close out A.J. Butler in the semifinals.

“I would have rather had both of us bowling at our best,” Laviolette said. “It would have made for a much better match. I would have felt bad if I had beaten Nate.”



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