Pinkerton senior Stillian is state bowling champ
Nick Stillian opened the championship round with a strike and added three more after that in the match as he claimed the NHIAA Individual Bowling Championship at Spare Time in Manchester on Saturday.
Stillian, a senior at Pinkerton Academy of Derry, beat Justin Conway of Merrimack for the title by a score of 181-161.
"I just had a couple of good matches," Stillian said. "I had confidence on my side and things worked out."
Stillian was the top qualifier and knocked off teammate Raina Stobbs 228-226 in the round of 16. Then he beat Cam Calato of Souhegan 222-167 in the quarterfinals, which earned him a berth in the championship round.
Conway had to win four matches to get into the title game. He was the No. 6 seed and beat No. 11 Shane Washburn of Stevens in the round of 16, then downed No. 3 Jennifer Lemay of Lebanon in the quarterfinals.
That put Conway in the first round of the stepladder finals, where he downed Daniel Simino of Stevens 161-119. He then beat Shawn Fitzpatrick of Stevens in the second round 162-158 before losing to Stillian.
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NHIAA Bowling Championships
At Spare Time, Manchester
Round of 16
No. 1 Nick Stillian of Pinkerton def. No. 16 Raina Stobbs of Pinkerton 228-226; No. 8 Cam Calato of Souhegan def. No. 9 Austin Cote of Souhegan 217-191; No. 12 Dan Simino of Stevens def. No. 5 Kyle Masury of Raymond 162-151; No. 13 Austin Pederson of Stevens def. No. 4 Zakk Salvo of Pinkerton 156-147; No. 3 Jennifer Lemay of Lebanon def. No. 14 Zack Amodio of Merrimack 178-157; No. 6 Justin Conway of Merrimack def. No. 11 Shane Washburn of Stevens 172-161; No. 7 Paul Liversidge of Raymond def. No. 10 Danny Dufresne of Souhegan 139-132; No. 2 Shawn Fitzpatrick of Stevens def. No. 15 Ben Campbell of Pinkerton 178-160
Round of 8
Stillian def. Calato 222-167; Simino def. Pederson 157-130; Conway def. Lemay 187-147; Fitzpatrick def. Liversidge 214-129
Stepladder Final Round 1
Conway def. Simino 161-119
Conway def. Fitzpatrick 162-158
Stillian def. Conway 181-161