Pinkerton Academy 12th grader Nick Stillian collected the state individual bowl- ing championship this past Saturday, Feb. 23, by battling his way through a talented field of bowlers to the very top of the competitive ladder. Stillian began the cham- pionship round of play with a strike and then added three more strikes after that in claiming the NHIAA In- dividual Bowling Cham- pionship at the Spare Time Bowling Center in Man- chester.
The Astro standout best- ed Justin Conway of Merrimack for the title, winning the championship round match by a score of 181-161. Stillian was the top qualifier, and he defeated Pinkerton teammate Raina Stobbs by a slim, 228-226 count in the round of 16. He then bested Cam Calato of Souhegan of Amherst by a lopsided 222-
167 score in the quarterfi- nals, which earned him a berth in the championship round. Other Pinkerton bowlers who competed on the big championship day along with Stillian and Stobbs were Zakk Salvo and Ben Campbell.