Columbus High School unified bowling team crowned state champion

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The NSAA Unified Bowling Championship took place at Sun Valley Lanes and Games on Monday.

It was a tight match between Columbus and Norfolk for the state title.

Unified bowling is a type of bowling that rotates players every frame, and the teams are typically made up of athletes with disabilities who are paired with students in the general population.

“It gives them a chance to be part of a team and gives them a chance to do something like this, that they would never get to do if we didn’t have unified bowling,” Columbus coach Jackie Eickhoff said.

The Class A championship match was so close, no one knew who would end up on top.

“It’s fun to bowl against them, but my heart rate was going during that last match,” Eickhoff said.

Matthew Holcomb was named Player of the Game after a killer series of strikes toward the end of the last match.

“The team was feeling pretty excited when I got that strike in the 10th frame,” Holcomb said.

In the end, Columbus defeated Norfolk 3-2, taking home the state championship.

“I could not be prouder,” Eickhoff said. “They deserve everything they’re getting today — all the accolades, all the praise.”

While Columbus took home the Class A trophy, Lexington beat out Ogallala for the Class B title.

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