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Rhinelander's Darin Bloomquist wins bowling state championship
RHINELANDER - Darin Bloomquist knew he had a chance to win a bowling state championship this year.

"It really is an adrenaline rush when you're standing up there bowling at state," said Bloomquist.

And then, it actually happened. Bloomquist beat 94 other bowlers to become the state champ.

"I looked back at Coach Mike and I was just like 'I'm the state champion! I just won state, this is unreal'. I knew I could do it but I didn't think it would actually come true," said Bloomquist.

That championship didn't happen overnight. Bloomquist started bowling at the age of three.

"It became a regular thing for me where it became a passion for me," said Bloomquist.

That passion helped him reach the state meet for the first time his sophomore year.

"The more and more I bowl, the more fun I have doing it and want to better myself," said Bloomquist.

But his junior season, he wasn't so lucky. He didn't make it back to the meet.

"I considered last year more of a learning year. Then this year I came back as a year of redemption," said Bloomquist.

He started practicing more and more and it came full circle for his final season. 

He was first in the district with an 87 fill percentage for strikes and spares. That number one seed made the tournament even sweeter last weekend.

"It allowed me to go into state this year with a good mindset and a good mental state to claim the state title," said Bloomquist.

He is leaving the Hodags on a high note as a state champion. He hopes that title will help other Hodags join the team and help defend his championship.

Bloomquist said he's gotten multiple college offers to bowl. He has not made a decision of where he wants to go to school but he did say he's not done bowling.

Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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