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Antigo boys bowling wins first ever state championship
ANTIGO - High school bowlers from all over the state hit the lanes in Green Bay this weekend to compete for a state title.

The Antigo boys bowling team beat more than 200 teams to bring home its first ever state championship trophy.

It took lots of strikes, a brand new coach, and seven seniors to make Antigo boys bowling a state qualifying program. 

"We had a lot of guys who were really passionate about bowling and we really peaked at the right time," said senior bowler Jared McFarlane.

But the Robins didn't become champions overnight.

"We started out slow. It was kind of scary. It was a senior dominated team, seven seniors this year and I have to admit, we had a very slow start," said Antigo Bowling coach Tom Kubeny.

Coach Tom Kubeny said the team had to figure out how to stay positive and only focus on their lanes, no one else's.

"Don't get down on yourself, because then you will just bowl worse," said sophomore bowler Will Kubeny.

When the state competition rolled around, the bowlers made sure to follow Coach Kubeny's advice.

"It was basically one of those days where everything went right for us, we just bowled incredible. We had almost no down games," McFarlane said.

"We never had anybody watching down the lanes seeing what other bowlers were doing," Coach Kubeny said. 

"You have to move lanes every games so it's very difficult do that but those kids were really zoned in on what they were doing."

The Red Robins defeated Ashwaubenon in the final match by more than 100 points to become the division two state champions.

"I am extremely proud of all of these kids," Coach Kubeny said.

"Obviously the perfect way to go out with a state championship," McFarlane said.

"I am definitely going to miss this team next year," Will Kubeny said. 

Sunday evening Antigo police escorted the team back into town with lots of people waiting to congratulate the bowlers at North Star Lanes. 

Story By: Mazie Vincent


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