Huntington North's EJ Tackett garnishes state bowler of year award

Huntington North varsity bowler EJ Tackett (left) accepts the Kathryn Hotzel Indiana State Youth Bowler of the Year Award recently in Indianapolis.
Huntington North varsity bowler EJ Tackett (left) accepts the Kathryn Hotzel Indiana State Youth Bowler of the Year Award recently in Indianapolis. Photo provided.

Huntington North High School varsity bowler EJ Tackett was one of three youth bowlers from around the state to receive the Kathryn Hotzel Indiana State Youth Bowler of the Year Award in Indianapolis.

Tackett, a junior this fall at Huntington North, was chosen based on his dominating performances during the 2008-09 youth bowling season.

As a member of the Viking bowling team, Tackett won the Hoosier Conference singles title and an unprecedented four consecutive individual high school titles, winning the Bluffton sectional, Fort Wayne regional, South Bend semi-state and the Indiana High School Individual State Championship.

He was the top qualifier for each of these and won all from the top spot. In the semi-state, he rolled a 300 game and won the state title with a 290 game.

In the state youth tournament in Evansville this spring, Tackett won the actual all-events title for the second consecutive year, rolled back to back 300s with his younger brother Zack and an 804 series in singles and also rolled another 300 in team event.

He was also named first team high school bowling all-state and averaged 231 in conference competition.

In the USBC Junior Gold Nationals in Indianapolis three weeks ago Tackett finished 10th out of more than 1,100 bowlers and also qualified for a spot in the Team USA team trials in December.

Tackett was the second Huntington North bowler to win in as many years. Adam Bischoff, a 2006 HNHS graduate, won the award last year. It was also the first time two bowlers from the same town had won the award back to back.