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Bowling - Thu, Feb. 16, 2017

St. Ambrose University Head Bowling Coach Eric Littig is excited to announce the signing of the 2017 Illinois High School Athletic Association's (IHSAA) boys bowling individual state champion.

Nathan Stubler, a senior at LaSalle-Peru High School has signed a letter of intent and will attend St. Ambrose in the fall 2017.

"This is a special young man," Littig said. "He is a fierce competitor on the lanes, but he is also very humble."

Stubler won the IHSAA boys state bowling championship January 27-28, 2017, in Fairview Heights, Ill., breaking several state records in claiming the title. The talented left-hander posted back to back 300 games as well as back-to-back 800 series on the first day of competition. He averaged 259 for his 12 games over the two-day championship, breaking the Illinois High School Athletic Association state tournament record by 105 pins. Included in his winning performance was a string of 34 consecutive strikes.

As a junior in 2016, Stubler finished in fourth place individually at the IHSAA state tournament.

Stubler was recognized by his high school team as the boys bowling Most Valuable Player his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was the Northern Big 12 Bowling Conference individual champion in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and was also the IHSAA Boy's bowling regional champion in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Stubler was named the LaSalle News Tribune Boy's High School Player of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Stubler will join a group of three past IHSAA Bowling State singles champions to bowl for St. Ambrose. Those included Bryan Thompson (2005), Kyle Anderson (2010 and 2011) and Joe Kopera (2012).

"We are thrilled to have a player the caliber of Nathan Stubler joining our bowling program next season," said Coach Littig. "He is a tremendous competitor, who already has a lengthy list of bowling accomplishments. He will bring talent, experience and confidence to our program at St. Ambrose next fall."