In the next handful of weeks during the summer, we will be taking a look back at this past season and recognize those that have achieved high success by us at Rusch's Bowl. We will also be recognizing those that have broken as well as set new records by us this season. Our next and final annual spotlight will be on Nick Hietpas.
Looking back at last season, Nick most notably had a record average of 247.14 in the Wednesday Night Men’s league here at Rusch’s Bowl, the average broke the house and Association average record. During that time, he also managed to fire a 300 and a couple of 800+ series in the process. Throughout this season, Nick bowled full-time in the Wednesday Night Men’s league where he still was one of the most successful bowlers at Rusch’s and in the Association during this regular season. He quickly started the season like he left off the season prior on September 23rd, when he fired games of 289, 279, and a 269 for an 837 series. Two weeks later on October 7th, Nick had his first chance at perfection but came up short after firing a 299 game in the first game, but later that night had games 247 and a 259 for an 805 series. A couple of weeks later on November 4th, he bowled games of 259, 269, and a 278 for an 806 series. Exactly one week later on November 11th, Nick would go on to shoot his record fourth 800 series when he fired games of 279, 278, and a 246 for an 803 series. Two weeks later on November 25th, he rolled games of 256, 257, and a 289 for an 802 series. One week later, Nick would finally hit perfection for the first and only time this season on December 2nd when he fired a 300 game. A month and a half later on January 20th, Nick would just miss his sixth 800 series after bowling a 795 series. Three weeks later, he would once again just miss another 800 series by 3 pins after rolling a 797 series. Surprisingly enough, Nick wouldn't see his next honor score one week later on February 17th when he had games of 249, 278, and a 288 for an 815 series. One week later on February 24th he would go on to bowl a 793 series, just missing his seventh 800 series. Less than a month later on March 17th, he bowled yet another 793 series. Nick would go on to score consistently and exceptionally well to finish out the regular season.
Nick’s dominating performance also showed in tournament play. He had a solid showing at the Greater Fox Cities Association Open Tournament, as well as at the Greater Fox Cities Match Play Tournament (which was held at Rusch’s), after taking second to fellow Rusch’s bowler Randy Southworth. As noted before, Nick’s excellent performance this season puts his name right back into the Rusch’s history books. With his remarkable six 800+ series, he currently is first for the record ‘Most 800 Series Individual In A Season’, with second being a 3-way tie with three 800’s. Most notably, however, Nick was also one of the five full-time individuals to have a 240+ average, alongside Kyle Blaese, Ryan Duescher, Cale Rusch, and Randy Southworth. Nick capped off the season not only to have a 240+ average, but average an unbelievable 253.87! All in the Wednesday Night Men’s league with 90 games bowled. He was 1st on the average board for the league as well as 1st for the rest of the leagues combined together at Rusch’s and in the Association. It has been confirmed that Nick did indeed have the highest average in the state and broke the state average record. It is yet to be determined where Nick ranks in the nation, and where the other four rank in the state and nation.
We would like to congratulate Nick Hietpas once again on his outstanding performance this season, his performance will be looked at as one of the best of all time! We are incredibly honored to have Nick bowl by us at Rusch’s Bowl, and watch greatness happen week in and week out! We are looking forward to having Nick back next season! Congratulations Nick!