ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — It was a Pueblo party at the inaugural CHSAA sanctioned unified bowling state championships.
Pueblo East claimed the first-ever team title at AMF Belleview Lanes in Englewood, while crosstown school Pueblo Central finished runner-up.
East scored 431 total pins, while Central was second with 389.
The day finished with a champion but was filled with excitement, loud cheers and support for all nine teams bowling.
Joy, hugs and high-fives filled the lanes in the inaugural CHSAA sanctioned state tournament.
The event was made possible by CHSAA as well as Special Olympics Colorado.
The student-athletes enjoyed a wonderful day that meant much more to them than just a few spares and strikes.
"It's just so breathtaking, it's a life experience that I will never forget. So much has happened today and it's a really special day for me," Diego Anaya, a bowler from Pueblo East noted after winning the first-ever state championship.
>> Watch the extended video above and see the highlights on the 9NEWS Prep Rally on Sunday morning!
Catch the 9NEWS Prep Rally with Scotty Gange Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6:45, 7:45, and 8:45 for highlights and feature stories from around Colorado in the high school athletics community.
If you have a story idea you can reach 9NEWS Prep Sports Reporter Scotty Gange via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @Scotty_G6
If you have a highlight you'd like to send in for the Prep Rally or for consideration for the Honor Roll top plays of the week you can email it to the 9NEWS Sports team at email@example.com
RELATED: Standley Lake soccer's Magic Dragon
SUGGESTED VIDEOS | Sports