Tuesday, February 18, 2020






AHSAA State Bowling Championships Rolls into Action Thursday at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes

Stanhope Elmore Boys & Girls Among the Qualifiers

    PELHAM – Stanhope Elmore High School senior Josh Wilson was an eighth grader when he rolled a 269 to help the Mustangs finish runner-up in the first AHSAA State Bowling Championships held at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes in 2016.
   He and the Mustangs’ boys and girls will be competing Thursday as the fifth AHSAA State Bowling Championships kick off the first day’s action at Oak Mountain Lanes. A total 16 girls’ teams and 16 boys’ teams will be bowling for the 2020 state title. Thursday’s traditional three-game series will seed the teams for Friday’s single-elimination championship head-to-head team bracket competition. The final day’s action will use the Baker format of one traditional game and three Baker games in each match.
    The State Bowling Championships kick off a busy winter championship month that includes the AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tourney finals Friday night at the Birmingham CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena at 6 p.m. February will be even busier with the AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships set for Feb. 7-8 at the Birmingham CrossPlex; North and South Wrestling Sectionals at Birmingham CrossPlex and Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery, Feb. 7-8; the AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center Feb. 13-14-15; and wrapped up by the 98th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Center in Birmingham Feb. 24-29. The Southwest, Southeast, Northwest and Northeast Regional Tourneys will be played the week before (Feb. 13-19) at Montgomery’s ASU Acadome and Garrett Coliseum; Wallace-Hanceville’s Tom Drake Coliseum; and Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum, respectively. 
    Coach Jacquelyn Wynn’s Stanhope Elmore girls are coming off a runner-up finish at the South Regional bowling competition. The boys’ team clinched a state tourney berth with a quarterfinal finish. Kacey Marshal rolled a 183-257-220—660 series to lead the South Regional last week. Teammates Meghan Best and Alyssa Ward rolled 540 and 519 series and ranked 3 and 4 in the individual competition.
      Wilson had a 190-236-239—665 series last week to top the South boys and followed with a 257 in the quarterfinal round on Friday. He came into the South Regional red-hot rolling a perfect 300 game in a match win over Valley on the last week of the regular season. He followed the 300 with nine more strikes – rolling an amazing 21 strikes in a row – and finished with a 275 for a two-game series of 575.
     Thompson won the girls’ South Region title with a 1,422 – 1,347 win over Stanhope Elmore in the finals. Spain Park beat Auburn 1,601 to 1,373 in the boys’ South finals. In the North Regional, Sparkman beat Hewitt-Trussville by 110 pins (1,433 to 1,323) in the boys’ finals, and defending state champion Southside-Gadsden won the girls’ North Regional crown over Sparkman’s girls with a 1,452 total. The Senators rolled a 1,243.
      Southside has won the last three girls’ state titles (2017, 2018, and 2019) and Sparkman won the first girls’ crown in 2016. Vestavia Hills, which lost to Spain Park in the South Regional boys’ semifinals, won the AHSAA state championship in 2019. Spain Park won the first two state titles in 2016 and 2017 and Buckhorn won in 2018. Cole Arsenault had the top boys’ traditional series at the North Regional tourney with a three-game 247-224-205—670 and bowled a 255 on Friday.
    Jillian Hulsey, who rolled a 289 for the top girls’ game in AHSAA state-playoff history last year, anchors a strong Thompson team. She had a 257 game in the semifinals of the South Regional last week. Southside-Gadsden appears ready to defend its title with Jessica Clontz, Ashlee Hull and Cheyanne Bohannon finishing 2, 3 and 5 in the girls’ individual rankings at the North Regional with traditional series of 502, 498 and 486, respectively. Grace Ann Clontz had the top game on Friday with a 245 in the finals, and her sister Jessica had games of 200 (semifinals) and 224 (quarterfinals).
     Bowling gets underway at 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday with the finals set for approximately 4 p.m. on Friday.

January 23-24 at Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham

Past State Champions
GIRLS                                                          BOYS
   Southside-Gadsden                  2019: Vestavia Hills
2018:   Southside-Gadsden                  2018: Buckhorn
2017:   Southside-Gadsden                  2017: Spain Park
2016:   Sparkman                                    2016: Spain Park




GIRLS’ TEAMS                                            
American Christian
Gulf Shores
Hazel Green
Hokes Bluff
Spain Park
Stanhope Elmore
St. Clair County
Vestavia Hills

East Limestone
Gadsden City
Mary Montgomery

Oak Mountain
Spain Park
Stanhope Elmore

Vestavia Hills

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