Green Hill boys advance to state bowling tournament

Jan. 17—Green Hill's boys advanced to the TSSAA State Bowling Championships for the first time last Saturday with a 23-4 sectional win over visiting Rhea County at Hermitage Strike & Spare.

But the 21-1 Hawks, like both Friendship Christian teams, will have to wait an extra week for the state tournament after it was postponed to Jan. 24-26 of next week at Smyrna Bowling Center due to the wintry weather conditions which are expected to last through the next several days.

Green Hill won the District 8 championship and rolled through the Region 4 tournament by beating Upperman 26-1 and Cumberland County 22-5, both on Jan. 5 at Hermitage.

The Hawks will face Creek Wood (20-2) during the 9 a.m. session Jan. 25 with the winner advancing to the semifinals later in the day against Chuckey-Doak (6-4) and Hardin County (16-0, four-time defending state champion and winner of six of the last seven titles) Lawrence County, Bartlett, Dobyns Bennett and Smyrna await from the opposite bracket for the Jan. 26 championship match.

In Division II, Friendship's girls are 15-0 entering the tournament seeking their fourth straight title and sixth in the last seven seasons. They will open against St. Cecilia (7-5) at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25 with the winner to play in the 9 a.m. semifinals Jan. 26 against either St. Agnes (9-0) or Girls Preparatory School (10-2). The championship match will be at noon on the 26th against either Pope John Paul II, St. Benedict, Boyd Buchanan or Lipscomb Academy.

On the boys' side, Friendship is seeking its fifth title but first since '19. The 15-1 Commanders, last year's state runners up, will open against Lipscomb Academy (8-5) at 9 a.m. Jan. 25 with the winner battling either St. Benedict (8-0) or McCallie (11-4) 24 hours later. The championship is set for noon on Jan. 26 against Pope John Paul II, Memphis University School, Boyd Buchanan or Columbia Academy.

State individual tournaments are scheduled for all day Jan. 17. Based on region scores, Friendship's favored to sweep both as senior John Brooks led the boys with a 1211 while classmate Olivia Rush was the only girl to break 1,000 in region play with 1040 as she seeds to repeat as state champion.

Rush will be joined by teammates Shelby Lane and Landry West, both seniors. Brooks will have familiar faces Cayden Brown, freshman Brody West (who has state experience as an eighth-grader) and Logan Winkler.

The DII semifinals will go off at noon with the finals, in a step-ladder format, starting at 3:30 p.m.

DI will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the semifinals. Its finals will also go off at 3:30. Lebanon's Braxton Cook, Mt. Juliet's Alan McCoy (with the third best region score) and Green Hill senior teammates Tate Gray and Aiden Neal will compete in the boys' event. Mt. Juliet's Rachel Martin and Savannah Wilhoite made the field for the girls.