TUSCALOOSA – James Clemens High School of Madison won four straight girls’ and boys’ matches Friday to sweep the AHSAA North Regional Bowling Championships held at Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes.
The Lady Jets, seeded third heading into the 16-team qualifying bracket Friday, beat top-seeded Sparkman 677-641 in the girls’ championship match. James Clemens also beat Southside-Gadsden 722-656 in the semifinals, Gadsden City 624-522 in the quarterfinals.
The Jets won the boys’ championship beating Sparkman in the finals 850-727. James Clemens rolled a Friday-best 231 total in game four of the title match. The boys’ champs also downed Hewitt-Trussville 786-108 in the quarterfinals and advanced in the semis with a 1-0 forfeit win over Huntsville.
Eight girls’ and eight boys’ teams qualified for the AHSAA’s first State Bowling Championships which will be played Jan. 28-29 at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes. All first-round winners Friday clinched berths. The South Regional concluded Thursday.
The North Regional opened play Thursday. Teams were seeded into a 16-team qualifying bracket Friday based on Thursday’s total team scores. Due to the potential of inclement weather, the format Friday was changed from one traditional game and five Baker games to playing only the five Baker format games.
Other qualifiers in the boys’ division are Vestavia Hills, Gadsden City, Etowah, Hewitt-Trussville, James Clemens, East Limestone and Huntsville. Vestavia’s team, seeded first, rolled a 204 in the second game of its first match to turn in the best first-round total (1,064). James Clemens had the best single game (245), rolled in game three of its 897-641 first-round win over Clay-Chalkville.
Other first-round winners and state qualifiers were Pinson Valley, Hewitt-Trussville, Scottsboro, James Clemens, Gadsden City, Etowah and Southside-Gadsden. The best game of the first round was turned in by Etowah (233) in the fourth game of the Blue Devils’ 737-497 win over Ramsay. Etowah was seeded seventh.
Friday’s complete results are listed below.
North Regional Bowling Championships
Leland Lanes, Tuscaloosa
Girls 16-team qualifying bracket
(All games are Baker format)
James Clemens 677, Sparkman 641
James Clemens 722, Southside-Gadsden 656
Sparkman 734, Scottsboro 700
Sparkman 672, Pinson Valley 611
Scottsboro 791, Hewitt-Trussville 655
James Clemens 624, Gadsden City 522
Southside-Gadsden 672, Etowah 666
Sparkman 712, Clay-Chalkville 499
Pinson Valley 651, Vestavia Hills 616
Hewitt-Trussville 630, Bob Jones 536
Scottsboro 634, Mountain Brook 548
James Clemens 633, Huffman 518
Gadsden City 654, Randolph 622
Etowah 737, Ramsay 497
Southside-Gadsden 628, Gardendale 491
Boys 16-team qualifying bracket
(All games are Baker format)
James Clemens 850, Sparkman 727
Sparkman 758, Gadsden City 733
James Clemens 1, Huntsville 0 (forfeit)
Sparkman 810, Vestavia Hills 783
Gadsden City 761, Etowah 0
James Clemens 786, Hewitt-Trussville 108
Huntsville 844, East Limestone 781
Vestavia Hills 1,064, Northridge 669
Sparkman 807, Gardendale 771
Gadsden City 905, West Point 566
Etowah 511, Huffman 412
Hewitt-Trussville 818, Scottsboro 731
James Clemens 897, Clay-Chalkville 641
East Limestone 733, Pinson Valley 654
Huntsville 727, Central-Tuscaloosa 514