MONTGOMERY – The first AHSAA State Boys’ and Girls’ Bowling Championships get underway Thursday at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes.
Eight boys’ and eight girls’ teams advanced from regional tournament play to the state championships. James Clemens’ boys and girls captured the North Regional championships at Tuscaloosa last week. Stanhope Elmore (boys) and Thompson (girls) were crowned South Regional champs at Foley last week.
All 16 teams will play three traditional rounds Thursday with round one set for 12:30 p.m., at Oak Mountain Lanes. Team scores from all three rounds will be totaled to determine Friday’s seeding for the four-round match-play championship bracket.
The first round on Friday gets underway at 8 a.m., will pit the top seed determined by Thursday’s play versus the 16th seed, 2nd seed vs. 15th seed, 3rd seed vs. 14th seed, 4th seed vs. 13th seed, 5th seed vs. 12th seed, 6th seed vs. 11th seed, 7th seed vs. 10th seed and 8th seed vs. 9th seed. Each match will consist of one tradition game and five Baker format games. Winners will advance through the match play to the finals, which are set for approximately 5 p.m. Each round will start as soon as the previous round ends.
The AHSAA held bowling championships for girls from 1972-1977 but discontinued the sport after the 1977 season. The sport emerged again last year as a non-championship sport and became a championship sport this school year with 140 teams – 80 boys’ squads and 60 girls’ squads. Some teams fielded co-ed teams in the boys’ division this season.