Spain Park Boys, Sparkman Girls Claim AHSAA’s First State Bowling Titles


     PELHAM -- The inaugural AHSAA State Bowling Championships at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes came down to the top two seeds in the boys’ division with No. 1 seed Stanhope Elmore facing No. 2 seed Spain Park in the finals Friday.  The Jaguars built an early lead in the final match, however, capture the first boys’ state championship with a 1,836 score – 260 pins ahead of the Mustangs’ 1.576 total.
    Sparkman beat James Clemens in the girls’ finals to win the girls’ AHSAA state title with a winning 1,488 pin total. The Jets had 1,269 in the final match.
    Stanhope Elmore eighth grader Josh Wilson rolled as championship match high 254 in the traditional game to lead all bowlers. Coach Wes Dunseith’s Mustangs also got big game from Stormy Stephens, who rolled s 193 in the traditional game.  Spain Park, coached by Stephen Hobbs, trailed by 15 pins after the traditional game but rebounded to outscore Stanhope 223-145 in the first Baker game and 203-148 in the second to take the lead for good. Jalen Johnson had a high game of 179 and Devin Dowdle had a 181 for the Jags in the traditional game round.
     Sparkman’s Nicole Gilbert rolled a 218 to help Coach Isabella Coffell’s Senators build a 744-596 lead in the traditional game. They closed out with a strong 191 total in the final Baker game to win by by 119 pins. The 191 game was the best of the final match. James Clemens was coached by Anthony Pickard.
    Stanhope beat Huntsville by 102 pins, 1,781 to 1,679, in the semifinals and Spain Park downed Mary Montgomery by a slimmer 67-pin margin.  James Waller rolled a 228 for the Jaguars in his single traditional game, and Christian McNeeley of Mary Montgomery rolled a 255 for the top single game of the semis.
    In the girls’ semifinals, James Clemens beat top-seeded Etowah 1,471 – 1,127, and Sparkman downed second-seeded Scottsboro 76 pins, rolling 1,558 to the Wildcats’ 1,482 total.   Sierra Lewis of Scottsboro had the high game (205) and Beth Fowler of Sparkman was next with a 201. She had three 200-plus traditional games on Friday including a 243 in a first-round win over Thompson for the highest individual girls' game of the day.
      All matches consisted of one traditional game and five Baker format games.
     Friday’s complete Championship Bracket match play results are listed below.

Friday’s Championship Bracket Results
(All matches consist of 1 traditional and 5 Baker format games)


Boys Final Results
Spain Park 1,836, Stanhope Elmore 1,576

High Tradition Game
254         Josh Wilson, Stanhope Elmore
193         Stormy Stephens, Stanhope Elmore
181         Devin Dowdell, Spain Park
179         Jalen Johnson, Spain Park           

Boys Semifinal Results
Stanhope Elmore 1,781, Huntsville 1,679
Spain Park 1,831, Mary Montgomery 1,754

High Traditional Games
255         Christian McNeeley, Mary Montgomery
228         James Waller, Spain Park

Boys Quarterfinal Results
Stanhope Elmore 1,843, Prattville 1,735
Huntsville 1,754, Etowah 1,614
Mary Montgomery 1,735, Vestavia Hills 1,699
Spain Park 1,872, Benjamin Russell 1,654

High Traditional Games
269         Josh Wilson, Stanhope Elmore
259         Myliq Davis, Huntsville

Boys First Round Results
Stanhope Elmore 1,606, Sparkman 1,472

Prattville 1,613, Thompson 1,475

Etowah 1,829, Baker 1,663

Huntsville 1,628, Gadsden City 1,597

Mary Montgomery 1,724, East Limestone, 1.388

Vestavia Hills 1,852, James Clemens 1,543

Benjamin Russell 1,624, Hewitt-Trussville 1,513

Spain Park 1,714, Fairhope 1,507

High Traditional Game
267         Austin Gibbs, Etowah

Girls Finals
Sparkman 1,488, James Clemens 1,269

High Traditional Game
218         Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman

Girls Semifinal Pairings
James Clemens 1,471, Etowah 1,127
Sparkman 1,558, Scottsboro 1,482

High Traditional Game
205         Sierra Lewis, Scottsboro
201         Beth Fowler, Sparkman

Girls Quarterfinal Pairings
Etowah 1,500, Southside-Gadsden 1,488
James Clemens 1,352, Mary Montgomery 1,332
Sparkman 1,511, Hewitt-Trussville 1,283
Scottsboro 1,423, Spain Park 1,390

High Traditional Game
234         Sierra Lewis, Scottsboro
211         Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman

First Round Results
Etowah 1,364, Satsuma 1,152

Southside-Gadsden 1,358, Gadsden City, 1,082

Mary Montgomery 1,349, Northview 1,199

James Clemens 1,377, Thompson 1,260

Hewitt-Trussville 1,342, Pelham 1,173

Sparkman 1,548, McGill-Toolen, 1,097

Spain Park 1,391, Pinson Valley 1,318

Scottsboro 1,430, Beauregard, 1,306

High Traditional Game
243         Beth Fowler, Sparkman

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