Southside-Gadsden Claims Top Seed in Girls’ Field with 2,366 Total After the First Round of the North Regional Tournament

    TUSCALOOSA – Southside-Gadsden posted a first-day 2,366 pin total to take the top seed at the AHSAA’s second annual North Regional bowling tournament at Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes. The Panthers head into Friday’s elimination bracket competition as top seed.  Southside opens the championship round facing 16 seed East Limestone. Etowah, which totaled 2,202 pins, second seed, James Clemens (2,169) is third seed and defending AHSAA state champion Sparkman (2,041) is fourth seed after the completion of the first-day traditional round.
     Friday’s 16-team single-elimination bracket, which gets underway at 8 a.m., will consist of five Baker format rounds in each match. Etowah plays Randolph County, James Clemens opens with Ramsay and Sparkman meets Lincoln in round one. The championship match is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
    First-day individual leader was Etowah sophomore Shy Gibbs, who rolled a 141-203-188—532 series in the three traditional rounds to finish 17 pins ahead of Southside-Gadsden eighth grader Jennifer Clontz. She rolled a 201 for the best score of the first round and finished with games of 162 and 152 for a 515 series. Freshman Grace Ann Clontz had a 198 in the first round, second only to her sister overall, and bowled a 193 for the best score overall in the third round Thursday. She did not bowl in the second round.  Senior Lauren Keplinger of Pinson Valley rolled a first-day best 208 in the second round to post the best individual game of the day.
     Southside’s girls had the top team score in the first and second rounds (831 and 779) and James Clemens rolled bowled 802 for the top team score in the third round Thursday.

Friday’s Championship Round Bracket Pairings
Southside-Gadsden vs. East Limestone
Lamar County vs. Hewitt-Trussville
Hartselle vs. Huntsville
Lincoln vs. Sparkman
James Clemens vs. Ramsay
Pleasant Grove vs. Capitol School
Pinson Valley vs. Gardendale
Randolph County vs. Etowah

(Day 1 – Traditional Series)
Southside-Gadsden        2,366
Etowah                            2,202
James Clemens               2,169
Sparkman                        2,041
Hartselle                          2,010
Capitol School                1,881
Pinson Valley                  1,874
Lamar County                 1,753
Hewitt-Trussville            1,685
Gardendale                      1,666
Pleasant Grove                1,660
Huntsville                        1,648
Lincoln                            1,648
Ramsay                            1,540
Randolph County           1,525
East Limestone               1,452

Individual Leaders (Top 10)
(Traditional Series)
Shy Gibbs, Etowah                      141-203-188—532
Jennifer Clontz, Southside          201-162-152—515
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman            183-149-143—475
Macy Fields, Capitol School       155-153-165—473
Emily Cowart, Hartselle              190-137-143—470
Ashley Jordan, James Clemens   179-156-116—451
Jackie Beard, Sparkman              132-161-156—449
Demi Bishop, Capitol School     126-154-169—449
Emma Jones, Etowah                   163-124-155—442
Kyndal Oden, James Clemens    119-129-191—439

Game 1 Leaders
Jennifer Clontz, Southside          201
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside      198
Emily Cowart, Hartselle              190
Game 2 Leaders
Lauren Keplinger, Pinson Va.     208
Shy Gibbs, Etowah                      203
Cheyanne Bohannon, Etowah     174
Game 3 Leaders
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside      193
Kyndal Oden, James Clemens    191
Shy Gibbs, Etowah                      188

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