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Stanhope Elmore, Thompson Capture Boys & Girls South Regional Bowling Championships at Foley

    FOLEY – Stanhope High School sophomore Blake Kelley rolled a 203 in the championship match traditional game Thursday night to help the Mustangs beat Baker to win the AHSAA South Regional boys bowling championship at Foley’s Gulf Bowl.
    Kelley and his teammates posted a 1,821 score en route to the win for Stanhope, coached by Wes Dunsieth. Baker finished with a 1,533 total in the match that included one traditional game and five Baker games. The Mustangs started the final day as the top seed after scoring 2,578 points in the first round’s three traditional games format. Stanhope edged arch-rival Prattville in the semifinals by a slim three-pin margin, 1,772 to 1,769.  The Mustangs also beat Satsuma and Benjamin Russell in Friday’s first two rounds.
    Thompson, coached by Michael Craycraft, beat Northview 1,371 to 1,328 in a close girls’ South Regional finals Thursday night.  Senior Jalexia Griffin rolled a 150 in the traditional game of the finals to pace the Lady Warriors. 
    Thompson came out of the first day’s action as fourth seed and reeled off four wins Friday, including a 13-pin victory over top seed Spain Park in the semifinals, 1,236 to 1,223. The Warriors then beat second seed Northview by 43 pins in the championship match.  Thompson’s other wins were over Spanish Fort in the first round of the 16-team qualifying bracket and over Mary Montgomery in the quarterfinals.
    Eight girls’ and eight boys’ teams clinched berths from the South Regional for the AHSAA’s inaugural State Bowling Championships, which will be Jan. 28-29 at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes. Qualifying for the state tourney in the boys’ division were Stanhope, Baker, Prattville, Spain Park, Benjamin Russell, Fairhope, Mary Montgomery and Thompson.
    Qualifying in the girls’ division were Thompson, Northview, Spain Park, McGill-Toolen, Beauregard, Satsuma, Pelham and Mary Montgomery.
  The North Regional opened play Thursday and will conclude its final round Friday – sending eight boys’ and girls’ teams to the state tourney as well.
    

South Regional Bowling Championships
Gulf Bowl, Foley
Thursday’s Results
(All First-round winners advance to State Bowling Championships)
Girls 16-team qualifying bracket
Finals
Thompson 1,371, Northview 1,328
Semifinals
Thompson 1,236, Spain Park 1,223
Northview 1,298, Satsuma 1236
Quarterfinals
Spain Park 1,375, McGill-Toolen 1,305
Northview 1,189, Beauregard 1,151
Satsuma 1,312, Pelham 1,272
Thompson 1,295, Mary Montgomery 1,244
First Round
Spain Park had bye
Northview had bye
McGill-Toolen 1,188, Benjamin Russell  1,160
Mary Montgomery 1,187, Alma Bryant 1,061
Thompson 1,226, Spanish Fort 1,059
Satsuma 1,186, Indian Springs 988
Pelham 1,245, Foley 1,155
Beauregard 1,254, Valley 1,139

Boys 16-team qualifying bracket
(All First-round winners advance to State Bowling Championships)
Finals
Stanhope Elmore 1,821, Baker 1,533
Semifinals
Stanhope Elmore 1,772, Prattville 1,769
Baker 1,746, Spain Park 1,722
Quarterfinals
Stanhope defeats 1,663, Benjamin Russell 1,407
Spain Park 1,671, Fairhope 1,358
Baker 1,608, Mary Montgomery 1,584
Prattville 1,567, Thompson 1,467
First Round
Stanhope Elmore 1,708,  Satsuma 1,251
Spain Park 1,673, Alma Bryant 1673 – 1289
Mary Montgomery 1,709, Baldwin County 1,297
Thompson 1,615, Valley 1,160
Prattville 1,542, Foley 1,535
Baker 1,478, Daphne 1,451
Fairhope 1,448, Oak Mountain 1,321
Benjamin Russell 1,501, Northview 1,409


Sparkman Girls, Vestavia Boys Lead North Regional Bowling Tournament After Day 1 Competition

    TUSCALOOSA – Vestavia Hills High School’s boys posted a 2,649 to lead the boys’ division after the first day as the first AHSAA North Regional Bowling Championships got underway at Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes Thursday. Huntsville was just 54 pins behind at 2,595. Both teams head into Friday’s final round as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the boys competition.
    Sparkman High School led the girls’ competition after day one with a 2,177 pin total and is top seed heading into Friday’s girls’ final competition. Both divisions will conclude play Friday as teams compete head-to-head in a 16-team qualifying bracket round that will send the top eight finishers to the AHSAA’s inaugural State Bowling Championships at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes Jan. 28-29. Each of Friday’s matches will consist of one traditional game and five Baker games. The South Regional at Gulf Bowl in Foley, which got underway Wednesday, was still completing its final round Thursday night.
    Daniela Connor of James Clemens High School rolled a high series 577, and Nicole Gilbert of Sparkman was just eight pins behind at 569 to turn in the top girls’ performances Thursday at Leland Lanes. Grace Ann Clontz rolled a 538 series, good for third individually, to help Southside-Gadsden earn the second seed with a 2,133 team pin total. James Clemens was third at 2,105 and Scottsboro, paced by Sierra Lewis’ 535 series, is fourth. Lewis’ total ranked fourth best among the girls Thursday.
    Connor rolled 235 in her first game – the top individual game of the day. Clontz had a 233 game, Hewitt-Trussville’s Kelsie Brooke Ho rolled a 221 and Gilbert had a 220 game to round out the 200-plus efforts recorded.
    Rounding out the team finish for Thursday’s first round were, in order: Hewitt-Trussville (2,070), Gadsden City (1,946), Etowah (1,899), Vestavia Hills (1,869), Pinson Valley (1,860), Ramsay (1,825), Randolph (1,775), Bob Jones (1,740), Mountain Brook (1,637), Huffman (1,626), Gardendale (1,623) and Clay-Chalkville (1,527).
    Travis Saunders of Vestavia Hills and Luca Connor of James Clemens each had 200-plus efforts to emerge as the boys’ individual leaders. Connor rolled games of 212, 240 and 200 for a 652 series, and Saunders was right behind with 210, 213, 244, and 647 total. Vestavia Hills also got strong efforts from
Beau Reed and Sam Lawhon, who bowled 573 and 540, respectively, to help stake the Rebels to the first-day lead. Reed had an individual high game of 224. Myliq Davis rolled 211, 161, 204 for a 573 series to pace Huntsville.
   Other boys’ team scores included: Hewitt-Trussville (2,414), Etowah (2,407), Gadsden City (2,357), James Clemens (2,333), East Limestone (2,278), Sparkman (2,226), Gardendale (2,039), Pinson Valley (2,038), Clay-Chalkville (2,010), West Point (1,941), Huffman (1,909), Scottsboro (1,822), Central-Tuscaloosa (1,810) and Northridge (1,597).
    The teams will be placed in a 16-team bracket based on Thursday’s team totals with the top eight finishers advancing to the start tournament next week.

North Regional Bowling Championships
Leland Lanes, Tuscaloosa
Friday’s schedule
Girls 16-team qualifying bracket
First-round pairings
Sparkman vs. Clay-Chalkville
Vestavia Hills vs. Pinson Valley
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Bob Jones
Mountain Brook vs. Scottsboro
James Clemens vs. Huffman
Randolph vs. Gadsden City
Etowah vs. Ramsay
Gardendale vs. Southside-Gadsden

Boys 16-team qualifying bracket
First-round pairings
Vestavia Hills vs. Northridge
Sparkman vs. Gardendale
Gadsden City vs. West Point
Huffman vs. Etowah
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Scottsboro
Clay-Chalkville vs. James Clemens
East Limestone vs. Pinson Valley
Central-Tuscaloosa vs. Huntsville

 

 

South Regional Final round is down to the finals in boys and girls divisions and will be sent out as soon as results are in

 

 

South Regional Bowling Championships
Gulf Bowl, Foley
Thursday’s Results
(All First-round winners advance to State Bowling Championships)
Girls 16-team qualifying bracket
Finals
Thompson vs. Northview, Thursday afternoon
Semifinals
Thompson 1,236, Spain Park 1,223
Northview 1,298, Satsuma 1236
Quarterfinals
Spain Park 1,375, McGill-Toolen 1,305
Northview 1,189, Beauregard 1,151
Satsuma 1,312, Pelham 1,272
Thompson 1,295, Mary Montgomery 1,244
First Round
Spain Park had bye
Northview had bye
McGill-Toolen 1,188, Benjamin Russell  1,160
Mary Montgomery 1,187, Alma Bryant 1,061
Thompson 1,226, Spanish Fort 1,059
Satsuma 1,186, Indian Springs 988
Pelham 1,245, Foley 1,155
Beauregard 1,254, Valley 1,139

Boys 16-team qualifying bracket
(All First-round winners advance to State Bowling Championships)
Finals
Stanhope Elmore vs. Baker, Thursday afternoon
Semifinals
Stanhope Elmore 1,772, Prattville 1,769
Baker 1,746, Spain Park 1,722
Quarterfinals
Stanhope defeats 1,663, Benjamin Russell 1,407
Spain Park 1,671, Fairhope 1,358
Baker 1,608, Mary Montgomery 1,584
Prattville 1,567, Thompson 1,467
First Round
Stanhope Elmore 1, Satsuma 1,251
Spain Park 1,673, Alma Bryant 1673 – 1289
Mary Montgomery 1,709, Baldwin County 1,297
Thompson 1,615, Valley 1,160
Prattville 1,542, Foley 1,535
Baker 1,478, Daphne 1,451
Fairhope 1,448, Oak Mountain 1,321
Benjamin Russell 1,501, Northview 1,409


Sparkman Girls Lead North Regional Bowling Tournament After Day 1

    TUSCALOOSA – Daniela Connor of James Clemens High School rolled a high series 577, and Nicole Gilbert of Sparkman was just eight pins behind at 569 as the round of the AHSAA North Regional Bowling Championships got underway at Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes Thursday.
     The boys’ teams were still underway Thursday afternoon.
     Gilbert and the Lady Senators led the team competition with  2,177 total to earn top seed heading into Friday’s 16-team qualifying bracket round that will send the top eight finishers to the AHSAA’s inaugural State Bowling Championships at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes Jan. 28-29.
     Grace Ann Clontz rolled a 538 series, good for third individually, to help Southside-Gadsden earn the second seed with a 2,133 team pin total. James Clemens was third at 2,105 and Scottsboro, paced by Sierra Lewis’ 535 series, is fourth. Lewis’ total ranked fourth best among the girls Thursday.
    Connor rolled 235 in her first game – the top individual game of the day. Clontz had a 233 game, Scottsboro’s Kelsie Brooke Ho rolled a 221 and Gilbert had a 220 game to round out the 200-plus efforts recorded.
    Rounding out the team finish for Thursday’s first round were, in order: Hewitt-Trussville (2,070), Gadsden City (1,946), Etowah (1,899), Vestavia Hills (1,869), Pinson Valley (1,860), Ramsay (1,825), Randolph (1,775), Bob Jones (1,740), Mountain Brook (1,637), Huffman (1,626), Gardendale (1,623) and Clay-Chalkville (1,527).
   The teams will be placed in a 16-team bracket based on Thursday’s team totals with the top eight finishers advancing to the start tournament next week. The teams will bowl one traditional and five Baker games Friday.

North Regional Bowling Championships
Leland Lanes, Tuscaloosa
Friday’s schedule
Girls 16-team qualifying bracket
First-round pairings
Sparkman vs. Clay-Chalkville
Vestavia Hills vs. Pinson Valley
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Bob Jones
Mountain Brook vs. Scottsboro
James Clemens vs. Huffman
Randolph vs. Gadsden City
Etowah vs. Ramsay
Gardendale vs. Southside-Gadsden

 

 

SOUTH REGIONAL THURSDAY’S FINAL ROUND RESULTS – STORY TO FOLLOW WHEN PLAY CONCLUDES

 

 

South Regional Bowling Championships
Gulf Bowl, Foley
Thursday’s Results
Girls 16-team Qualifying Bracket
(all first round winners advance to the state championships)
Finals
Thompson vs. Northview, Thursday afternoon
Semifinals
Thompson 1,236, Spain Park 1,223
Northview 1,298, Satsuma 1236
Quarterfinals
Spain Park 1,375, McGill-Toolen 1,305
Northview 1,189, Beauregard 1,151
Satsuma 1,312, Pelham 1,272
Thompson 1,295, Mary Montgomery 1,244
First Round
Spain Park had bye
Northview had bye
McGill-Toolen 1,188, Benjamin Russell  1,160
Mary Montgomery 1,187, Alma Bryant 1,061
Thompson 1,226, Spanish Fort 1,059
Satsuma 1,186, Indian Springs 988
Pelham 1,245, Foley 1,155
Beauregard 1,254, Valley 1,139

 


Boys 16-team qualifying bracket
(all first round winners advance to the state championships)
Finals
Thursday afternoon
Semifinals
Stanhope Elmore vs. Prattville, Thursday afternoon
Spain Park vs. Baker, Thursday afternoon
Quarterfinals
Stanhope defeats 1,663, Benjamin Russell 1,407
Spain Park 1,671, Fairhope 1,358
Baker 1,608, Mary Montgomery 1,584
Prattville 1,567, Thompson 1,467
First Round
Stanhope Elmore 1, Satsuma 1,251
Spain Park 1,673, Alma Bryant 1673 – 1289
Mary Montgomery 1,709, Baldwin County 1,297
Thompson 1,615, Valley 1,160
Prattville 1,542, Foley 1,535
Baker 1,478, Daphne 1,451
Fairhope 1,448, Oak Mountain 1,321
Benjamin Russell 1,501, Northview 1,409


Spain Park Girls, Stanhope Elmore Boys Lead First-Day Competition at South Bowling Regional

    FOLEY – Stanhope Elmore and Spain Park led the boys’ and girls’ first-day competition as the AHSAA South Regional Bowling Championships got underway Wednesday. Bowling continues Thursday at Foley’s Gulf Bowl as teams close out the regional in a 16-team bracket qualifier. The North Regional at Leland Lanes in Tuscaloosa gets underway Thursday and will conclude Friday. Each team bowls three games in the first round.
     The top eight teams from each regional will advance to the first AHSAA State Bowling Championships at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes Jan. 28-29.
     Pelham junior Morgan Mulinax rolled a 245 in her first game Wednesday and finished with a first-day leading 587 series to lead the South Regional first-day competition. Senior Megan Crews of Valley rolled a three-game 508 total for the second best series of the girls’ competition.
     Mary Montgomery’s Christian McNeeley bowled a high-game 258 and overall 675 to top the boys’ individual competition Wednesday. Zach Ward of Stanhope Elmore also bowled a 258 with a 628 total to rank second. Mustangs teammate Josh Wilson was third at 617 with a high game of 236.
      Stanhope Elmore rolled 2,578 to pace the boys’ action.  Spain Park was second with 2,499 and Mary Montgomery was third (2,472). The rest of the field fell in place with Thompson (2,463), Prattville (2,387), Baker (2,380), Fairhope (2,191) and Benjamin Russell (2,170) rounding out the top eight teams with Northview (2,169), Oak Mountain (2,138), Daphne (2,127), Foley (2,083), Valley (1,943), Baldwin County (1,927), Alma Bryant (1,896) and Satsuma (1,731) closing out the field.
      Spain Park led the girls’ team competition with a 2,108 team total and will go into the second day’s 16-team bracket elimination round as the top seed.  Northview of Dothan was second at 1,914 followed by Satsuma (1,897), Thompson (1,895), Mary Montgomery (1,841) and Pelham (1,828). Rounding out the team scoring were Beauregard (1,809), McGill-Toolen (1,782), Benjamin Russell (1,781), Valley (1,766), Foley (1,717), Alma Bryant (1,698), Spanish Fort (1,573) and Indian Springs (1,475).
    Girls’ teams will start at 8 a.m., Thursday and will bowl one traditional game and five Baker games using 16-team bracket. The boys’ teams will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will also compete in the same 16-team elimination bracket format.
     The top eight teams from each regional will advance to the AHSAA State Championships set for Jan. 28-29 at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes. The boys’ teams had not completed their first day competition at the time of this release.
     The North Regional gets underway at Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes Thursday and will conclude Friday.
     The first-round schedule for the South Regional girls’ competition is as follows.
     South Regional
     Girls’ Qualifying Bracket
     First-round Pairings, Thursday, 8 a.m.
    
Spain Park has bye
     Northview has bye

     Satsuma vs. Indian Springs
     Thompson vs. Spanish Fort
     Mary Montgomery vs. Alma Bryant
     Pelham vs. Foley
     Beauregard vs. Valley
     McGill-Toolen vs. Benjamin Russell

     Boys’ Qualifying Bracket
     First-round Pairings, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
     Stanhope Elmore vs. Satsuma
     Spain Park vs. Alma Bryant
     Mary Montgomery vs. Baldwin County
     Thompson vs. Valley
     Prattville vs. Foley
     Baker vs. Daphne
     Fairhope vs. Oak Mountain
     Benjamin Russell vs. Northview


Spain Park Girls Leads First-Day Competition At AHSAA South Regional Bowling Championships

    FOLEY – Pelham High School junior Morgan Mulinax rolled a 245 in her first game Wednesday and finished with a first-day leading 587 series as the AHSAA South Regional Bowling Championships got underway at the Gulf Bowl in Foley.
    Senior Megan Crews of Valley rolled a three-game 508 total for the second best series of the girls’ competition.
    Spain Park led the team competition with a 2,108 team total and will go into the second day’s 16-team bracket elimination round as the top seed.  Northview of Dothan was second at 1,914 followed by Satsuma (1,897), Thompson (1,895), Mary Montgomery (1,841) and Pelham (1,828). Rounding out the team scoring were Beauregard (1,809), McGill-Toolen (1,782), Benjamin Russell (1,781), Valley (1,766), Foley (1,717), Alma Bryant (1,698), Spanish Fort (1,573) and Indian Springs (1,475).
    Girls’ teams will start at 8 a.m., Thursday and will bowl one traditional game and 5 Baker games using a 16 team bracket. The boys’ teams will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will also compete in a 16-team elimination bracket.
     The top eight teams from each regional will advance to the AHSAA State Championships set for Jan. 28-29 at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes. The boys’ teams had not completed their first day competition at the time of this release.
     The North Regional gets underway at Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes Thursday and will conclude Friday.
     The first-round schedule for the South Regional girls’ competition is as follows.
     South Regional Girls’ Bracket
     First-round Pairings, 8 a.m.
    
Spain Park has bye
     Northview has bye
     Satsuma vs. Indian Springs
     Thompson vs. Spanish Fort
    Mary Montgomery vs. Alma Bryant
     Pelham vs. Foley
     Beauregard vs. Valley
     McGill-Toolen vs. Benjamin Russell

Qualifiers Set For 2016 AHSAA State Bowling Championships

   Qualifiers have been set for the AHSAA’s first Regional Bowling Championships which get underway Wednesday and Thursday at Foley and Tuscaloosa.
   Four boys’ and four girls’ teams qualified from each region for the South and North Regional Tournaments set for Foley’s Gulf Bowl and Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes. The schools qualified through head-to-head regular-season competition.
   Regions 1 through 4 will compete at Foley Jan. 20-21, and Regions 5 through 8 will compete at Tuscaloosa, Jan. 21-22. Only two schools competed in girls’ competition in Region 2.
     Region champions in the boys’ competition include: Mary Montgomery (Region 1), Fairhope (Region 2), Prattville (Region 3), Spain Park (Region 4), Vestavia Hills (Region 5), Hewitt-Trussville (Region 6), Etowah (Region 7) and Huntsville (Region 8). Girls’ region champions are: Mary Montgomery (Region 1), Foley (Region 2), Northview (Region 3), Spain Park (Region 4), Vestavia Hills (Region 5), Pinson Valley (Region 6), Etowah (Region 7) and Bob Jones (Region 8).
    First-day competition will consist of three traditional 10-pin games to determine seeding for day two. The second-day competition will place schools in eight-team brackets with teams competing in elimination rounds consisting of one traditional and five Baker games each.
   The top eight boys’ and girls’ teams from each regional tournament will advance to the AHSAA state bowling championships to be played at Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham, Jan. 28-29. The state tournament will follow the same two-day format.
    The qualifying teams are listed:

AHSAA REGIONAL BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
South Regional Qualifiers, Foley (Gulf Bowl)
Jan. 20-21
BOYS
Region 1
No. 1:    Mary Montgomery
No. 2:    Baker
No. 3:    Alma Bryant
No. 4:    Satsuma
Region 2
No. 1:    Fairhope
No. 2:    Foley
No. 3:    Daphne
No. 4:    Baldwin County
Region 3
No. 1:    Prattville
No. 2:    Northview
No. 3:    Benjamin Russell
No. 4:    Valley
Region 4
No. 1:    Spain Park
No. 2:    Stanhope Elmore
No. 3:    Thompson
No. 4:    Oak Mountain

GIRLS
Region 1
No. 1:    Mary Montgomery
No. 2:    Satsuma
No. 3:    McGill-Toolen
No. 4:    Alma Bryant
Region 2
No. 1:    Foley
No. 2:    Spanish Fort
No. 3:    Bye
No. 4:    Bye
Region 3
No. 1:    Northview
No. 2:    Valley
No. 3:    Beauregard
No. 4:    Benjamin Russell
Region 4
No. 1:    Spain Park
No. 2:    Thompson
No. 3:    Pelham
No. 4:    Indian Springs

North Regional Qualifiers, Tuscaloosa (Leland Lanes)
Jan. 21-22
BOYS
Region 5
No. 1:    Vestavia Hills
No. 2:    Huffman
No. 3:    Central-Tuscaloosa
No. 4:    Northridge
Region 6
No. 1:    Hewitt-Trussville
No. 2:    Gardendale
No. 3:    Clay-Chalkville
No. 4:    Pinson Valley
Region 7
No. 1:    Etowah
No. 2:    Gadsden City
No. 3:    Scottsboro
No. 4:    West Point
Region 8
No. 1:    Huntsville
No. 2:    East Limestone
No. 3:    James Clemens
No. 4:    Sparkman

GIRLS   
Region 5
No. 1:    Vestavia Hills
No. 2:    Ramsay
No. 3:    Huffman
No. 4:    Mountain Brook
Region 6
No. 1:    Pinson Valley
No. 2:    Hewitt-Trussville
No. 3:    Gardendale
No. 4:    Clay-Chalkville
Region 7
No. 1:    Etowah
No. 2:    Scottsboro
No. 3:    Southside-Gadsden
No. 4:    Gadsden City
Region 8
No. 1:    Bob Jones
No. 2:    James Clemens
No. 3:    Sparkman
No. 4:    Randolph

Bowling To Be Added As AHSAA Championship Sport in 2015-16

       MONTGOMERY – Bowling will become the newest championship sport offered by the Alabama High School Athletic Association, beginning with the upcoming 2015-16 school year. The state championship tournament is scheduled for Jan. 29-30, 2016.

    The Central Board of Control is expected to approve Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes as the host for the first state bowling championship at its July meeting. Two regional tournament sites at Tuscaloosa and Foley are also expected to be approved.
      “We are extremely excited about adding bowling to our list of winter state championship sports offered to our member schools,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “The sport was offered last season as an emerging sport under jurisdiction for our member schools. The growth of the sport in such a short time has been outstanding.”
     A total of 43 schools fielded bowling teams last season. Already, that number has grown to 78 based on school sports declarations received for next season, according to Denise Ainsworth, the AHSAA assistant director responsible for the sport of bowling.  “We think that number will grow even larger before the season gets underway,” she said.
     Schools participated in regular-season play only last school year.  Ainsworth said the format for the 2015-16 inaugural season will include two regional bowling tournaments at the Gulf Bowl in Foley and Leland Lanes in Tuscaloosa with qualifiers advancing to the state tournament at Oak Mountain Lanes. The South Regional at Foley will be Jan. 20-21, and the North Regional at Tuscaloosa is set for Jan. 21-22.
     The sport will include a championship for girls and for boys in a combined Class 1A-7A. Schools fielding only a coed team will compete in the boys’ division. The first day allowed for practice is Oct. 5 with the first date for a contest set for Oct. 26. Varsity teams will be limited to 18 dates and five regular season tournaments. Middle and junior high school teams will be allowed a maximum 12 regular-season play dates and two regular-season tournaments.
     “Bowling is a sport that includes a segment of our student population that may not be competing in other sports,” Ainsworth said. “It also is a sport that is attracting teachers who may not be currently coaching a sport.”
       A list of schools that have declared bowling for 2015-16 can be found at the following link:
      http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Bowling/2015-16/2015-16%20Bowling%20Schools.pdf

      Bowling was offered by the AHSAA as a championship sport for girls from 1972-77 along with badminton and archery. However, all three were discontinued after the 1977 season.  It is the first championship sport added by the AHSAA since slow-pitch softball began its conversion to fast-pitch softball in 1995. Boys’ and girls’ soccer was added in 1991.
       Indoor track, which resumed in 2012, was conducted from 1966-2007 for boys and from 1974-2007 for girls before play was suspended for four seasons (2008-11) due to a lack of adequate facilities. With the construction of Birmingham’s state-of-the-art CrossPlex, indoor track participation has shown significant growth in the last three seasons since re-instatement.
      The AHSAA currently offers 24 championship sports, including cheerleading, with 12 for boys and 12 for girls. Cheerleading is a sports activity endorsed by the AHSAA with the state championships being administered by an outside source. With the addition of bowling, that brings the total to 26. 
      Boys’ basketball was the first championship sport established by the AHSAA (1923). Boys’ outdoor track followed in 1925 and boys’ tennis in 1935. Football, which got its roots as early as 1892 (Alabama School for the Deaf) and 1898 (Barton Academy of Mobile), established its first state playoff in 1966. Prior to that time, while no playoffs were set up, mythical state champions were crowned by news media each year from 1920 to 1965. Girls’ sports began officially in the AHSAA in 1962 with swimming, followed in 1966 by tennis. In the 1971-72 school year, six girls’ sports were added.
       A history of the AHSAA championship sports, with first year of championship play, is listed below.