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Greeneville Bowlers Finish Second In Region, Advance To Sectionals

Greeneville Bowlers Finish Second In Region, Advance To Sectionals
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January 12, 2023

Following a long and competitive season, bowling teams from Region 1 gathered at Holiday Lanes, in Johnson City looking to crown a tournament champion.  

Greeneville’s boys faced off with Cherokee during the first round and began the day with a bang.   The Devils collected four individual wins behind J-ayden Key’s 236, Casey Doughty’s 216, and Thomas Froburg’s 180.  The Chiefs were paced by Carter Cuthrell (193) and Jayke Leaverton (174).

Leading 6-2, Greeneville would collect the opening Baker win 236-147 and extended its advantage out to 8-2.  Cherokee, however, would not go away quietly, as they would take the next two games (175-169 and 184-154) to cut the Devils’ lead to 8-6.

Greeneville responded and collected the last two victories (215-175 and 154-140), securing the 17-6 win and solidifying their spot in the championship game, along with a birth in the sectional portion of the TSSAA State Tournament.

In the finals, Greeneville faced off with the No. 1 seeded Dobyns-Bennett Indians, who defeated Chuckey Doak in the opening round.  The Tribe got off to a blistering start by rolling a 1301 set, which came from five bowlers.  They were led by Blake McReynolds (279), Alex Nelson (249), Seth Mullins (235), and Caden (CJ) Rickert (210).  Greeneville, who shot a 982 was paced by Casey Doughty (221) and Jayden Key (213).  

Leading 7-1, the two teams went into the Baker format and had some competitive matches.  D-B would take the first one 215-207, while Greeneville would rebound to take the second 213-199.  From there The Tribe would pull away (233-158, 169-103, and 169-119) to claim the regional championship 20-3.  With the win, the Tribe will host William Blount on Monday, while the Greene Devils will take to the road to face Sevier County at noon (also on Monday.

On the girls’ side, Greeneville would open the tournament against Dobyns-Bennett.  Both teams would split the individual points in the first game, but the Lady Indians would hold a slim 5-3 lead (880-695).  Riley Grace Bridges (192) and Abby-Jay Jardines (180) would lead the way, while Alexis Marante would roll a career best 202 for the Lady Devils.  

Dobyns Bennett would extend their lead to 7-3 by taking the first Baker game 146-117.  Greeneville would not go away quietly, as they would take the next two (142-135 and 104-102) to knot the score up at 7-7.  The ladies from Kingsport would pull away in the final two games, winning 159-127 and 120-102 to claim the 16-7 victory and advance to the championship, where they would fall to Cherokee 13-10.

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