Southside-Gadsden won the AHSAA Girls’ State Bowling Championship for the second straight season and Buckhorn captured the boys’ state title for the first time in school history as the third annual AHSAA State Boys’ and Girls’ Bowling Championships concluded at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes Friday.
Southside, coached by Zachary Blume, beat Stanhope Elmore in the championship match Friday afternoon by 101 pins, 1,408 to 1,307. The Lady Panthers outscored the Mustangs 918-794 in the traditional round and then overcame a 185-148 deficit in the second Baker format game to close with a 177 to seal the win. Stanhope also posted a 177 but the 124-pin deficit in the traditional game was too much to overcome.
Stanhope Elmore reached the finals with a 1,302-1,282 win over Sparkman in the semis. Southside used another strong traditional round to beat Auburn 1,302 -1,153 in the other semifinal match. Freshman Jessica Clontz rolled a 194 to pace the Panthers.
Macey Fields of Capitol School bowled a 231 in the first round of the championship bracket Friday for the top individual game for the girls. Thompson, which captured top seed on Thursday, was eliminated by Auburn in the quarterfinals, 1129-1,077.
Thompson 1,239, East Limestone 990
Auburn 1,120, Grissom 1,102
Hartselle 1,157, Daphne 1,048
Southside-Gadsden 1,319, Capitol School 1,103
Sparkman 1,303, Pleasant Grove 985
Etowah 1,102, Pinson Valley 1,031
Beauregard 1,109, Satsuma 1,024
Stanhope Elmore 1,074, Mary Montgomery 946
Auburn 1,129, Thompson 1,077
Southside-Gadsden 1,208, Hartselle 1,034
Sparkman 1,330, Etowah 1,214
Stanhope Elmore 1,199, Beauregard 1,158
Southside-Gadsden 1,302, Auburn 1,153
Stanhope Elmore 1,302, Sparkman 1,282
Southside-Gadsden 1,408, Stanhope Elmore 1,307 (Southside is girls’ state champs)