Marshall County bowlers fall short of region berth
The Marshall County bowling teams had a short trip to the District 8 Tournament at Galaxy Lanes in Columbia on Wednesday where the boys were eliminated in the first round, while the girls reached the semifinals before losing to Lawrence County.
The host Columbia Lions and Lady Lions both finished in second place and earned Region 4 Tournament berths.
The Lions lost to unbeaten Tullahoma in the finals and the Columbia girls fell to Lawrence County.
The Marshall County boys had a tough go of it right from the start, drawing second-seeded Columbia Central in the first round.
“The boys played a tough game, but Columbia Central is one of the toughest teams in our district and is one of the teams we have never beaten,” Marshall County coach James Donnelly said. The Lions won easily 24-3 with Luke Flatt rolling a 732 series, while Marshall County’s Matthew Dorman was the top Tiger with a two-game series of 394 (197 average).
Dorman came into the tournament as the 12th ranked bowler in the district with a 186.879 average, while Flatt was number one in the regular season with a hefty 237.286 average.
“While the boys have gotten much better this year, they need to take the next step forward in terms of skill and attitude in order to become a true playoff contender,” Donnelly said. “Next year we will lose one senior, but we should gain a couple of very high quality players coming into the high school.”
Michael Taylor was second in the three-game series, rolling 171, 182, and 189 for a 542 series and a solid 180.666 average for Marshall County.
A perfect 300 game by freshman Cole Shackelford sparked Columbia Central over Lawrence County in the semifinals before the Lions lost to Tullahoma in the championship match.
The Lions face District 7 champs Smyrna in the region semifinals, while Tullahoma takes on runner-up Riverdale.
The number two seeded Marshall County girls took on Columbia Academy in the first round and the Tigerettes won by a wide 26-1 margin.
Abby Self led the way for Marshall County with a 544 series and Alexia Udell was close behind at 518.
Self’s 181.333 average was 32 pins above her regular season mark of 151.405.
Udell rolled a 172.666 average, eclipsing her 154.556 regular season tally that led the Tigerettes all year.
“Columbia Academy does not have a large enough population to really be a contender,” Donnelly said.
In the semifinals, Lawrence County swept all three games for a 20-7 win over Marshall County.
Kenzie Renfro led the Lady Wildcats with a 563 series and Ceterria Wilson rolled a 477 series.
Self led the Tigerettes in the match with a 526 series for a 175.333 average and Udell rolled a 484 series with a 161.333 average.
“The girls really stepped up and played a very good game, we were only a few strikes away from a win,” Donnelly said. “Next year we lose one senior girl, but the remaining girls should be tough to beat.”
Lawrence County takes on District 7 runner-up Oakland, while Columbia Central bowls against champion Blackman in Tuesday’s Region 4 Tournament at the Galaxy Lanes in Columbia.