Thompson’s Bodie Bubel’s Perfect 300 Game Highlights AHSAA State Bowling Action

Sparkman’s Girls, Hoover’s Boys Claim Top Seeds for Friday’s Final Round

Gadsden, AL – Thompson High School junior Bodie Bubel grabbed the spotlight early Thursday afternoon by rolling just the second perfect 300 game in AHSAA State Bowling Championship history.

Bubel had 12 rolls and 12 strikes to write his name alongside Gadsden City’s Jon Kilgo, who rolled the first 300 game in state tourney history in the first round of the 2016 State Tourney. That feat shined the spotlight on the AHSAA’s first-ever state bowling championships for boys and girls and Bubel’s feat showed in part just how far high school bowling has come since then.

The State Championships being held at The Alley Bowling Center in Gadsden, has gone from all schools competing in one division to two completely separate divisions in the 2022 State Bowling Championships. It has also seen the growth of the sport explode in all four corners of the state.

Defending girls’ 6A/7A state champion Sparkman, coached by Lisa Ivey, opened strong rolling a 929 in the first game of Thursday’s traditional three-game set that is used to determine the seeding for Friday’s Championship Bracket Baker format head-to-head competition to take a 108-pin lead over their closest completion after the first game. By the time game was completed, that lead had stretched to 216 pins. Sparkman totaled 876 in the third game to claim the top seed for Friday’s championship play with 2,536 total pins. Spain Park captured No. 2 seed with a 2,296 total – 240 pins behind the Lady Senators.

Sparkman sophomore Jenna Webber earned Top Medalist honors with a 588 (AHSAA Photo / Marvin Gentry)

Hoover was almost as dominating in the boys’ Class 6A/7A competition. The Bucs, coached by Dustin Edgar, rolled up a 2,805 total in the traditional round play with a solid 992 total in the third game to win No. 1 seed position by 132 pins over runner-up Sparkman.

Spain Park senior Cole Henson captured the boys’ Top Medalist honors with very solid 214-246-223 – 683 series. The Bucs placed two bowlers in the top four with Alex Lee finishing strong with a 242 to close out a 663 series which ranked second to Henson. Carter Hughes, also a sophomore, was fourth for Hoover with a 621. Bubel had a 138 and 190 to go with his perfect game and was third overall at 628.

Sparkman placed three girls in Medalist group with sophomore Jenna Webber capturing top medalist honors with s 194-224-170 – 588 series. Senior teammate Emily Lindsey was three strokes back at 585 and Spain Park sophomore Emma Hawkins took third with a 561 total. Her 244 in the second game was the second best single-game score in the girls’ 6A/7A competition. Thompson senior Gracie Connelly opened with a 262, which turned out to be the best single game in girls’ competition all DAY. She finished fourth with a 546 series.

The bowling action gets underway at 7 a.m., Friday, for 1A/5A with the championship bracket featuring three rounds of head-to-head team bowling in a best 4-of-7 Baker format. No traditional rounds will be rolled Friday. The 6A/7A championship bracket will begin following the conclusion of the 1A/5A finals.

The Class 1A/5A and Class 6A/7A championship matches, set for approximately 11 a.m., and 4 p.m., respectively, will be televised lived over the AHSAA TV Network and live-streamed over the NFHS Network and WOTM TV. 

Thompson junior Bodie Bubel rolls a perfect 300 in the first games of the 6A/7A traditional
rounds at the AHSAA State Bowling Championships (AHSAA Photo / Marvin Gentry)

2022 AHSAA Bowling Championships
The Alley Bowling Center – Gadsden

Friday’s Championship Bracket Pairings

CLASS 6A/7A Girls

Quarterfinals (approximately 1 p.m.)
Gulf Shores vs. Sparkman
Thompson vs. Southside-Gadsden
Vestavia Hills vs. Stanhope Elmore
Baker vs. Spain Park

CLASS 6A/7A Boys
Quarterfinals (approximately 1 p.m.)
Spanish Fort vs. Hoover
Vestavia Hills vs. Thompson
Baldwin County vs. Spain  Park
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Sparkman

Thursday’s Traditional Round Results


6A/7A Girls
(Friday’s championship bracket seed indicated)
Sparkman                    929-838-769 – 2,536
Spain Park                   698-853-745 – 2,296
Stanhope Elmore         752-738-737 – 2,227
Southside-Gadsden    821-622-725 – 2,168
Thompson                   785-578-797 – 2,160
Vestavia Hills              695-773-626 – 2,094
Baker                           598-786-639 – 2.023
Gulf Shores                 639-657-644 – 1,940

6A/7A Boys
(Friday’s championship bracket seed indicated)
Hoover                                    835-978-992 – 2,805
Sparkman                    825-931-917 – 2,673
Spain Park                   871-918-853 – 2,642
Thompson                   987-774-878 – 2,639
Vestavia Hills              817-774-876 – 2,467
Baldwin County         808-789-771 – 2,368
Hewitt-Trussville        778-745-790 – 2,313
Spanish Fort                796-717-795 – 2,308

Traditional Round

Game 1
Gracie Connelly, Thompson               262
Emily Lindsey, Sparkman                   227
Natalie Alsup, Sparkman                    201
Keilsey Hull, Southside-Gadsden      194
Jenna Webber, Sparkman                    194

Game 2
Emma Hawkins, Spain Park               244
Jenna Webber, Sparkman                    224
Ella Shedd, Vestavia Hills                  195
Emily Lindsey, Sparkman                   190
Natalie Alsup, Sparkman                    188

Game 3
Ella Walker, Thompson                       193
Caroline Whisenhunt, Spain Park       183
Keilsy Hull, Southside-Gadsden        180
Meghan Best, Stanhope Elmore         177
Elizabeth Jennings, Gulf Shores         173

Traditional Series Leaders (3 games)
Jenna Webber, Sparkman                    194-224-170 – 588
Emily Lindsey, Sparkman                   227-190-168 – 585
Emma Hawkins, Spain Park               168-244-149 – 561
Gracie Connelly, Thompson               262-129-155 – 546
Natalie Alsup, Sparkman                    201-188-156 – 545
Alyssa Ward, Stanhope Elmore          180-185-157 – 522
Elizabeth Jennings, Gulf Shores         186-153-173 – 512
Keilsy Hull, Southside-Gadsden        194-125-180 – 499

Game 1
Bodie Bubel, Thompson                     300
Anthony Passarelli, Spanish Fort        224
Josh Mathews, Vestavia Hills             216
Cole Henson, Spain Park                    214
Carter Hughes, Hoover                       212

Game 2
Cole Henson, Spain Park                    246
Alex Lee, Hoover                               230
Alfonso Carrington III, Sparkman     227
Zachary Swaim, Sparkman                 222
Zachary Carter Hughes, Hoover         220

Game 3
Alex Lee, Hoover                               242
Zachary Swaim, Sparkman                 228
Cole Henson, Spain Park                    223
Connor Davis, Hoover                        216
Dalton Tolgo, Sparkman                     202

Traditional Series Leaders (3 games)
Cole Henson, Spain Park                    214-246-223 – 683
Alex Lee, Hoover                               191-230-242 – 663
Bodie Bubel, Thompson                     300-138-190 – 628
Carter Hughes, Hoover                       212-220-189 – 621
Zachary Swaim, Sparkman                 163-222-228 – 613
Alfonso Carrington III, Sparkman     152-227-184 – 563
Anthony Passarelli, Spanish Fort        224-200-133 – 557
Daniel Bolin, Spanish Fort                  183-171-198 – 552
Dalton Tolgo, Sparkman                     160-189-212 – 552