Recap The Final Round Of The AHSAA North Regional Bowling Championships

Trussville, AL – First year bowling teams John Carroll Catholic and Hewitt-Trussville dominated the competition to secure AHSAA North Regional Boys’ Bowling Championships held at Trussville’s Spare Time Bowling Center. The tournament showcased exceptional performances from both teams, as well as other notable contenders Sparkman, East Limestone, and Scottsboro.

The Class 1A/5A boys’ division witnessed a remarkable showing by the No. 2 seed John Carroll Cavaliers. Coached by Kathryn Miller, John Carroll Catholic sailed through three championship bracket matches, ultimately securing the Class 1A/5A North region title. In the first round, they faced Corner, coming out on top with a resounding 227-93 win in game two of the best-of-7 Baker format match. The Cavs came to play once again in the semifinals, defeating Scottsboro with a solid 701–661 pin advantage in the best-of-5 Baker series. The finals brought them face to face with East Limestone, where they emerged victorious in a 3-0 sweep, winning the pins battle 613-520. Notably, Cavalier bowlers achieved games of 223, 185, and 225 in the shutout win.

Meanwhile, the 1A/5A boys’ championship bracket saw an unexpected turn of events in the first round. Etowah, the defending state champion, entered the competition as the No. 8 seed but managed to defeat top-seeded Southside-Gadsden in a thrilling 4-3 quarterfinals match. Although Southside accumulated more pins throughout the game (1,218 to 1,141), Etowah displayed extraordinary resilience, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to secure the victory.

East Limestone’s Austin Reynolds rolls a frame in the North
Boys’ 1A/5A finals. (David Holtsford)

The four boys squads advancing to the AHSAA’s 9th annual State Bowling Championships are John Carroll Catholic, East Limestone, Scottsboro, and Etowah in the Class 1A/5A division; and Hewitt-Trussville, Sparkman, Hartselle, and Gadsden City in the Class 6A/7A division. These teams exhibited exceptional performance throughout the tournament, solidifying their positions in the highly anticipated State Bowling Championships scheduled for February 1-2 at Bolero Bowling Center in Mobile.

Under the guidance of coach Tommy Abney, the Huskies claimed the No. 1 seed in the Class 6A/7A division, thanks to their outstanding traditional series. Hewitt-Trussville’s journey to victory included wins against Mountain Brook, Gadsden City, and Sparkman. The final match proved to be a closely contested battle, highlighting the immense talent and determination of both teams.

In the girls’ North Regional competition, Coach Seth Cox’s East Limestone Indians secured the Class 1A/5A title after a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the Scottsboro Wildcats. Despite Scottsboro winning the pin battle with a score of 623 to 614, East Limestone’s exceptional performance earned the Indians the region crown. Similarly, Hewitt-Trussville, also coached by Abney, emerged victorious in the girls’ Class 6A/7A division, defeating the Sparkman Senators with a 661-594 pin edge.

Sparkman’s Jenna Webber (David Holtsford)

John Carroll Catholic, East Limestone, Scottsboro, Springville, Hewitt-Trussville, Sparkman, James Clemens, and American Christian have all secured spots in the upcoming AHSAA State Girls’ Bowling Championships.

Advancing to the State Championships from last week’s South Regional were: (1A/5A Boys) Gulf Shores (13-2), Elberta (13-2), Sipsey Valley (6-2), Holt (9-3); (6A/7A Boys) Spain Park (17-2), Stanhope Elmore (12-1), Thompson (14-4), Dothan (12-2); (1A/5A Girls) Marbury (12-1), Sipsey Valley (8-1), Orange Beach (13-1), and defending state champion Beauregard (17-2); (6A/7A Girls) Stanhope Elmore (9-0), Thompson (16-1), Baker (17-1), and Oak Mountain (17-4).

The AHSAA North Regional Boys’ Bowling Championships was a thrilling event that showcased the exceptional talent and dedication of these high school bowlers. 

AHSAA North Regional Bowling Championships
at Spare Time Bowling Center, Trussville

Thursday’s Championship Results
First Round (Best of 7 Baker format)
Hewitt-Trussville 4, Mountain Brook (730 – 554)
Gadsden City 4, American Christian (984 – 849)
Hartselle 4, Mortimer Jordan (644 – 595)
Sparkman 4, Tuscaloosa County (1,081 – 905)
(Best of 5 Baker format)
Hewitt-Trussville 3, Gadsden City (806 – 871)
Sparkman 3, Hartselle (720 – 547)
North Championship (Best of 5 Baker format)
Hewitt-Trussville 3, Sparkman (899 – 846)

First Round (Best of 7 Baker format)
Etowah 4, Southside (1,141 – 1,218)
East Limestone 4, Fairview (1,012 – 944)
Scottsboro 4, West Point (1,087 – 846)
John Carroll Catholic 4, Corner (943 – 675)
Semifinals (Best of 5 Baker format)
East Limestone 3, Etowah (687 – 679)
John Carroll Catholic 3, Scottsboro (701 – 661)
North Championship (Best of 5 Baker format)
John Carroll Catholic 3, East Limestone (613 – 520)

First Round (Best of 7 Baker format)
Sparkman 4, Gadsden City (732 – 422)
James Clemens 4, Homewood (815 – 795)
Hewitt-Trussville 4, Parker (610 – 369)
American Christian 4, Paul Bryant (741 – 691)
Semifinals (Best of 5 Baker format)
Sparkman 3, James Clemens (667 – 488)
Hewitt-Trussville 3, American Christian (515 – 433)
North Championship (Best of 5 Baker format)
Hewitt-Trussville 3, Sparkman 1 (661 – 594)

First Round (Best of 7 Baker format)
East Limestone 4, Priceville (724 pins for East Limestone, no total for Priceville)
Springville 4, Indian Springs (635 – 570)
Scottsboro 4, Fairview (746 – 623)
Southside 4, Corner (646 – 433)
Semifinals (Best of 5 Baker format)
East Limestone 3, Springville (504 – 379)
Scottsboro 3, Southside (756 – 766)
North Championship (Best of 5 Baker format)
East Limestone 3, Scottsboro (614 – 623)

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