SMYRNA — Wilson Central’s girls and Friendship Christian’s boys will begin their final march toward a possible state bowling championship today while FCS’ Donny Turner will make a bid for an individual title at Smyrna Bowling Center.
The Lady Wildcats came out of Thursday’s Baker match as the No. 4 seed in Division I, going 4-3 against the other seven teams. They will face Walker Valley, which they beat 307-300 Thursday, during today’s 11 a.m. quarterfinal session.
The winner would catch the winner of No. 8 Chuckey-Doak against No. 1 Hardin County in the 4 p.m. semifinals. Central beat Chuckey-Doak 262-224 but lost to Hardin County 321-256.
The finals will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with White Station [Central lost 298-273], Columbia [Central won 292-246], White House [WC won 329-246] and Dobyns Bennett [Lady Wildcats lost 302-255].
Friendship went 5-2 in Baker play for the No. 2 seed in Division II and will face St. Benedict [which beat the Commanders 325-287] at 1:30 p.m. today with the winner returning at 4:30 to face either Memphis University School [Friendship won 366-390] or McCallie [Commanders prevailed 380-237].
The finals will be at 3:15 p.m. Saturday with top-seed Pope John Paul II [Friendship lost 326-283], Christian Brothers [FCS prevailed 383-283], University School of Nashville [Commanders won 369-205] or Donelson Christian [Friendship won 275-309] waiting in the wings.
In the D-II boys’ individual match, Turner, a sophomore transfer from Donelson Christian, finished fourth in the semifinals with a 707 to advance to the six-man final.
He will face the winner of the match between Father Ryan’s Andrew Chandonnet and Montgomery Bell Academy ‘s Nilay Patel in the 8:30 a.m. session. Each winner will move up to face the next highest seed, meaning Pope John Paul II’s Collin Bryant would be next, followed by Ensworth’s Jack Alcott and DCA’s Ross Dewey.
In D-I, Wilson Central’s Kyle Hubbuch and Nicole Bailey just missed making today’s six-bowler final as each finished seventh in the semifinals. Hubbuch’s 1540 pins were 21 behind Brentwood’s Kamron Doyle while Bailey was 36 pins behind Upperman’s Kenzie Bowman.