By Glavine Day for The Connection
SMYRNA – After dropping the first game 5-1 to Hardin County, the White House Blue Devils made their comeback nearly impossible, but that didn’t stop them from giving it a shot.
Ultimately, White House fell 17-10, but not before they gave Hardin County a scare at the end in the Blue Devils’ first-ever state bowling championship appearance.
“I think we had a lull after winning the big match against Smyrna and had a slow start,” Coach Tracy Lamberth said. “I talked to them in the huddle between games and told them they could either take the punch that got thrown at them and roll over, or they could fight back.
During the final game, all but one Blue Devil bowler defeated their Hardin County opponent, but the pin differential was just too high to overcome.
“The boys made it to the semi-finals last year and made it to the finals this year,” Lamberth said. “But we’re losing four great seniors next year, but we have plenty of guys coming to step up. It’s like the old saying, the next man up.”
State final scores:
Ryan Smith: 161, 153, 223
Demetri Hanoloules: 172, 201, 248
Michael Frensley: 253, 171, 189
Thomas Smith: 158, 281, 167
Jacob Watts: 175, 197, 208
Matt Napper: 236, 189, 213
Jacob Short: 181, 172, 182
Calin Meeks: 253, 179, 238
Ben Harmon: 220, 194, 249
JT Dade: 161, 217, 202
John Smith: 241, 227, 202
Photos by Michael Gallagher