Bowling: White House finishes 2nd in TSSAA state tournament

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.

 “They chose the right way and fought back. I can’t be more proud of them for taking it down to the last three or four frames with a chance to get there.”

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:

White House:

Kyle Vickers: 200, 204, 215

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

Total: 5,776


Hardin County:

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

Total: 6,183

Photos by Michael Gallagher

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