By Kris Freeman for White House High School
SMYRNA — White House senior Austin Vickers finished his career on Wednesday in the TSSAA Boys State Tournament at Smyrna Bowling Center, finishing 7th overall in the field of 48 semifinal competitors.
The top six advance to the finals in a ladder match format, and Vickers finished one pin short of the finals. With two early games below 200, Vickers had a tough hole to climb and nearly did the impossible, bowling a 215 and 241 to finish. The cut-off line was 793 pin fall total, and Vickers had a 792.
His four games were 194-142-215-241 for an average of 198.0. The state finals cut off line was 198.3.
Vickers improved on his overall ranking coming into the tournament as the 17th seed based on average.
The six finalists were Jacob Brown of Walker Valley (218.3), Devean Littlejohn of Hardin Valley (217.8), Caleb Marshall of Sevier County (209.8), Drew Whalen of Franklin (202.5), Colton Moore of Lawrence County (201.8) and Andy Romer of Green Hill (198.3).
Vickers had two state tournament appearances, finishing 16th in 2020 and 7th in 2021.
Congratulations to Austin Vickers on a great season and a great career! #bdp