Walker Valley bowlers open up in Smyrna
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
Jan 24, 2014 | 395 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA — The TSSAA state bowling tournament began Thursday with a day of individual competition and Baker matches to decide the seeding for the quarterfinals.

Walker Valley, whose boys and girls team qualified for the state tournament, also had five bowlers who qualified at the individual level: Kara Davidson, Alexis Rutledge, Nicole Hartman, Caleb Zanoska and Briton Helton.

In the girls’ individual tournament Davidson finished 47th with an average of 137.75. In the four-game series, Davidson bowled a 551, with her high of 170 coming in the second game.

Rutledge finished 60th with an average of 127.75. Rutledge bowled a 511 series, with a high of 143 coming in the first game.

Hartman finished 66th with her average of 120.75. Hartman series total was 483, and she bowled a high of 139 in the first game.

In the boys’ individual tournament Helton finished in a tie for 44th with his average of 165.5. Helton bowled a four-game series of 662, with his high of 197 occurring in the second game.

Zanoska finished in 47th place with an average of 163 and bowled a series 652, with his high of 167 coming in the fourth game.

After the individual state tournament came to a close, the various schools competed in baker’s matches to determine their seeding for the quarterfinals that begin today at noon with girls competition.

The Lady Mustangs earned the fifth seed, and will take on Dobyns-Bennett. The winner of that match will then take on the winner of the White Station vs. Columbia Central match at 4 p.m. in the semifinals.

The Mustangs came out of the Baker match with the second seed, and bowl against Hendersonville at 2:30 p.m. The winner will then face the winner of the Sevier County vs. Hardin County match in the semifinals at 4 p.m.