Walker Valley bowlers open TSSAA state play
by From Staff Reports
Jan 25, 2013 | 418 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA — Although four Walker Valley bowlers rolled into the TSSAA State Individual Tournament Thursday, none advanced to this morning’s championship round, but the Mustang team is ready to carry the local banner into play this afternoon.

With none of the locals finishing higher than 30th in the 72-player fields, all four saw their state tournament run come to a close in the quarterfinal round.

When the team competition begins this afternoon, the Region 3 champion Mustangs will bring a 15-4 record into play against Seymour, which is 14-1 on the season.

The winner will advance to face either Bartlett (21-8) or Upperman (19-5) in the semifinals tomorrow morning. The state title match will roll at 12:30 Saturday afternoon at the Smyrna Bowling Center.

Junior Chelsey McCormack had the best showing among the Walker Valley foursome in the individual girls’ event, rolling games of 170, 179, 181 and 151 for a 170.25 average to finish in 30th place.

Amber Houchin, also a junior, placed 46th with a 624 four-game total, which included scores of 160, 138, 167 and 159 for a 156 average.

Sophomore Alexis Rutledge posted a 581 tally with games of 159, 176, 121 and 133 for a 147.25 average, placing her 57th.

The lone Mustang in the boys’ individual event was Brenden Baker, who rolled an impressive 193.75 average with scores of 176, 206, 201 and 192, but finished in the middle of the pack in 36th place.