Wilson Central claims Tennessee titles The Wilson Central High School bowling teams had to wait a couple of more weeks than planned, but the payoff was worth it.
After runner-up finishes in 2009, both the boys' and girls' teams of Wilson Central claimed state titles at the 2010 Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Division I State Bowling Tournament held at Smyrna Bowling Lanes in Smyrna, Tenn., on Feb. 13
The Wilson Central boys beat Soddy-Daisy, 21.5-5.5 while the girls beat Hardin County, 18-9, in the title matches. They are the first school to sweep the state team titles in bowling.
The team portion of the state tournament was delayed for two weeks after snow and ice caused part of the roof at Smyrna Bowling Lanes to collapse overnight following the individual event.
Wilson Central coach Mark Hubbuch said the teams had high expectations entering the season. The boys' team had lost just one player and the girls' team returned intact.
"With nearly every player back, and with one more year of experience, everyone knew we had a very good chance to win it all," Hubbuch said. "As coaches, we planted that seed in their mind every chance we got - that we were going to 'win it all' and that no one could stop them. The bowlers bought into this mindset and carried it all the way to the end. It was a very awesome experience for these talented young men and women."
Senior J R Clemons set the boys' school, district and regional record with an 842 series for Wilson Central, while senior Brennan Page set the girls' school mark with a 767 series. Both were finalists for the Mr. and Miss Bowling award in Tennessee and though neither won the award, each earned a $5,000 scholarship from Cumberland University, a private university located in Tennessee, for being the highest-ranking seniors from all finalists.
In Division II, McCallie beat Donelson Christian Academy, 20-7, for the boys' title. St. Agnes beat St. Benedict, 21-6, in the girls title match. St. Benedict had won the last five state titles.
The individual titles were determined the last week on January.
In Division I, Kirstin Page (left), a junior from Wilson Central, edged senior Lauren Adams of White Station for the girls' title while freshman Chase Smith of Hardin County claimed the boys' title.
Sam Bass, a junior at Father Ryan, and Ensworth sophomore Miranda Mott won the boys' and girls' title, respectively, in Division II.
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The Wilson Central boys' team: Front row (L-R): Scotty Probasco, Ryan Peplinski, Bobby Davidson, Chris Branner. Back row (L-R): Brett Miler, Josh Leedham, Eric Lane, John Petty, Geremy Roseti, J R Clemons, Spencer Harp, Michael Whitlow, Seth Carey.
The Wilson Central girls' team: Front row (L-R): Kalli Crowell, Dani Peplinski, Dani Chaffin, Kerstyn Stansberry. Back row (L-R): Kaitlin Page, Kirstin Page, Laurel Everett, Brennan Page, Terralee White, Brittany Sisco, Elizabeth Callas.