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February 3, 2008

Braves boys, Patriots girls take bowling sectional team titles

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute South (boys) and Terre Haute North (girls) were winners of the Indiana High School Bowling Sectional Team Event at Paradise Bowl in Clinton on Monday.

In the boys tournament, South slipped past rival North 2,963-2,915. South Vermillion (2,796) and North central (2,274) rounded out the tournament field.

In the girls tournament, North had a score of 2,624, easily outpointing South (2,336) and South Vermillion (2,292).

But while big schools North and South dominated the team sectional, South Vermillion, a “littler” school, produced both individual sectional winners. The individual sectional was contested at Sullivan Bowling Lanes on Wednesday.

In the boys competition, Daniel Boyll (North Central) was the top seed with a three-game series of 676, trailed by Adam Smith (South Vermillion) 652, Tyler Haase (South Vermillion) 649, Scott Johansen (South Vermillion) 643 and A.J. Reed (Terre Haute South) 627.

In the stepladder finals, Haase defeated Johansen 233-193, then eliminated Smith 237-180. In the championship match, Haase topped Boyll 236-173.

In the girls competition, Chelsea Maloney (South Vermillion) was the top seed and eventual champion, rolling a 554 series. Following Maloney was Sara Shepherd (Terre Haute North) 511, Melissa Thompson (Terre Haute North) 490 and Kristen Zellars (Terre Haute North) 463.

In the stepladder finals, Zellars topped Thompson 190-131, then Shepherd edged Zellars 145-140. In the title match, Maloney defeated Shepherd 199-160.

The North boys’ team, South girls’ team plus the top individuals (the aforementioned five boys, four girls) will compete in the regional at Franklin Lanes in Evansville on Saturday.

n High school regular season — The North girls completed an unbeaten 7-0 season in the Blue Chip Conference. Individually, the high point winner (11 points) and high average bowler (201) was Sara Shepherd.

The North boys won the Blue Chip Conference with a record of 5.5-1.5. High point co-winners were Jacob Wright (THS) and Adam Smith (SV) with nine points apiece. High average bowler was Wright with a 215 average.

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• Former VU standout on PBA Tour, on TV — Former Vincennes University bowler Ronnie Russell, who bowled with the Trailblazers in 2002 and 2003, is enjoying life on the Professional Bowler’s Association tour.

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