Jan. 20—JEFFERSONVILLE — The Jeffersonville girls and the Charlestown boys captured sectional titles last Saturday and will try for regional trophies today.
The Red Devils defeated Silver Creek 1,419-1,166 for their second straight Southern Hills Conference Sectional title.
It was a junior battle for the individual girls' title as Charlestown's Alex Escamila faced off against Jeff's Emily Bailey in the finals. Bailey won 177-147 against Charlestown's senior Kennadi Schleicher-Drasler to advance.
Escamila was victorious for the Pirates as she won 174-121 for her second consecutive conference title.
The Pirates won 297-289 against Jeff to claim the boys' title.
Charlestown's Ben Wiles was awarded the Southern Hills bowling scholarship which is based on bowling, academics and leadership.
Floyd Central's Noah Graf won the boys' individual conference title. Graf won 147-140 against Charlestown sophomore Jarrod Nelson in the step-ladder championship.
Nelson advanced to the championship by winning 220-126 against Silver Creek's Conner Owen and Whiles, 177-169, in the quarterfinals.
SCOTTSBURG'S BURNS ADVANCES
Freshman Bryce Burns is the first Scottsburg bowler to advance to the regional round from the Southeastern Conference.
He bowled a 529 series to finish eighth to advance and was named all-conference honorable mention for his achievement. Burns, a 6-foot bowler, uses a blue Messien Onion ball to knock down the pins. He has been part of bowling since he was in fourth grade.
"I used to have birthday parties at the bowling alley when I was little and I liked bowling," Burns said. " My grandpa, Pete Bush, bowled when hew was younger and he was really good. My mom, Tina Combs, and stepdad, Steve Bush, got me into bowling and they're part of a league on Monday nights."
Burns is the veteran bowler of the 12 Warrior team. Scottsburg head coach Anya Meadows said she's looking forward to Burns' success in the postseason.
"He has worked hard to earn the spot for the regional and he definitely deserves it," Meadows said. "He has completely improved since he started bowling in fourth grade. Him advancing also shows other teammates to know that this is something they can strive for in the future."
The individual competition starts at 8:30 a.m. today and the team competition starts at 2 p.m. at Strike and Spare in Clarksville.