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By virtue of their performances in Tuesday’s 2nd Region Tournament, a pair of Central Hardin bowlers earned berths in next month’s 32-player Ebo-nite KHSAA State Bowling Tourna-ment at Collins Eastland in Lexington.
Brandon Crabtree finished second in the boys’ tournament, while Mary Zeitler was fourth in the girls’ tournament.
It’s the first State berth for both.
The top four bowlers of each gender in the eight region tournaments advance to State.
BOYS. With a 224 average, Crabtree led all bowlers in the three-game qualifier to advance to the semifinals. He rolled semifinal games of 160 and 221 to earn the third seed for the stepladder playoffs. Crabtree’s 267 in the second game of qualifying was the second-highest game of the day.
Crabtree knocked off fourth-seeded Matthew Sallee of Taylor County in the stepladder opener before upsetting second-seeded Matthews Hedgespeth of Taylor County in the second match.
Crabtree fell to top-seeded Alex Tungate of Taylor County in the final.
Two other area players advanced to the semis as North Hardin’s Kevin Ho (191.6 average) was sixth and John Hardin’s Sean Stevens (190.4) was seventh.
All four John Hardin entrants finished in the top 16 as Alex Blair (three-game total of 546) was ninth, Aaron Gunter (496) was 15th and Daniel Miller (491) was 16th.
Central Hardin’s Tyler Goodman (541), who was 10th, was the only other area boy in the top 10. Alec Higdon-Burgess (459) was 20th, while Zachary Epperson (446) was 25th.
North Hardin’s Kahala Glover (532) was 12th, Zachary Ayer (454) was 21st and Alex Johnson (424) was 27th.
Dustin McMahan (506), who was 14th, led the first-year Meade County Green Wave. Brandon Thacker (448) was 23rd, Austin Haynes (447) was 24th and Jalen Hardcastle (370) was 33rd.
GIRLS. Zeitler averaged 182.7 to qualify for the semis, where she rolled games of 224 and 142 to earn the fourth seed for the stepladder.
Zeitler lost in the stepladder opener to third-seeded Taylor County bowler Megan Hedgespeth, who ran the table – 3-0 – to advance to the final for the third straight year and win her second straight championship. Hedgespeth beat Candace Gibson in her second stepladder match and Shelby Barnett in the final.
Hedgespeth is also the 2012 state runner-up and the anchor (No. 5 slot) on Taylor County’s reigning state baker team champions.
Two other area players advanced to the semis as Central Hardin’s Mercedes Cote (167.8 average) was seventh and North Hardin’s Allyson Eastman (163.2) was eighth.
All four Central Hardin entrants finished in the top 10 as Becca Himebaugh (three-game total of 507) was ninth and Jessica Bates (493) was 10th.
Three of John Hardin’s four bowlers were in the top 16 as Morgan Parsons (471) was 11th, Ebonie Hampton (460) was 12th, Hannah Caudill (440) was 14th and Kayla Rudder (395) was 21st. On Monday, John Hardin finished second to Taylor County earn a state tournament team berth.
North Hardin’s Jillian Shufelt (405) was 19th, Erika Church (390) was 23rd and Myra Torres (309) was 31st.
Madison Haynes (430) was 16th to lead first-year Meade County. Ashley Bloomer (344) was 26th, Amy Greenwell (310) was 30th and Alexis Efird (261) was 35th.