Defeats Columbia's Flatt for crown
SMYRNA -- Tyler Moore ended Lebanon High's 33-year state championship drought by defeating Columbia Central's Cole Flatt in the Division I state finals Friday morning, Jan. 20 at the Smyrna Bowling Center.
Moore, a junior, closed out the title match with four strikes and a spare too win 203-191. Flatt, a senior, was trying to win his third title in four years.
"I basically told him same ball, same line as yesterday," said LHS coach David Fugate. "We managed to keep him focused just on his frame, his roll and what his pins were doing."
Moore's state title was the first TSSAA championship for LHS since Jeff Lester won a state wrestling championship at 98-pounds back in 1984.
Following Thursday's preliminary rounds, Moore was seeded No. 1 out of six bowlers who would roll for the title Friday.
Friday's elimination phase started at 8:30 a.m. with Moore waiting for someone to reach him in the finals.
"The waiting was tough," Moore said. "Normally it takes me a game or two to get started. To beat one of the Flatt brothers in the finals was a huge accomplishment. It means a lot to bring a state championship back to Lebanon High."
The LHS Lady Devils opened team competition Friday morning with the state champion matches set for Saturday.
Admission is $10 per person on Saturday.
Division II girls
Friendship Christian's Brice Dabbs finished fourth in the Division II girls tournament.
Seeded No. 4 in Friday's championship ladder, Dabbs opened with a 161-161 victory over Caroline Conrad of St. Agnes.
She then lost to eventual runner-up Grace Becker, also of St. Agnes, 172-120.