By Dean Acker
Register Bowling Columnist
The bowling teams from Madison Central and Madison Southern will compete in the 2014 KHSAA Region 8 Tournament at the Bowlarama Lanes in Danville this weekend.
The field will include teams from Boyle County, Clark County, Corbin, East Jessamine, Fleming County, Johnson Central, Lee County, Lynn Camp, Montgomery County, Rowan County, Wayne County and West Jessamine high schools.
The singles competition for boys will start at 10 a.m. Saturday with the girl’s singles to follow at 2 p.m. Each school is permitted to enter four boys and four girls in the singles tournament.
Each contestant will bowl three games with the eight boys and eight girls with the highest scores advancing to the semifinals, which are scheduled for 4:45 p.m.
The semifinalists will bowl two more games. The four boys and four girls with the highest totals after the semifinals will qualify for the state tournament in Lexington on Feb. 13 and 14.
The top four boys and top four girls will bowl a stepladder final to determine the regional champions. The No. 4 seed will bowl the No. 3 seed, with the winner bowling the No. 2 seed. The winner of that game will bowl the top seed for the regional championship.
Both Central and Southern have bowlers with the potential to advance to the state tournament, but they will have to do well on Saturday to qualify.
This is the third year that the Kentucky High School Athletic Association has sanctioned bowling as a championship sport.
No local high school bowler has qualified for the state tournament during the first two years. Southern’s Rebecca Sowder made the semifinals last year, but she fell just five pins short of moving on to the state tournament.
The team competition using Baker style games will be held on Sunday. Five team members alternate bowling a frame in Baker games.
Each school can enter two groups of four bowlers in a qualifying round to determine the seeding for the Baker matches. The total of the top three scores for each group will be used to set the seeds for the Baker matches.
Both Central and Southern are scheduled to participate in the first qualifying session at 10 a.m. Sunday. There will be two other qualifying sessions.
The Baker matches are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and will consist of the best two of three games in each round. The two teams which finish first and second in the Baker tournament will advance to the state tournament.
The local schools have the potential to move on in the team competition, but, again, it will require a strong performance on Sunday.
Central is coached by Mark Harrison and J.J. Harrison (no relation). The boys team includes Daniel Claybourne, Eric Courtney, Daniel Gregory, Blake Jackson, Josh Maynard, Corbin Roberts, William Rogers, Daelyn White and Grant Willoughby.
The members of the Central girls team are Sabrina Davis, Casey Dickerson, Abbi Duerson, Danielle Harrison, Deborrah Harrison, Madisyn Hurst, Gwen Ruggles, Brittany Scott, Kaylee Speakman and Nikki Vickery.
Margaret Tilsley and Steve Davis coach the Southern teams. The Southern girl’s team is comprised of Megan Faught, Brittany Markland, Ciara Plants, Heather Smith, Rebecca Sowder and Sarai Thomas.
The Eagle boys team includes Kemonty Bruce, Johnny Carl, Zeb Davis, Roby Faught, Kyle Maggard, Hunter Megyesi, Scout Megyesi, Derick Richmond, John Richmond and Kevin Rodgers.
Good luck Eagles and Indians!