By Laurence Hilliard
Special to the Journal
JACKSON – The Tupelo High School bowling season came to an end Thursday with a seventh place finish by the girls team at the MHSAA Class II (5A and 6A schools) championship tournament. Tupelo boys, winner of eight state titles, failed to qualify for this year’s tournament after finishing fourth at the North Regional.
“At regionals, our boys did not bowl their best,”said David Clayton, coach for both Tupelo teams. “Our best boys didn’t even bowl average, what they normally bowl. We just didn’t show up to bowl our best. The girls bowled pretty well.”
The girls, four-time state champions, qualified for the eight-team championship tournament as a wild card after finishing third at the North Regional.
Tupelo had team scores of 780-708-754-672 Thursday for a total of 2,914. Three girls who bowled all four complete games were senior Abby Welsh with a 656 total, junior Lauren Bishop 581 and junior Katlyn Grimes 581.
Other preliminary team scores were D’Iberville 3,347, Neshoba Central 3,278, Clinton 3,090, DeSoto Central 3,079, Starkville 3,066, Madison Central 2,940 and Gulfport 2,895. Neshoba defeated D’Iberville 3-2 in the Baker rolloff for the championship.
St. Martin won the boys championship, defeating Neshoba Central 3-0.
Class I will be held today. Area teams competing are Kossuth boys and girls, Mantachie boys and girls, East Union boys and girls and Corinth boys. Kossuth had the highest scores in regional competition for both teams with a boys score of 3,642 and a girls score of 2,922.