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Cherokee girls roll to regional bowling title, boys fall just short

Tanner Cook • Jan 10, 2019 at 12:43 AM

JOHNSON CITY — The Cherokee Chiefs came into Wednesday’s Region 1 bowling championships at Holiday Lanes with eyes on sweeping both the boys and girls titles, just like they did last year.

The girls held up their end of the deal by defeating Dobyns-Bennett, but the boys came up just short and fell to Greeneville.

With the win, the girls team will host the substate match against a Region 2 opponent that has yet to be determined. The boys team will be traveling.


Co-Region Bowler of the Year Stephan Smith was one of the standouts for the Cherokee boys on the afternoon as he helped engineer a huge comeback in the semifinals match against Dobyns-Bennett.

The Indians led the match 9-7 going into the third game and had a wide marginal lead in total pin fall of 65.

The Chiefs got hot in the final game and reached the needed 14 points to win the match by storming back in pins to win by 27 — an astounding 92 pin turnaround in one game. The Chiefs had already won four of the six individual matches, got an extra two points from each team game won and got the last three points for total pin fall.

In the championship round, it was incredibly close all match with the Greene Devils. Greeneville led 9-7 going into the final game and had a narrow seven-pin lead.

It looked like the Chiefs would come roaring back again when Smith had a perfect first three frames, but Greeneville kept countering. The Greene Devils got a boost from the other co-Bowler of the Year David Painter when he picked up a key spare in the 10th frame.

The Greene Devils won the match 17-13 and won by 11 pins.


The Lady Indians got to the championship round with a 14.5-12.5 win over a tough Greeneville team and just barely won on total pins by eight. The Lady Chiefs rolled over Chuckey-Doak and continued the dominant stretch against D-B.

The Lady Chiefs won the championship round 23-4 after sweeping the first match 8-0 on points. It was tough sledding from then on out for the Lady Indians, who will travel for the substate match at an opponent yet to be determined.

Shelbie Garrison was an integral part of the Lady Chiefs victory, rolling three consecutive games of 204, 216 and 221.

Alexia Reyes of Greeneville was named the Region 1 Bowler of the Year. 

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