Dobyns-Bennett's Taylor Duncan competes against Gatlinburg-Pittman during Monday's sectional match at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport. (Ned Jilton II photo)
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KINGSPORT — The Dobyns-Bennett bowling teams booked their ticket to state Monday with impressive sectional wins at Warpath Lanes.
The boys easily outpointed Heritage 23-4 and the girls routed Gatlinburg-Pittman 25-2.
The TSSAA meet begins with individual competition Thursday in Smyrna. The team competition starts Friday.
The Lady Indians were led by Taylor Duncan, who bowled a 580 series for the three-game match. Holly McAvoy followed with a 564. The Tribe had a pinfall edge of 3,473-3,213.
D-B’s girls, who boast a 23-0 record, sport the top four seeds in the region. Samantha Hunley is ranked No. 1, followed by Olivia Compton, McAvoy and Mekaila Reynolds. All four will be competing in individual state competition.
Troy Culbertson, ranked No. 1 in the region, topped out for the boys with a 629 series. Michael Lester recorded a 606.
After a strike Culbertson likes to project the motion of strapping on a championship belt. The motion, however, has no ties to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his signature “discount double check” move.
“My freshman year, due to back problems, I had to wear a back strap and people started making the motion and it grew from there,” Culbertson said.
The team also sports the No. 2 seed, Cameron Phillips, and No. 3, Zack Nelson. These top three will represent the boys in individual competition.
The boys’ team pin total over Heritage was 3,188-2,461.
D-B is entering its 13th season with a bowling team, and Debbie Knott — the TSSAA 2012-13 State of Tennessee Bowling Coach of the Year — has been at the helm of both the boys’ and girls’ teams since the inception.
The teams also qualified for state competition last year, with the girls finishing eighth and the boys seventh.
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