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April 23, 2014

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Lady Chiefs Bowlers are Region I Champs

Published: 1:45 PM, 02/07/2013 Last updated: 1:45 PM, 02/07/2013

Author: Wade Littleton / Sports Editor
Source: The Rogersville Review

ROGERSVILLE --- Cherokee’s girls’ bowling team is still unbeaten and hungry for more.Bethany Parsons’ team defeated Dobyns-Bennett in the Region I final last week in Greeneville. The Lady Chiefs will face a yet to be determined team from Region II Saturday afternoon at The Tunnell Bowling Center in Rogersville. Starting time is 1 pm.Parsons headed to Gatlinburg Thursday to the Region II Championships to see who her team would face.The winning team of the sectional match will travel to the state tournament beginning Wednesday in Smyrna.“The girls are undefeated, and that within itself is amazing,” Lady Chiefs’ coach Bethany Parsons said, “They still have a tough road ahead with bowling in sectionals and state. I don’t want them to lose their mindset of what it took for them to get where they are. It didn’t happen magically overnight, it took a lot of work on their part as well as coaches, teachers and parents.”Last Thursday, the Lady Chiefs bowled past Dobyns-Bennett in the Region I finals at Olympia Lanes in Greeneville, 19-8. Cherokee won the first game on pinfall after being tied 4-4. The Lady Chiefs won the second game 5-3, then the final game 7-1. Total pinfall was Cherokee 2,715, D-B 2,536. Cherokee’s Savana Mullins, who has a 173.1 pinfall average, will compete for an girls individual state title on January 23-26 in Smyrna. She is the first Lady Chiefs’ bowler since Stephanie Tate several years ago to compete for an individual state title.Cherokee has won by 600 total pins in 90 percent of their matches. At least seven of their 20 matches were won by more than 20 points, according to Parsons.The Lady Chiefs played district competition, including Cumberland Gap, Dobyns-Bennett, Greeneville, Chuckey-Doak and West Greene during the regular season. As Region I Champion, Cherokee will face the No. 2 team from Region II.Members of the Lady Chiefs’ team include seniors Amber Collins, Savana Mullins and Taylor Wallace. Juniors are Maggie Gillenwater, China Hake and Sophia Toney. Other members are sophomore Sabrina Dubuque and frehmen Brittany Gulley and Josey Stone.

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