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Lady Eagle bowlers win fourth straight regional championship; Graves boy bowlers wins their first

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Lady Eagle bowlers win fourth straight regional championship; Graves boy bowlers wins their first

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Regional Bowling Tournament kicked off in front of a capacity crowd at Spare Time Lanes in Mayfield recently. The First Region consists of 13 boys teams and 11 girls teams stretching from McCracken County to Barren County, including all Owensboro and Warren County schools.

In the qualifying round, the Lady Eagles proved the region was theirs to lose, taking the top seed by nearly 200 pins and earning a first round bye. The Lady Eagles quickly knocked off South Warren, and Warren East before meeting up with Barren County again in the finals. The Lady Eagles started slowly, dropping the first two matches, before winning three straight and clinching their fourth consecutive First Region Championship.

The boys team event took center stage, after the seeding round Graves County entered match play as the No. 4 seed. In the first round, Graves defeated Warren Central 3-1, in the round of eight the Eagles faced Owensboro Apollo, knocking them off 3-0. In the semi-final round with a trip to state on the line, the Eagles faced off with No. 1 seed Owensboro High, the Eagles pulled off the upset defeating the Red Devils 3-1 and setting up a finals match up with the No. 3 seed Barren County Trojans. After splitting the first two matches, the Eagles defeated Barren convincingly in the fourth 206-146, clinching the boys team's first-ever Regional Championship.

On the individual side, Austin Dunn led the boys and qualified as a singles competitor, by placing third in the region. The Lady Eagles again dominated, taking the top three seeds in singles competition. Junior Sarah Watts was the regional champion, followed by sophomore Trinity Davenport, and freshmen Allison Kelley.

Graves County's boys and girls teams both are slated to compete at the KHSAA State Championships in Lexington late in the second week of February.

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