SMYRNA --The Blackman boys’ bowling team fell to Bartlett 21-2 at the state tournament at the Smyrna Bowling Center on Thursday.
It didn’t start off well for Blackman as several open frames in its first few rolls left them behind during their traditional match. All of Bartlett’s bowlers defeated Blackman and the Blaze behind 150 pins before they started the five bakers games, whereby coaches have a lineup of five bowlers who each roll two frames.
Blackman was led in the traditional game by Nicholas Lannom, who rolled a 221. Freshman Dylan Hubley, who had competed in the individuals a day earlier, rolled a 181 in his first state tournament appearance at a team setting.
“I am confident that (Dylan) Hubley will be a four-time competitor at the individual portion of the tournament,” Blackman coach Jesse Messick said of his freshman year.
Blackman did, however, win two of the five bakers games as games three and four went their way by scores of 189-182 and 144-130.
By that time, the Blaze were already too far behind as the Panthers had some of their young bowlers take part.
Blackman finishes the year at 17-7. Five of their losses are to teams that will attempt to play for a state title, including Bartlett and Smyrna.
“We lose a few good bowlers, but I am confident that we will be right back here next season at the Smyrna Bowling Center with another opportunity in the state tournament,” Messick said.