SMYRNA -- Two Rutherford County bowlers, Baileigh Snow of Blackman and Elizabeth Coutta of Smyrna, nearly made the individual finals at the TSSAA state bowling championships on Thursday.
Both Snow and Coutta just missed on finishing in the final six as Coutta missed the cut by 20 pins and Snow, a senior, by only 24.
Both bowled their first four-game series of the day qualifying for the afternoon round. The scores from each four game series were added and Snow bowled a 1,466 series and Coutta, a sophomore, bowled a 1,470 for the eight games.
"I am really proud of her," Smyrna coach Kelly Marlin said. "She did not have any opens the final game."
Another bowler who was finished up her prep career was Haleigh Lawwell of Siegel. She finished 11th of the final 24 bowlers in the second round with a series of 1,408 with a high game of 190 in the first game of the second round.
She will now head to the University of the Cumberlands as he has committed to continue her bowling career at the school located in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
"They put all of their heart into it and they love the game," Siegel coach Cora Proctor. If it pays for your college then that is a good thing and I will miss them," Siegel bowling coach Cora Proctor said of her two seniors Lawwell and Brooks Leyhew.
Leyhew rolled a 1,458 series for the eight games. He bowled with high games of 212 in the first round and 202 in the second round.
Blackman had a pair of seniors compete in Jacob Berry and Chas Smart. Berry finished with a 1,402 series with high games of 210 and 212. Smart bowled a 1,392 series with his highest game being a 221 in the morning round.
"The three seniors we had all made the state and they are the reason why we are here competing as a team," Blackman coach Jesse Messick said.
Another bowler who closed out his career with his fourth appearance at the state bowling championships was Smyrna's Aaron Roe. He advanced to the second round as well, bowling a 1,466 series with his high games coming in the morning session with a 205 and a 230.
"He plugged away at it and gave a good effort. He struggled with splits a lot," Marlin said of Roe's efforts in the tournament.
Two other bowlers who competed in the morning session but did not advance were Savannah Greer and Bricey Caudill from Stewarts Creek.
Greer, a sophomore, rolled a 593 series for the four games as her high game was a 215. Caudill, a freshman, rolled a 633 series and her high score in the four games was a 174.