By Joshua Huff, sports editor
VESTAVIA HILLS — The Hewitt-Trussville boys and girls’ bowling teams booked their tickets to the 2020 AHSAA State Championship on Friday after opening the bracket round with first-round victories.
The boys defeated No. 13 Shades Valley and the girls defeated No. 11 Huntsville in the opening round.
The bracket round runs through Friday with a North Regional Champion to be crowned in the afternoon.
Thursday, which was the first day of the 2020 AHSAA North Regional Bowling Tournament at Vestavia Bowl, concluded with the Hewitt-Trussville boys’ bowling team wrapping the qualifying rounds in the top 5 and the girls’ team finishing in sixth place.
The boys’ team qualified in fourth place with a three-game score of 2,611. Sparkman, Gadsden City and East Limestone rounded out the top three. The bracket round began on Friday morning at 10 a.m., where the Huskies faced No. 13 Shades Valley.
Individually, Joseph Taylor paced Hewitt-Trussville with a seventh-place finish throughout three games. His three-game score was 599. Cole Arsenault, of Sparkman, rounded out the top 10 with a three-game score of 676. Hewitt-Trussville’s Kyle (Don) Wright finished in the top 10, as well, with a score of 590.
The girls’ team fell just behind American Christian Academy with a three-game qualifying score of 1,899. The Huskies returned to the lanes early Friday morning for the bracket round with a first-round matchup against Huntsville.
Individually, the girls were paced by Allison Kerins’ 11th place finish after three games. She bowled a 443.