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All-Midstate girls bowling


1:00 AM, Apr. 03, 2013 EDT

GIRLS BOWLER OF THE YEAR

KARA FORD, Smyrna, Sr.

Why chosen: She won the Division I tournament with a 2,685 total pinfall. She averaged a state-best 202.63 during the season.

College plans: "I actually committed to Bethel (three) weeks ago. I'm really excited to go there."

Quote: "It was really fun winning state, but it was also really nerve-racking. At the end I was just thinking, 'Don't throw it in the gutter. Get some pins every shot.'"

Family: Parents Lisa and Charlie, brother, Chase, 13. Pet dog, Big Ben, black labrador. "We're big Steelers fans."

What's on your iPod?: "I pretty much have country music -- The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan."

Best high school sports moment: "Winning state, and getting to bowl in the semifinals with my team."

Favorite athlete: "I'd have to say David Price. My brother has met him more than I have, but he's really nice. We have such great athletes in Rutherford County as it is, but to see someone go in the major leagues is just awesome."

Favorite food: "Mashed potatoes."

Least favorite part of practice: "Spares probably, but I know I have to do them to get better. Almost every practice in high school was devoted to spare shooting -- the whole time."

On Twitter: @karafaith002

Athletic background: "I used to play softball, but I got hit really hard in my shoulder, and I kind of gave it up. I pitched, and I got hit by a big girl. I wore softball stitches (imprint) on it for three weeks."

How did you spend spring break? "I plan on just kind of hanging at home, and hanging out with my little brother and my mom and my dad. I'll go to Bethel and sign."

FIRST TEAM

BAYLEE GRIFFIN

Hendersonville, Sr.

Why chosen: She tied for eighth in the Division I semifinals with a 1,339 pinfall.

VALERIE HENRY

DCA, Jr.

Why chosen: She won the Division II title with a 1,786 pinfall.

SYDNEY JAHNS

Siegel, Fr.

Why chosen: She finished third in Division I with a 2,468 pinfall.

KEYSHA MARTIN

LaVergne, Sr.

Why chosen: The 2012 Division I champion finished sixth this season with a 2,296 pinfall.

JESSICA SMITH

York, Sr.

Why chosen: She finished fourth in Division I with a 2,422 pinfall.

SECOND TEAM

Michaela Anderson, Hendersonville, So.

Lauren D'Ordine, Hendersonville, Sr.

Shannon Smith, Independence, Sr.

Candace Moss, DCA, Sr.

Meredith Sherwood, Franklin, Sr.

Ginh Wong, DCA, Jr.

RECENT BOWLERS OF THE YEAR

2012: Keysha Martin, LaVergne

2011: Miranda Mott, Ensworth

2010: Kirstin Page, Wilson Central

2009: Christina D'Ordine, Hendersonville

2008: Kimberly Hensley, McGavock

GIRLS BOWLING COACH OF THE YEAR

HUBERT LESTER

Why chosen: In Lester's first season, York (19-1) won its first Division I title 18.5-8.5 over two-time defending champion Hardin County. It was the second state championship in any sport for the Dragons. York practiced in Crossville, 45 minutes from Jamestown, because its bowling center was being renovated for most of the season.

Quote: "It was real good for the school, and the morale and there was a lot of excitement around it. We had five senior girls that were starters, and I think it was them that made us so good. It was a little bit of a hardship not having (a hometown bowling alley), but it was just something that we knew we were going to have to do."

 

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