Starkville High’s bowling team has been quite busy in the last few weeks.
Including winning the Region 2 championship in Tupelo, the Yellowjackets have played multiple practice games in preparation for the next leg of their journey.
A trip to Flowood is up next for the team to compete in the State Tournament.
SHS bowling coach Jim Philamlee reflected on how impressed he is with the development of his squad as the season has progressed.
“I am real pleased with them,” Philamlee said. “They have developed very well this year. In my opinion, they have improved more from last year to this year than in previous years. Their learning curve is much better.”
The Yellowjackets get the opportunity to put that development to the test Friday morning at 10 a.m., when they face off with division representatives at Fannin Lanes.
Structure for the tournament will consist of individual team play for all eight participating schools. Once individual competition is complete, team scores will be averaged and the top two teams will bowl for the State championship.
Competing for each team will be five starters and three substitutes.
SHS features the same starters from their region winning team. The quintet will include leading scorer Cody Prewitt, who averaged 191 in Tupelo, Hugh Stone, who was right behind him with a 182 average and will be rounded out by Alex Newman, Ethan Tucker and Seth Prewitt who averaged 175, 169 and 168, respectively.
The Yellowjacket substitutes will consist of Tyler Dawkins, Dan Montgomery and Nathan Smith.
Considering the team’s success at the Tupelo region, Philamlee feels good about SHS chances during the State Tournament.
“We have a shot to win it,” Philamlee said. “When we went last year, we did as well as expected. With this year’s team, I am impressed and encouraged by them thus far, so I think it is going to be good.”
Since lane conditions differ between facilities, the Yellowjackets will be departing Starkville today at 12:30 p.m. to get in a few practice rounds before beginning competition on Friday morning.