Hodge finishes fourth in state bowling tourney

Published 12:49 pm Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lincoln County bowler Dawson Hodge had a pretty eventful two weeks to end the bowling season.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Lincoln County High School senior guaranteed himself a return trip to the state bowling tourney by winning the overall individual title in the Region 8 Bowling Championships at Danville’s Bowlarama with a 5-game score of 1,215.

Hodge came up short in his bid to claim the state individual title on Thursday, Feb. 7, but he did strike it big in his final high school bowling competition by placing fourth overall out of 32 bowlers in the 2019 KHSAA State Bowling Championships.

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The Patriot bowler bowled a 5-game score of 1,094 on the lanes of Executive Strike & Spare in Louisville. He bowled a 222 in his opening game at state then followed with a 205 in Game 2. He had a total of 661 after the first three games, bowling a 234 in the third game. Hodge had his low score in Game 4, bowling a 177, but he finished with a 256 in Game 5.

Jonathan Cummins, a Simon Kenton High School senior, won the individual state title with a 5-game score of 1,179. McCracken County senior Cooper Thompson finished as runner-up with a score of 1,124 and Taylor County sophomore Austin Tungate placed third with a score of 1,112.

In the team competition, Region 8 claimed the top prizes as West Jessamine took home the championship trophy and Boyle County finished as runner-up. The two teams finished in the same 1-2 order at regionals.

The girls 2019 KHSAA Bowling Championships individual winner was Emma Owens of Ballard. The junior bowler won with a score of 1,183. Ranelle ULanday, a sophomore at Cooper High School, finished as runner-up with a score of 1,024, Emma Workman, a junior at Apollo, was third, also with a 1,024 and Mirena Combs, a senior at Newport High, was fourth with 996.

Pleasure Ridge Park captured the girls team title with Campbell County taking the runner-up spot.