With three key performers returning from last year's SCISA boys team bowling state championship squad, Laurence Manning Academy would appear to be a favorite to make it three titles in a row in today's state championship at Gamecock Lanes beginning …
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Robert E. Lee
With three key performers returning from last year's SCISA boys team bowling state championship squad, Laurence Manning Academy would appear to be a favorite to make it three titles in a row in today's state championship at Gamecock Lanes beginning at 5:30 p.m..
However, Swampcats head coach Jay Atkins is taking nothing for granted.
"We feel pretty good about our chances," Atkins said. "It just depends on how the pins fall. We like our chances, but I feel like there is a lot more competition this year."
LMA defeated Heathwood Hall by 51 pins last year to defend its state title. Seth Stamps, who finished third in the individual championship last year, and Mark Lupori, who was fourth after being second the year before, return along with Gregory Morris.
Joining the trio are Harley Sandifer and Hayden Griffin.
"This is a big deal for us," Atkins said. "We'd like to be able to win three in a row."
Robert E. Lee Academy and Thomas Sumter Academy will have teams in the boys division. The REL team includes Carter Boykin, Daniel Atkinson, Ronnie Criswell, Richard Frazier, Jack Laney, Quinn Brewer and Tallon McPherson. The TSA team is made up of Royce Rembert, Logan Long, Jarret Heutmann, Garrett Haseler and Tristan Furrow.
For the second straight year, SCISA will be offering championships for boys, girls and co-ed. LMA will have a team in each division.
The format remains the same for all three -- after three games are bowled, the top four teams advance to the championship round. Scores are dropped, and after three more games, the total number of pins decides the champ.
Atkins likes his co-ed team's chances as well. It is led by sixth-grader Joshua Stevena and Emillee Byrd, who finished third in the girls individual championship. The others are Bailey Gotheinar, Matthew Burns and Cam Branham.
Wilson Hall finished second in the co-ed division last year, but only of those player, Alex Blum, is back. Lauren Robello and Hayley DuBose are playing on the girls team this year.
Joining Blum are Brady Campbell, Caroline Chelen, Gabrielle Gregory, Chanson Bullard and McKenzie Helms.
The TSA team includes Carrington Turner, Kendall Peckham, Jackson Gaulke,
Phillip Carino and Caleb Burns.
The REL co-ed team is made up of Emily Hopkins, Cade Cottingham, Marcus Mathias, Claire Parnell and Caroline Welch.
Thomas Sumter finished second in the girls division last year, but it is not fielding a team this year.
Along with DuBose and Robello, the WH team includes Ashley Cranshaw, Emily Bell, Kelly Brady and Bridget Anderson.
The LMA team is made up of Alysa Gotheinar, Kayla Mack, Isabella Harris, Hannah Branham and Grace Lasseighne. The REL team includes Santana Christmas, Kaitlyn Hancock, Caroline Johnson, Courtney King and Maddy Sims.
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