Pendleton County High School had a big day Tuesday in the KHSAA Region 5 bowling championships, sweeping the team and singles championships.
In the team championship, Pendleton defeated Campbell County 3-1 in the Baker match finals. Both teams advance to next week’s state tournament.
PC, the top seed in qualifying, defeated Bishop Brossart 3-0 and Newport Central Catholic 3-2, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to edge the fourth seed Thoroughbreds 190-168 in the decisive fifth game. The Wildcats then averaged 220 in their three victories in the final and 187 overall in the match play.
Pendleton County’s Kyan Brewer won the singles championship. He shot a 715, averaging 238, in the stepladder bracket, including a 202-196 win over his brother Koby Brewer.
Campbell edged Simon Kenton 3-2 in the semis to advance, winning the fifth game 191-156. The Camels averaged 178 in match play.
Kyan Brewer beat Charlie Wells of Campbell County 234-192 in the semifinal match then fired a near-perfect 279 in the finals to beat top seed Jacob Billiter of Simon Kenton 279-171.
All four of those players advance to next week’s state tournament.
Billiter was the top seed after shooting 1,072 in qualifying, a 214.4 average. Wells shot 1,052 and Kyan Brewer 1,044.
Four players won semifinal medals: JD Hitt of Campbell County, Aidan McMahon of Newport Central Catholic, and SK teammates Trevor Lee and Travis Owens.
In the girls tourney Monday, Campbell County won the team championship. The top-seeded Camels defeated NCC 3-0 and Highlands 3-1 in the final, averaging 181 in match play. Campbell and Highlands qualified for state. Highlands beat Simon Kenton 3-1 to advance, averaging 173 in match play.
Campbell is the defending state team champion and will go for another one next week.
Highlands’ Abby Bach won the singles championship, defeating three-time defending champion and Campbell County senior Kaylee Hitt 177-171 in the final. Bach defeated Campbell’s Jadyn Taylor in the semis 219-171. Taylor beat Annabelle Wilson of Simon Kenton 189-137 in the first round. All four advance to state.
Hitt was the top seed by a wide margin, shooting a 1,086 in qualifying (217.2 average), including a 269 game.
Semifinal medalists were Kayla Watkins of Campbell County, Tessa Killen of Highlands, Rachel Holaday of Dayton and Lily Bauer of Simon Kenton.
The Region 5 adapted competition will take place Wednesday afternoon.
The state tournament is March 22-24 at Executive Strike & Spare in Louisville.
The boys compete Monday, March 22, with the team competition starting at 8:15 a.m. the singles beginning at 6:40 p.m. The girls competitors follow the same schedule on Tuesday, and the unified and adapted competitors bowling at 11 a.m. Wednesday.