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Boyle bowling rolls through region

When the boys Region 8 singles bowling tournament was down to its final three competitors, Boyle County coach Zach Cooley had a predicament that not many coaches have to face.

How do you make a game plan when only your team remains?

Instead, Cooley huddled his team together before Montana Jarman and Bennett Coffey competed for the chance to take on fellow Rebel Parker Price.

Coffey won that matchup by a score of 226-163 and then won in the championship 213-197 to claim the regional championship.

On the girls side, Boyle’s Emily Readnour finished second place, falling to Corbin’s Mashayla Atherton in the finals.

But that wasn’t the end of the success for Boyle County bowling over the weekend.

The boys team walked out of Richmond the Region 8 champions after winning a hard fought battle over East Jessamine.

The Rebels entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and took down Pulaski in three games. In the second round, the Rebels got the better of Johnson Central in three as well. It was in the semifinals that Boyle had to play more than the minimum to win — getting the better of Corbin in four games. The Redhounds got the better of the Rebels in the first game —winning 202-182 — but Boyle battled back to win the next three in a row.

In the finals, Boyle saw an East Jessamine team fresh off upsetting their crosstown rival West Jessamine in the semifinals. It took all five games to decide the champion, and the teams alternated wins. Boyle got it done in the deciding game five by a score of 185-149.

The girls team was the No. 2 seed in the team tournament and had a familiar path — taking down Johnson Central in the second round before facing Corbin in the semifinals.

However, Corbin got the better of the Lady Rebels en route to winning the region — taking down East Jessamine in the finals.

Boyle will compete in the state championships in Louisville on Friday, Feb. 7.