Paul McRae

Franklin County's Paul McRae rears back to deliver the ball down the lane during the boys state championship tournament Thursday at the Smyrna Bowling Center. McRae would finish 15th at the event in a field of 59 competitors.

Franklin County High School bowler Paul McRae competed in the boys state championship tournament Thursday at the Smyrna Bowling Center and finished 15th in a field of 54 competitors.

McRae was one of three Franklin County bowlers in action at the event with Haley Powell and Anna Fornecker both competing in the girls tournament.

McRae rolled a total of eight games for the day with four of them coming in the initial quarterfinal round in the morning and another four coming in the afternoon during the semifinals. He averaged a score of 180.5 per game with a total score of 1,444 pins for the event.

McRae started the day off with his lowest score as he bowled a 150 in his first game for the quarterfinals. He bounced back nicely afterward, however, with scores of 185, 192 and 171 in the remaining games for the round.

Out of the field of 59 competitors in the boys tournament, only 24 advanced to the semifinals. McRae would be the one to claim the 24th and final spot with his cumulative score of 698 edging out Signal Mountain’s Landyn Sanders and Bearden’s Ben Whitaker by just six pins.

The pin count for each remaining bowler carried over to the semifinal round, which meant McRae would need to greatly outperform a large majority of the field in order to rise in the standings with just six spots available for the finals.

The first semifinal game for McRae would see him record three strikes and four spares, but he also left three frames open for a score of 153.

McRae would recover from that performance with his best round of the day as he recorded a score of 242 in his second semifinal game. The strong round included seven straight strikes to start the game.

He would fall back a bit in his third game with a round that included three strikes, four spares and three open frames for a score of 159.

McRae closed out his tournament run with a strong score of 192. He got that score with five strikes and five spares in his final game.

His performance in the semifinals was enough to move him up nine spots in the standings, but he would come short of the qualifying standard for the finals by 75 pins.

The last spot for the next round would go to Dickson County’s Dusty Malone with a total pin count of 1,519 for the day. The top overall bowler across the quarterfinals and semifinals was Greenbrier’s Hunter Hardaway with a cumulative score of 1,688.

Powell and Fornecker had their respective tournament runs ended early as they both failed to qualify for the semifinals.

Fornecker finished 37th overall out of 54 competitors with a score of 596 across her four quarterfinals games.

Her highest score of the day would be a 171 which she rolled in her first game. She followed that with scores of 127, 132 and 166.

Powell’s highest point for the day would be a 178 in her second game of the quarterfinals. Her other rounds would come in at 121, 109 and 154 for a cumulative score of 562.

Powell would finish 42nd in the overall standings for the girls.

The final slot for the semifinals would be claimed by Hardin County’s Emily King with a score of 653 across her first four games.

The state tournaments marked the end of the bowling season for Franklin County.

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