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The 2022 TSSAA bowling state championships will be conducted Wednesday through Friday at Smyrna Bowling Center. 

TSSAA bowling state champions will be crowned this week in Smyrna.

Here’s what to know before things begin Wednesday.

Format: Individual and team championships will be awarded between Division I and Division II schools. Individual champions will be decided Wednesday, while team competition will play out Thursday and Friday.

When/where: Gates at Smyrna Bowling Center (95 Weakley Lane Smyrna, TN 37167) open at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday through Friday. Division I and II individual championships are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Team quarterfinal play will be conducted Thursday. Division I and II (boys and girls) team semifinals begin at 9 a.m. Friday, with the championships at 1 p.m.

The venue: Smyrna Bowling Center is hosting again, just as it has since bowling became a sanctioned sport in 2001. A hosting proposal from Hendersonville Strike and Spare failed to win over the TSSAA Board of Control at a meeting last June.

Smyrna Bowling Center is one of the largest and most modern bowling centers in the state of Tennessee, with more than 50,000 square feet of space and 52 lanes, according to the TSSAA.

Defending team champions: Hardin County (Division I boys); St. Benedict (Division II boys); Hardin County (Division I girls); Friendship Christian (Division II girls).

Defending individual champions: Devean Littlejohn, Hardin Valley (Division I boys); C.J. Petrin, Notre Dame (Division II boys); Kailee Channell, Hardin County (Division I girls); Lucy Garry, St. Benedict (Division II girls).

Division I boys quarterfinals: Beech (21-1) vs. Smyrna/Walker Valley; Dickson County (13-0) vs. Seymour (17-5); Hardin County (15-0) vs. Dobyns Bennett (15-0); Blackman (17-6) vs. Bartlett (9-1).

Division II boys quarterfinals: Lipscomb Academy (13-0) vs. Friendship Christian (11-4); St. Benedict (7-1) vs. McCallie (4-7); Columbia Academy (9-1) vs. Briarcrest (6-2); Boyd Buchanan (14-1) vs. Pope Prep (7-3).

Division I girls quarterfinals: Gatlinburg-Pittman (10-1) vs. Creek Wood (10-1); Stewarts Creek (9-4) vs. Bartlett (14-0); Carter (16-1) vs. Rhea County (12-6); Hardin County (15-0) vs. White House (7-1).

Division II girls quarterfinals: Friendship Christian (14-0) vs. St. Cecilia (5-5); St. Benedict (7-1) vs. GPS (7-1); Pope Prep (5-4) vs. St. Agnes (9-1); Boyd Buchanan (11-4) vs. Ezell-Harding (3-4).

Notable: Lipscomb Academy senior Jenna Hedgepath has signed with Vanderbilt, and enters as the Division II favorite. She won the 2020 individual title and was runner-up last year. Hedgepath and Smyrna’s Elizabeth Coutta are both trying to rectify their runner-up finishes last year. … Out of Nashville-area teams, Beech (21-1) enters with the best boys record and is in search of its first title. Dickson County (13-0) and Lipscomb Academy (13-0) are both unbeaten. … In Division I girls, Creek Wood (10-1) owns the best Midstate record, and will start play on the opposite side of the bracket of defending champion Hardin County (15-0). In Division II girls, defending champion Friendship Christian (14-0) is seeking its fifth title and second set of back-to-back titles (2018, 2019).

Tyler Palmateer covers high school sports for Main Street Nashville. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Palmateer has covered high school and college sports for nearly a decade. Find him on Twitter @tpalmateer83.

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