Team Smyrna win U.S. National High School Bowling Championships

Team Smyrna's bowling team recently won the United States High School National Championships. Team members are, front row, from left, Elizabeth Coutta, James Boone and Timothy Smith. Back row, from left, Josh Meeke, Xavier Powell-Short, Blake Davis, Aaron Roe, Zack Taylor and coach Kelly Marlin. Not pictured: coach Sonya Powell-McLean. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Team Smyrna bowling turned in a record-setting performance at the recent United States National High School National Championship in Indianapolis, Ind.

The team of bowlers, comprised of Smyrna High School students, won the national title by defeating Centerville of Ohio.

Team Smyrna bowled the highest game ever (1,236) at Nationals, and became the first co-ed team and first team from Tennessee to win the national championship. Earlier this year the group were part of Smyrna High School's state championship team.

"We did have aspirations of winning, but I don't know if we thought we would win," Team Smyrna coach Sonya Powell-McLean said. "There were teams from 47 different states like Alaska and Hawaii. They were all just as good as us, but it was a matter of us wanting it more. We were able to break some records and it was great for the kids.

"We're very proud and it was the same team comprised of the team that won the state this year."

Smyrna defeated Centerville 635-593 in the championship match.

Team members included Josh Meeke, Xavier Powell-Short, Blake Davis, Aaron Roe,Zack Taylor, Kelly Marlin, Elizabeth Coutta, Timothy Smith and James Boone.  

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