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Bowling Coach of the Year Jay Atkins From Laurence Manning Talks About His Team’s One Point Title Win Over cardinal Newman LMA Bowlers Win Their Fourth Straight SCISA Bowling Title By One Pin Over Cardinal Newman

Bowling Coach of the Year Jay Atkins From Laurence Manning Talks About His Team’s One Point Title Win Over cardinal Newman LMA Bowlers Win Their Fourth Straight SCISA Bowling Title By One Pin Over Cardinal Newman 

By Billy G. Baker

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Columbia—You will not find a parking space nor a place to sit once a year in late February when the Gamecock Bowling Lanes in Sumter host the annual SCISA bowling championship.

Things could not have been m ore tense when Laurence Manning Academy bowler Set Stamps needed to knock down just six pins on his final throw in the 10th frame and that would give the Swampcats a one pin over Cardinal Newman in the state finals. No kidding the 6th pin wobbled like it could go either way and when it fell the Swampcats fans on hand had won their fourth straight bowling title.

 “Seth needed to knock down at least six pins in order for us to win on his final roll of the match and he has a big hook, so the ball slipped a little out of his hand when he let it go,” said eight-year coaching veteran Jay Atkins. “When six pins dropped our fans and I erupted with joy. We had just won our fourth straight state bowling title, 501 to 500 over Cardinal Newman. We were ecstatic to say the least.”  

Coach Atkins, the HSSR-SCISA Bowling Coach of the Year for the second straight year thinks his bowlers winning a fourth straight state championship might be a new school record at LMA for any team at the school winning consecutive titles. “Coming into the finals we knew it was going to be close with Cardinal Newman because during the season our matches were always within 10 pins of each other,” said Coach Atkins.

SCISA started sanctioning bowling as a sport 11 years ago and Coach Atkins has been the LMA coach ever since the school started a bowling program 8 years ago. The team won a state title in 2011, finished runners-up twice, and they have now run off four titles in a row.

Other top Player of the Year bowling honors will go to Robert E. Lee’s Santana Christmas while Ethan Collier is the Male Bowler of the Year from Spartanburg Christian. Numerous other bowlers will be honored with all-state awards as well at Seawells today.


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