Bryan Station junior wins girls' state bowling title

mfields@herald-leader.comFebruary 8, 2013 

Crystal Land, a Bryan Station junior, beat her good friend, Scott County freshman Sarah Doyle, in the finals of the Ebonite KHSAA Bowling State Championships at Executive Strike and Spare in Louisville.

Crystal Land can claim family bragging rights after winning the girls' state high school singles bowling title on Thursday.

Land, a Bryan Station junior, beat her good friend, Scott County freshman Sarah Doyle, in the finals of the Ebonite/KHSAA Bowling State Championships at Executive Strike and Spare in Louisville.

"Last year I came in seventh, so my goal was to improve," Land said. "It was really exciting to win. It's a great accomplishment."

Land comes from a family of bowlers.

Jim Land, her dad, said he met his wife, Danette, in a bowling alley.

"Everybody in my family bowls," Crystal said. "Not just my mom and dad. My grandmother and great-grandmother did, too. And all my cousins bowl."

Crystal, who started bowling when she was 2, has been one of the state's top youth bowlers for years. She won the Kentucky Open in 2011, and the state Pepsi tournament in 2012.

When the KHSAA started sanctioning a bowling championship last year, Land figured to be a contender.

In Thursday's competition, Land advanced past the first round with a three-game set of 640 (224, 202, 214). She rolled a 215 and 237 to push her total to 1,092. That earned her the top seed in the finals.

The championship was a showdown between friends. Land and Doyle bowl together often, and are on the same team in a Saturday morning league at Eastland.

Land, who lost to Doyle in the region, said she didn't feel any pressure in the finals. "I was actually really calm. I just concentrated real hard."

It showed. She won 233 to 195, and took home the state championship plaque.

Kiefer Hillerich, a senior at Manual, won the boys' singles title. He beat teammate Kyle Abell 222-210 in the finals.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337 Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com

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