It was a good day for Taylor County athletics as the Cardinals swept the boys’ and girls’ team titles in the KHSAA Bowling State Championship Friday at Collins Eastland.
Taylor County’s boys defeated Paul Laurence Dunbar to claim their first title. They rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win 3-1 in the best-of-five finals.
Dunbar, seeded 14th after a score of 1,084 in the qualifying round, became the highest-seeded team to ever advance to the finals of either tournament.
On the girls’ side, Taylor County upended Central Hardin three games to one. It set a new girls’ record and matched a non-gender specific record by becoming the first 10-seed to win the tournament. Simon Kenton, which defeated top-seed Pleasure Ridge Park in the 2013 boys’ finals, was the first to win as a 10-seed.
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Taylor County won its second girls’ team championship and remained the only school aside from Pleasure Ridge Park, which has won three times, to take the state girls’ title.
The No. 1 seed reached the finals in the first four girls’ tournaments and had won in it three times prior to Friday. Central Hardin was seeded ninth overall. It knocked off No. 8 Bryan Station, No. 1 Harrison County and No. 12 Daviess County to get to the final round.