AHSAA State Bowling Championships Find New Home at Mobile's 42-Lane Bowlero Mobile
Oct 3rd, 2023
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and the Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) announced Tuesday that Mobile has been awarded the AHSAA State Bowling Championship Tournament for 2024, 2025, and 2026. This will be the first time Mobile will host the state championship bowling tournament after having hosted the AHSAA South Regional Bowling Tournament several times in past years.
“The AHSAA is excited to announce this move,” said AHSAA Executive Director Alvin Briggs. “We have hosted several championships in Mobile including tennis and golf state championships. Bowling interest is growing rapidly with our member schools. We look forward to working with the City of Mobile and the Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) as we move forward. They have been outstanding hosts for our Alabama-Mississippi and North-South All-Star football games, and we look forward to working with them with our bowling championships. We owe much gratitude to our previous hosts at Gadsden and Pelham.”
The 2024 AHSAA State Bowling tournament will take place January 25-26, 2024, at Bowlero Mobile (formerly the Camellia Lanes), a 42-lane bowling center located in west Mobile. The center has recently undergone an extensive renovation in advance of the tournament. The tournament will feature 32 high school teams (16 boys’ and 16 girls’ teams) from across the state which will have advanced through the AHSAA area and regional playoffs. The state championships will include boys’ and girls’ competition in two divisions, Class 1A-5A and Class 6A-7A. The NFHS Network and AHSAA TV Network, in conjunction with executive producer WOTM TV, live streams the state bowling championship matches annually.
Bowling was approved as an AHSAA championship sport in 2016 with all schools competing in one boys’ division and one girls’ division. Since then, due to the sport’s growth, state champions are now crowned in two divisions for boys and girls. Pelham hosted the championships from 2016-2021. The state bowling championships moved to Gadsden the last two years. Winning the 2023 state bowling championships for the girls’ division were Beauregard High School (Class 1A-5A) and American Christian Academy (Class 6A-7A). Winning the boys’ state titles in 2023 were Etowah High School (Class 1A-5A), and Sparkman (Class 6A-7A).
Teams compete in eight regions in each division during the regular season with the top two teams in each region advancing to the North and South Regional Championships, respectively. The top four qualifiers at each regional then advances to the state championships in each division.
“We’re proud and humbled the AHSAA has awarded Mobile one of their prestigious state championship events. We appreciate the confidence the Central Board, Mr. Briggs, and his team have shown in us and we look forward to delivering a first-class event for the young student-athletes. We’ve enjoyed the growing partnership we have with the AHSAA leadership team, and we hope to earn the right to host more of their events in the future,” said Mobile Sports Authority Executive Director Danny Corte.
Bowlero Mobile General Manager, Caitlyn Johnson, concurred. “We at Bowlero Mobile are honored to have been chosen for the next three AHSAA State Bowling Championship Tournaments, a first time for Mobile. It’s been a very rewarding experience for me moving to this Bowlero location and I look forward to co-hosting the best high school bowlers in Alabama for the next three years!”
About the AHSAA:
The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is an independent agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private, and parochial institutions. Currently, there are 416 senior high members and 287 junior high and middle school members with more than 150,000 students participating in the program. Major aims of the AHSAA are to serve the needs of its member schools in conducting their interscholastic athletic programs and to assist member schools in reaching the educational objectives as established by their school systems. For more information, please visit www.ahsaa.com.
About The Mobile Sports Authority:
The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) is a non-profit sports commission formed in 2008 by the Mobile County Commission. The main mission is to create a positive economic and public relations impact for Mobile County, the City of Mobile, and the region through attracting, hosting, managing, and supporting sporting events. The MSA is the main point of contact for sports and sports-related activities for the Mobile County, AL area. For more information on MSA, please visit www.mobilesportsauthority.com.