The Sidney High girls bowling team suffered its first loss of the season in action Wednesday at Huber Heights, losing to Wayne 2290-2068.
Sidney was led by Jenna Beatty with a 400 series on games of 187 and 213. Heather Gold had games of 180 and 193 for a 373, Emily Reid 149 and 186 for a 335, and Morgan Carey 172 and 160 for a 332. Ariona Grisham rolled a 153 game.
“Honestly, our girls did not bowl bad at all,” said Sidney coach Trent Knoop. I want to give Wayne all of the credit. They lost their best two bowlers to graduation, and they were really good bowlers. But they were able to reload again this season and they bowled tremendously. I’m proud of our young team going to their house and competing well. Better to get that tough loss out of the way early, and it was a great learning experience for them.”
• The girls came back on Thursday and defeated Fort Loramie 1797-1487 at Bel-Mar to raise their season mark to 5-1.
Gold led Sidney with a 335 series on games of 164 and 171. Beatty had the high single game for Sidney of 184 and Grisham added a 161 and a 144 for a 305 series.
Fort Loramie was led by Julie May, who had games of 152 and 162 for a 314 series.
“The girls struggled adjusting to the lanes,” said Knoop. “They worked great together tonight, and they did a great job of picking each other up. Our two seniors, Emily Reid and Ariona Grisham, do a fabulous job keeping the girls focused and upbeat. They are great leaders. Just like the boys, once we get our spare shooting down, this will be a great team as well.”
The Sidney boys are 4-2 after losing to Wayne and defeating Loramie.
At Wayne, Sidney lost 2,314-2,239. The Jackets were led by Jamie Wallis with a 372 on games of 214 and 158, and Damon Huffman with a 358 on games of 185 and 173.
Sidney’s best individual game was a 235 rolled by Matt Elliott in his only game. Josh Abbott rolled a 209 and Austin Simon a 179.
“We hit a road block against Wayne,” Knoop began. “Wayne is a good team, but we flat out lost this match. The boys started off with a good 1022 start, but followed that up with a 788. We beat ourselves, plain and simple. We were too caught up in throwing strikes. We forgot the main key in bowling — spares. We missed so many easy spares on Wednesday, and that’s what separated us from Wayne. Wayne did a great job covering all of their spares.”
• Against Loramie, Sidney won 2,345-2,068.
Simon was on his game, rolling a 237 and a 245 for a 482. Wallis had a 235 and a 187 for a 433, and Elliott a 175 and a 170 for a 345. Huffman added a 182 and a 159, and Abbott rolled a 216 in his only game.
Riley Holland led the Redskins with games of 166 and 216.
“I’m very happy to see Austin (Simon) do well tonight,” Knoop said. “He has struggled a little bit recently. Austin is a great bowler, and I knew he would get it figured out soon. I’m excited to see him continually improve throughout the season. Overall, I still want to see better spare shooting from our team, but a win is a win. After losing a match, it’s great to come back home and get a win, especially against a neighboring school.”