The Sidney High School boys set the stage for the big showdown a week from today in high school bowling action by defeating the Fairborn Skyhawks in action at Fairborn Wednesday.
The scores were 2373 to 2207, and it kept the Yellow Jackets undefeated on the year at 12-0, including 9-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North standings.
The Jackets’ next match is today against Vandalia at Bel-Mar Lanes, and it’s shaping up to be a battle of unbeatens. Vandalia was 8-0 in the North and 9-0 overall, but did have a match Thursday night against Tipp City.
Against Fairborn, Sidney was led by Josh Abbott. He opened with a 257 game and followed with a 180 for a 437 series.
Right behind him at 430 was Matt Elliott, with games of 204 and 226.
Austin Simon was just four pins behind Elliott with 202 and 224 games for a 426, and Sean Martin had a 396 on games of 197 and 199.
“This was a good match against an up and coming team,” said Sidney coach Trent Knoop. “We handled ourselves well overall tonight. We had some big-time shots made when needed. I thought Matt Elliott rolled the ball great again. For the past week he is rolling it as good as anyone.”
Sidney had 1998 in regular games and 375 in baker games of 175 and 200.
• The Sidney girls were also victorious in a close match, winning by just 56 pins, 2190 to 2134.
The Lady Jackets were led by an outstanding series from Jenna Beatty. She had games of 243 and 247 for a 490 series.
Cameron Fogle had a 389 on games of 184 and 205, Heather Gold had a 255 on a 301 and 154, Kathryn Saunders had a 154 and a 180 for a 334, and Bethany Yinger had a 319 that included a 187 game.
“The girls also bowled well against a solid Fairborn team,” Knoop said. “We had some girls really step up tonight. Jenna Beatty is having an excellent season. Her mental game and spare shooting are way up. Cameron Fogle stepped up tonight and bowled her career high.”
Sidney had 1887 in regular games and 303 in baker.
The junior varsity girls were also victorious.
Today’s match with Vandalia is also a big one for the girls. Both have just two losses in American North action, and that puts them just one game behind league-leading Troy.
The Sidney girls are 7-2 in the North and 7-5 on the season.