The Sidney High boys bowling team just keeps adding to what has already been a spectacular season.
The latest story came on Monday from senior Josh Abbott in action at Bel-Mar Lanes.
Sidney was taking on Tipp City in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North action, trying to preserve its unbeaten record in dual-match play.
Any ideas the Red Devils had of upsetting the Jackets were squelched very quickly when Abbott rolled a perfect 300 in his first game.
That ties the school record that may be tied again in the future, but never broken. He joins Kegan Latimer, Austin Simon and his coach, Trent Knoop, as Sidney bowlers to roll a perfect game in high school competition.
“Josh was rolling the ball great tonight,” said Sidney’s Knoop. “Every one of his hits were right on the money, and the pins were getting obliterated. It was great to see him bowl so well today. He struggled Saturday in the tournament (Pirate challenge), but he was able to move past that, and roll a great ball today.”
Abbott followed his 300 game with a 248 game for an impressive 548 series to lead the Jackets to a 2541 to 1976 victory over the visiting Red Devils. The win gave Sidney an 11-0 mark in the American North and a 14-0 record overall heading into a match at Troy on Thursday.
Austin Simon also bowled well for the Jackets Monday, with games of 238 and 235 for a 478 series, and Matt Elliott had a 403 on games of 175 and 228.
Lucas Finke had a 351 on games of 179 and 172, and Damion Phillis rolled a 221 game.
Sidney had 2147 in regular games and a 394 in baker on games of 183 and 211.
The junior varsity team also won.
• Sidney competed in the Pirate Challenge at Capri Lanes in Dayton on Saturday and came away with a runner-up finish.
The Jackets qualified sixth out of 20 teams, to make it into match play and the best-of-three format.
Sidney beat Beavercreek 2-0 and Fairborn 2-0 before losing in the finals 2-0 to Miamisburg to finish second.
“We were so-so in qualifying but ended up getting hot in match play,” said Knoop. “I was proud to see that the boys didn’t give up when things got tough.”
Austin Simon led the Jackets with a three-game series of 588. His rounds were 231, 204 and 153, and it earned him all-tournament team honors.
Harrison Fisher had a 517 on games of 163, 203 and 151, Sean Martin had a 346 on games of 165 and 181, and Matt Elliott rolled a 188 game.
The Lady Jackets also defeated Tipp City, the score being 1912 to 1466.
Sidney moves to 8-3 in the American North and is now 8-6 overall heading into Thursday’s match at Troy.
Heather Gold led Sidney with a 408 series on games of 208 and 200, Jenna Beatty had back-to-back 190 games for a 380, and Kathryn Saunders had a 309 on games of 150 and 159.
Sidney had 1612 in regular games and 200 in baker.
“The girls got back on track after losing to Vandalia on Friday,” said Knoop. “We have now won six of our last eight matches. They are bowling great together right now, and it shows. Practices are going well, and it shows in the results when we have matches. Great to see as a coach.”
• The girls also competed in the Pirate Challenge at Capri Lanes on Saturday, and also did well. They qualified third to reach match play, then beat Fairborn 2-0 in the first round. But they then lost to eventual champion Beavercreek 2-0 to finish third.
“We bowled well all day, and bowled well as a team, but we ran into a tough Beavercreek team,” Knoop said.
Gold led the Lady Jackets with a 564 on games of 209, 181 and 174.
Jenna Beatty had games of 170, 146 and 158 for a 474 series, and Kathryn Saunders had a 445 series. Cameron Fogle’s lone game was a 171.