The Sidney High boys bowling team bounced back from its only loss of the season last week to win a key match Monday over Greenville in action at Bel-Mar Lanes.
The final score was 2443 to 1782, and the victory gave the Yellow Jacket keglers a share of the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division with Vandalia, which defeated Tipp City Monday night. Both teams ended up 14-1 in division play and took turns beating each other.
It is the fourth consecutive year that Sidney has won the North title, the last three being outright championships with 10-0 records.
The Jackets ended up 17-1 overall in head-to-head matches.
“I thought we bowled very well (Monday night), and continued our successful season,” said coach Trent Knoop. “It was nice getting our three senior boys (Josh Abbott, Matt Elliott and Brock Fleming) one final win at home. They will leave a lasting impact on the team.
“We have GWOC coming up on Saturday, then we go straight into tournament play,” he continued. “We have been bowling great for over a month now. We just have to keep performing like we have, during tournament time, and I think we will be fine. We look to have a good week of practice before GWOC, and go in there will a good mind set.”
Against Greenville, Abbott and Austin Simon led the way, both rolling 491 series. Abbott had games of 257 and 234, and Simon 223 and a team-high 268.
Elliott also bowled well, with a 437 on games of 236 and 201. Sean Martin had a 188 game and Fleming a 179.
Sidney had 2073 after regular games and a 370 in baker, including a 203 in the second game.
The Jackets will compete in the GWOC Tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Poelking Lanes South in Dayton.
Final GWOC North
• Division co-champions
The Sidney High girls finished the season with a win over Greenville, the score being 1796 to 1627.
The Lady Jackets end up in third place in the American North with a 10-5 record and wound up 10-8 overall.
Heather Gold led Sidney with a 408 on games of 236 and 172. Kathryn Saunders had a 157 game.
“All five seniors (Heather Gold, Kathryn Saunders, Cameron Fogle, Bethany Yinger, and Allison Ickes) got the start tonight, and they all did a good job, and walked out with a win on their last night of regular play,” said Knoop. “They will all be missed. As coaches, we can teach fundamentals, but we can’t teach experience, and that will be missed.
“After a slow start, I think the girls ended up having a very good regular season,” he added. “They worked great as a team during their big stretch of victories, and we look for that to carry over into tournament play.”
Final GWOC North