KETTERING — The Sidney High boys bowling team extended its season Thursday by qualifying out of the Division 1 Sectional to the district tournament next Wednesday.
The Yellow Jackets competed at Poelking Woodman Lanes in Kettering Thursday and needed to finish in the top nine to advance. And that was not a problem, with the Jackets placing fourth with a 3959 score.
Centerville was first with 4219, Fairmont second with 4049 and Wayne third with 4019.
Also qualifying were Northmont, Beavercreek, Miamisburg, Vandalia and Tecumseh.
“We stayed between the fourth and sixth spots all day long,” said Sidney coach Trent Knoop. “We didn’t get any higher than fourth in the standings, or lower than sixth.
“I thought we bowled well today,” he added. “Austin Simon did a great job today and led the team most of the day. We came together as a team when we needed to, and picked each other up. It was a good team day. We will look to improve on a few areas this week, and come out firing at districts.”
Simon was outstanding, finishing runner-up in the tournament with a three-game series of 71, just three pins behind the winning bowler. Simon had games of 226, 234 and 251.
Josh Abbott had a 547 series on games of 186, 193 and 168. He placed 36th.
Damion Phillis had a two-game 340 series on games of 171 and 169, and Sidney had four more bowlers who made the most of the one game they bowled — Sean Martin had a 206, Lucas Finke 203, Matt Elliott 202 and Harrison Fischer 190.
advances to state
While Division 1 was in sectional action, Division 2 was in the district, meaning teams and individuals were trying to qualify for the State Bowling Tournament in district action Thursday at Beaver-Vu Lanes.
In the boys competition, Versailles topped off what has already been an excellent season by earning a berth in the state tournament. The top four teams advanced and Versailles was second with a 3646.
Urbana won with 3926, Graham was third with 3495 and Emmanuel Christian fourth with 3416.
Alex Groff led the Tigers with a 596, good enough for runner-up in the tournament. He had games of 221, 174 and 201.
Teammate Jacob Wenig was 24th with a 512 on games of 178, 164 and 170, and Kyle Cotner was 40th with a 475 on games of 151, 189 and 135. Aydan Moran bowled two games and had a 348 series with a 166 and a 182.
The Tigers will bowl at state next Friday and Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
In the girls competition, the top three teams advanced, and they were Northwestern, Mechanicsburg and Kenton Ridge.
Versailles finished in sixth place and the Russia girls were 16th. Neither had any individuals make the cut.
Versailles was led by Morgan Heitkamp, who was 10th with a 495 series on games of 154, 176 and 165.
Russia was led by Destiny Osborne in 32nd place with a 434 series that included a 199 game.