Sidney’s bowling teams had a busy four-day stretch starting last Friday. The Yellow Jackets swept Greenville on Friday, played in the Jaguar Baker Marathon on Saturday and swept Tippecanoe on Monday.
The Yellow Jackets beat Tippecanoe 2,433-2,054 at Troy Bowl on Monday. The win improves the team to 13-1 overall and 10-1 in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play.
Jaxon Rickey led Sidney with games of 245 and 237 for a 482 series. Harrison Fisher had a 419 series and Lucas Finke had a 413 series.
“A very nice win tonight,” Sidney coach Trent Knoop said. “Tipp has been good at home all season, so we knew we needed to perform tonight. The trio of Rickey, Fisher, and Finke really stepped up tonight. We may not have won tonight if it weren’t for those three. They bowled great. It’s nice to see the young ones on the team (Rickey and Fisher) step up for us when we need them to.”
The girls beat Tippecanoe 1,817-1,709 to improve to 6-8 overall and 6-5 in league play.
Camryn Smith led Sidney with a career-high series of a 384. Jenna Beatty had a 338 series and Courtney Bridenbaugh had a 273 series.
“This was our third-straight win now,” Knoop said. “This was also our highest scoring match of the season. This was a great confidence booster for the team. Camryn bowled great tonight, as well. She has improved tremendously from last season to this year. It’s like watching a completely different girl out there. She has worked hard to improve, and it’s showing.”
The JV boys won on Monday as well. Logan Finke led the team with a 424 series. Brodey Morrow added a 371 series.
Jaguar Baker Marathon
Each team bowled 16 baker games in the Jaguar Baker Marathon on Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. The top eight teams made it to best two out of three matchplay. There were 27 teams that competed.
The boys team shot a 3,069 for the 16 baker games for sixth place going into matchplay. The Yellow Jackets faced third seed Jonathan Alder in the first round and lost 2-0 to finish at sixth.
“We had a lot early miscues in the beginning of the day. But, we really finished well during qualifying,” Knoop said. “We even had a 280 baker game in there. I was proud had we didn’t give up when the games got rough, but rather we stood strong as a team, and executed well toward the end of qualifying.
“Once we got into matchplay, Alder just bowled extremely well. We didn’t bowl bad, but they just bowled well. It was still a good showing overall.”
The girls shot a 2,101 for the 16 baker games for 17th place and didn’t qualify for matchplay.
“We had a few solid games in there, but we had a lot of struggles as well,” Knoop said. “The oil pattern was tough on Saturday, and spare shooting was still an issue. We have been bowling much better as of late, so I look for that to continue this week.”
Yellow Jackets sweep Greenville
The boys squad beat the Green Wave 2,477-1,875 on Friday at Bel-Mar Lanes to improve to 12-1 overall and 9-1 in GWOC American North play. Jaxon Rickey had a 464 series, Austin Simon had a 450 series and Lucas Finke had a 395 series.
“Another solid win for the boys,” Knoop said. “We shot spares much better on Friday, and that was great to see. We were having some recent struggles with the spare game, and that will go a long way once tournament time comes around. Always need to shoot spares well.”
The girls team beat Greenville 1,535-1,490 to move to 5-8 and 5-5, respectively. Jenna Beatty had a 362 series, Jenesis Jones had a 295 series and Camryn Smith had a 147 game.
“This is the first winning streak we have been on all year,” Knoop said. “So, this was a big win. They keep fighting hard, and that’s what we need to see game-in and game-out. Very proud of the girls.”
The JV boys won Friday as well. Logan Finke had a 384 series. The team had a 247 baker game as well, which was a season-high.