Sidney’s boys bowling team finished in second place while the girls finished in 14th place in the Greater Western Ohio Conference postseason tournament on Saturday at Poelking South.
The format was three regular games and six baker games, then the top eight teams faced off for best three out of five match play. The top eight individuals made the All-Tournament team.
Sidney’s boys team rolled a 1,081, 1,118 and 966 for a 3,165 total in the three regular games. The Yellow Jackets then shot a 1,103 in baker for a grand total of a 4268, which qualified them for first for matchplay.
Sidney faced Wayne in the first round and beat them 3-2, faced Troy in the final four and beat them 3-2 and faced Beavercreek in the finals and lost to them 3-2.
Jaxon Rickey led the team with games of 256, 223 and 189 for a 668 series. Rickey finished fifth overall, which got him on the All-Tournament team. Damion Phillis (ninth place) had a 652 series. Austin Simon (12th) had a 648 series and Lucas Finke (17th) had a 618 series.
“I am extremely happy with the tournament,” Sidney coach Trent Knoop said. “Days like today make my job much easier. They were in a great rhythm right from the start. They worked well together, and they made very good shots all day long.
“I know we were wanting to come into the tournament and make a statement. I think we did just that. Time to have a couple good practices this week before sectionals on Wednesday.”
The girls had three regular games were a 606, 693 and 845 for a 2,144. Sidney then rolled 881 for the baker games for a grand total of 3,025, good for 14th place.
Jenna Beatty led the team with games of 160, 204 and 247 for a 611 series. She placed fourth overall and made All-Tournament team. Camryn Smith had a 456 series and Nickaylee Hastings had a 418 series.
“We didn’t make matchplay, but we finished well,” Knopp said. “We had an 845 our last regular team game, and that’s one of the higher games we’ve had this season. We’re going to have a couple practice sessions on the oil pattern for sectionals. So, were looking to get a head start going into Thursday.”
- Austin Simon: GWOC North Player of the Year, first team all-GWOC American League. Simon had a 230.8 conference average on the year.
- Jaxon Rickey: first Team all-GWOC American League. Rickey had a 214.3 conference average.
- Lucas Finke: second Team all-GWOC American League. Finke had a 198.7 conference average
- Harrison Fisher: second Team all-GWOC American League. Fisher had a 197.7 conference average.
“Austin has had a great season this year,” Knoop said. “This is his second consecutive year he has received this award. He is one of the more consistent bowlers I have seen in high school. Simon is going to go down as one of the best bowlers in Sidney History.
“Jaxon is in his first season on varsity this year. It’s also his first full season bowling two-handed. Rickey worked extremely hard on his game this past summer, and it has shown. I think this is going to be one of many awards he is going to get during his career here at Sidney.
“Lucas has had a very good senior season. Finke has raised his average by 12 pins this season, and he has become a solid starter for me. Finke has a very smooth game, and it’s been fun watching him develop over the years. Lucas has really improved his spare game from last year.
“Harrison is in his first full season on varsity. Fisher had some varsity experience last year, but he has become a solid starter this season. Fisher also spent a lot of time on his game this past summer, and he deserved getting his GWOC award.”
- Jenna Beatty: second team all-GWOC American League. She had a 182.6 conference average on the year.
“Beatty has had a good senior season considering a lot of circumstances,” Knoop said. “Beatty had some shoulder surgery done this offseason, and didn’t even know if she was going to be able to bowl this year. So, she has come back very strong. Beatty puts in a lot of time practicing to get better, and I think her hard work has really paid off.”