By Rob Kiser
Coming into his freshman season, Piqua bowler Austin Jenkins had high hopes.
“You always hope for the best,” he said. “But, you can’t expect everything.”
Jenkins has done a pretty good job so far — although he would be the first to tell you it is all about the team.
Jenkins and the team have made some history recently.
In the Pirate Challenge at Capri Lanes, Jenkins became the first Piqua bowler to win a tournament.
He rolled a 684 series on games 236, 218 and 230.
“I had never bowled there before,” he said. “You goal is always to be the best. In practice, I kept rolling strike after strike and I thought, ‘This is going to be a pretty good day.’”
But, Jenkins talks just as glowingly about what the team accomplished that day.
“For us to be in the top six and make it to the semifinals, that was amazing,” he said.
The team took it to another level Tuesday night at Treaty Lanes in Greenville.
En route to a 2,396-1978 over the Wave, they set a new single game school record with a 1,046 total.
In that game Travis Smith rolled a 235, Mitch Havenar had a 218, Austin Jenkins and Shane Kerrigan had 210s and Kyle Ingle had a 178.
“To think we set a record, that is always pretty exciting,” Jenkins said. “We didn’t know about it until we were on the way home.”
Smith added a 198 for a 433 series, while Ingle added a 231 for a 404 series.
Logan Hall rolled a 173, Jenkins added a 170 for a 380 series and Havenar added a 159 for a 377 series.
Piqua had baker games of 222 and 197.
And while Piqua’s record of 6-7 overall and 4-4 in the GWOC North is a little deceiving, Jenklins expects there to be big things ahead for the Indians.
“We have the possibility of bowling in at least three more tournaments,” Jenkins said about the GWOC, sectionals and district. “I definitely think we can do that. The goal is to go back to district and place higher than we did last year.”
The Piqua girls beat Greenville 1,894-1,841.
Piqua rallied from a 71-pin deficit after the first game, taking the lead in the first baker game and keeping it.
LeAnn Beaty led the way for the Ladies with a series of 368 (169-199) and Whitney Biddle had a series of 330 (159-171).
Piqua will host Vandalia-Butler tonight in the final home match of the season.
It is a big match for the girls, with Troy and Piqua 6-2 in the GWOC North and Vandalia-Butler at 5-2.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.