By Rob Kiser
WEST CARROLLTON — It was a game Piqua sophomore Austin Jenkins won’t soon forget.
And one for the Piqua High School record books.
On Monday night at Capri Lanes, Jenkins entered territory never entered by a Piqua bowler in the Indians 2,030-1,607 victory over the Rams.
Jenkins started his second game with 11 straight strikes, before getting his seven on his final ball for a 297.
“Definitely, there were a lot of nerves at the end,” Jenkins said. “I told myself, you just have to do it one more time. You have done it before (11 times). But, I tugged it a little. I knew as soon as I let it go. I missed my mark and ended up getting seven (pins).”
Ironically, Jenkins had bowled just a 138 the first game despite feeling like he had a good line.
“I just kept missing my mark,” Jenkins said. “And i wasn’t getting my spares, because I was frustrated over missing my mark. I just had to make an adjustment and hit my mark. That is all it took.”
As the second game went on, the excitement built.
“A few people started to gather during the sixth, seventh and eighth frames,” Jenkins said. “But, it wasn’t anything thing real noticeable.”
But, all that changed in the 10th frame.
“There was a crowd there by the 10th frame,” Jenkins said. “It is that feeling you get when you know people are watching you.”
Still, his first two balls were perfect in the 10th frame.
“I hit my mark every ball (until the last one),” Jenkins said. “There might have been one or two (strikes) that were a little bit lucky. I was nervous about in the tenth frame. But, I was able to hit my mark on those first two.”
And even though his chase for perfection came up a little short, Jenkins can’t wait to get back out there.
And he won’t have to wait long. Piqua will return to the same Capri Lanes Thursday to bowl against West Carrollton.
“I talked to people who have bowled 300 games,” Jenkins said. “They told me next next time you won’t feel that nervousness and that shaking in your legs — and there was a lot of that. The way I look at it is you are going to have good games and bad games.
“I can hope to have 290 games, but is not going to happen every game. You just have to do your best. I just feel proud of what I was able to accomplish. And my teammates were all there supporting me. That meant a lot.”
Travis Smith added a 216 game and 331 series for the Indians.
Ethan Gevedon added a 176 while Nick Jess had a 170. Anthony Brandon added games of 159 and 142.
In the baker games the boys had games of 188 and 178,
The boys were coming off an 11th-place finish at the GWOC preseason tournament with 8,543.
Travis Smith finished 15th overall with games of 212, 202 and 178 for a 592 series.
Other Piqua scores included Nick Jess 167-176-185—528; Austin Jenkins 162-184-176—522; and Shane Kerrigan 216-145-138—499.
get easy win
TROTWOOD — The Piqua girls bowling team also won Monday, defeating Trotwood-Madison 1,647-1,308 at Capri Lanes.
Rayna Brownlee rolled games of 171 and 198 for a 369 series, while Katie Sherman added a 159 game.
“We started well tonight as we jumped out to a decent lead after the first game,” Piqua girls coach Jason Jenkins said. “Rayna (Brownlee) carried us through the second game with her 198 as some of the other girls struggled getting the pins to fall the second game. They are still working on getting use to synthetic lanes compared to Piqua’s wood lanes. We are making great strides and they will do good things for weeks to come.”
Piqua was coming off a 14th-place finish at the GWOC preseason tournament.
Rayna Brownlee led Piqua with games of 165, 150 and 154 for a 469 series.
Kyra Buchanan had games of 143, 161 and 129 for a 433 series, while Chloe Koon had games of 164, 125 and 135 for a 364 series.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Piqua Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.