The Miami Trace Panthers boys bowling team opened the 2015-16 season taking on Unioto at Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe on Nov. 17.
Miami Trace won the match, 2,145 to 2,084.
Senior Nate Anderson led Miami Trace with a two-game series score of 384 (games of 193 and 191).
Senior Jameson Rowland rolled a two-game series of 383 (195 and 188).
Junior Devan Harmon was next with a 371 (226 and 145).
Junior Austin Pickens bowled a 343 (140 and 203) and sophomore Jackson Perkins had a score of 288 (125 and 163).
Miami Trace had Baker game scores of 207 and 169. Baker games are when five members of the team each bowl two frames.
On Dec. 1, Miami Trace bowled against Westfall at Grove City.
Miami Trace won the match with a team score of 2,062. Westfall’s final team score was not available, but, they had a 1,372 prior to their two Baker games.
Devan Harmon led the Panthers with a 390 (scores of 165 and 225).
Sophomore Blake Bradshaw bowled a 378 (214 and 164).
Jameson Rowland rolled a two-game series score of 371 (213 and 158).
Nate Anderson had a two-game series score of 309 (158 and 151).
Jackson Perkins had a 138 game and Austin Pickens had a 184 game.
Miami Trace had Baker game scores of 148 and 144.
On Dec. 2, Miami Trace competed against the Washington Blue Lions.
Washington won this match, 2,475 to 2,368.
Jameson Rowland led the Panthers with a 402 (167 and 235).
Nate Anderson rolled a 355 (192 and 163); Jackson Perkins had games of 182 and 170 for a 352 series; Devan Harmon had a 346 series (171 and 175) and Blake Bradshaw had a 317 (159 and 158).
Miami Trace rolled Baker game scores of 182, 223 and 191.
On Dec. 5, Miami Trace traveled to Wellston and won that match, 1,846 to 1,440.
Jackson Perkins led the Panthers with a 354 (156 and 198).
Devan Harmon was next with a 321 (142 and 179).
Nate Anderson rolled a 302 (136 and 166); Jameson Rowland had a 291 score (126 and 165) and Blake Bradshaw had a 261 (129 and 132).
Miami Trace had Baker game scores of 175 and 142.
On Dec. 7, Miami Trace hosted Zane Trace.
The Panthers beat the Pioneers, 2,411 to 1,758.
Nate Anderson bowled a near-perfect score of 299 and another game of 174 for a 473 two-game series.
Devan Harmon had a two-game score of 416 (208 and 208).
Jameson Rowland had a two-game series score of 377 (207 and 170).
Jackson Perkins had games of 165 and 181 for a two-game total of 346.
Blake Bradshaw had a 127 game and Austin Pickens had a 142 game.
The Panthers had Baker game scores of 190, 191 and 149.
Anderson was on the verge of a perfect game when he rolled the last ball.
“I should have had the last ball,” Anderson said. “It was the best ball I threw all night. It just didn’t happen. I left the 10-pin.
“It is what it is,” Anderson said. “I’m going to keep shooting for that 300 game. I have high expectations for myself. I averaged 210 last year and I want to improve that.”
On Dec. 8, Miami Trace competed against Clinton-Massie in an SCOL match at Royal Z Lanes in Wilmington.
The Falcons won this match, 2,329 to 2,241.
Nate Anderson led the Panthers with a 373 (182 and 200); Jackson Perkins had a 373 (149 and 224); Jameson Rowland had a 323 (games of 169 and 154); Devan Harmon had a two-game series score of 318 (177 and 141) and Blake Bradshaw had a 250 (scores of 145 and 105).
Miami Trace had Baker game scores of 219, 209 and 154.
On Dec. 12 in the Jonathan Alder Bash at Plain City (all Baker games), Miami Trace was seventh out of 10 teams.
On Monday, Dec. 14, Miami Trace hosted McClain and won that match, 2,504 to 2,105.
Devan Harmon had a two-game series score of 472 (269 and 203).
Blake Bradshaw had a two-game series of 417 (194 and 223).
Nate Anderson had games of 203 and 202 for a 405 series.
Jackson Perkins had a series of 363 (152 and 211) and Jameson Rowland had a 328 (159 and 169).
Miami Trace had Baker game scores of 204, 149 and 166.
That gave Miami Trace at that time a record of 5-2 overall, 1-2 in the SCOL.
Harmon is in his third season on the Miami Trace bowling team.
“My career high score is 290,” Harmon said. “(The 269) was better than what I had been doing. I’m proud of that. I’m averaging 221 right now.
“My expectations for the team are just to grow and get better,” Harmon said. “We are coming together and we’ll hopefully win more games.”
“When the boys keep their heads in it, they can bowl,” Miami Trace coach Ron Amore Sr. said. “They have a tendancy to let their minds wander a little bit. And, that’s kids. That’s not unusual.
“To me, the key to this game is to focus on every shot,” Amore Sr. said. “Whether you’re shooting your spare or your first shot. It doesn’t matter. If you can focus on your shot and hit your target, then you can make adjustments.
“I tell the kids, and this is the fourth year I’ve (coached the team), nothing beats accuracy and consistency in this game,” Amore Sr. said. “I don’t care if you’re hooking the ball half the lane, or throwing it dead straight; you have to be accurate and consistent. Sometimes they have a hard time dealing with that.
“Just like Nate, the night he shot the 299,” Amore Sr. said. “He asked me to work with him special one night and I did. I got him going pretty good and the next match, he shoots a 299 and he couldn’t believe it.
“We have a pretty good team,” Amore Sr. said. “But, I think they could be better and it’s my job to make them better. If I was happy with them the way they are, I guess I wouldn’t be doing my job.”
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