Seymour bowlers advance to semi-state, Hayes crowned regional champion

While the weather was threatening, the Seymour High School boys bowling team traveled to Rose City Bowl in New Castle for the regional competition on Saturday.

The oil pattern and the lanes made for a tough day for everyone, but the Owls came through.

After 12 baker games, Seymour had finished in fourth: The final advancing position.

The competition was close, with just 102 pins being the difference between fourth and first. However, the margin that mattered most was fourth and fifth, which was just three pins.

Seymour’s Colton Hayes finished with a 653 series to claim the championship.

Seymour’s Trace Cooper just missed the cut, finishing in 15th with a 558. Andre Sides rolled a 504 and Luke Lanam scored 491 for the Owls.

Other boys/coed teams from the Southeastern Indiana Conference that competed Saturday were Columbus North (10th) and Madison (eighth).

The South Ripley girls were also in competition Saturday, finishing in fourth place.

The singles competition proved to be equally close, as just 90 pins separated first place from the final advancing position, 12th .

Two other bowlers from the conference also advanced.

Matt Watson of Columbus North rolled a 601 to take fifth place and Katie Helton of Madison also took a fifth place with a 540 in the girls division.

Those who advanced will compete in the Richmond semi-state Saturday at Bowl 40.

The singles check-in will begin at 8 a.m., with bowling at 9. The team competition should begin around 1 p.m.