Gary B. profiles state champ Batesville High bowler


A Batesville High School (BHS) junior has nabbed the State High School Singles Championship in Bowling. Sydney Strain, the daughter of Sheila and Jeff Phillips and Spencer Strain, won the Class 4A-5A Girls State Singles Championship by bowling a total score of 618 on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

White River Nows Gary Bridgman provides some history of the new state champ.

In winning the State High School Singles Championship, Sydney rolled games of 181, 224, and 213 for the 618 average of 206 per game. In case you are not familiar with bowling scores, a score of 200 or more in a game is really good as is a 600-plus total score for three games.

Sydney is a natural at bowling. She started at age five as her mother owns and manages Hollywood Bowl in Batesville. In the Junior League at the bowling alley, Sydney averages 175.

She throws a 15 lbs. ball at 17 miles per hour — just like the adult bowlers do and maybe a little faster than some.  

This is the first year BHS has offered bowling, and it fielded both girls and boys teams for grades nine through 12. Sydney’s team finished fourth in conference play and fourth in the state.  

The boys team finished eleventh of 13 teams — good considering it was the first year for BHS bowling.  

The Pioneer girls and boys teams are coached by Sheila Phillips and Samantha Hogan. “Sydney really stepped up this year and has been a good leader for her team,” her mom said.

Sydney will return next year and defend her state title as a senior. And, I would say she is paving the way for another very, very good female bowler.

Sydney’s sister Sophia, 12, who recently bowled a three-game series of 669. That’s averaging 222-and-a-half per game. Not bad for a 12-year-old.  

Sydney Strain

BHS bowler Sydney Strain

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