Seymour Bowling wants it all this season


Dylan Dunn, Staff Writer

SCOTTSBURG – Seymour Bowling wants it all this season. Head Coach Shannon Kelly and Assistant Coach Eduard Sides want to repeat last year’s success. Kylee Cooper and Kaylee Patton, Seymour varsity girls bowlers, achieved regionals last season.

Coach Kelly, entering his 12th year of coaching, has seen a lot of success with most of his teams. He has led the teams to seven sectional titles (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2021), two regional championships (2012, 2014), and one regional runner-up (2015). He expects the team “to be fairly competitive,” and the team to have “like [they] do every year, a good season.”

Kelly trusts his seniors to do their best and help out other bowlers. He believes, “Our senior experience will go a long way in helping on either varsity or JV.” Kelly believes in this team and doesn’t “really know if [they] have a weakness.” 


But, to be the best, Seymour needs to clean up their techniques. “Biggest thing we have to work on, just like every year, is spares,” according to Coach Kelly. Throughout practice some bowlers looked like they’ve been bowling every week since the last season, while others were trying to pick up the groove again. No matter what it looked like, still no one could consistently “pick it up,” a common bowling term. 

Kelly thinks that since his bowlers “got in the groove with this traveling, … it’s not near as big of a deal as it used to.” Since Seymour closed their bowling alley, Scottsburg Bowling Lanes has been their home for the past five-ish years. This was something that Kelly said took a toll on the bowlers through all the traveling: “The first couple years when the bowlers were used to going just down the street and practicing, I think it kind of took its toll.” The Seymour bowling team will hit the hardwood on October 8th at the Columbus Bowling Center. The Owls hope to roll through the year with the veteran bowlers.