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Sims is Mr. 800 ... and 1

NCHS junior tops magical mark in state tournament

Posted: September 20, 2011 12:11 p.m.
Updated: September 21, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Oftentimes, high schools will have a junior ring ceremony to present rising seniors with their school ring well before graduation.

For North Central High School junior Dallas Sims, his ring ceremony came early and it did not come at his place of education, per se.

Last Thursday night, with members of the Camden adult bowling league practicing before that evening’s matches, Sims was called to the desk at the Camden Bowl to be presented with a ring for his having rolled an 800 series, out of a possible perfect 900 score. In fact, he went over the 800 marker by a single pin.

Equally impressive was that Sims rolled his memorable three-game set while competing in the state junior tournament held at Surfside Beach earlier this summer. On that day, Sims opened with a 290 and followed that first game by "cooling off" to roll a 254 and a 257 to complete his series.

Having rolled more than one 300 game in practices over the past two years, Sims’ chance for a perfect game in his first game at the state tournament went by the boards quickly.

"I left the 10 and the two (pins) in the first frame," he said of how close he came to a magic 300 score. "I’ve bowled a couple 300 games in practice before, but I never had one in a league game."

Having only been bowling for three years, the 16-year-old was crunching the numbers in his head as he rolled his third and final game of the series in the state event. With one frame left to be bowled, he knew the pressure was on if he wanted to reach the 800 mark for the series. "I knew when I had to strike out in the 10th frame to roll a 201," he said.

Sims did just that to go over the 800 mark to eclipse his previous high series score of 794, which he recorded in a sanctioned event at the Camden Bowl, where he plays in the Saturday morning junior league while having rolled many a 700 series in league play there.

For now, Sims said he is setting his sights on trying to qualify for the National Junior Gold Championship tournament in Indianapolis. Throughout his tourney stops, he has a set goal in mind and knows what he wants to do with the stipends which go along with winning and/or placing well in his junior tournaments.

"My goal, now, is to win some of my scratch tournaments," he said with a smile. "I’m really trying to save up all the scholarship money that I can to use for college."

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