Perry Sibby, of Southland College Prep. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: February 1, 2013 6:14AM
Perry Sibby, a junior bowler, finished 29th in the state last season and became the first Southland Prep athlete to advance to state in any sport.
Thursday, he captured the individual title at the Brother Rice Winter Finale, averaging 235.5 over six games.
Do you feel like a celebrity at Southland Prep?
I get some attention, but I don’t really feel like a celebrity. I just go out there and do my job and try to do what I can for the school.
What did it mean to you to be the first athlete from your school to make it to state?
It really means a lot. The school has only been open for two years and a lot of people haven’t heard of us. No one’s really done anything big like make it to state, so it really means a lot.
What are your goals for this year?
I just want to do better than last year. I averaged 217 last year and I want to boost that up.
Once I started going more often, I liked the sport more and more. I told myself as a young kid that I wanted to be a PBA bowler when I grow up and that’s been my dream.
Better bowling movie: “Kingpin” or “The Big Lebowski”?
I really like “Kingpin” a lot.
What’s easier for you: Wii bowling or real bowling?
It goes both ways. Sometimes I do better on the Wii and sometimes in real life. I like to use the Wii to practice my form, and sometimes when I have a perfect game going or something, I try to pretend I’m just playing the Wii game.
What’s on your iPod?
Rap, R&B and hip-hop. My favorite is Ice Cube.
If you could take any celebrity to prom, who would it be?
Sierra McClain. She was in the movie “Daddy’s Little Girls.”
As told to Steve Millar