For senior Jon McClelland of the Big Walnut High School boys bowling team, the match against Hilliard Bradley on Jan. 28 will be one he never forgets.
In a 2,028-2,007 loss at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, he rolled a 300, becoming the first in program history to roll a perfect score.
"It's indescribable," McClelland said. "I was shaking. I took off running. My sister got it on video and I keep watching it over and over laughing. It was great."
"That was unbelievable," said coach Pat McClelland, his father. "He's been close a lot of times and he finally did it."
Before competing against Bradley, McClelland had not made it past eight frames with a perfect score. In the first game against the Jaguars, he rolled eight consecutive strikes but had to settle for a spare in the ninth frame and finished with a 260.
After getting his ninth strike in a row to start the second game, McClelland knew he was on the verge of making history.
"I was really nervous," he said. "Once I saw the strike (in the ninth frame), I turned around and I knew I had (the 300). All my nerves went away. I'd never gotten past (the eighth frame)."
McClelland became the third bowler in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference to roll a 300 this season, joining Westerville South's Zach Parnell and St. Charles' Kyle Huston.
Entering action Feb. 1, McClelland's 560 against Bradley was his personal-best two-game score and represented the COHSBC's highest two-game score this season. It also set the Golden Eagles' program record.
McClelland's personal-best score in a three-game series is 814.
"He hit every one of (his strikes) flush in the pocket," coach McClelland said of his son's performance against Bradley. "Not one of them was weak. He got through the ninth and he turned to me and said, 'I got this.'"
Entering a match against Delaware Hayes on Feb. 1, McClelland was averaging 210.4 a game, which ranked fifth in the COHSBC.
Big Walnut concludes the regular season with a match against Worthington Kilbourne on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Capri Lanes. It then will prepare for the sectional tournament Feb. 16 at Eastland Lanes or Columbus Western Bowl.
Swimmers getting set for start of postseason
The boys and girls swimming and diving teams will spend this week preparing for their sectional meets on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Thomas Worthington.
The girls team will compete in Division I and the boys team will compete in Division II.
In Division I, the winner of each event qualifies for the district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.
In Division II, there are no automatic berths for the district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State. Twenty-seven at-large district berths will be awarded for each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.
Divers do not compete until the district meet.
"It becomes a science to get them to the height of training for the sectional," coach Andy Chatterton said. "We're trying to get them to have the most energy at that meet. This has been the best year we've had with tapering."
Big Walnut competed in the OCC-Capital meet that concluded Jan. 26 at New Albany.
The boys team scored 74 points to finish seventh, behind New Albany (335), Olentangy (274), Delaware (254), Olentangy Orange (166), Mount Vernon (96) and Watkins Memorial (77). The girls team finished sixth (101), behind New Albany (312), Olentangy (274), Dela-ware (259), Orange (167) and Watkins Memorial (114) and ahead of Mount Vernon (63).
Franklin Heights does not have a swimming and diving program.
"It was a good meet," Chatterton said. "We didn't do as well as I had hoped, but we set it up to prepare us for the sectional."
Senior Carson Chatterton had the highest finish for the boys team, placing third in the 100-yard butterfly in a season-best 59.76 seconds.
"He came through when we needed him to," coach Chatterton said.
The 400 freestyle relay of sophomore Jens Paglialunga, senior Brant Weiss, junior Joel Windle and senior Trevor Williams finished fifth (4:08.65).
Sophomore Ashley White had the highest finish for the girls team, placing third in 1-meter diving (373.28 points). Junior Jessica Osburn placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.79) and eighth in the 100 free (1:00.75) and the 200 medley relay of Osburn, sophomore Claire Chatterton, junior Michelle Stefaniak and freshman Josie Sweeney-Rogers finished fifth (2:09.77).
Girls team to finish regular season
The girls basketball team was 12-6 overall and 5-6 in the OCC-Capital before playing Mount Vernon on Feb. 1.
The Golden Eagles concluded the regular season this week with league games Tuesday, Feb. 5, at New Albany and Friday, Feb. 8, at home against Orange. They lost to New Albany 45-27 on Jan. 4 and lost to the Pioneers 70-48 on Jan. 8.
The drawing for the Division II district tournament will be held Sunday, Feb. 3. The tournament begins Feb. 16.
Wrestlers holding alumni event
The Big Walnut High School wrestling program will hold its annual alumni event Saturday, Feb. 9. All past wrestlers and coaches are asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m. The varsity match against Fredericktown starts at 10 a.m. For more information, email Luke coach Moore at email@example.com.