Jacob Reed and his teammates on the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys bowling team look forward to competing against the best teams in the area.

Jacob Reed and his teammates on the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys bowling team look forward to competing against the best teams in the area.

The Lions have one such match when they oppose Westerville Central on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Gahanna Lanes.

The Warhawks' boys and girls teams entered the week undefeated in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-North Division, along with Jona-than Alder and Westerville South.

"We've been focusing a lot in practices and in team meetings about how do you handle a big match," coach Bruce Zink said. "It's not as much of the physical game as it is the mental game and taking it one shot at a time."

"I've been looking forward to this match since the beginning of the year and we're bowling them at home," Reed said. "We just have to focus on the way we bowl, because in bowling you can't really control what the other team does."

Reed, a senior, had a 191 game average through 11 matches, with a high game of 269 against Thomas Worthington on Jan. 6. He had a pair of 268 games at the Central District Preview Tournament on Jan. 15.

Senior Brad Granville was averaging 190 and freshman Shane Hull Jr. was averaging 182. Granville had a high game of 263 against Briggs on Nov. 30 and Hull had a high game of 243, also against Briggs.

Zink also has been impressed with the play of juniors Christopher Bucklad (176 average) and Aaron May (164).

"It's a blessing and also a little bit of a challenge, because I like to get all my kids to bowl," Zink said. "When they're that close, it's really hard to decide who bowls and who doesn't."

The Lions' lineup took a hit when senior Ryan Arras dislocated his kneecap during the preseason. He likely is out for the season, Zink said.

"It's really difficult for the program and for Ryan," Zink said. "I feel really bad for him."

•The girls team has been led by senior Lindsey May, who was averaging 167 through eight matches. She had a high game of 238 against Hilliard Darby on Dec. 13.

Senior Elizabeth Robinson had a 166 average, followed by sophomore Kelsey Ferguson (158) and junior Sarah Lebowitz (157). Robinson had a high game of 213 against Westerville South on Jan. 13 and Ferguson had a high game of 209 against Olentangy Liberty on Jan. 5.

"Some of these girls might have a chance to qualify for the state tournament," Zink said. "It's a really tough field this year, so we're just going to have to see how they do in the postseason."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Gahanna Lincoln bowling teams:

*Jan. 18 - Boys: Defeated Hilliard Davidson 2,000-1,655; Girls: Def. Davidson 1,831-1,230

*Jan. 20 - Boys: Def. Worthington Kilbourne 2,040-1,942

*Jan. 24 - Boys: Def. Jonathan Alder 2,173-2,107; Girls: Def. Jonathan Alder 1,793-1,759

*Jan. 25 - Competed against Groveport

*Jan. 27 - Westerville Central at Gahanna Lanes

Jan. 28 - Dublin Coffman at Sawmill Lanes

*Jan. 31 - Olentangy Orange at Sequoia Pro Bowl

Of note: The boys were 10-2 overall and 8-2 in the COHSBC-North and the girls were 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the COHSBC-North before Jan. 24.

*COHSBC-North match