Fourth-year Hilliard Davidson High School girls bowling coach Adrian Jasinski believes his team has the potential to be better than it was a year ago.
Last season, the Wildcats finished 2-11 overall, placed ninth (2-7) in the 11-team Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-North Division behind champion Westerville Central (10-0) and placed sixth (0-5) in the OCC-Capital behind Bradley (5-0), Olentangy Liberty (4-1), Olentangy (3-2), Olentangy Orange (2-3) and Darby (1-4).
Davidson was 0-2 overall and in the COHSBC-North before competing against Westerville South on Jan. 2. The Wildcats, who opened with a 1,877-1,291 loss to Gahanna on Dec. 10 and lost to Liberty 1,708-1,350 on Dec. 18, are 0-1 in the OCC-Capital.
"Our girls didn't win many matches last year, but they know they can do better than that this year because they are continuing to improve," Jasinski said. "We didn't have many girls who were consistent last year. To get consistently good at bowling, you need to practice and learn to have good muscle memory, and the girls are improving the longer they stick with us."
The roster is comprised of seniors Lauren Edwards and Emily Moore and juniors Cassidy Ball, Keri Gordon, Kourtney Scoby and Carrie Varney.
"Unlike our boys, our girls didn't bowl much in the offseason, but they're steadily getting better each year," Jasinski said. "Two years ago, we didn't have any girls bowling over 100 (per game), but we had a couple last year and we're going to have more this year. We have a couple girls taking it pretty seriously, and they're learning that the more they practice, the better they will be."
Davidson placed 17th (2,289) in the 22-team sectional tournament last season at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl behind champion Briggs (3,494), with the top nine teams and top nine individuals not on a qualifying team advancing to district.
The Wildcats did not have any individual district qualifiers.
Young Jaguars seeking consistency
Bradley returned two starters from a year ago when it finished 15-3 overall, won the OCC-Capital championship and placed fourth (8-3) in the 12-team COHSBC-South behind champion Briggs (11-0).
The Jaguars, who moved to the COHSBC-North this season, beat Jonathan Alder 1,369-1,101 on Dec. 18 to improve to 2-3 overall and in the COHSBC-North. They are 1-1 in the OCC-Capital, having defeated Darby 1,416-1,078 on Dec. 3 and having lost to Liberty 1,590-1,428 on Dec. 6.
In other COHSBC-North matches, Bradley lost to Westerville Central 1,610-1,498 on Dec. 11 and to Westerville South 1,612-1,580 on Dec. 13.
"No real surprises yet this year," fourth-year coach John Thompson said. "We have had good games and we have struggled, but (the girls) are consistently working hard to get better."
The returning starters are seniors Emily Dublin and Britney Gliva. Also on the team are juniors Rebecca Hunter and Abbie Lucas, sophomore Summer Ryan and freshman Jenna Stern.
"(We have) a lot of youth," Thompson said. "We are constantly building and this year can be a good year if everyone comes together."
Last season, Bradley placed sixth (3,045) in the sectional at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl and ninth (3,110) at district at HP Lanes behind champion Westerville Central (3,603).
The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team at district advanced to the state tournament at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. The Jaguars did not have any individual state qualifiers.
"As always, I have a great group of girls and they may not do as well this year as we hoped, but they will never give up on their team or their teammates," Thompson said. "Also, (I'd like to) give praise to my other coaches, Adam Zimmerman, who runs the girls team, and Greg Richards, who handles the (junior varsity) squads. I couldn't do it alone."
Panthers searching for elusive first win
Darby still is looking for its first victory.
The Panthers are 0-5 overall, 0-4 in the COHSBC-North and 0-1 in the OCC-Capital heading into a match Friday, Jan. 4, against Orange at Sequoia Pro Bowl.
After opening with the loss to Bradley, they lost to Westerville North 1,623-1,184 on Dec. 11, Worthington Kilbourne 1,375-1,181 on Dec. 12 and Big Walnut 1,349-1,204 on Dec. 20 in other COHSBC-North matches and lost to Watterson 1,272-1,267 on Dec. 18.
"Our girls haven't been as competitive as our boys in the past and that's the case again this year," fifth-year coach Bob Clute said.
The roster is comprised of senior Heather Miller, juniors Emily Elias, Heather Heidberg and Kareena Maaser, sophomores Megan Lewis and Monica Newport and freshmen Merissa Maceyko and Adele Signoracci.
"We've had trouble getting numbers for our girls team, so whoever came out made the team," Clute said. "But our girls are improving."
Last season, Darby finished 7-9 overall, tied Westerville North for fifth (5-5) in the COHSBC-North and finished last in the OCC-Capital. The Panthers placed 15th (2,491) in the sectional at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl and had no individual district qualifiers.
"Our girls just want to improve their averages and win a handful of matches so we can get better as a team," Clute said.