What started as an idea has turned into much more for the Beechcroft High School boys and girls bowling teams.

What started as an idea has turned into much more for the Beechcroft High School boys and girls bowling teams.

After Joe Begeny became a teacher at the school a year ago, he began seeing if any students were interested in creating a team for 2008-09. He had no trouble drumming up enough interest as eight boys and seven girls are out for the first season, and both teams could be contenders to advance to the district tournament.

"Mostly I'm doing this for the kids," Begeny said. "After talking with some of the kids, I saw that they wanted to have a team. My bowlers scores are not the greatest in the world yet, but they're competing."

Begeny has one particular bright spot on the girls team in senior Jasmyne Wilkins, who has been averaging 165. Her best game is a 193.

The other girls are juniors Jennifer Lewis, Ashlee Riggs and Jasmine Vance and freshmen Makayla Garner and Baiyina Jones.

Members of the boys team include seniors Bilal Manns, Jerrell Rojas and Dustin Williams and juniors Ron Burrell, Billy Croom, Brian Delong, Derrick Humphrey and Lamont Jones.

"Humphrey and Delong have bowled in leagues for a few years," Begeny said. "It's been a team thing so far. Every time we play we have a different high scorer. Humphrey is probably our most consistent high scorer.

"I think Jasmyne Wilkins has definitely got the potential to be a consistent high scorer, and that's important for a first-year program. I'm just trying to build a program, and about all we want is just be competitive and get some Baker wins."

•When the boys basketball team plays at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Delaware County Shootout at Olentangy Liberty against Olentangy, it will be an opportunity for coach Scott Davis to meet up with some of his former colleagues.

Davis, a former Delaware assistant, also hopes his team finds success against a Braves team which won three of its first four games.

"They shoot the ball extremely well," Davis said. "They want an uptempo game and play a lot of guys. It'll be a chance for us to play against a different type of team in a different type of atmosphere."

The Cougars opened the City League-North Division schedule by beating Centennial 87-68 on Dec. 16 and Mifflin 86-57 last Friday. Offensively, Beechcroft has continued to get contributions from multiple sources. Last Friday, 10 players scored, with five in double figures.

"We're getting contributions from a lot of people," Davis said. "Our bench against Independence (73-69 win Dec. 11) scored 28 points. Our starters scored 45 points and our bench scored 42 against Centennial. Our pressure defense has led to some offense and we feel like we have some depth.

"The month of December is tough because we have two weeks off. It's important for our kids to maintain focus. In terms of Xs and Os, we've got to work on taking better care of the basketball because we're shooting 50 percent as a team and outrebounding our opponents."

•The girls basketball team also will play in a multi-team event over the holidays as it will face Westerville North at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Otterbein as one of six games in the Phil Brown Rotary Holiday Classic.

The Cougars have lost four of five after winning their first two but hung with City-North power Mifflin last Friday before falling 58-48.

Miyoshi McGee, Jasmine Smith and Au-Juvan Andrews have been the team's top players thus far.

"I feel good about the progress we're making, but we still have some things we need to do," coach Mike Fleming said. "We turn the ball over entirely too much, and we've got to work on our conditioning. All I can ask is for them to play hard and these girls get after it."

Westerville North lost three of its first five games but appears much improved after winning just two games last season. Senior Megan Lutz and sophomore Monique Jones are key players.

"Anytime you can get a chance to be at an event like the one at Otterbein, it's great for the kids," Fleming said. "They're definitely deserving of getting some recognition."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Beechcroft boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, boys and girls swimming and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Dec. 11 -- Defeated Independence 73-69. Dominique Freeman scored 30 points.

*Dec. 16 -- Def. Centennial 87-68. Rasean Moore scored 21 and Josh Gouch added 20.

*Last Friday -- Def. Mifflin 86-57. Gouch led with 14 points as 10 players scored.

Last Saturday -- Def. Watterson 69-66. Gouch scored 13 points.

Saturday -- At Delaware County Shootout at Olentangy Liberty vs. Olentangy

*Jan. 6 -- At Whetstone. Last season, Beechcroft won 64-61 and 69-66.

Of note: The Cougars are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the City-North.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Dec. 9 -- Lost to Northland 66-43

*Dec. 12 -- Def. East 46-29. Jasmine Smith scored 13 points.

Dec. 15 -- Lost to Big Walnut 53-36. Smith and Au-Juvan Andrews scored 13 points.

*Dec. 16 -- Lost to Centennial 48-44. Andrews scored 15 points.

*Last Friday -- Lost to Mifflin 58-48. Miyoshi McGee had 17 points.

Tuesday -- At Phil Brown Rotary Holiday Shootout at Otterbein College vs. Westerville North

Jan. 3 -- At Olentangy Orange

*Jan. 6 -- Home vs. Whetstone. Last season, Beechcroft lost 59-38 and 59-52 in overtime.

Of note: The Cougars are 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the City-North.

BOWLING

*Dec. 9 -- Boys: Def. Mifflin 1,772-1,490; Girls: Def. Mifflin 1,325-1,237

*Dec. 11 -- Boys: Def. Linden 1,919-1,751; Girls: Def. Linden 1,367-827

*Dec. 16 -- Boys: Lost to DeSales 2,100-1,682

*Dec. 17 -- Boys: Def. Dublin Coffman 1,819-1,806; Girls: Def. Coffman 1.334, 1-297

*Jan. 5 -- At Ten Pin Alley vs. Hilliard Davidson

*Jan. 7 -- At Sequoia Lanes vs. Olentangy Liberty

Of note: The boys team is 3-4 overall and the girls team is 4-2.

SWIMMING

Dec. 17 -- Boys: Finished fourth (30) behind Independence (104), Bloom-Carroll (100) and Eastmoor (59); Girls: Finished third (71) behind Bloom-Carroll (131) and Eastmoor (107) and ahead of Independence (56)

Jan. 3 -- At Bellefontaine

WRESTLING

Dec. 10 -- Lost to West 48-24; lost to Whetstone 54-24

Jan. 7 -- City League tri-meet

*City-North game