The Westerville Central and Westerville South high school boys and girls bowling teams were able to raise more than $4,500 last Sunday in the Strike Out Juvenile Diabetes fundraiser at Columbus Square Bowling Palace.

The Westerville Central and Westerville South high school boys and girls bowling teams were able to raise more than $4,500 last Sunday in the Strike Out Juvenile Diabetes fundraiser at Columbus Square Bowling Palace.

Forty-three teams of four competed in two sessions, with each team donating at least $50. One team raised $802.50. All money raised will go to the Central Ohio chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Players from the Central and South teams were not allowed to compete because of OHSAA rules, but they played a significant role in running the event. South coach Jamie West said the fundraiser was a success considering this was the first year the teams had attempted the event.

"We felt that (amount of money) was above and beyond what we had anticipated," West said.

More than 15,000 children are diagnosed each year with Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. The disease strikes suddenly during childhood and affects the body's ability to produce insulin.

West said that given how much money the teams were able to raise last Sunday, he expects Strike Out Juvenile Diabetes will become an annual event.

"That's what we're looking for," West said.