The Whitehall-Yearling High School boys basketball team enters the stretch drive of the regular season looking to return to full strength and maintain its lead in the MSL-Ohio Division.

The Whitehall-Yearling High School boys basketball team enters the stretch drive of the regular season looking to return to full strength and maintain its lead in the MSL-Ohio Division.

The Rams were 11-4 overall before playing St. Charles on Jan. 28. They are 8-1 in the league entering games Thursday, Jan. 30, against visiting Madison Plains and Friday, Jan. 31, at London.

The Madison Plains game was postponed Jan. 25 because of bad weather. The Rams won the first meeting with the Golden Eagles 85-53 on Dec. 13 and the first matchup with the Red Raiders 88-66 on Dec. 17.

Whitehall holds a slim lead in the MSL-Ohio over Grandview, which was 6-1 in the league before facing Madison Plains on Jan. 27. The Bobcats visit West Jefferson on Friday, Jan. 31.

The Rams' league loss came at Grandview, 56-53 on Jan. 17. Whitehall played without senior point guard R.J. Mims, who suffered a high sprain to his right ankle during practice the day before.

Mims also missed his team's 68-48 league win Jan. 21 at Columbus Academy.

Coach Drew Williams said Mims' injury has helped the team look to other players for contributions. Eleven players scored against Academy, led by D.A. Sanders' 21 points and 12 from Terronte Hutchins.

Whitehall led 38-17 at halftime.

"It's given us the opportunity to play different combinations and allowed other kids to step up," Williams said. "That will help us down the line."

Mims was hoping to return to action this week.

"I've never had this type of ankle sprain where I couldn't play on it," he said. "It's been tough to watch, especially the Grandview game. If I was able to play I would have really helped to get the win."

The Rams and Bobcats close the regular season Feb. 14 at Whitehall.

Bexley also remains in the title chase at 5-2 in the league before playing Madison Plains on Jan. 28. The Lions, who lost to the Rams 74-68 on Jan. 13, visit Whitehall on Feb. 8.

Girls basketball teamearns first league win

The girls basketball team earned its first league win, defeating visiting London 38-36 on Jan. 24 on Stephanie Ellis' 3-pointer from 6 feet behind the arc as time expired.

Coach Stephanie Jones said Ellis scored after the original baseline inbounds play broke down with 4 seconds remaining.

R.J. Cunningham led the Rams with 13 points and Brenell Williams scored 11.

Whitehall defeated host Madison Christian 46-23 on Jan. 21 as Williams scored 18 points and Cunningham had 15.

The Rams were 3-14 overall and 1-8 in the league before playing West Jefferson on Jan. 28.

"We are working on finishing the game by playing four complete quarters," Jones said. "The girls are becoming confident in their shooting and looking to score more. Several players are looking to be more (aggressive on offense). We have picked up our intensity on defense, which has helped us produce more scoring opportunities on offense."

Wrestling team placessixth at Groveport

The wrestling team finished sixth (86 points) in the 13-team Cruiser Invitational on Jan. 25 at Groveport behind champion Hilliard Bradley (233.5).

Ana Abduljelil (35-1 overall) finished second at 113 pounds and Noah Jay (23-2) was second at 106. Angolsom Weldu (120) and Travis Bailey (160) placed fourth.

The Rams opened the Division II state team tournament by defeating fifth-seeded Big Walnut 37-32 on Jan. 22 at Licking Valley in a Region 14-A match, but fourth-seeded Whitehall then lost to top-seeded Licking Valley 40-28 in the second round.

Whitehall competes Saturday, Feb. 1, in the MSL-Ohio tournament at Bexley. Last season, the Rams won their first league title since 1968, finishing first in the MSL-Ohio tournament with 396 points, ahead of runner-up Licking Valley (275).

Bowling teamsdefeat Independence

The boys bowling team defeated Independence 2,068-1,922 on Jan. 21 at Eastland Lanes.

Austin Wilson led the Rams with a 388 series and Elijah Rozzelle had a 351.

The Rams were 8-2 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-South Division before facing Eastmoor Academy on Jan. 27.

Whitehall finished third (3,638) in the preliminary round of the 14-team Jaguar Baker Marathon on Jan. 25 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl behind champion Clayton Northmont (3,883). Whitehall also lost two of three games to Olentangy Liberty in the first round of championship play.

The girls team defeated Independence 1,499-1,465 and was 8-1 in the league before facing Eastmoor.