Considering some basketball shooting machines cost more than $4,000, junior John Routzahn of the Worthington Christian High School boys team knows he might not ever have one of his own.
Over the last several months, he's made sure to take advantage of the one at his school.
"I started getting in around 500 shots each day, and we have a gun that counts it," Routzahn said. "It rebounds for you, there's a little sensor in it, and it puts on a screen how well you did. I wish I owned one."
Routzahn believes the extra work has helped his outside shooting. He was averaging a team-best 13.4 points through 12 games.
Routzahn made seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points in a 61-51 win over London on Dec. 7. In a 67-52 victory Jan. 15 over West Jefferson, he made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points.
The Warriors beat Madison Christian 68-32 on Jan. 18. They were 7-6 overall and 4-4 in the MSL-Ohio Division before playing London on Jan. 21.
Senior guard Sam Condon was second in scoring at 12.5 points through 12 games.
"You can see (Routzahn's) confidence level (growing)," coach Kevin Weakley said. Routzahn will get another chance at lighting up West Jefferson when the Warriors play host to the Roughriders on Saturday, Jan. 25, in the second round of league play.
Whitehall, which beat the Warriors 49-37 on Dec. 3 and 75-67 on Jan. 11, was leading the MSL-Ohio at 7-1 entering the week, followed by Grandview at 6-1.
Girls basketball team battling for title
After losing to West Jefferson 45-43 in overtime Dec. 12 at home, the girls basketball team won seven games in a row -- by an average margin of 26 points.
The Warriors then beat the Roughriders 58-41 on Jan. 18 for their eighth consecutive win. They were 13-1 overall before playing Grove City Christian on Jan. 21.
Worthington Christian is 9-1 in the MSL-Ohio and West Jefferson is second at 6-2.
Through 13 games, senior guard Ali Spayde was averaging 19.8 points, followed by senior guard Bridgette Rettstatt (12.3) and junior guard Shirley Rettstatt (7.4).
In the win over West Jefferson, Spayde made four 3-pointers and scored 28 points.
"All nine of our girls can contribute," coach Tammi Evans said.
The Warriors, who learn their Division IV district tournament slate on Feb. 2, return to league play Friday, Jan. 24, at home against Columbus Academy.
"We want to stress defensive play because in order to develop a successful program you've got to play defense," Evans said. "We're going to continue to work on being fundamentally sound."
Knapper standing out for swim team
The swimming and diving program had one of its final tuneups for the postseason Jan. 11 when it traveled to the Northeast Classic in Canton.
The girls team scored 24 points to place 23rd behind champion Granville (186) as 38 squads scored.
Sophomore Becca Knapper placed seventh (54.66 seconds) in the 100-yard freestyle and seventh in the 200 free (1:59.84).
Worthington Christian will compete in its first MSL meet Saturday, Jan. 25, at Academy.
Bowlers wrapping up regular season
The boys bowling team's final matches of the regular season will be Friday, Jan. 24, against Hilliard Darby and Wednesday, Jan. 29, against Thomas Worthington, both at Capri Lanes.
The Warriors were 2-8 overall and 0-8 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-North before facing Olentangy Liberty on Jan. 21.
Senior Ben Smith was leading the Warriors with a 180.8 average, followed by sophomore Josh Krebs (159.5), sophomore Kaitlyn Hamilton (147.5), junior Sean Pierce (147.1) and sophomore Noah Cardosi (138.0).