Senior Douglas Munsell reached the Division II district tournament last season, and now he wants to better that feat as a member of the first-year Bexley High School boys bowling team.
Munsell, who competed in the postseason last winter as an individual, is excited about the Lions' start. They were 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-C
Division after losing to Teays Valley 1,934-1,578 on Dec. 15.
"It's our first year and so far we've been pretty good," Munsell said. "Our skill level might not be where we want it right now, but we're holding up nicely and continue to get better."
Munsell finished 37th of 91 competitors at district, rolling a three-game series of 520 at HP Lanes. He had a 609 series in the sectional at HP Lanes to advance to district.
Coach Michael Munsell, Douglas' father, said starting the program was a long process.
"We were finally approved in September by the board of education and we're an official club team," coach Munsell said.
"It's been a four-year process and Douglas was allowed to compete as an individual in the postseason last season, which was a good start. We were able to recruit some kids for the team and we've had a great start."
The team is comprised of three seniors and five sophomores. John D'Alessandro and Gavin Horton are the other seniors. A.J. Cox, Jordan Herman, Zach Herman, Haven Horton-Kunce and Tyler Roberts are sophomores.
D'Alessandro and Roberts have competed in summer leagues at Holiday Lanes, which is the Lions' home venue.
"I saw John bowling ... at Holiday, and Doug and Tyler were in doubles at Holiday all summer," said coach Munsell, who coached girls basketball for 28 years at Briggs and Columbus West as well as Hilltonia and Yorktown middle schools. "John and Tyler are good No. 2 and (No.) 3 bowlers, and they average anywhere from 160-180 for us and can get over 200 when they get hot."
The Lions won their inaugural match over Columbus International 1,554-1,131 on Dec. 6 in league play. Douglas Munsell rolled a 199 game as part of his 360 series, and D'Alessandro had a 313 series.
Douglas Munsell (350 series) and Roberts (327) led Bexley in a 2,081-1,750 league loss to Whetstone on Dec. 11.
On Dec. 13, the Lions defeated Hartley 1,811-1,583 as Douglas Munsell rolled games of 202 and 217 for a 419 series, and D'Alessandro had a 201 game as part of his 348 series.
"The neat part is watching the kids progress." said coach Munsell, whose team's pin total increased in each of its first three contests. "They started without having their own ball, and now many of them have their own balls. They are learning to throw with fingertips and how to read oil patterns.
"The kids are having such a great time at matches and it's fun to be around that. We have had great parental support and we're having a great time."
Girls basketball team turning up defense
The girls basketball team has been playing strong defense, fueling a start of 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the MSL-Ohio.
The Lions are scoring 51.2 points per game and surrendering 32.7. In league play, they have outscored opponents 148-68.
On Dec. 16, the Lions defeated Columbus Academy 56-20 in a league game. Maddy Vincent led with 17 points and four 3-pointers, Emma Dressel had 10 points and Amanda Frey had eight points with two 3s.
Wrestlers have three champs in home duals
Seniors Eliot Clark, Grant Robinson and Reece Wilson all went 5-0 and won their weight classes for the wrestling team in the Bexley Duals on Dec. 16.
Clark won at 182 pounds, Robinson won at heavyweight and Wilson won at 160. Finishing as runners-up were Jake Brigdon (4-1) at 126 and Carter Brenner (3-1) at 113.
Eammon Sears (3-2) placed third at 138 for the Lions, who finished fourth (3-2) of six teams behind champion Dresden Tri-Valley (5-0).
*Dec. 6 -- Columbus International at Holiday Lanes
*Dec. 11 -- Whetstone at Sequoia Lanes
Dec. 13 -- Hartley at Holiday Lanes
*Dec. 15 -- Teays Valley at Holiday Lanes
*Dec. 20 -- Haugland Learning Center at Capri Lanes
Jan. 6 -- Pioneer Baker Bash at Sawmill Lanes
*Jan. 9 -- Columbus West at Game of Western Columbus
*Jan. 18 -- Worthington Christian at HP Lanes
*Jan. 19 -- Marion-Franklin at Holiday Lanes
*Jan. 22 -- Grandview at Holiday Lanes
*Jan. 24 -- Columbus South at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
*Jan. 29 -- Northland at Holiday Lanes
Feb. 3 -- MSL tournament at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
Feb. 10 -- COHSBC tournament at Game of Western Columbus
Feb. 12 -- Columbus International at Sequoia Lanes
Feb. 14 -- Reynoldsburg at Holiday Lanes
Below are the coming schedules for the Bexley boys basketball, girls basketball and swimming & diving teams:
Dec. 23 -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley
Dec. 27 -- Mount Gilead in Northridge Invitational
*Dec. 21 -- Home vs. London
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 22 -- Pickerington Central and Pickerington North at Columbus School for Girls
Dec. 23 -- Wellington Jaguar Invitational at Columbus Aquatics Center