Coach Jason Hanely is looking to build on past success in his second season leading the Grandview Heights High School boys and girls bowling teams.
The boys team has lost four of its five starters from last season, and the six-player girls team features three returning starters.
Senior Brad Jagers is the lone starter back for the boys, who set a record for wins by finishing 11-6 overall last year. The Bobcats went 11-4 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division to tie St. Charles for third behind Beechcroft (15-0) and Ready (14-1).
"Overall we had four senior boys on varsity and losing them has been difficult, but we do have Brad back and he's been bowling well this year," Hanely said. "I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's been a pleasant surprise to see him bowl as well as he has so far, and I'm looking forward to watching him improve as the season goes on."
The four 2017 graduates -- Jake DeNiro, Alan Field, Ben Hecker and Jackson Spain-howard -- competed with Jagers in last year's Division II district tournament. Grandview finished 11th (3,352) of 14 teams as Jonathan Alder (3,966) and Ready (3,936) advanced to state.
"We were definitely a tight-knit group last year," Jagers said. "(The seniors) definitely had a lot of team chemistry and it made me realize that ... is really important to team success. Having a lot of chemistry and having fun when we're together has a lot to do with a good team experience. It's not just bowling, but having good relationships with the guys on the team."
Sophomore Aidan Young also saw time on varsity last season. Rounding out the lineup are senior Sam Mikanik, junior Noah Gangloff and sophomores Alan Andrew, Luke Berlin and Spencer Browning.
"Aidan Young is a solid No. 2 on this team," Hanely said. "He hasn't quite caught fire yet, but I'm sure he will soon. Hopefully we will be competitive in our remaining matches.
"Sam has been gaining more consistency and has been scoring well. Spencer has really been improving, especially over the last two or three weeks, and Alan Andrew has been impressive from where he left off last year."
Sophomore Leila Meyer leads the returnees for the girls, who finished 13th (2,724) of 14 teams at district a year ago behind state-qualifiers Jonathan Alder (3,698), Marion Elgin (3,526) and Galion Northmor (3,376). Meyer rolled a 449 to tie for 39th of 94 participants.
Juniors Emmy Davis and Shea McHugh also competed at district for the Bobcats, who finished 8-6 overall and placed sixth (8-5) in the COHSBC-Central behind champion Whetstone (13-0).
"We only have six girls, so we don't have a j.v. team," Hanely said. "We're looking to continue the success we had last season."
Rounding out the roster are sophomores Emily Bullock and Paige DeNiro and freshman Signe Slaughter.
The Bobcats now compete in the C Division of the COHSBC. The boys were 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the league before playing Haugland Learning Center on Dec. 18. Jagers led with a 169.5 average and had team highs for a game (212) and a series (365).
"Brad is consistent, and you can always expect him to hit his mark," Hanely said. "He gets some pretty good carries when he throws a good ball. Overall, he has given us what we need this year and that's consistency."
Young had a 154.5 average, followed by Andrew (141.7) and Berlin (138.0).
The girls team is 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the league, as Meyer has team highs in average (145.3), game (169) and series (329). Bullock has a 130.6 average, followed by a 123.1 from McHugh.
Boys team passes test against Bexley
The boys basketball team needed overtime to remain unbeaten through four games.
James Lachey scored 16 points, including a layup and free throw with 45 seconds left in overtime to give the Bobcats a 54-41 win at Bexley on Dec. 15 in MSL-Ohio play.
Grandview led 40-34 after three quarters, but the Lions allowed only eight points in the fourth.
"We have some teams in the league that get after you defensively," said coach Ray Corbett, whose team was 4-0 overall before playing Franklin Heights on Dec. 18 and is 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio. "You look at the league and we have solid coaches and solid rivalries, so there are no easy games."
Luke Lachey had 13 points against the Lions. Brian Collier scored 11 and Justin Johannessen added eight.
Jump leads wrestlers at Liberty tourney
Hudson Jump won the 195-pound weight class to lead the wrestling team in the Olentangy Liberty Invitational on Dec. 16.
The junior went 3-0, defeating Olmsted Falls' Jaden Mendeluk 7-1 in the championship match.
Kyler Baker (145), Jory Lust-George (132) and Jack Wallace (heavyweight) all were 1-2 for the Bobcats, who finished 20th (34 points) of 25 teams behind champion Liberty (214.5).
Derek Tullis (126) and Eli Tullis (132) both were 0-2.
Girls team earns third win in four games
The girls basketball team was 3-3 overall and had won three of its last four games before playing Liberty Union on Dec. 19.
The Bobcats improved to 3-1 in the MSL-Ohio by defeating Whitehall 54-34 on Dec. 16. Kacey Murphy led the way with 15 points and Tayler Pierce and Hannah Yochem both added 12.
Pierce was averaging 16.2 points through six games, followed by Yochem (10.3 points) and Murphy (8.8).
Furbee excels for swim team at Ned Reeb meet
Senior Calvin Furbee placed twice for the boys swimming and diving team in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 16 at Ohio State.
Furbee was second in the 100-yard butterfly (51.65 seconds) and fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:43.95). Charlie Ferguson was 14th in the 100 fly (54.15).
For the girls team, Keelin O'Connor was 19th in the 200 individual medley (2:18.81).