The Dublin Scioto High School gymnastics team is comprised of only four freshmen, but second-year coach Kristen Willms is pleased with their dedication and is looking forward to developing their skills over the course of the season and beyond.
Alex Gordon, Sarah Sun and Tricia Klosterman have previous experience competing at a recreational level, while Sun and Anna Leonard have participated together in cheerleading.
"I knew there were some things I wanted to change this year," said Willms, who also coaches Coffman and Jerome.
"I knew I wanted to keep my numbers relatively low in order to be able to work one-on-one as much as I could with people. ... My motto is quality over quantity."
Willms said all four gymnasts participated in training sessions during the summer and fall.
"They got to know me, so it's less intimidating, because coming in they knew who I was," Willms said.
"If we can have a good experience this year and keep them coming back, then hopefully they can pioneer this program and get it moving to where we know for sure we're always going to have a program the following year."
Willms said the gymnasts at Coffman and Jerome, who have more experience, have been assisting Gordon, Klosterman, Leonard and Sun.
"I have gymnasts on Jerome and Coffman who were club gymnasts and had routines to pass down," Willms said.
"They're teaching floor routines and making sure they have all their requirements, so they're super helpful."
"They're a really big help," Leonard said of the Coffman and Jerome gymnasts. "They're really nice and they're supportive and they motivate you a lot. That's very important."
Scioto gained valuable early season experience by competing in the 14-team Hilliard Invitational on Dec. 16 at Hilliard Davidson. The Irish finished 14th (74.15) behind champion Dresden Tri-Valley (131.15).
Sun placed 29th (28.475) in the all-around and 25th on vault (7.75). Leonard led the Irish on uneven bars with a 7.5, Gordon scored a 7.425 on bars and Klosterman had a 6.05 on floor exercise.
"This is fun," Leonard said. "It's nerve-wracking before you get off, but while you're doing it, it's fun. I like floor."
The Irish opened the season by placing fourth (74.1) in a quad-meet Dec. 13 at Marysville, behind Jerome (125.4), Marysville (125.05) and Coffman (99.15).
Boys basketball team wins league opener
The boys basketball team opened its OCC-Cardinal Division schedule with a 46-38 win over visiting Delaware on Dec. 15.
Victor Mwamba had 15 points, Dapreis Owens scored 14 and Jacob Jones added 13 for the Irish, who were 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the league before playing Hilliard Darby on Dec. 19.
Jones scored 16 points and Noah Brechbuhler added 15 in a 55-43 win over visiting Canal Winchester on Dec. 12.
Scioto led Delaware 34-23 after the third quarter but was outscored 15-12 in the fourth, and the Irish led Canal Winchester 44-26 after three quarters but were outscored 17-11 in the fourth.
"It's just part of the learning process and how to play with the lead," coach Mike Moler said.
"We have a lot of inexperienced guys. We're getting better each game. The last two games, we've had big leads and we've watch them dwindle down, partly because our intensity dropped. You relax when you get up. We have to keep our defensive intensity up."
Girls basketball team wins in Indiana
The girls basketball team defeated Flora (Indiana) Carroll 54-39 in the Husker Classic on Dec. 16 in Knightstown, Indiana.
Lauren Erickson had 14 points and Natalie Hutras scored 12.
Hutras scored 25 points and Brianna Jordan added 16 in a 64-51 win at Delaware on Dec. 15. The Irish were 3-4 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Darby on Dec. 19.
"After a rough first couple of games to the season, the team did a great job regrouping," coach Jen Music said. "They are doing some great things on the defensive end as well as getting more scoring opportunities on the offensive end. We have some nice team play right now as we often don't know who will end up being our leading scorer for any given night."
Dec. 13 -- at Marysville with Coffman and *Jerome
Dec. 16 -- Hilliard Invitational at Hilliard Davidson
Jan. 3 -- Big Walnut, Coffman, Jerome, Olentangy and Westerville Central at Worthington Youth Boosters Gymnastics
Jan. 6 -- Wolfpack Invitational at Worthington Kilbourne
Jan. 11 -- Beauty and the Beast at *Kilbourne
Jan. 13 -- McGee Invitational at Coffman
Jan. 17 -- at Coffman with Davidson, *Delaware, Jerome, *Hilliard Bradley and *Hilliard Darby
Jan. 19 -- Buckeye Valley, Coffman, Jerome, Kilbourne, Thornville Sheridan, Upper Arlington, Washington Court House Miami Trace at Trics Academy
Jan. 27 -- Dresden Tri-Valley Invitational
Jan. 31 -- at *Thomas Worthington with Westerville Central
Feb. 3 -- Coffman, Jerome and Olentangy at Central Ohio Gymnastics Center
Feb. 7 -- at Coffman with Central Crossing, Franklin Heights, Grove City, Jerome and Westland
Feb. 10 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Davidson
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Dec. 22 -- At Thomas Worthington
Dec. 27 -- Home vs. Grove City
*Dec. 22 -- Home vs. Thomas
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 23 -- Hartley at Dublin Recreation Center
*Dec. 21 -- At Delaware