Being a member of the Hilliard Bradley High School gymnastics team has been a learning process for Greta Planck.
The senior has learned patience and how to focus during her four seasons with the Jaguars, but she also learned how to be a good teammate.
"I started competitive gymnastics when I was 7 at Universal Gymnastics, and it was different when I came here as a freshman," Planck said. "I came from club gymnastics and there you are on a team, but it's all about you and how far you progress. Here, it was kind of a hard lesson to learn because you want to do everything for the team and love the team and be a part of it.
"Now the thing I love most about gymnastics is being with my teammates. I love being around them and I love coming to practice and being with them."
Last season, Planck led the Jaguars in the all-around in the district meet, finishing 14th with a 33.775. She tied for 10th on floor exercise (8.875), tied for 14th on vault (8.55), tied for 17th on uneven bars (8.2) and was 35th on balance beam (8.15).
In a six-team meet Jan. 23 at Davidson, Planck finished second in the all-around with a 34.275, behind Darby's Chloe Shook (35.15). She won floor (9.15), placed second on beam (8.4) and bars (8.4) and was third on vault (8.325) as Bradley finished third (127.725) behind Darby (130.475) and Dresden Tri-Valley (129.75).
"I was pretty happy with the way things came out (Jan. 23), especially with the way things started for me," Planck said. "I didn't have my skills ready in time and I finished third in the vault.
"Coach Carol (Eskay) and I have been working on focusing on things one event at a time. You can't worry about things down the road or toward the end of the meet. You have to just stay in the moment and focus on the event you are doing."
Planck had better performances on floor, beam and bars on Jan. 23 after competing on vault, and Eskay said that turnaround during the meet is one example of the mental toughness Planck has gained over the course of her career.
"It can be challenging when you are working on more difficult skills," Eskay said. "Greta has upped the difficulty in some of her skills and this year we're trying to focus on her consistency and mental focus. When you start to get into the more difficult skills, one small miss can kind of sink the routine."
Planck's top event is floor, and she said she has gained confidence in her routine over the years.
"I really enjoy dance and I have been doing the skills for a long time, so I have a lot of faith in what I'm doing and my consistency in the floor," she said. "And it takes a lot of time and hard work.
"Everybody always says that gymnastics is 10 percent physical and 90 percent mental, and that's 100 percent true. When you fall down this rabbit hole of things you don't think you are good at, you have to work past that mental block, and once you do that, it's one of the greatest feelings in the world."
Planck carries a 3.9 GPA and plans to major in nursing in college. She said success in the classroom and athletics go hand in hand.
"(Success) helps to keep me on task," said Planck, who has yet to make a college decision. "When I'm at school, I have a planner to do this, this and this, and I check them off when I'm done. Here (in gymnastics), I have to do this and that and I feel really good when I get them all done."
Snider chosen to lead boys soccer program
Chad Snider was named boys soccer coach Jan. 25, pending school board approval.
Snider spent the past 10 seasons at Dublin Scioto, where he compiled a 70-88-15 overall record and a 19-38-11 mark in the OCC. Last fall, the Irish finished 2-15 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
In 2011, Scioto reached a Division I district final, losing to Dublin Coffman 2-1 to finish 18-1 overall. The Irish won the OCC-Cardinal title that season, going 7-0 in the league.
Snider, who resigned as Scioto coach Dec. 4, spent seven seasons as coach at Buckeye Valley before coaching the Irish.
"Coach Snider brings a great deal of experience to the helm," athletics director Cort Hamilton said.
Snider replaces Nate Byrum, who stepped down after two seasons. Byrum went 16-18-4 overall and 6-5-1 in the OCC-Cardinal with the Jaguars, including 10-9 overall and 3-3 in the league last fall.
"There is a lot of potential there and (Bradley has) a good feeder system," Snider said. "Top to bottom from the seventh grade on up, there is a lot of potential. It's a solid program."
Williams leads girls swimmers in OCC meet
Macy Williams was runner-up in two events to lead the girls swimming and diving team in the OCC-Cardinal meet Jan. 27 at Thomas Worthington.
The senior placed second in both the 100-yard freestyle (55.05 seconds) and 200 free (1:58.74) and anchored the fourth-place 400 free relay (4:05.41) behind Madison Wester, Nebraska White and Maddy Taylor.
Wester finished seventh in the 200 free (2:13.76) and 10th in the 100 backstroke (1:14), and Taylor was 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.03).
The girls team finished seventh (79 points) in the league behind Dublin Jerome (264.5), Delaware (244), Thomas (204), Darby (172.5), Scioto (154) and Kilbourne (137). The boys squad also was seventh, scoring 60 points to finish behind Jerome (412), Delaware (222), Thomas (150), Scioto (145), Kilbourne (137) and Darby (115).
Alex Ward led the boys by placing fifth in the 100 back (1:00.99), and Ben Wirantana was ninth in the 100 fly (1:03.83).
Sawchuk wins title for wrestling team
Freshman Deacon Sawchuk led the wrestling team in the Watkins Memorial Invitational on Jan. 27 by winning the 106-pound title.
The Jaguars had 10 competitors place in the 12-team event as they finished third (184.5) behind Springboro (265) and Marysville (218.5).
Adam McCardle was runner-up at 182 and Zander Ellison placed third at 138. Dylan Ball (170), Issa Khalil (195), J.T. Lemmermen (152) and Wade Troutman (220) all placed fourth, while Jacob Noble (heavyweight) and Sam Pennington (113) both took fifth and Kade Wareham (145) was sixth.
Bradley was seeded sixth and had a first-round bye in the Division I, Region 6-A team dual tournament Jan. 24 at home before losing to third-seeded Teays Valley 41-33 in the second round. Lemmermen, McCardle, Sawchuk (113), Wareham and Kellan Grainger (160) all won by pin.
The Jaguars next compete in an OCC-Cardinal dual Feb. 8 at Delaware.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics and swimming & diving teams:
*Feb. 2 -- Home vs. Delaware. The Jaguars defeated the Pacers 51-43 on Jan. 5.
Feb. 3 -- Home vs. Dayton Ponitz
*Feb. 6 -- At Dublin Jerome. The Jaguars defeated the Celtics 48-30 on Dec. 22.
*Feb. 2 -- At Delaware. The Jaguars defeated the Pacers 59-43 on Jan. 5.
Feb. 3 -- At DeSales
*Feb. 6 -- Home vs. Jerome. The Jaguars lost to the Celtics 35-25 on Dec. 22.
*Feb. 2 -- Pickerington Central at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
Feb. 1 -- At *Worthington Kilbourne with Darby and Davidson
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 3 -- Upper Arlington Invitational