In a season loaded with turmoil, Hilliard Davidson High School bowling coach Adrian Jasinski is hoping his teams gain momentum for the postseason.
The Wildcats have had an abbreviated schedule and had yet to compete in a match at its home venue, Ten Pin Alley, because the facility was being renovated.
Jasinski had hoped the Wildcats could return to holding practices and matches at Ten Pin Alley by the middle of December, but the facility didn't reopen until Jan. 15.
"I'm going to try to get things together for the (Division I) sectional and district tournaments," Jasinski said. "We have some bowlers who can make district. I don't know if our team will do any good, but there's a couple of individuals. If I can get a couple of weeks of practice with the girls and the boys, I can probably get two girls and two boys to make district."
The Wildcats also have competed shorthanded at times this season because certain bowlers had other commitments.
The boys team's top two bowlers, Chris Wourms and Grayson Hollaway, missed a match against Pickerington North on Jan. 31 at Rule 3, as Wourms had a work commitment and Hollaway had a personal commitment.
Hollaway led the Wildcats at district last season with a 603 three-game series to tie for 26th, followed by Wourms, who had a 551 to tie for 63rd.
Wourms had a 515 two-game series in a 2,117-2,096 loss to Darby on Dec. 4.
The sectional tournament is Feb. 23 at HP Lanes, with the top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on qualifying teams advancing to district March 3 at HP Lanes.
Against North, Daniel McFlesh led Davidson with a 370 series and Dominic Williams rolled a 312.
"I'm happy," McFlesh said. "I've gotten better. It's been frustrating because we don't practice as much as we should and that doesn't help the team."
The boys team was 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Central Division before competing against Gahanna on Feb. 7. The Wildcats are 2-5 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-B Division but have yet to make up postponed matches against Bradley, Centennial, Lancaster and Reynoldsburg. The matches against Lancaster and Reynoldsburg also count in the OCC-Central standings.
Davidson's victories came against Columbus Academy (1,973-1,518 on Dec. 6) and Thomas Worthington (1,900-1,059 on Jan. 30).
Reilly Wolfinger has been leading the girls team. She had a 336 series in a 1,686-1,474 loss to Worthington Kilbourne on Jan. 29, a 317 series in a 1,629-1,238 win over Thomas on Jan. 30 and a 286 series in a 1,572-1,322 loss to North on Jan. 31.
"We've had fun going to different places, but it's also been frustrating," Wolfinger said.
Jasinski said Wolfinger and Hannah Mathews have the best potential on the team to advance to district. The sectional is Feb. 24 at HP Lanes.
Davidson, which defeated Marysville 1,563-1,280 on Jan. 28, was 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central before competing against Gahanna on Feb. 7 and is 1-6 in the COHSBC-B.
"It's frustrating," Jasinski said. "All I can do is keep going, but I have a good foundation for next year. I only lose one senior and that's Chris (Wourms), and I lose no girls."
Boys team looked to continue win streak
The boys basketball team looked to add to its three-game winning streak when it played Olentangy on Feb. 6.
The Wildcats entered the game 10-8 overall and are 4-4 in the OCC-Central.
Davidson defeated Marysville 62-55 on Feb. 3 in a makeup from Jan. 12 as Patrick Preece had 20 points, M.J. Rasoul scored 13 and Gage Keys added 11.
Keys had 15 points, Jacob Drees scored 12 and Preece scored 10 in a 56-45 win over Central Crossing on Feb. 2.
The Wildcats defeated Thomas Worthington 42-39 in overtime Jan. 30 behind 12 points from Drees.
Girls basketball team seeded 25th in district
The girls basketball team was 10-10 overall before playing Olentangy on Feb. 6 and is 5-4 in the OCC-Central.
The Wildcats defeated Central Crossing 61-42 on Feb. 2 behind 19 points from Emily Simon, 15 from Allie Klein and 12 from Brianna O'Connor.
Davidson defeated Marys-ville 67-34 on Jan. 31 in a makeup from Jan. 12, getting 22 points from Simon and 11 from Sydney Petersen.
The Wildcats are seeded 25th of 50 teams in the Division I district tournament and will visit 21st-seeded Dublin Scioto in the first round Feb. 17.
Wrestlers finish fifth at Rieman Invitational
The wrestling team finished fifth (155.5 points) of 14 teams in the Rieman Invitational on Feb. 3 at Delaware, behind champion Cincinnati Elder (252.5).
Micah Dusseau finished first at 120 pounds and Gio DiSabato (126) and Luke DeWeese (152) both placed third. Demetri Monroe was fourth at 145 and Reid Conrad (160), Brendon Yoder (182) and Jah'von Lynch (heavyweight) all finished sixth.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 9 -- At Westland. The Wildcats defeated the Cougars 60-28 on Jan. 5.
*Feb. 9 -- Home vs. Westland. The Wildcats defeated the Cougars 63-18 on Jan. 5.
Feb. 10 -- OCC-Central meet at home
Feb. 13 -- Home vs. Big Walnut, Bradley, Darby, Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 10 -- Division I sectional at Kenyon College. Winner of each swimming event, along with 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites, advance to district Feb. 17 at Ohio University. There is no diving at sectional.
*Feb. 8 -- At Marysville
Feb. 10 -- All-North Tournament at Dublin Jerome