Worthington Christian High School boys bowling coach Dave Krebs likes the trajectory his team is on with the postseason approaching.
The Warriors' girls squad has a lot to be excited about, too.
On Saturday, Feb. 10, both teams will compete in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference Roll-Off at Game of Western Columbus as a final tune-up for the Division II sectional, which will be held Feb. 16 for boys and Feb. 17 for girls at HP Lanes.
"I've been really impressed," Krebs said. "We've really been seeing good (progress). Our goal is to get back to state (after making it in 2016)."
Both the boys and girls teams earned runner-up finishes in the MSL-Ohio Division tournament Feb. 3 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
The boys rolled a 3,436 during the six-team qualifying round to finish behind Whitehall (4,117) and Grandview (3,799) as Barrett Bowen finished fifth (578 two-game series) and Clay Danec was 12th (529). The Warriors then lost to Whitehall in the championship match.
The girls scored 2,911 in the five-team qualifying round to finish behind Whitehall (3,786) as Alyssa Weishaar placed third (531), Emily Weishaar took fifth (460) and Natalie Opava was seventh (429). The Warriors also lost to Whitehall for the title.
In the Worthington Cup on Feb. 2 at Capri Lanes, the boys scored 2,247 to edge Kilbourne (2,236) while Thomas was third (1,463). Seth Parsell was medalist (449) and Caleb Slagle recorded a 252 game against the Cardinals.
The girls scored 1,735 to win the Worthington Cup ahead of Kilbourne (1,702) and Thomas (1,371) as Amber Ralston (323) and Opava (301) led the way.
Girls basketball team tunes up for tourney
A slow start kept the girls basketball team from winning the MSL-Ohio championship, but the Warriors were happy to have a hand in dictating the title race.
Worthington Christian picked up a confidence-building 46-32 victory over London on Jan. 27 and beat Marion Pleasant 47-37 on Feb. 5 for its sixth consecutive victory.
London, which won last year's MSL-Ohio title, is 6-2 in the league and must win out and hope the Warriors beat Bexley on Saturday, Feb. 10, to get a share of the title.
Worthington Christian is 12-8 overall and is 6-3 in the MSL-Ohio, while Bexley is 8-1 and already has earned at least a share of the title.
"We're getting better at running our offense and I guess we're just passing better," freshman guard Katherine Weakley said. "(The London game) was probably my favorite win of all time playing basketball. We just played really, really hard in that game and everybody wanted to win. It felt more like a tournament win, with everybody getting hyped. It was crazy."
The Warriors are seeded 12th of 24 teams in the Division III district tournament and will open Feb. 24 at eighth-seeded Centerburg or at 10th-seeded Marion Elgin in the second round.
"We truly are (peaking)," coach Tammi Evans said. "As we develop our discipline with our offense, we can really be a threat with the 3-point shooting as well as our inside game. Just capitalizing on both assets is huge."
Swim teams set for postseason
The boys and girls swimming and diving program begins the postseason with the Division II sectional swimming meet Saturday, Feb. 10, at Columbus Academy.
The Warriors also will have competitors at the district diving meet Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Dublin Community Recreation Center.
In the MSL meet Jan. 27 at Academy, the boys team finished eighth (44 points) of 11 teams, behind the champion and host Vikings (334), and the girls were ninth (27) of 14 teams, behind champion Academy (342).
For the boys team in the league meet, Brian Kray finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minutes, 6.6 seconds) and fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:16.11), Josh Stanfield took third in diving (268.1 points) and Andrew Lawrence was fourth in diving (249.75).
In the league meet for the girls, Lena Morgan was runner-up in diving (419.4), Anna Stathulis took sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:12.47) and ninth in the 200 IM (2:41.88) and Jamie McCree was 12th in the 100 back (1:23.0) and 16th in the 100 breast (1:29.82).
Boys basketball team making progress
After losing seven of its first 10 games, the boys basketball team has gotten close to reaching the .500 mark.
The Warriors were 8-10 overall before playing Watterson on Feb. 6 and possibly have positioned themselves to be seeded in the middle of the pack in the 25-team Division III district tournament. The tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 11.
"Our guys are playing really, really hard and having great practices every day, so now we're starting to work on some of the finer points of the game," coach Kevin Weakley said. "We're coming along. ... Morale is great. The kids are great kids, coming in here and playing hard, and we're getting better. It's just slow progress."
The Warriors are 2-6 in the MSL-Ohio entering their game Friday, Feb. 9, at Whitehall.
Collin Kimbrough had 16 points and Kyle Smith scored 11 in a 60-48 victory over West Jefferson on Jan. 30. Then in a 52-37 win over London on Feb. 3, Drew Faieta had 12 points and Nakimba Mullins scored 10.
"Nakimba Mullins has progressed and has become a good varsity player," Weakley said. "We've got a lot of young guys playing."
Below are the coming schedules for the Worthington Christian boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling and swimming & diving teams:
*Feb. 9 -- At Whitehall. The Warriors lost to the Rams 66-40 on Jan. 6.
*Feb. 10 -- At Bexley. The Warriors lost to the Lions 57-38 on Jan. 5.
Feb. 13 -- Home vs. Johnstown
Feb. 10 -- Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference Roll-Off at Game of Western Columbus
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 10 -- Division II sectional at Columbus Academy. Winner of each event and 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on times from Central, East and Southeast sectional sites advance to district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio University.
Feb. 13 -- Division II district diving meet at Dublin Community Recreation Center. Top three boys and top two girls advance to state meet Feb. 21 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.