With 10 freshmen and seven sophomores in his program, Reynoldsburg High School wrestling coach Jared Ball can't help but be excited about the future.

With 10 freshmen and seven sophomores in his program, Reynoldsburg High School wrestling coach Jared Ball can't help but be excited about the future.

The presence of the younger athletes is proof to Ball that the school district's feeder program is producing.

It also means there likely will be a significant amount of basic instruction as the Raiders strive to be competitive with a schedule that includes six tournaments in addition to an OCC-Ohio Division schedule in which they struggled to compete a year ago.

Reynoldsburg, which opened Dec. 6 by finishing 10th (188) in the 11-team Bad Apple Brawl at Mount Vernon behind champion Toledo St. John's (541), went 2-5 in the league last season to place sixth behind champion Pickerington Central (7-0).

"We've got two seniors, about four juniors and all the rest are sophomores and freshmen," said Ball, who is in his sixth season. "The feeder program is starting to (help) the high school. I think this is going to be a really fun year. There's going to be some growing pains. There's a lot of teaching going on."

The top returnees are senior Christian Eubanks (heavyweight) and junior Dominic Hathaway (120/126/132).

Last season, Eubanks placed third at sectional and 1-2 at district at heavyweight to finish 34-12. Hathaway was second at sectional and 1-2 at district at 120 to finish 25-15.

Senior Mike Harville (220) is another experienced wrestler but has battled injuries throughout much of his career.

Other juniors are Skylar Bray (126), Sage Finnerty (195) and Zach Polinsky (138/145). Finnerty placed sixth at 195 at sectional last season.

Sophomores Rhett Griffin (138) and Alan Matheny (160) also were contributors a year ago.

The other sophomores are Ryan Kelly (138), Jaxon Matan (132), Sullivan McConnell (heavyweight), Justin Schultze (220) and Brandon Whetstone (220).

The Raiders lost a 2014 senior class that was led by James Love, who went 1-2 in the Division I state tournament at 182 and was the program's first state qualifier since 2010. Others lost to graduation included district-qualifiers Jalen Jones (132), Nathan Smiley (126) and Raphael Turner (220) as well as Andrew McBane, who placed sixth at sectional at 152.

McCafferty backto lead swimmers

Although Morgan McCafferty spends most of her time competing at the club level until mid-December each season, swimming and diving coach Brian Kocher knows what to expect from his senior standout.

The return of nearly every other key competitor from a year ago, combined with the addition of a strong freshman class, has Kocher feeling optimistic about this season.

On Dec. 6 in the season opener, the boys team finished sixth (18) in the seven-team Catholic Showdown at St. Charles behind the champion and host Cardinals (500) and the girls were fifth (131) of six teams behind champion Columbus School for Girls (361).

The girls should be led for the fourth consecutive season by McCafferty, who signed with Nebraska in November. She made it to the Division I state meet for the third season in a row last winter, finishing sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (56.62 seconds) and seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:04.95).

"We've got 11 boys and 15 girls, so our numbers are up," said Kocher, who is in his second season. "The goal every year is to get as many people through to district as possible. The girls team will be strong again. Morgan has been swimming well with her club team."

Also back for the girls team are seniors Marisa Glusich and Leah Svoboda, juniors Alexis Anderson, Katie Crawford and Acadia Gaver and sophomores Reagan Duchesne, Brittney Graves and Abby Hutson-Comeaux.

Junior Brianna Abele, sophomore Sara Lichtner and freshman Emilie Thiebert are newcomers expected to contribute.

Seniors Devin Wooddell and Hayden Stratman, juniors Christian Morgan and Christian White and sophomore Aaron Bryan are returning boys. Freshmen Dru Gaver, Tajah Reynolds and Tanner Wooddell are expected to contribute.

Girls basketball teampreps for Tigers

A season ago, a 61-57 loss to Pickerington Central in late January snapped the girls basketball team's 54-game OCC-Ohio winning streak, but it went on to capture its fourth consecutive outright league title.

One of Reynoldsburg's toughest opponents as it looks to extend that string likely will be Central.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the Raiders travel to play the Tigers.

Reynoldsburg beat Groveport 76-32 on Dec. 5 in its league opener and was 2-1 overall before playing Grove City in a league game Dec. 9.

The Raiders opened by beating Shaker Heights 69-64 on Nov. 29 but lost to DeSales 57-50 on Nov. 30 in games at home in the Gary West Tipoff Classic.

Against Shaker, freshman post player Jalynda Salley scored 26 points.

Salley also led the Raiders in scoring against DeSales with 12 points before she went down with a bruised knee. She was expected to be back against Grove City or for the Central game.

Senior Courtney Purtell led Reynoldsburg with 17 points against Groveport.

Central beat Gahanna 50-48 on Dec. 5 in its league opener and was 1-2 overall before playing Lancaster in a league game Dec. 9. The Tigers opened with a 52-51 overtime loss to Dublin Coffman, which was a state semifinalist a year ago.

Schedules SWIMMING & DIVING

Dec. 6 -- Catholic Showdown at St. Charles

Dec. 9 -- Lancaster at Lancaster YMCA

Dec. 12 -- at St. Charles with DeSales

Dec. 13 -- Ned Reeb Invitational at Ohio State

Dec. 20 -- Mount Vernon Invitational at Kenyon College

Dec. 27 -- Hartley and Olentangy Liberty at St. Charles

Jan. 3 -- at St. Charles with Big Walnut and Canal Winchester

Jan. 9 -- at Columbus School for Girls with Teays Valley

Jan. 17 -- Northeast Classic at Branin Natatorium in Canton

Jan. 24 -- Comet Classic at Urbancrest YMCA

Jan. 30 -- OCC-Ohio diving meet at New Albany

Jan. 31 -- OCC-Ohio swimming meet at Thomas Worthington

Feb. 6 -- Pickerington Central and Pickerington North at Lancaster YMCA

WRESTLING

Dec. 6 -- Bad Apple Brawl at Mount Vernon

Dec. 10 -- Eastside Quad with host New Albany and Watkins Memorial

Dec. 19-20 -- North Canton Hoover Holiday Tournament

Jan. 27-28 -- Chagrin Falls Kenston Invitational

*Jan. 8 -- vs. Pickerington North and Gahanna at Groveport

*Jan. 15 -- at Pickerington Central with Grove City

Jan. 16-17 -- Maumee Bay Classic at Oregon Clay

*Jan. 22 -- vs. Lancaster

Jan. 31 -- Watkins Memorial Invitational

*Feb. 5 -- at Groveport

*Feb. 12 -- vs. Newark

Feb. 14 -- Nye Classic at St. Charles

*League contest