Led by first-year coaches Ira Cross and Denny Hammond, the Columbus Academy boys and girls bowling teams have shown promise so far this season.

Led by first-year coaches Ira Cross and Denny Hammond, the Columbus Academy boys and girls bowling teams have shown promise so far this season.

Cross and Hammond replaced Dan Olexio, who stepped down after five seasons because of family commitments.

After being off for about a month, Academy returned to action Jan. 6 against Beechcroft.

The boys team was 4-3 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division, with wins against Centennial (2,020-1,846 on Dec. 1) and Linden-McKinley (1,993-1,392 on Dec. 9) and in a tri-match (2,193) on Dec. 10 with St. Charles (2,086) and Grandview (2,074).

"Heading into each match, our goal is to not beat ourselves," senior Aaron Brown said. "Obviously, we want to win every match we can, but if we don't win, we want to make sure the other team had to earn their victory against us."

Through seven matches, Brown led the team with a 192.3 average and senior Emre Kahraman, who also returns, had a 170.7 average.

Seniors Andrew Kennedy (153.4) and Sean Reagan (168.7), junior Nick Smith (162.8) and sophomore Michael Reagan (168.8) also played last year.

The girls team was 3-3 overall and in the league before playing Beechcroft. The Vikings defeated Centennial 1,481-1,392, Linden 1,574-1,002 and Grandview 1,366-1,350.

"I'm really excited about the season," senior returnee Mary Kate Kelley said. "We're off to a very good start, especially considering how small our team is. We're a tight-knit group and we have loads of fun, whether it'd be at practices, matches or tournaments."

Senior Metty Schroeder, who also returns, led the team with a 147.7 average through six matches.

Also back are seniors Samantha Hunker (108.2), Yasmine Kashubeck (132.9) and Jenna Kent (119.9). Sophomore Sophia Anasis (118.3) is new to the team.

Kelley has a 109.8 average.

"Coach Hammond and I hope for our bowlers to improve every week and do something special by tournament time," Cross said.

Boys basketball team finding success

Despite injuries to two key players, the boys basketball team entered 2016 with a winning record.

The Vikings were 6-3 overall before playing Northridge on Jan. 5 and are 1-3 in the MSL-Ohio Division.

Sophomore point guard Herman Moultrie was lost for the season after undergoing left foot surgery last week. Moultrie, who sustained the injury last summer, played injured during football season and for the first eight games of the basketball season.

Academy also has played without junior forward Brett Bates, who is out with a sprained ankle. Coach Jeff Warstler is hoping Bates can return before the end of the season.

Warstler said other players have stepped up in place of Moultrie and Bates. As many as 12 players have seen time in some games.

The Vikings bounced back from a 63-61 home loss to MSL-Ohio contender Grandview on Dec. 22 to defeat Watkins Memorial 44-36 on Dec. 23 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Ryan Alexander scored 13 points and Nick Stringer added 12.

Academy won at Utica 35-23 on Dec. 30 as Alexander scored 10 points.

Wrestlers compete at Marion Harding

The wrestling team finished 35th (9.5 points) of 36 teams in the Marion Harding Classic on Dec. 28 and 29 behind champion Lakewood St. Edward (216.5).

Calvin Wuorinen was 3-2 at 160 pounds and Anthony Sugar was 1-2 at 138.

The Vikings will compete in the Kevin Michael Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 9, at home.