Hilliard Bradley High School boys and girls bowling coach John Thompson expects his teams to struggle from time to time during their inaugural season.

Hilliard Bradley High School boys and girls bowling coach John Thompson expects his teams to struggle from time to time during their inaugural season.

"I told all the parents and players before the season started that we're a new program, and we know we'll take some beatings," said Thompson, who previously coached the Darby girls team and taught youth bowling for 17 years. "I want to teach them how to bowl and how to have fun bowling. We're going to build the program and get it going. We have 32 bowlers in the program, so we've got a good basis to get started."

The boys team features five bowlers who were on teams last year in Nick Bluinski, Matt Hundley, R.C. Locke, Andy Lomax and Lyman Patee.

"They've still got some things to work on," Thompson said of the boys team, which started 2-3. "They've struggled on synthetic lanes, but we've got some good bowlers to start with, and the competition amongst the varsity is good."

The girls team is led by Jordyn Mayer, Colleen O'Shea, Cahla Patee and Lynn Vo. The Jaguars started 3-2.

"They've struggled a little bit thus far, but they just got their new equipment through a deal we set up," Thompson said. "That has helped them start to turn things around."

The OHSAA realigned the bowling divisions in central Ohio this season. Bradley is in the White Division along with Darby, Davidson, Big Walnut, DeSales, Hartley, Ready, Reynoldsburg, St. Charles and Watterson.

•The Darby boys and girls teams both opened 4-1 under coach Bob Clute, who was an assistant with the program last season after serving as coach in the 2007-08 season.

Led by David Baxter, Derrick Humphrey and Zach Moore, the boys team is looking to win the White Division title as well as to get to the district tournament.

"I think overall balance is a strength for us," Clute said. "Our seven bowlers are all good bowlers and we have more depth this year than in years past. The guys also have some good team chemistry."

Despite the girls team's start, Clute expects this to be more of a building season.

Leading the Panthers are Devon Furey, Cassie Hansford and Shannon Hernan. Hansford is the team's only returnee with experience.

"The goals aren't as high for them as the boys team, because they have that lack of experience," Clute said.

•The primary goal for Davidson is to continue to grow as a program.

"I want to get more enthusiasm established and get more people interested," said first-year coach Joel Frymier, an experienced bowler who has served as an assistant with the Wildcats' girls track and field team.

The boys team has a lot of returnees from last season and is led by Jacob Costin and Jordan Ventresco. Rounding out the lineup are Kris Chandler, C.J. Hinton, Mitch Kohrmann and Jeremy Wisecarber.

Frymier would like to see the boys team finish above .500 in the White Division as well as some individual success in the postseason.

An experienced girls team has high hopes this season. The Wildcats are led by Christina Brown, Heather Coonfare and Shyanne Myers, each of whom is a returnee. Newcomers to the team are Savannah Patzer, Tara Prater and Katie Rine.

"The girls have really taken to the coaching and given a good effort," Frymier said. "The new girls have already increased their single-game pin count by around 20-30 pins."