The Hilliard Bradley High School gymnastics team lost one of the area's top performers from a year ago in 2015 graduate Ally Duckworth, but it has plenty of depth, according to coach Carol Eskay, who oversees all three Hilliard programs.

The Hilliard Bradley High School gymnastics team lost one of the area's top performers from a year ago in 2015 graduate Ally Duckworth, but it has plenty of depth, according to coach Carol Eskay, who oversees all three Hilliard programs.

"Bradley has strong returnees, a bigger roster and plenty of competition," Eskay said. "It's going to be difficult to determine a lineup, but it's a good problem to have."

The returnees are junior Grace Jones and sophomores Greta Planck and Elisa Reed.

In the all-around in the district meet last season, Jones tied for 19th (33.875), Planck tied for 26th (32.9) and Reed was 53rd (31.375).

Also on the roster are seniors Darian Connors, Taylor Hassel, Emily Tamburro and Emily Vitek, sophomores Reagan Beard, Danielle Stahl and Lauren Willman and freshmen Makayla Cornell, Tasha Lewis, Serena Owens, Lexi Patterson and Niya Shalash.

"The returning girls worked real hard and are trying new things and increasing their starting difficulty," Eskay said. "There are some very good newcomers, too.

"Darian Connors is a first-year senior who has experience and will do some good things for Bradley. Cornell, Owens and Patterson also are pushing for spots in the all-around."

The Jaguars placed fourth (134.825) at district last year as Dublin Coffman (141.6), Worthington Kilbourne (137.275) and Upper Arlington (136.825) advanced to the team state meet.

Duckworth qualified for the individual state meet, scoring a 9.2 on the floor exercise to place third. She also competed at state on uneven bars (20th, 8.725), balance beam (31st, 8.375) and in the all-around (22nd, 34.95).

A three-time state qualifier, Duckworth scored a program-record 36.025 in the all-around at district last year to place second, as the top eight finishers in each event and the all-around qualified for state.

Bradley won its third consecutive OCC-Capital Division championship last season. In the league meet, Planck placed third (8.55) on bars and tied Reed for sixth (8.7) on beam, and Jones placed sixth (33.45) in the all-around.

"I think Bradley has a chance to make a run at the league championship, to be a contender," Eskay said. "It won't be a walk in the park. I think (Dublin) Jerome's going to be very good this year."

Bradley played host to the 14-team Hilliard Invitational on Dec. 12, finishing second (132.475) behind Coffman (137.775).

Connors placed fourth in the all-around (34.25), second on vault (9.15) and second on floor (9.175). Jones finished fifth on bars (8.225) and Patterson was eighth on beam (8.575).

Returnees leading way for Panthers

Darby is expected to be led by its four returning letterwinners in seniors Marissa Huffman and Alexus Piascik, junior Morgan Nail and sophomore Chloe Shook.

The Panthers finished 10th (127.3) at district last season, as Shook placed 25th in the all-around (32.925) and tied 2015 graduate Janet Kuebler for 27th on floor (8.575). Huffman tied for 59th in the all-around (30.925).

"Their work ethic is shining through," Eskay said. "The seniors are improving their skills and have a solid foundation. I'm looking forward to seeing what Chloe can do this season. She and Morgan have been impressive."

Rounding out the roster are sophomore Liz Avila and freshmen Reema Ayesh, Hailey Hacker and Kaysi Morris. Eskay said competing in the OCC-Ohio will help the Panthers prepare for the postseason. Last season, Darby was fourth (10 points, 1-4 dual record) behind Coffman (24, 5-0), Olentangy (18, 4-1) and UA (18, 3-2) in the league standings.

"Darby competes in what has been the toughest OCC division for several years, but it's a nice challenge as it prepares them for the district meet," Eskay said.

The Panthers finished sixth (120.85) in the Hilliard Invitational, as Shook placed sixth on beam (8.925) and eighth in the all-around (33.575).

Ashley expected to lead Wildcats

Davidson has only five gymnasts, but Eskay isn't concerned about having a small roster.

"Davidson had four last year, but came on strong at the end of the season, scored their season best at district and finished second in (the OCC-Central)," she said. "They are very young, but they will be building for next year when they all can come back and we'll be adding four or five middle school girls to the roster."

The Wildcats have only one returnee in junior Reese Ashley. Last season at district, she finished 23rd in the all-around (33.425), 17th on floor (8.45), 19th on bars (8.5) and tied for 26th on beam (8.45) as Davidson finished 15th (122.725).

The Wildcats went 2-2 in OCC-Central duals last season and totaled 14 points to tie Olentangy Liberty for second in the overall league standings behind Kilbourne (20, 4-0). In the league meet, Ashley won the title on beam (9.0) and placed fifth in the all-around (32.725).

Also on the roster are junior Hannah Church, sophomores Mallory Berthel and Koryn Shugart and freshman Izabelle Clark.

"Reese will be a good leader for this group," Eskay said. "They are all hard-working and passionate. They're gaining skills already and they have a strong desire to improve. They have to remember what Davidson did last year with a small roster. It should motivate them."

Davidson was 11th (107.1) in the Hilliard Invitational.