Eighth-year coach John Thompson believes his Hilliard Bradley High School boys and girls bowling teams both are a work in progress.

Eighth-year coach John Thompson believes his Hilliard Bradley High School boys and girls bowling teams both are a work in progress.

The Jaguars have only eight girls bowlers and just four seniors between the two teams.

"We're going to win some, and we're going to lose some," said Thompson, whose boys team finished 10-6 overall last season while the girls team went 4-8. "That's going to happen. All I can ask is that they roll with it and continue to work on some issues."

The girls team is comprised of seniors Margaret Birnbrich and Haley Johnson, juniors Jennifer Larsen and Claire Waggener, sophomores Christy Hribar and Ava Miller and freshmen Marisabel Aguilar and Jenna Stand.

The Jaguars are 2-3 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-North Division.

"Haley, Anna and Christy all have a lot of experience," Thompson said. "Having mainly those three with varsity experience, we may struggle, but we have to keep learning and improving."

Through four matches, Birnbrich led the Jaguars with a 163.3 game average, followed by Hribar (146.9), Miller (138.3) and Johnson (137.1).

The boys team is 3-3 overall and in the COHSBC-North.

"We have to go out and bowl and have fun," Hall said. "If we go out and bowl a bad game, it happens. We have to keep having a good time and the pins will fall."

Through five matches, junior Dylan Hall had a team-best 203.7 average and a high game of 244.

Senior Devante' Phillips was next with a 175.1 average, followed by junior Dalton Barclay (155.5), junior Nolan Croce (149.2), senior Sammer Hamed (144.8) and junior Daniel Curran (142.0).

"We have 21 boys, and I keep telling them that they shouldn't stress," Thompson said. "They are here to learn bowling and have fun with it."

The Jaguars also are in the OCC-Cardinal Division with Darby, Delaware, Groveport, Newark, Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne. However, they have yet to play any of those league matches.

"I like the attitude of our kids," Thompson said. "There's no real drama with these kids. They are here to bowl and support each other. They are willing to do what you tell them in order to get better. They don't sit there and say that they can't do it. They work and try to get better."

Williams paces swim teams at Ned Reeb

Macy Williams came up big for the girls swimming and diving team in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 17 at Ohio State.

The junior set a program record in the 200-yard freestyle by finishing fifth in 1 minute, 56.72 seconds.

Brynn Driscoll was ninth in the 200 individual medley (2:15.13) and 13th in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.81) as the girls team finished 24th (40 points) behind champion Upper Arlington (330) as 35 teams scored.

"Macy had a great race and it was a great meet for us," said coach Jacob Shiplet, whose team doesn't compete again until Jan. 7 in the Delaware Invitational at Ohio Wesleyan University. "Brynn had terrific swims and I'm very excited to see what she is able to do (in the Division I) district (meet) later this year."

Trent Nguyen placed 12th in the 100 breast (1:01.78) to lead the boys team, which finished 32nd (9) behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (642) as 36 teams scored.

"Overall, the team performed very well (in the Ned Reeb Invitational) and I'm very excited about where we are at this point in the year," Shiplet said. "Our new swimmers are performing very well and our experienced swimmers are going faster than ever at this point in the year. I believe great things are around the corner."

Reed leads gymnasts in Hilliard Invite

Elisa Reed was the top performer for the gymnastics team in its home Hilliard Invitational on Dec. 17.

The junior tied for 14th in the all-around with a score of 32.25. Reed also tied for fifth on floor exercise (8.55) and tied for seventh on balance beam (8.45) as the Jaguars finished third (127.3 points) of 12 teams, behind Olentangy (132.4) and Dresden Tri-Valley (132.3).

Lexi Patterson finished 17th in the all-around (32.05), placed fifth on beam (8.55) and tied for sixth on uneven bars (7.8). Greta Planck was 23rd in the all-around (31.35), tied for seventh on beam (8.45) and was 10th on vault (8.3), and Serena Owens finished 25th in the all-around (30.35) and eighth on bars (7.4).

"I was proud of the way the girls competed," coach Carol Eskay said. "We found some things that we need to improve upon, but overall we had a very strong showing."

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Schedules

BOWLING

Dec. 3 -- Red and Blue Classic at HP Lanes

*Dec. 5 -- Gahanna at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl

*Dec. 7 -- Westerville North at Columbus Square Bowling Palace

*Dec. 9 -- Big Walnut at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl

Dec. 10 -- Baker Marathon at Columbus Square Bowling Palace

*Dec. 12 -- Boys: Marysville at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl

*Dec. 16 -- Westerville South at Columbus Square Bowling Palace

Dec. 17 -- Wright State Raider Challenge at Beaver-Vu Bowl

*Dec. 19 -- Olentangy at Delaware Lanes

*Jan. 4 -- Groveport at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl

*Jan. 6 -- Darby at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl

Jan. 7 -- Buckeye Classic at HP Lanes

*Jan. 9 -- Westerville Central at Columbus Square Bowling Palace

*Jan. 11 -- Thomas Worthington at Capri Lanes

Jan. 14 -- Sectional Preview at Twin Star Lanes

*Jan. 20 -- Delaware at Colony Lanes

*Jan. 24 -- Newark at Park Lanes

*Jan. 25 -- Olentangy Orange at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl

*Jan. 27 -- Worthington Kilbourne at Capri Lanes

Jan. 28 -- Jaguar Baker Marathon at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl

*Jan. 30 -- Olentangy Liberty at Sawmill Lanes

*Jan. 31 -- New Albany at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl

*Feb. 2 -- Davidson at Ten Pin Alley

*League contest

Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Dec. 23 -- Home vs. Darby

Dec. 29 -- Home vs. Davidson

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Dec. 23 -- Home vs. Darby

Dec. 27 -- Cincinnati Mother of Mercy at Watterson Christmas Classic

Dec. 28 -- Cincinnati Seton at Watterson Christmas Classic

WRESTLING

Dec. 27-28 -- Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Tournament at Wright State

*League contest