Two athletes have been representing Northridge High School in central Ohio gymnastics meets.

Two athletes have been representing Northridge High School in central Ohio gymnastics meets.

Juniors Hayley Adkins and Ellaina McConnell have competed in two meets under the tutelage of coach Misty Lloyd-Matthews of Central Ohio Gymnastics and Cheerleading. They compete as individuals because programs need at least four participants to earn a team score.

Adkins' mother, Tiffany Adkins, approached the school board earlier in the year about approving gymnastics as a club sport.

"I wasn't sure if they would approve it, but they did," Tiffany Adkins said. "Hayley has been in club since she was 9 and Ellaina has been in club since she was 13, and they wanted to give high school gymnastics a try."

One reason Hayley Adkins wanted to compete in a high school schedule was because of injuries. She missed most of last club season with injuries, including a concussion and biceps tendinitis.

"It was really difficult to sit out after putting in a lot of hard work," said Adkins, who practices more than 16 hours per week. "You like to be able to show what you have been working toward."

Adkins fared well in her first two meets, placing third in the all-around (33.9 points) on Dec. 17 at Dublin Coffman and winning the all-around (33.35) two days later at Central Ohio Gymnastics and Cheerleading.

On Dec. 19, she won uneven bars (8.65), floor exercise (8.75) and vault (8.6), and was third on balance beam (7.35).

"There is definitely more of a positive environment (in comparing high school to club)," Hayley Adkins said. "Everyone is so uplifting and supportive (in high school). It's much more competitive in club."

Adkins and McConnell next compete Jan. 15 against Big Walnut, DeSales, Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange at Central Ohio Gymnastics and Cheerleading.

Johnstown club team fielding six bowlers

Johnstown-Monroe had bowling approved as a club sport in October, leaving coach Larry Hiles scrambling.

He had to get a schedule and secure enough bowlers for a team, but he was able to pull it all together.

The Johnnies opened Dec. 5 with a 1,353-1,228 win over Northridge at Park Lanes.

"There was a lot to do and we added our fifth bowler the day before the opening match, and another since then," said Hiles, whose team was 1-5 after losing to Licking Valley 1,784-1,544 on Dec. 22. "We have two experienced bowlers and four bowling for the first time."

Leading the way is junior C.J. Hiles, the son of the coach. He had a 197 per game average through five matches. The other experienced bowler is junior Vince Green, who was averaging 148.

Rounding out the roster are senior Dustin Igel and juniors Seth Jackson, Gunnar Maynard and Brianna Potter.

"Because we have bowlers who are new to the sport, we have to teach from the foul line back," coach Hiles said. "We're teaching them the position that they need to release the ball, and to let the ball do the work. A lot of kids try to muscle the ball and they don't realize that the weight of the ball can do most of the work."

The Johnnies practice and have home matches at Park Lanes. They do not play in a league, but coach Hiles said the LCL has discussed having a bowling schedule and tournament next season.

"Bowling is something I have done all of my life," coach Hiles said. "I played until I started getting into baseball and football, and then bowling fell off until later.

"C.J. started wrestling and football in the seventh grade, but he fell in love with bowling and has decided that he wants to concentrate that."

Northridge bowlers get chance to compete

Northridge has six bowlers in the club program's inaugural season.

"The kids are really enjoying themselves," said coach Mike Pankuch, whose team was 0-3 before facing Licking Valley on Dec. 23. "It's a good opportunity for kids who can't play other winter sports and a chance for kids to be a part of a team when they probably didn't think they would have a chance to be part of a team sport."

The Vikings have two seniors in Sean Cox and Sebastian Deer. Rounding out the roster are sophomores Katie Applequist, Jacob Feightner, Scott McDaniel and Mackenzie Pankuch.

"We have four kids who have never bowled before and they are improving every week," coach Pankuch said. "They are really having fun and learning a lot."

Northridge practices and competes in home matches at Redskin Lanes. It does not play a league schedule.

After losing to Johnstown, the Vikings lost to Granville 2,125-1,291 on Dec. 15 and Lakewood 1,871-1,272 on Dec. 19.

Deer and Mackenzie Pank-uch both have cerebral palsy.

"My daughter loves to bowl and that's why we approached the school board about getting the team," coach Pankuch said. "Sebastian Deer also has cerebral palsy and told me that he was so happy because he never thought he would be a part of a team sport. For a kid to be able to fulfill a dream and be part of a team sport, that's what this is all about."