Westerville South High School girls bowling coach Jamie West has a simple response when asked about his team's goals: The Wildcats are looking for a return trip to the Division I state tournament.

Westerville South High School girls bowling coach Jamie West has a simple response when asked about his team's goals: The Wildcats are looking for a return trip to the Division I state tournament.

South returns three players who competed at state last season in seniors Kirsten Doty and Sydney Van Scyoc and sophomore Taylor Knox. Doty finished 36th (526), followed by Van Scyoc (522, 40th) and Knox (196, one game).

The Wildcats finished 12th (2,902) of 16 teams during pool play behind first-place Beavercreek (3,269).

"I would like to get back to state," West said. "The sky is the limit. We have some good returning players. We have lots of leadership and the team is really close. I don't see why we couldn't work into that situation."

West also expects his team to contend for Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-North Division and OCC-Cardinal titles after winning both last season.

South was 3-0 overall and in the COHSBC-North before playing Delaware on Dec. 16, and is 1-0 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Before playing Delaware, South had a season-high score in a 2,015-1,710 win over Olentangy Liberty on Dec. 7, as Knox led with a 425 series.

Last season, Van Scyoc finished with a 179.3 average, followed by Knox (176.9) and Doty (162.7).

Also back are senior Kaitlyn Dreher and juniors Kim Diaz and Danielle Sellars.

Other bowlers are senior McKayla Mason and freshmen Emily Grise, Sophie Hand, Piper Lane and Maggie Van Scyoc.

"We're looking OK for this part of the season," West said. "We have a lot of new faces. Most of them have never bowled in any kind of competitive situations."

The boys team entered the week at 2-1 overall and in the COHSBC-North, and is 1-0 in the OCC-Cardinal.

South defeated Worthington Kilbourne 2,230-2,192 in an OCC-Cardinal match Dec. 4 as junior returnee Parker Williams led with a 447 series.

Also back are seniors James Price and Nick Reed, junior Parker Van Scyoc and sophomores Ryan Loggins and Josh Wiedermann.

Other bowlers are freshmen Colton Rice, Callan Van Scyoc and Cameron Voigt.

Last season, Price led the team with a 195.6 average, followed by Williams (190.5), Parker Van Scyoc (184.9) and Loggins (161.7).

"We're a little bit inexperienced, but the freshmen coming in show a lot of promise and they're working hard in getting better," boys coach Mike Craig said. "It would be nice to get to state. The team has that kind of talent. We just have to keep working at it and put it all together."

Central girls aiming for state berth

After failing to qualify for state last season, the Central girls team is hoping to earn a berth there in March.

Central was 0-2 overall and in the COHSBC-North before playing Big Walnut on Dec. 15, and is 0-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.

The Warhawks opened by losing to Westerville North 1,772-1,588 on Dec. 1. Sophomore returnee Kirsten Miller led Central with a 311 series.

Other returnees are senior Ange Leone and sophomore Jordan Guilbault.

Also looking to contribute are sophomores Summer Snyder and Olivia Stacey and freshmen Jocelyn Grimsley and Lyssa Zepfel.

Zepfel has spina bifida.

"We're going to have a very good year," coach Julie Wells said. "I have a lot of new girls to the game. ... They're enthusiastic and they're learning something every day."

Last season, Miller had a 162 average, followed by Leone (157.3).

The boys team was 3-0 overall and in the COHSBC -North before playing Big Walnut, and is 1-0 in the OCC-Cardinal.

The Warhawks defeated North 2,431-1,522 and Thomas Worthington 2,218-2,085 on Dec. 7.

Against North, Alex Fleetwood had a 438 series and Ryan O'Connor had a 428. Both are sophomore returnees.

Fleetwood had a 456 against Kilbourne.

Also back are seniors Alex Borowitz and Nich Carpenter, junior Ben Lorenz and sophomore Cameron Gonce.

Juniors Jon Cabeen and Mitchell Louden, sophomores Cole Conkel and Tyler Mathieu and freshmen Zachary Gonzalez and Devon Richardson also are looking to contribute.

Last season, Fleetwood had a 202.1 average, followed by O'Connor (190.9) and Borowitz (187.4).

"The boys are a gifted bunch, (but) they're a young bunch," Wells said. "They're going to do good things. Our goal is always state. That's where we start off the season."

Central is looking to replace 2015 graduate Marcus Gonce, who finished 63rd (510) at state last season.

Joseph returns for North girls

Junior Kaylee Joseph of the North girls team is looking for a third trip to state.

She placed 10th (582) last season to earn second-team all-state after tying for 51st (514) as a freshman.

Joseph led the Warriors in their opening win over Central with a 422 series.

"Kaylee does a lot of bowling on her own," coach Dean Dabe said. "She probably bowls four days a week. She really works hard at her game. Her inspiration is to become a professional after her school days. She's a real joy to be around."

North is 2-0 overall and in the COHSBC-North, and 1-0 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Also back are seniors Katelyn Couch, Kara Merryman and Chynna Swayne and sophomore Madyson McFann.

Other bowlers are freshmen Olivia Stanton and Kaitlyn Sturgell.

Last season, Joseph finished sixth in the area with a 183.9 average.

The boys team was 0-2 overall and in the COHSBC-North before playing Marysville on Dec. 15, and is 0-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Junior Andrew Sturgell led the Warriors with a 395 series against Central. He had a 164.3 average last season. Also back is senior Matthew Gerardi, who had a 165.6 average.

Other bowlers are senior Louis Lance, sophomore Dono-van Carey and freshmen Avery Stanton and Jason Sturgell.

"I'm hoping that maybe with a little bit of luck we can win our division," Dabe said. "It will be a little trying with three new bowlers. All the kids are catching on quick."