Susan Bond has an experienced group of athletes in her first season as coach of the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys bowling program.

Susan Bond has an experienced group of athletes in her first season as coach of the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys bowling program.

In her third season as coach of the girls program, she has taken over the coaching duties for the boys team from Mike Mramor, who stepped down after five seasons.

Leading the way for the boys team is senior Zac Miller, a returning Division I district qualifier. Miller rolled a 561 three-game series at district last season to tie Hilliard Bradley's Andrew Jester for 39th of 127 competitors. The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to state.

"Zac is really our leader right now," said Bond, whose team is 1-4 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-North Division and 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal. "He is taking his senior season to heart, pumping up the team and making sure everyone is supportive of one another."

Miller had a 177 game average last season and is averaging 192.5 this season with a high game of 213 and a high two-game series of 412.

Senior Michael Sutherin (146.4 average this season, 207 high game) and sophomores Michael Barnewell (171, 214), Zach Legue (162.8, 245) and Evan Place (194.4, 225) also competed at sectional last season.

Rounding out the roster are senior Grant Sugar, sophomores Spencer LeMaster and Jarrett Shuey and freshmen John Catanzarite, Carter McAllister and Colby Sutherland.

"The boys have really been enthusiastic and have really come together as a team," Bond said. "They have done a good job of supporting and helping one another."

The Wolves have moved from the OCC-Ohio to the OCC-Cardinal this season with Gahanna, Hilliard Darby, Westerville Central, Westerville North and Westerville South.

The girls team, which is 0-4 overall and in the COHSBC-North and 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal, has only two returnees in seniors Barbara Sutherin and Brittney Sutherin.

Barbara Sutherin had a 129.6 average last season and is averaging 133.2 this season, and Brittney Sutherin is averaging 133.7 after having averaged 105.5 a year ago.

"We only have a couple of players back," Bond said, referring to the Sutherin sisters. "They are a very young team and a couple of them have never bowled before."

Also on the roster are junior Kat Kessler, sophomore Meghan Gaines (119.6 average this season) and freshmen Taysia Curry, Casey Knuth (119.6) and Alexsandria Tavella (103.4).

"I think the best part is that most of the kids are willing to listen to coaching and apply what we're teaching," Bond said. "I have already seen improvements only a few weeks into the season."

Cardinals return strong nucleus

Sixth-year Thomas boys coach Joe Taylor believes his team has four quality returnees in seniors Kirsten Ensminger and Brown Icenhower and juniors Trew Chaffin and Chris Haunty.

The Cardinals finished 13th (3,577) of 20 teams in the Division I district tournament last season, as Olentangy Orange (4,075), Hillsboro (4,058), Groveport (3,909) and Reynoldsburg (3,902) advanced to state.

Chaffin rolled a 594 three-game series at district and Haunty rolled a 464. Icenhower did not compete at district but had a 166.9 average last season.

Ensminger competed in the girls postseason a year ago and was a district qualifier, coming within 28 pins of advancing to state.

She competes with the boys team during the regular season because Thomas does not have a girls program.

Ensminger rolled a 519 three-game series at district to tie Olentangy Liberty's Nicole Masajlo for 20th of 124 competitors.

"This year, we have four really solid bowlers and we're looking for that fifth bowler to step up for us," said Taylor, whose team is 1-2 overall and in the COHSBC-North and 0-1 in the OCC-Central. "We have a lot of competition for that fifth spot. If someone on j.v. rolls better than the fifth varsity player, they get to move up for the next varsity match."

Rounding out the team are juniors Quinn Holden-Harper and Liam Hughes, sophomore Austin Bernsteil and freshman Teylar Poindexter.

The Cardinals have moved from the OCC-Ohio to the OCC-Central with Bradley, Hilliard Davidson, Liberty and Marysville.

"Our kids are good at working with one another and telling (others) that they are doing this or that they need to work more on that," Taylor said. "They know what to look for and have been there for the more inexperienced bowlers."