With more than a week to prepare for its league meet, the Worthington Kilbourne High School gymnastics team is concentrating on its balance beam and uneven bars routines, according to coach Cindy Fushimi.

With more than a week to prepare for its league meet, the Worthington Kilbourne High School gymnastics team is concentrating on its balance beam and uneven bars routines, according to coach Cindy Fushimi.

She'd also like her athletes to continue working on their "focus and determination."

The Wolves competed against DeSales, Olentangy Liberty, Thornville Sheri- dan and Westland on Feb. 3. They don't compete again until Feb. 13 in the OCC-Central Division meet at Dublin Coffman.

Kilbourne has won six consecutive league titles.

"We're progressing as a team, which is reflected in our team score, but I thought we might be a little further along by now," Fushimi said. "We have to be mentally tougher in order to improve from this point."

Bethany Lange has been the team's most consistent scorer, Fushimi said.

On Jan. 23 in the 12-team Wolfpack Invitational, the host Wolves placed 10th (115.925) behind champion Coffman (139.8) as Lange finished fourth on bars, fifth on vault and sixth in all-around.

Lange also placed fifth on vault on Jan. 30 as Kilbourne scored 115.6 to place 10th in the Dawg House Invitational at Dresden Tri-Valley.

"Bethany has been doing well," Fushimi said. "Kayla Shelby has been improving nicely.

"She has added harder skills to her routines, which will ultimately increase her scores. Abby Souder is becoming more consistent, and Jenaiya Burrell is increasing her difficulty as well."

Cardinals battling through injuries

Thomas also is off from competition until Feb. 13, when it competes in the OCC-Ohio meet at Coffman.

On Jan. 30 in the six-team Warhawk Invitational at Westerville Central, Thomas placed second (119.15) behind Sheridan (121.25).

Vicky Gomez placed sixth on beam, 10th on vault and ninth in all-around to lead the Cardinals.

Camryn Patton added a seventh-place finish on vault, Liesl Ludwig was seventh on floor exercise and ninth on beam, Anna Konieczynski was ninth on bars and Emma Zedeker placed 10th on bars.

The Cardinals, who competed Feb. 2 against Delaware, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, Hilliard Davidson and Olentangy Orange, have had to overcome physical issues all season.

Kiara Coleman, Kenzie Groff, Camryn Patton and Maddie Wilkin are among those who have had injuries or illnesses.

"Our team has been hit hard by the injury bug as well as illness lately," coach Marci Skeen said. "It's been hard to stay consistent with a lineup rotation with all the injuries and illnesses.

"I need to get my girls healthy so we can finish the season well. I love being with the girls each day. It breaks my heart we are having such a run of bad luck lately."