In her second season as the only gymnast competing for Whitehall-Yearling High School, sophomore Rebekah Revadelo has aspirations of representing the Rams at the state level.
Just like last year, Revadelo is practicing and competing with the Westerville Central and coach Shea Stammen, although Revadelo's scores in meets are credited to Whitehall.
On Jan. 26, Revadelo continued her strong season by finishing eighth in the all-around (31.9) in the Westerville Central Invitational at Worthington Youth Boosters Gymnastics, where she and the Warhawks train.
Revadelo, who finished sixth on vault (7.9) and eighth on balance beam (7.6), has high scores this season of 9.15 on beam, 8.45 on floor exercise, 8.1 on vault, 7.85 on uneven bars and 32.7 in the all-around.
She believes her best chance to advance to the state meet is on beam.
"Beam is my best event," Revadelo said. "I've been working on it. I've been working on the same skills and making the same skills better. I was happy with my scores (at district last season), but I think I can do better."
The district meet is Feb. 24 at Worthington Kilbourne. The top three teams advance to the state team meet March 2 at Hilliard Bradley, while the top nine individuals in each event and the all-around qualify for the state individual meet March 3 at Bradley.
Last season at district, Revadelo finished 51st of 90 competitors in the all-around (30.625). She tied for 22nd on beam (8.5), tied for 79th on vault (7.6), tied for 83rd on bars (6.65) and finished 71st on floor (7.875).
Stammen has been pleased with Revadelo's progress.
"She knows now what high school gymnastics is all about and is more prepared," Stammen said. "Her confidence has increased. ... If she hits the beam, she has as good a chance as anybody to qualify for state on beam. She has to stay on. She has a 10.0 start value; she has gorgeous lines, beautiful dance; she just has to stay on."
Support and guidance from Stammen and the Central gymnasts have been keys to Revadelo's development.
"The girls are all super nice," Revadelo said. "It's nice to be involved and have a team. We like to support each other, but there's always a little bit of competition."
Revadelo was introduced to the sport at 6 years old at Buckeye Gymnastics in Westerville. She remained with the club before joining the Central program with assistance from former Buckeye Gymnastics coach Nicole Ciminillo, who is friends with Stammen.
Revadelo said the drive from Whitehall to Westerville and now Worthington has been worth it for her and her parents, Ron and Amy, who are "really supportive."
Although she does not train and compete at Whitehall, the school makes sure to monitor her achievements.
Athletics director Bill Hughett said Revadelo received a varsity letter and pin after last season, and he attended a meet earlier this season at Worthington Youth Boosters Gymnastics. He also remains in contact with Revadelo's mother for updates.
"I try to attend as many events as I can to support all of our children," Hughett said. "I told her I'm really proud of her. I text her mom and her mom sends us updates when she's competing."
Revadelo also competes in Whitehall's track and field program in the spring, specializing in the high jump and long jump, and is a football cheerleader in the fall.
She would like to compete in gymnastics collegiately and expects to begin that process soon. She also would like to see Whitehall start a gymnastics program.
Boys basketball team ends losing streak
The boys basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 73-33 win over visiting London on Jan. 27 as Reiko Bagley scored a game-high 22 points.
The Rams were 8-6 overall before playing Granville on Jan. 30. They are 5-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division.
Columbus Academy leads the league at 6-0, and the teams will meet Monday, Feb. 5, at Academy in a makeup of a game that was postponed Jan. 12 because of bad weather.
Whitehall lost at Logan 55-47 on Jan. 26 and at DeSales 63-51 on Jan. 23. Tyjaun Childers scored a game-high 24 points against DeSales.
Bagley has 30-point game for girls team
The girls basketball team was 1-16 overall before playing Caledonia River Valley on Jan. 29 and is 0-8 in the MSL-Ohio.
Whitehall lost at Grandview 56-46 on Jan. 27 as Kiara Bagley scored a game-high 30 points.
Bagley scored eight points in a 41-20 loss to visiting Bexley on Jan. 25.
Wrestling team competes at Westland
The wrestling team finished fourth (64 points) in the 10-team Westland Invitational on Jan. 27 behind champion Teays Valley (171.5).
Steven Fancelli won the title at 106 pounds. Finishing second were Justin Peck at 170, Andrew Dickens at 195 and Assante Ndongo at heavyweight.
Below are the coming schedules for the Whitehall-Yearling boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 3 -- At Grandview. The Rams defeated the Bobcats 49-33 on Jan. 3.
*Feb. 5 -- At Columbus Academy in makeup from Jan. 12
Feb. 6 -- Home vs. Caledonia River Valley
*Feb. 2 -- At Worthington Christian. The Rams lost to the Warriors 47-6 on Dec. 23.
Feb. 5 -- Home vs. Mifflin
*Feb. 2 -- Linden-McKinley at Holiday Lanes
Feb. 3 -- MSL tournament at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
*Feb. 5 -- Walnut Ridge at Holiday Lanes
Feb. 3 -- MSL-Ohio tournament at home