The future is coming into focus perhaps unlike at any previous stage of life for Bethany Hurt.
Due in part to what she’s learned from the injuries she’s dealt with over the years, the senior for the Dublin Coffman High School gymnastics team is considering majoring in exercise science in college.
She’s interested in pursuing occupational therapy because of some of the positive experiences she’s had while working with elementary, middle school and high school students with special needs.
Her current goals are clear, too.
Hurt, who shared the district championship in the all-around last season with 2017 Worthington Kilbourne graduate Bethany Lange by scoring a 35.925, is hoping to win the all-around title in the OCC-Central Division meet Saturday, Feb. 10, at Hilliard Davidson and follow that with another district championship in the all-around Feb. 24 at Kilbourne.
She would consider a top-10 finish in at least one event in the individual state meet March 3 at Hilliard Bradley – which would earn her all-state honors – to be a great cap to her prep career.
“She’s just consistent,” coach Kristen Willms said. “We didn’t see that at the beginning of last year. Last year, she showed some nerves and showed a little bit of apprehension, but she doesn’t anymore. She’s probably the most consistent gymnast I’ve ever worked with. Even if it’s not perfect, she can pull it off. She’s very confident, very calm and doesn’t get too worked up.”
Hurt, who says she’d consider competing in club gymnastics in college, tries to do all of the little things necessary.
That usually includes placing one or two bags of ice on parts of her body after meets.
“I still have my shoulder injury and my knee hurts here and there, but health-wise, I’m pretty good,” Hurt said. “For 15 years I’ve been doing (gymnastics), so it’s crazy that it’s my last season. … I don’t know what I’d do without gymnastics in my life.”
Given her trajectory this season, Hurt appears to be on her way to reaching some, if not most, of her goals in the sport.
Coffman, which has just four competitors this season, finished with 94.15 points to place fourth behind Jerome (128.25), host Thomas Worthington (122.05) and Westerville Central (112.425) and ahead of Scioto (93.15) on Jan. 31, but Hurt scored 36.525 to capture the all-around title. She also was first on floor exercise (9.25), balance beam (9.1), uneven bars (9.1) and vault (9.05) in the five-team meet.
Last season at state, Hurt placed 13th in the all-around (35.975) to lead all central Ohio competitors and also finished 13th on floor (9.0), 14th on bars (8.875) and 16th on beam (8.9).
At last year’s district meet, Hurt won floor with a 9.35.
“Overall, we’re doing pretty well as a team and, individually, I feel pretty good,” Hurt said. “Beam has always been pretty strong for me and my floor has been doing well. My vault had a little issue, but it’s going pretty well now. Bars is probably my weakest event, but it’s not too bad.
“I’m hoping to add more (difficulty to my routines) throughout the season. I haven’t really changed my routines from last year, but I want to add a release on bars and a double full on floor where you flip once but twist twice.”
Willms also is looking forward to seeing what Hurt accomplishes in her remaining time in the program.
“It will be exciting to see what she can bring at the state meet,” Willms said. “She could definitely be in the running for all-state in something and 36 is good for an all-around score. She’s got more in the bag. We’ve got more things we’re working on.”
Girls team wraps up outright OCC title
The girls basketball team earned the outright OCC-Central championship Feb. 2 with a 90-45 victory over Marysville.
Then on Feb. 4, the Shamrocks received the No. 2 seed for the 50-team Division I district tournament and will play host to 46th-seeded Groveport in the first round Feb. 17.
The next-highest seed in Coffman’s bracket is No. 5 Westerville South, which the Shamrocks beat 82-80 on Jan. 3.
Coffman was 19-1 overall before playing Westerville North on Feb. 6 and is 9-0 in the OCC-Central.
Entering play Feb. 6, junior forward Kaitlyn Kopyar had averaged 23.2 points over the previous five games, including scoring 29 in a 72-45 league win over Davidson on Jan. 19.
Against Marysville, Jacy Sheldon had 27 points and Kopyar scored 24.
“(Scoring) 29 was the most I’ve ever scored, so that was exciting,” Kopyar said. “I don’t really keep track. I just try to score in the flow of things and try to get offense from my defense. This year I’ve become more of a predominant scorer than last year. I try to focus on assists and a little bit more of a need to score more than last year.
“We’re going to push every day in practice for that end goal of getting to state. We just need to get better and, even though we think we should always get better, we want to always keep pushing and keep playing as hard as we can every time.”
Boys basketball team moving forward
After losing 44-41 to Upper Arlington on Feb. 3, the boys basketball team likely will need to win out to earn at least a share of the OCC-Central title.
Coffman was 15-4 overall before playing Westerville North on Feb. 6 and is 7-1 in the league as it prepares to play host to Central Crossing on Feb. 9. The Shamrocks then close the regular season Feb. 16 at UA, which is 8-0 in the league.
Against UA, Dominiq Penn had 10 points, Derek Van Vlerah scored nine and Trevor Grady added eight. The Golden Bears’ Dane Goodwin had 19 points, including a 3-pointer as time expired to give his team the win.
Wrestlers return to league action
The wrestling team takes a 3-0 record in the OCC-Central into its match Thursday, Feb. 8, at home against Upper Arlington.
The Shamrocks close league competition Feb. 15 at Davidson.
On Jan. 31, the Shamrocks lost to Teays Valley 59-12 in a Division I, Region 6 semifinal in the team dual tournament. Teays Valley lost to St. Paris Graham 72-3 in the regional final.
Below are the coming schedules for the Coffman boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 9 – Home vs. Central Crossing. The Shamrocks beat the Comets 61-38 on Jan. 5.
*Feb. 9 – At Central Crossing. The Shamrocks beat the Comets 83-27 on Jan. 5.
Feb. 10 – OCC-Central meet at Hilliard Davidson
Feb. 9-11 – Blue Jackets Cup consolation tournament at OhioHealth Ice Haus. Coffman is the 11th seed and opens Feb. 9 against 10th-seeded Olentangy Orange, with the winner to face 12th-seeded DeSales or 13th-seeded Thomas Worthington Feb. 10. The consolation final is at 5 p.m. Feb. 11.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 10 – Division I sectional swimming at Kenyon College. The winner of each event and 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites advance to the district meet Feb. 17 at Ohio University.
Feb. 12 – Division I district girls diving at Dublin Community Recreation Center. Top four finishers advance to state meet Feb. 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Feb. 13 – Division I district boys diving at Dublin Community Recreation Center. Top five finishers advance to state meet Feb. 24 at Branin Natatorium.
*Feb. 8 – Home vs. Upper Arlington