The Worthington Christian School boys and girls bowling teams are headed to the Division II district tournament Thursday, Feb. 22, at HP Lanes.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the state tournament, which will be held March 2 for boys and March 3 for girls at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
On Feb. 16 in a sectional at HP Lanes, the boys were seventh (3,353) of 30 teams, behind champion Jonathan Alder (3,643), and the girls finished 10th (2,830) of 23 teams, behind champion Jonathan Alder (3,231), as the top 12 teams moved on.
Seth Parsell tied for 19th (510 three-game series) and Barrett Bowen tied for 46th (465) to lead the boys team. Garrett Rowda, Caleb Slagle, Mason Marsh and Clay Danec also competed.
Alyssa Weishaar tied for 13th (470) and Amber Ralston tied for 37th (420) to lead the girls team. Natalie Opava, Hope Nyland, Anna Opava, Emily Weishaar and Lilly Marsh also competed.
Swim teams end seasons at district
The boys and girls swimming and diving teams had their respective seasons end at the Division II district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio University.
The boys team finished 18th (42) of 31 teams that scored, behind champion Columbus Academy (324), and the girls were 21st (16) of 32 teams that scored, behind champion Columbus School for Girls (356).
Freshman Lena Morgan finished third in diving (514.45) at district Feb. 13 at Dublin Community Recreation Center, but only the top two finishers advanced to the state meet Feb. 21 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Competing for the girls swimming team were junior Jamie McCree and sophomores Jaclyn Hamilton and Anna Stathulis, but none advanced from the sectional Feb. 10 at Columbus Academy where the Warriors did not score.
In the boys diving meet Feb. 13 at Dublin Community Recreation Center, junior Andrew Lawrence placed fourth (246.9) and sophomore Josh Stanfield finished sixth (227.1), but only the top three advanced to state Feb. 21.
Senior Brian Kray was the only boys swimmer to compete at district. He placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 3.06 seconds) and 16th in the 100 freestyle (52.53) after finishing first in the 100 breast (1:04.23) and placing seventh in the 100 free (53.69) at the sectional.
On Jan. 27 in the MSL meet, the boys finished eighth (44) of 11 teams, behind champion and host Academy (334), and the girls were ninth (27) of 14 teams, behind champion Academy (342).
Girls basketball team to open postseason
The 12th-seeded girls basketball team begins the Division III district tournament with a second-round game Saturday, Feb. 24, at eighth-seeded Centerburg or 10th-seeded Marion Elgin.
The winner plays ninth-seeded Ready, 11th-seeded Grandview or 13th-seeded West Jefferson in a district semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 27, at a neutral site to be announced. The district final is March 2 at Ohio Dominican University.
The Warriors lost to Centerburg 39-30 on Dec. 5, beat Ready 46-38 on Jan. 29 and split a pair of games with Grandview, losing 40-34 on Dec. 2 and winning the rematch 38-36 on Jan. 13.
Worthington Christian closed the regular season by winning eight of its last nine games and is 13-9 overall. The Warriors, who placed third in the MSL-Ohio Division at 6-4 behind Bexley (9-1) and London (8-2), edged Johns-town 30-28 on Feb. 13 as Alex Evans made a pair of free throws in the closing seconds and Emma Linehan had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Boys basketball team preps for tourney
The boys basketball team had lost three games in a row and was 8-13 overall before closing the regular season Feb. 21 at Newark Catholic.
Worthington Christian opens the Division III district tournament Monday, Feb. 26, at fifth-seeded Galion Northmor in a first-round game. The winner plays 11th-seeded West Jefferson in the second round March 3 at the home of the higher seed.
The Warriors lost to Bexley 46-30 on Feb. 16 to finish fifth in the MSL-Ohio at 2-8, behind co-champions Grandview and Whitehall (both 8-2).
Worthington Christian led the Lions 20-18 at halftime but scored just 10 second-half points. Kyle Smith led the Warriors with eight points and Drew Faieta and Jacob Nowak both scored six.
@UlreyThisWeekAt a glance
SWIMMING & DIVING
*Finishes: Boys -- Eighth in MSL-Ohio, 12th at sectional, 18th at district; Girls -- Ninth in MSL-Ohio, did not score at sectional, 21st at district
*Seniors lost: Boys -- Brian Kray; Girls -- None
*Key returnees: Boys -- Andrew Lawrence and Josh Stanfield; Girls -- Jaclyn Hamilton, Jamie McCree, Lena Morgan and Anna Stathulis