The Central Crossing High School gymnastics team has five athletes on its roster and none return from last season.
However, 17th-year coach Lavon Maynard said that doesn't mean the Comets are an inexperienced group. Junior Haylee Snodgrass is back after taking her sophomore season off and other participants have experience before high school.
"Most of them are new to high school gymnastics, but they aren't necessarily new to the sport," Maynard said. "We have a small team so we get a lot of one-on-one time with them. Also, they all do all-around, which means we don't have anyone specializing or anything like that."
Snodgrass competed as a freshman but also is a cheerleader, which takes up a considerable amount of time.
"I do cheerleading for basketball season, and I was really busy my freshman year," Snodgrass said. "I decided to take a break my sophomore year to focus on my grades more and improve myself like that. I missed (gymnastics) a lot and I really wish I would have done it last year. That way I would be at a higher skill level than I am now."
Freshman Taylor Redden has extensive experience in club gymnastics.
"I did club for about six years and then I took a year off because of a back injury," she said. "I decided to come back this year and see what high school (gymnastics) is like."
Redden competed in her first prep meet Dec. 12 at Hilliard Davidson, where she was joined by sophomore Jadelyn Shoopman. Snodgrass started the meet, but was injured during her first event, the floor exercise.
"On my floor exercise, I landed wrong out of a tumble," Snodgrass said. "(The trainers) said I had a slightly sprained ankle. I should only be out a couple of days."
The Comets were sixth (47.65 points) of seven teams behind champion Hilliard Darby (129.025).
"The two girls did awesome for their first meet because they were very nervous coming in," Maynard said. "It's their first time competing, even though Jadelyn is a sophomore. They need to get more confidence, but that will come."
Redden's top performance was a 7.4 on vault, as she scored 25.75 in the all-around. Shoopman had a 21.9 in the all-around, led by a 6.8 on vault.
"My favorite event is the vault," Redden said. "I like all of the power and that it doesn't involve a whole routine, but it's still important. You need to run really hard and you can't be afraid of the table."
Freshmen Hope Groves and Madison VonIns round out the roster.
"Coach has been telling us to have fun with it and just go out and perform what we are doing," Snodgrass said.
Boys basketball team wins first league game
The boys basketball team won its second consecutive game and its first league contest by defeating visiting Marysville 56-44 on Dec. 14.
The Comets were 2-2 overall before playing Canal Winchester on Dec. 18. They are 1-1 in the OCC-Central Division.
Anthony Lowe led the way against the Monarchs with 19 points, and Devon Miller added 10.
Through four games, Lowe was averaging a team-high 15.3 points, followed by Miller (7.3), Jalen Coles (5.8), Dan Ewald (5.5) and Jasaad Montague (5.0).
Juniors lead way for wrestlers at Liberty
Juniors Omari Green (heavyweight) and Nathan Vanhouten (195 pounds) led the wrestling team in the Olentangy Liberty Classic on Dec. 14 and 15.
Both went 3-2, although the Comets did not have any participants place in the tournament.
Central Crossing finished 22nd (47.5 points) of 33 teams behind champion Macedonia Nordonia (174.5).
Hudson Leapley (132) finished 2-2, and Abel Garantche (220), Derek Layne (145), Uniah Neville (113), Eddie Roberts (126) and Austin Vazquez (152) all went 1-2.
The Comets next compete Dec. 29 and 30 in the Marion Harding Classic.
Dec. 12 -- at *Hilliard Davidson with Franklin Heights, *Grove City, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby and Westland
Dec. 19 -- at Dublin Coffman with Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Franklin Heights, Grove City, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby and Westland
Jan. 16 -- at *Marysville with Buckeye Valley, *Franklin Heights and Westland
Jan. 21 -- at *Dublin Coffman with Franklin Heights, Grove City and *Westland
Jan. 28 -- at *Upper Arlington with Franklin Heights, Thornville Sheridan and Westland
Feb. 9 -- OCC-Central meet at Thomas Worthington
Below are the coming schedules for the Central Crossing boys basketball, girls basketball and swimming & diving teams:
*Dec. 21 -- At Hilliard Davidson
*Dec. 21 -- Home vs. Davidson
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 21 -- Dublin Scioto at Dublin Recreation Center
Dec. 22 -- Mount Vernon Invitational at Kenyon College