Ashley Stahurski has a large contingent of bowlers to choose from in her first season coaching the Grandview Heights High School boys and girls teams.
After having only six girls last season, the Bobcats have 10 this winter. The boys squad has gone from 11 to 13 bowlers.
"It really came about by word of mouth," said Stahurski, who replaced Jason Hanely after two seasons. "My upperclassmen really promoted it. I had five at our first practice and 17 in the second. They really helped get people out."
The girls team has five bowlers who competed on varsity last season. They had only four compete in the Division II sectional tournament, which wasn't enough for a team score, but juniors Emily Bullock and Leila Meyer advanced to district.
Bullock had a 416 three-game series to finish 43rd of 77 bowlers at district, and Meyer tied for 52nd (385).
"All-around, the girls team is pretty consistent," Stahurski said. "They are very dependable and you know what you are getting from them, which is good for a coach."
Seniors Shea McHugh and Emmy Davis and junior Paige DeNiro also return from last season.
"We're working on not getting down on ourselves during matches because that can be easy to do," Meyer said. "We're here for each other and to have fun as a team."
The girls were 1-1 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-A Division before facing Olentangy Orange on Dec. 18. They defeated Marysville 1,518-1,092 on Dec. 4 as Davis had a two-game series of 306. DeNiro (323) and Meyer (322) led the way in a 1,803-1,686 loss to Westerville North on Dec. 10.
Senior Tatianna Stryjewski, junior Sydney Willey and freshmen Madalyn Hollar, Taylor Sanzo and Kyrsten Willimott complete the roster.
Senior Noah Gangloff and juniors Luke Berlin and Aidan Young return for the boys team, while senior Brett Holcomb is faring well in his first season with the Bobcats.
"We lost (junior) Spencer Browning because he has a big part in the school musical, but Noah, Luke Berlin and Aidan Young are back for us," Stahurski said. "Luke has been our top bowler early but Noah Gangloff has been doing well, and Brett Holcomb was great in tryouts despite it being his first season."
The boys were 0-2 overall and in the COHSBC-A before facing Orange. They lost to Marysville 2,236-1,843 as Gangloff led with a 353.
"I feel like coach has mainly been stressing picking up spares," Gangloff said. "Strike-balls are obviously preferred, but picking up spares is important if you want to keep a high score. She keeps it fun but also helps us get better at the game."
Grandview lost to Westerville North 1,884-1,815 despite a 402 series from Berlin.
"During tryouts, coach focused on fundamentals and fixing the things we have to work on," Berlin said. "I think this year we are more in a rebuilding phase, and we're making the most of what we have."
Rounding out the roster are seniors Luke Stottlemire and Leighton Williams, juniors Alan Andrew and Hayden Talbert, sophomore Paul Hatem and freshmen Jack Greer, Dominic Moretti, Adam Narcelles and Zach Taylor.
"They are a good group of kids and they do what we ask of them," Stahurski said. "We're working a lot on both teams for picking up spares and filling frames. They are learning how important that is.
"We have a large group of new freshmen, and the upperclassmen have been welcoming of them. There has been no divide, which is good for them."
Boys basketball team drops two in a row
The boys basketball team was limited to 29 points -- 34 below its average from its first three contests -- in a 49-29 loss to visiting Bexley on Dec. 14 in MSL-Ohio play.
The next day, the Bobcats lost to Berlin Hiland 75-49 to fall to 3-2 overall before playing Independence on Dec. 17.
Luke Lachey was limited to 14 points against Bexley, 3.7 below his average through three games. Brian Collier was averaging 20.7 but scored only five, and Manny Day went scoreless after averaging 11.7 over the first three games.
"We didn't finish inside. We didn't execute. Give (the Lions) all the credit in the world," said coach Ray Corbett, whose team is 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio. "They took it to us. We showed a lack of physical presence. They tried to bump us, and we did not like it.
"The bottom line in this league is that you have to be ready to play every night. You have to come out and have an edge every night in this league. They're out there celebrating on your floor. If that doesn't get you motivated, nothing will."
The Bobcats have been playing without senior Aaron Cincione, who shares point-guard duties with Collier. Cincione has a stress fracture in his back and will be re-evaluated in early January.
Yochem, Pierce leading girls basketball team
Hannah Yochem and Tayler Pierce led the girls basketball team in scoring through eight games, averaging 13.3 and 9.6 points, respectively.
The Bobcats were 3-5 overall before playing Newark Catholic on Dec. 19.
Rachel Hartman had 14 points and Yochem added 11 as the Bobcats defeated Columbus School for Girls 38-28 on Dec. 11.
Grandview dropped to 0-3 in the MSL-Ohio by losing at Whitehall 51-44 on Dec. 15. Yochem led with 20 points.
*Dec. 4 -- Marysville at Marysville Lanes
*Dec. 10 -- Westerville North at Columbus Square Bowling Palace
*Dec. 18 -- Olentangy Orange at Sawmill Lanes
*Dec. 21 -- Big Walnut at Capri Lanes
Jan. 5 -- Buckeye High School Classic at HP Lanes
*Jan. 8 -- Olentangy Liberty at Sawmill Lanes
*Jan. 10 -- Olentangy Berlin at Sawmill Lanes
Jan. 16 -- Worthington Christian at HP Lanes
Jan. 19 -- D2 Preview at HP Lanes
*Jan. 23 -- Westerville Central at Columbus Square Bowling Palace
*Jan. 25 -- New Albany at Gahanna Lanes
*Jan. 29 -- Delaware at Colony Lanes
*Jan. 31 -- Olentangy at Sawmill Lanes
Feb. 2 -- MSL-Ohio tournament at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
*Feb. 5 -- Westerville South at Columbus Square Bowling Palace
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys basketball, girls basketball and swimming & diving teams:
*Dec. 22 -- Home vs. Whitehall
*Dec. 21 -- Home vs. Columbus Academy
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 22 -- Mount Vernon Invitational at Kenyon College