Coach John Thompson sees a contrast between his boys and girls teams in his 10th season leading the Hilliard Bradley High School bowling program.
The girls team is a veteran group off to a strong start while the boys team is an inexperienced group looking to find its form on the lanes.
The girls are 3-0 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-B Division and 1-0 in the OCC-Cardinal. They defeated Worthington Kilbourne 1,929-1,733 on Dec. 4 in a match that counted in both leagues before defeating Reynoldsburg 1,885-1,363 on Dec. 7 and Lancaster 1,816-1,545 on Dec. 14 in COHSBC-B matches.
"We have much more experience on the girls team," Thompson said. "(Assistant coaches) Dave Johnson and Greg Richards have done a great job working with the girls. Greg has been helping out for seven years and Dave has been here for two years."
Leading the girls team has been a pair of sisters in senior Christy Hribar (169.6 average) and sophomore Callie Hribar (164.6). Senior Ava Miller (158.5) and junior Marisabel Aguilar (145.2) also return to the starting lineup, and sophomore Olivia Johnson (147.8) also competed some on varsity last season.
"It's been going well for us," Callie Hribar said. "My average has gone up about 50 pins from last year and everyone has shown a lot of improvement."
Sophomore Brandon Dever is the only boys returnee with much varsity experience. He leads with a 172.2 average as the Jaguars are 0-3 overall and in the COHSBC-B and 0-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.
"Coach has been stressing for us to be balanced at the foul line so you can throw the best shot possible," Dever said. "Also, he wants us to keep picking up spares and keep our composure during matches and tournaments."
Bradley lost to Kilbourne 1,917-1,738, Reynoldsburg 2,245-1,944 and Lancaster 2,068-1,869.
Senior Quinton Treadway has a 154.7 average, followed by sophomores Zander Dietz (147.3) and Nicholas Curran (145.5) and junior Ben Jenkins (137.6).
"We have two seniors and two juniors on the boys team with a lot of freshmen and sophomores," Thompson said. "We're definitely a work in progress.
"If everyone comes together and does what they are capable of doing, then we'll have a good team. Will it happen? I hope so. They are all melding and meshing together because they didn't bowl a lot last year. So far, they are following directions and doing well."
Gymnastics team looks for repeat performance
The gymnastics squad reached the state team meet for the first time last season and hopes to return despite a small roster.
The Jaguars finished 11th (132.8) of 12 teams at state behind champion Brecksville-Broadview Heights (146.7). At district, they placed third (135.425) behind Thornville Sheridan (145.425) and Olentangy (139.5) to earn the final state-qualifying spot after finishing fourth each of the previous three seasons.
"I'll be curious to see how the season plays out," said coach Carol Eskay, who is in her 10th season. "I think all three of the Hilliards should do really well and be strong contenders for state.
"We have nine (gymnasts) on Bradley, but they are probably one of the more consistent groups. It will be hard to narrow it down to six (for meets)."
The Jaguars opened Dec. 12 in a seven-team meet at Davidson, finishing second (127.05 points) behind Darby (129.025). Senior Lexi Patterson was third in the all-around (32.525) behind Davidson's Nikia Scurlock (33.6) and Westland's Kennedy Budd (32.6).
"This year could be a lot like last year," Patterson said. "I think we will ... grow throughout the season. Hopefully we can go to state again."
Patterson was third on uneven bars (8.2), tied for fourth on vault (8.05) and placed fifth in the floor exercise (8.475) at Davidson.
"I'm excited because Lexi has worked hard and she has added difficulty in her bars routine, her floor routine and her beam," Eskay said. "She has started out at a really good point and picking up where she left off last year."
Sophomore Gabi Graff (31.325) and senior Makayla Cornell (31.3) were seventh and eighth, respectively, in the all-around at Davidson.
Seniors Heather Dailey and Serena Owens, junior Ashlee Mascolino, sophomores Judith Hamilton and Alice McAnespie and freshman Hailey Pond complete the roster.
"It was our first meet, so we still have a lot to work on," Eskay said. "We had great performances with great attitudes and great efforts. We have some new girls really adding to the depth of the squad."
Boys team continues regular-season streak
The boys basketball team earned its 18th consecutive regular-season victory and improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal by beating host Kilbourne 55-33 on Dec. 17.
The Jaguars have won 32 league contests in a row. They also have won 26 consecutive games at home.
A.J. Mirgon scored 16 points with four 3-pointers and Chris Mayfield added 10 points as Bradley defeated host Olentangy Berlin 50-29 on Dec. 14 in league play.
Matt Allocco was averaging a team-best 16.0 points through three games, followed by Mirgon (8.7), Keaton Norris (8.3), Jack Pugh (8.0) and Mayfield (7.3).
Dec. 1 -- Red and Blue Classic at HP Lanes
*Dec. 4 -- Worthington Kilbourne at Capri Lanes
*Dec. 7 -- Reynoldsburg at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
Dec. 8 -- Holiday Baker Marathon at Columbus Square Bowling Palace
*Dec. 14 -- Lancaster at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
Dec. 15 -- Wright State Raider Challenge at Beaver-Vu Bowl
Dec. 28 -- Bellefontaine Holiday Baker Classic at TP Lanes
Jan. 5 -- Buckeye Classic at HP Lanes
*Jan. 7 -- Gahanna at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
*Jan. 9 -- Delaware at Colony Lanes
*Jan. 10 -- Pickerington North at Rule 3
Jan. 11 -- Whitehall at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
Jan. 12 -- Ashland Baker Bash at Luray Lanes
*Jan. 15 -- Groveport at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
*Jan. 17 -- Newark at Park Lanes
Jan. 21 -- Muskingum University High School Invitational at Park Lanes
*Jan. 24 -- Davidson at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
Jan. 26 -- Jaguar Baker Marathon at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
*Jan. 28 -- Thomas Worthington at Capri Lanes
*Feb. 4 -- Pickerington Central at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
*Feb. 6 -- Olentangy Berlin at Delaware Lanes
*Feb. 8 -- Darby at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
Dec. 12 -- at Davidson with Central Crossing, Darby, Franklin Heights, Grove City and Westland
Dec. 15 -- Hilliard Invitational at Davidson
Dec. 19 -- at Marysville with Darby and Davidson
Jan. 8 -- at Upper Arlington with *Darby, Davidson and DeSales
Jan. 12 -- McGee Invitational at Dublin Coffman
Jan. 17 -- at *Worthington Kilbourne with Darby and Davidson
Jan. 21 -- Olentangy Invitational
Jan. 29 -- at *Thomas Worthington with Darby and Davidson
Jan. 31 -- at Thomas Worthington with Darby, *Dublin Jerome and *Dublin Scioto
Feb. 4 -- at Davidson with Darby, *Delaware, *Olentangy Berlin and Olentangy Liberty
Feb. 9 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Thomas Worthington
Feb. 13 -- at Davidson with Darby and Dresden Tri-Valley
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling teams:
*Dec. 21 -- At Dublin Jerome
Dec. 22 -- Springfield in Capital City Coaches for a Cure Classic at Capital
*Dec. 21 -- Home vs. Jerome
*Dec. 20 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin