The Thomas Worthington High School girls bowling team already has shown marked improvement over last season.

After winning just one match a year ago, the Cardinals are 3-1 entering the holiday break.

"The girls team is bowling pretty well and they're excited about starting this well," said Joe Taylor, who is in his third season as girls coach and eighth season as boys coach. "We've got five or six girls who are returning to the program and a bunch of newcomers and things are mixing pretty well."

Sophomore Hannah Innes leads the team with a 144.9 average after averaging 105.4 last season.

"Hannah has shown great improvement and that's exciting because she's only a sophomore," Taylor said. "I'm very excited to see how the girls team and boys team can progress this year. We don't have a senior on either team, so we've got a few years to really focus in and get the most out of these kids."

Other returnees for the girls team, which went 1-12 last season, are juniors Martha Clapp, Katie Deminoff, Samantha Haunty and Ruby Matthews-Napper and sophomore Ohana Trevino. Haunty had a 132.8 average a year ago, while Matthews-Napper has improved her average from 104.8 last season to 131.4.

"Ruby has improved a bunch and Sam has had some solid games," Taylor said. "We also have some new girls looking to get in there and I think they've done very well. They are (junior) McKenzie Barritt and (sophomore) Paige Stephens. Paige is a first-year bowler, but she's an athlete and she's already had a 200 game."

Stephens is averaging 137.3. Other newcomers who could see action are juniors Liz Cardenas and Winnie McKahan, sophomore Audrey Hughes and freshmen Monisha Kuripati, Kate Novak and Audrey Wingerter.

The Cardinals defeated Reynoldsburg 1,374-1,289 on Dec. 3, Pickerington North 1,378-1,264 on Dec. 5 and Olentangy Berlin 1,756-1,575 on Dec. 11 and lost to Gahanna 1,987-1,617 on Dec. 10.

The boys team has two returnees from last season, when it went 0-13, in junior Nate Johnson and sophomore Luka Srsic.

Last season, Johnson and Srsic averaged 200.6 and 152.5, respectively. Srsic is averaging 176.5 thus far this season for the Cardinals, who are 0-4.

"Luka has improved his score quite a bit and Nate has become more versatile and is controlling his emotions better than he has in the past," Taylor said. "They're both pretty competitive, but unfortunately we're pretty young as a team after those two.

"We have one other guy with experience. (Junior) Taven Holcomb was with us before but didn't bowl last year. He's still working out some kinks, but he has good potential. We're trying to develop the rest of the guys and we'll see how long it takes before we become competitive as a team. But like I said before, we have no seniors."

Completing the roster are juniors Jacob Litten and Dominic Marsh and sophomore Jacob Filipkowski.

Maxwell expected to lead gymnasts

Sophomore Audrey Max-well is expected to lead the gymnastics team this season.

In the Hilliard Invitational on Dec. 15 at Davidson, Maxwell placed 10th of 138 gymnasts in the all-around (32.45 points), finished fifth on vault (8.45) and tied for ninth on floor exercise (8.65). She also was 14th on uneven bars (7.35) and 19th on balance beam (8.0).

Other key returnees are senior Emma Zedeker and junior Regan Macerollo.

"Our goal is to try to improve in each meet," 21st-year coach Marci Skeen said. "We need to build on our youth with experience. Emma, Regan and (junior Cordelia Noonan) are our leaders and Audrey will be trying to qualify to state this year."

In the Hilliard Invitational, Macerollo finished 28th in the all-around (29.8) and Zedeker was 30th (29.275). Macerollo placed 10th on vault (8.0) and 18th on beam (8.075), while Zedeker was 17th on beam (8.1) and 19th on vault (7.5).

In the district meet last season, Maxwell had a team-best 31.6 in the all-around to place 37th and Macerollo tied for 48th (30.8).

Zedeker is the lone senior on the team.

Completing the roster are juniors Kathryn Mierzejewski and Mei Yan Thornton, sophomores Caroline Burrier and Macy Patton and freshmen Haley Burkett, Bella Fredritz, Zoe Getler, Morgan Jackson, Hadley Kulina, Autumn Novak and Lilli Sauceda.

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Schedules

BOWLING

Dec. 1 -- Red & Blue Classic at HP Lanes

*Dec. 3 -- Reynoldsburg at Holiday Lanes

*Dec. 5 -- Pickerington North at Rule 3

*Dec. 10 -- Gahanna at Capri Lanes

*Dec. 11 -- Olentangy Berlin at Capri Lanes

Dec. 15 -- Pioneer Baker Marathon at Columbus Square Bowling Palace

*Jan. 8 -- Lancaster at Tiki Lanes

*Jan. 15 -- Newark at Capri Lanes

*Jan. 23 -- Hilliard Darby at Ten Pin Lanes

*Jan. 25 -- Groveport at Capri Lanes

Jan. 26 -- Jaguar Baker Marathon at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl

*Jan. 28 -- Hilliard Bradley at Capri Lanes

*Jan. 30 -- Whitehall at Holiday Lanes

Feb. 1 -- *Kilbourne and Worthington Christian at Capri Lanes

*Feb. 5 -- Hilliard Davidson at Ten Pin Lanes

*Feb. 6 -- Pickerington Central at Rule 3

*Feb. 7 -- Delaware at Capri Lanes

GYMNASTICS

Dec. 11 -- vs. Dresden Tri-Valley, *Olentangy Berlin and Washington Court House Miami Trace

Dec. 15 -- Hilliard Invitational at Hilliard Davidson

Jan. 10 -- vs. Buckeye Valley, *Delaware and *Kilbourne

Jan. 17 -- vs. DeSales, Thornville Sheridan, Upper Arlington and Westerville Central

Jan. 19 -- Westerville Central Warhawk Invitational at Worthington Youth Boosters

Jan. 29 -- vs. *Hilliard Bradley, *Hilliard Darby and Hilliard Davidson

Feb. 2 -- Win the Day Flip Festival at Cincinnati Anderson

Feb. 5 -- vs. Dublin Coffman, *Dublin Jerome, *Dublin Scioto and Westerville Central

Feb. 9 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at home

*League contest

Below are the coming schedules for the Thomas boys basketball and girls basketball teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Dec. 21 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Dec. 21 -- At Dublin Scioto

*League contest