After sitting out her sophomore season, Anna Stoll knew it was time to rejoin the Grove City High School gymnastics team.
The Greyhounds have been boosted by the junior's return, earning several high finishes this season.
Stoll was 21st (33.1) in the all-around at district as a freshman but didn't compete last season to focus on cheerleading.
"I missed it a lot," she said. "I did basketball cheer instead, but I missed gymnastics too much. I've been doing this sport my whole life and was aching to get back into it. My teammates influenced me a lot. They would say, 'Anna, when are you going to come back?'"
Stoll led Grove City in the Westerville Central Invitational on Jan. 25 at Worthington Youth Boosters Gymnastics, tying for fifth in the all-around (33.45). She was fifth on uneven bars (8.45) and tied for seventh on vault (8.45) and floor exercise (8.5).
"We're happy to have her back," coach Mark Hartley said. "She's always consistent. You can always count on her."
Morgan Waterman tied for sixth on bars (8.4) and Emma Claypool was 15th in the all-around (29.1).
Grove City finished third (125.65) of six teams behind champion Thornville Sheridan (142.15).
The Greyhounds finished fourth (121.5) of seven teams Jan. 23 at Worthington Kilbourne behind the first-place and host Wolves (135.15). Stoll tied for 14th in the all-around (31.2), tied for seventh on bars (7.7) and tied teammate Gena Kuhn for 11th on vault (8.0).
"We're much improved from last year," Hartley said. "We have more numbers, so that makes it better."
Kaelyn Kuder, who missed last season with a knee injury, is the team's only senior and has been a solid leader, according to Hartley.
Hartley said junior Celia Perez, an exchange student from Spain, has been a welcome addition.
"We're getting (closer) to the OCCs and district, so we have to start fine-tuning to get our top six girls," Hartley said. "Our (league) is hard. ... If Anna could hit her beam routine, she could advance (to state) on beam."
The Greyhounds will compete in the OCC-Central Division meet Feb. 9 at Thomas Worthington in preparation of district Feb. 23 at Kilbourne.
"I want to get my personal bests," Stoll said. "I'm focused on personal goals. ... Coach has helped a lot. He's big on encouragement and always there to (offer) support."
Senior wrestler earns 100th career win
Senior wrestler Justin Swavely returned to the lineup and earned his 100th career win with a 43-second pin of Pickerington Central's Carter Wade at 138 pounds Jan. 24 at Central.
Swavely missed action after sustaining a right shoulder injury during the Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament on Jan. 5 at Dublin Scioto.
"I am so grateful for getting 100 wins and I want to thank my family, teammates and coaches for supporting me all the way," said Swavely, who is 100-31 for his career.
"I am proud of him as a wrestler to reach 100 wins, but I am even more proud of the character and integrity that he has as a person," coach Jay DiMasso said.
Senior Hunter Barker also is closing in on 100 wins, as he is 96-46.
Grove City lost to Central 51-21 in an OCC-Ohio match. In another league match, Grove City and Pickerington North tied at 36 but the Greyhounds won on criteria for having more pins.
The Greyhounds are 1-2 in the league.
Swimming teams compete in league meet
The boys and girls swimming and diving teams turned in solid efforts in the OCC-Ohio meet Jan. 26 at Upper Arlington.
Spencer Tussing and Justin Christensen led the boys to a third-place finish (194) behind Gahanna (328) and Pickerington North (226) and ahead of Reynoldsburg (158), Lancaster (155) and Pickerington Central (138).
Tussing won the 100-yard butterfly (53.15) and 100 backstroke (52.8), and Christensen won the 500 free (4:56.21) and was second in the 200 free (1:53.36).
Christensen, Tussing, Gregory Kingsbury and Jaron Routh were third in the 400 free relay (3:27.5).
Hannah Routh led the girls, winning the 200 individual medley (2:14.37) and placing second in the 500 free (5:28.56).
Carli Frey was second in the 100 back (1:02.88).
The girls finished fourth (130) behind Gahanna (349), North (339) and Central (179) and ahead of Lancaster (111) and Reynoldsburg (78).
Boys squad upends Comets
The boys basketball team's recent play was highlighted by a 78-58 win at Central Crossing on Jan. 22.
Alex Coffey led a balanced attack with 19 points. Cole Crager and Brock Waits each scored 13 and William Morrison and Luke Smith added 12 apiece.
Waits scored 14 points in a 79-43 loss at Reynoldsburg on Jan. 25.
Coffey had 18 points, Waits scored 16 and Sam Stoll added 12 in a 70-64 loss at New Albany on Jan. 26.
Grove City is 8-9 overall and 1-6 in the OCC-Ohio.
Girls team falls to Comets
The girls basketball team dropped a 51-34 decision to visiting Central Crossing on Jan. 24. Madison Grube led Grove City with 11 points.
Ellie Pollock-Ballard scored six points in a 79-20 loss to visiting Reynoldsburg on Jan. 25.
The Greyhounds were 2-15 overall before playing DeSales on Jan. 29. They are 0-8 in the OCC-Ohio.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb.1 -- At Gahanna. The Greyhounds lost to the Lions 68-63 on Dec. 21.
Feb. 5 -- Home vs. Westland
*Feb. 1 -- Home vs. Gahanna. The Greyhounds lost to the Lions 70-30 on Dec. 21.
Feb. 2 -- At Worthington Kilbourne
Feb. 5 -- At Westland
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 2 -- Grove City Christian, Ready and Wellington at Columbus Aquatics Center
Feb. 2 -- Division I, Region 6 team dual tournament at Hilliard Darby