Westerville South High School girls bowling coach Jamie West was confident his team would rebound from a pair of losses that diminished its title chances in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-A Division.
The Wildcats lost to New Albany 1,946-1,784 on Jan. 22 and Big Walnut 2,055-2,052 on Jan. 25 to drop to 6-4 overall and 6-3 in the league.
South returns to action Friday, Feb. 1, against Olentangy Orange at Capri Lanes.
The Wildcats are fourth in the COHSBC-A behind first-place Westerville Central, which is 9-1. South handed the Warhawks their loss, 1,980-1,929 on Jan. 14.
South also is second in the OCC-Buckeye at 4-2, behind Central (5-1).
Katie Ball led the Wildcats against Big Walnut with a 379 two-game series. Maggie Van Scyoc had a 372 and Sophie Hand had a 348, while Kenzie Gearheart had a 225 in her lone game.
Although the Wildcats lost, West said they played better coming off a disappointing effort against New Albany.
"They bowled well (against Big Walnut)," West said. "We were just a little bit short. We missed a couple of spares in that second Baker game. We bowled bad (against New Albany), so this was a nice comeback match. We had to do a gut check just to see if they could bowl well and we did."
Van Scyoc leads the Wildcats with a 177.7 average, followed by Hand (163.5), Ball (156.9), Emily Grise (154.3) and Taylor Hughes (148.5).
The boys team is 8-2 overall and third in the COHSBC-A at 7-2, behind first-place Central (10-0).
South also is third in the OCC-Buckeye at 4-2, behind Central (6-0) and Orange (3-0).
"From a mental game standpoint, they are doing a lot better," coach Bill Henson said. "We've had pretty solid performances. We've only lost two matches and one of them was to Westerville Central, which is a very strong team."
The Wildcats defeated Big Walnut 2,258-2,189 as Colton Rice had a 435 and Callan Van Scyoc had a 404.
Rice has a team-best 196.4 average, followed by Cameron Voigt (191.7), Van Scyoc (188.2) and Tristan Mathis (175.3).
"We feed off of each other, so we do better as a team when we're talking," Mathis said. "Our goal for all of us is to get our averages up and try to make it to state. Our biggest grind this year is to make it to state."
Swimmers compete in league meet
The boys and girls swimming and diving teams competed in the OCC-Buckeye meet Jan. 26 at Thomas Worthington.
Emily Ellsworth finished third in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 19.13 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.69) to lead the girls.
Ellsworth, Maeve Stacey, Caroline Bowling and Taylor Henderson were third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:47.89), and Henderson was third in the 100 free (57.85).
South finished sixth (141.5) behind Olentangy (276), Westerville North (259.5), Orange (217), Olentangy Liberty (204) and Central (165).
For the boys, Dylan Gary, Riley Andrews, Mason Crow and Mason Williams were fourth in the 400 free relay (3:40.64) and Crow was sixth in the 50 free (24.07).
South finished sixth (126) behind Liberty (506.5), North (180), Olentangy (170.5), Orange (140) and Central (134).
"We came in here to drop some time and have some personal-best swims and we did that across the board," coach CJ Morabito said. "We came home with a couple of medals, which is like icing on the cake for us."
Boys basketball team loses key player
The boys basketball team will be without a key contributor for the remainder of the season as senior Manny Sunnyway suffered a torn labrum in a 69-45 win over Central on Jan. 11.
Coach Ed Calo said Sunnyway will need surgery.
Jordan McMillian scored 22 points, Jaiden Guice had 17 and Ryan Greggs added 11 in an 87-67 loss at Liberty on Jan. 25.
The Wildcats lost at Cleveland St. Ignatius 81-60 on Jan. 26 in a makeup from Jan. 12.
South is 6-9 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Buckeye.
Wrestling team takes second at tournament
The wrestling team finished second (133) in the New Albany Invitational on Jan. 26 behind Westland (165).
Champions for South were Fuanyi Fobellah (106 pounds), Nick Ifju (132) and Aaron Morton (160).
Bobby Henderson finished second (152) and Zion Gitonga (120), Jacob Shalvey (182) and Brendan Cleaver (220) all placed third.
Below are the coming schedules for the South boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 1 -- At Olentangy Orange. The Wildcats lost to the Pioneers 80-73 on Dec. 21.
Feb. 5 -- At Upper Arlington
*Feb. 1 -- Home vs. Orange. The Wildcats defeated the Pioneers 84-38 on Dec. 21.
Feb. 5 -- Home vs. UA
*Feb. 1 -- Orange at Capri Lanes
*Feb. 5 -- Grandview at Columbus Square Bowling Palace
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 1 -- Big Walnut, Olentangy Berlin and Worthington Christian at Westerville Community Center
Feb. 2 -- Division I, Region 5 team dual tournament at Marysville
Feb. 4 -- At Mifflin with Buckeye Valley and North Union