The Hilliard Davidson High School gymnastics team tuned up for the district meet by winning the OCC-Central Division meet Feb. 9 at Thomas Worthington.
Led by junior Nikia Scurlock, the Wildcats scored a 129.8 to edge Upper Arlington (129.1) for first place, ahead of Marysville (126.7), Grove City (114.5), Central Crossing (106.925), Westland (98.7), Dublin Coffman (96.45) and Franklin Heights (47.925).
The Golden Bears, however, finished first in the overall league standings with 30 points and a 7-0 record in league dual meets. Davidson finished second (28, 5-2), followed by Marysville (26, 6-1), Grove City (20, 4-3), Central Crossing (16, 3-4), Coffman (10, 2-5), Westland (10, 1-6) and Franklin Heights (4, 0-7).
Scurlock finished first in the all-around (33.7) as well as on floor exercise (9.0), vault (8.275) and uneven bars (8.25). She placed third on balance beam (8.175).
"I really didn't think about winning, but I went in with a positive mindset," Scurlock said. "This is good preparation for district. The pressure and the atmosphere helps you get rid of the nerves and get ready for district. I'm so proud of our team."
Hope Tageson placed fifth in the all-around (32.05) and third on vault (8.15), and Anna Chowayou, a sophomore who is in her first season with the Wildcats, finished ninth in the all-around (31.425) and tied for fifth on floor (8.7).
Chowayou, who moved from the Seattle area prior to her freshman year, previously competed at the club level in Washington.
"I had experience, so I thought I would try out for the team and I got it," Chowayou said. "I took a break (from gymnastics) and then I decided I missed it, so I came back. ... Coach (Carol Eskay) gives us a lot of tips and motivates us."
Megan McCabe finished 10th in the all-around (31.375).
"I am so proud of the team," Eskay said. "They have been working hard all season and steadily improving. Winning the OCC meet and coming in second overall in the OCC was the perfect way to showcase that hard work. This is particularly impressive as they are a young team with no seniors, which makes it very exciting to think about what next season will bring."
Davidson is seeded 11th of 23 teams for the district meet Feb. 23 at Thomas.
Boys basketball team knocks off Jaguars
For the second consecutive season, the boys basketball team knocked Bradley from the unbeaten ranks, winning 44-43 in double overtime Feb. 9.
Last season, Davidson handed the Jaguars their only regular-season loss, winning 37-35 at home.
With host Bradley leading the latest meeting 38-35 late in the first overtime, Christian Gillilan grabbed an offensive rebound, dribbled beyond the 3-point arc, spun and sank a 3-pointer as time expired to tie the game at 38 and force a second overtime.
Jacob Drees' basket early in the second overtime gave the Wildcats the lead for good at 40-38.
"This means a lot," Gillilan said. "We're improving every game. This win means the world to us."
Gage Keys had 12 points to lead Davidson.
"That was such a great team effort and we talk about mental toughness, discipline, execution, and I can't say enough about how proud of my guys I am, sticking together and getting the job done," coach Tim Congrove said.
Davidson was 16-4 overall before playing Walnut Ridge on Feb. 12 and will close the regular season with an OCC-Central contest at Marysville on Friday, Feb. 15. The Wildcats are 6-3 in the league.
The Wildcats are seeded sixth of 47 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play host to 34th-seeded New Albany in the first round Feb. 23.
Simon sets two records for girls team
Emily Simon of the girls basketball team continued her banner season by adding two more scoring records.
The senior guard, who surpassed 1,000 career points earlier this season, became the program's all-time leading scorer with a 39-point effort in a 68-18 win at Westland on Feb. 9.
Simon has 1,100 career points, eclipsing the previous record of 1,085 points held by 2008 graduate Carmen Reynolds. The 39 points also set a single-game program record. The previous mark of 36 points was set by 2009 graduate Addie Goodwin.
"It's an awesome accomplishment for Emily to pass these scoring marks on Davidson's program records," said coach Joy Taylor, whose team is 17-5 overall. "Throughout her career, Emily has been an extremely unselfish and team-first player. She is a player who has consistently filled the stat line with assists, rebounding, blocks and steals and has contributed in so many ways for our team, not just in the scoring column."
The Wildcats are seeded ninth of 45 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play host to 29th-seeded Lancaster in the first round Saturday, Feb. 16. The winner plays 21st-seeded New Albany in the second round Feb. 22.
Davidson finished 6-4 in the OCC-Central.
Swimmers compete at sectional meet
The boys and girls swimming teams competed at a Division I sectional Feb. 9 at UA.
Dalton Brown led the boys, winning the 100-yard freestyle (47.1 seconds) and finishing third in the 50 free (21.88). Sergio Suarez placed second in the 100 backstroke (52.91), as Davidson finished second (171 points) of 15 teams, behind champion UA (317).
Alex Worthington led the girls, finishing eighth in both the 100 back (1:01.66) and 200 individual medley (2:16.76).
The Wildcats finished 11th (21) of 17 teams behind champion UA (385.5).
The winner in each swimming event, along with 27 at-large qualifiers per event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites, advanced to district Friday, Feb. 15, at Ohio State.
At district, the top two placers in each event automatically advance to the state meet Feb. 22 and 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each event based on district times statewide.
Wrestling team to face Shamrocks
The wrestling team will conclude its OCC-Central dual schedule Thursday, Feb. 14, at Dublin Coffman.
Davidson fell to 1-3 in the league with a 56-16 loss to Marysville on Feb. 7.
Annis announces college commitment
Evan Annis announced Feb. 6 that he will play football at Valparaiso.