The Westerville Central High School boys bowling team has continued its dominance in league play, winning its fifth consecutive championships in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference and OCC.
The Warhawks won the 12-team COHSBC-A Division at 11-0, ahead of second-place Westerville South (9-2). They also finished first in the sixth-team OCC-Buckeye at 7-0 as South, Olentangy Orange and Olentangy tied for second at 5-2.
Central is looking to carry that momentum into the postseason, which begins with sectional play Feb. 23 at HP Lanes.
The Warhawks are aiming for their second Division I state title after winning it all in 2017. Last season, Central advanced to championship play at state but lost in a quarterfinal to end its season.
"The boys have the same goals they had the past couple of years, so they're building for this," coach Tony Gonzalez said. "We had a lot of depth last year, so that has helped carry us through this year."
Devon Richardson is second in the area with a 210.2 average, behind Briggs' James Pappas (230.9), and Wesley Minke is third (208.6).
Central also is getting contributions from Malik Brown (200.2), Nick Owsiak (197.0) and Zach Gonzalez (186.3).
"I'm not surprised at all (by the team's success)," Minke said. "Our bond this year is better than we've ever been. We all love each other. We all want to be here. We're all after the same goal. We're trying to build a state championship team."
The girls team won the COHSBC-A at 10-1. Big Walnut and Delaware tied for second at 9-2 and South, which defeated Central 1,980-1,929 on Jan. 14, finished fourth at 8-3.
Central won the OCC-Buckeye at 6-1 as South and Big Walnut tied for second at 5-2.
Reace Gonzalez is fourth in the area with a 190.6 average, while Jocelyn Grimsley (175.7), Jenna Owsiak (169.3) and Sammy McLaughlin (161.7) have been the other top competitors.
The Warhawks will compete in the Division I sectional Feb. 22 at HP Lanes.
"Our goal is to keep everybody engaged and energized," coach Gonzalez said. "They support each other really well on both squads, so that is going to help us continue to be successful."
Swimming teams prepare for district
The boys and girls swimming teams competed in Division I sectionals Feb. 9 at Thomas Worthington, with qualifiers moving on to district Friday, Feb. 15, at Ohio State.
Kiah Smith led the girls, finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle (23.99 seconds) and 100 butterfly (58.19).
Macey Swearingen was second in the 100 backstroke (59.68) and Smith, Swearingen, Kaila Aaron and Makayla Sampson were second in the 400 free relay (3:41.71).
Central finished third (145) of 14 teams behind champion New Albany (363).
Aiden Fay, Matt Kolberg, Alex Ross and Luke Radecki finished fifth in the 400 free relay (3:37.01) to lead the boys, who were seventh (69) of 12 teams behind champion New Albany (358).
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 in each event based on district times statewide.
Boys team readies for rematch with South
The boys basketball team closes the regular season Friday, Feb. 15, against visiting South, which won the first-round league meeting 69-45 on Jan. 11.
The Warhawks then will prepare for the Division I district tournament. They are seeded 24th of 47 teams and visit 20th-seeded Delaware in the first round Feb. 23.
Central, which is 9-12 overall and 3-6 in the OCC-Buckeye, saw its three-game winning streak end with a 61-50 loss at Olentangy Liberty on Feb. 8. Tyler Beckel scored 17 points and Chaz Dixon had 12.
Dixon had 22 points and Will LeMaire added 18 in a 66-51 win over visiting Gahanna on Feb. 5.
Girls basketball team winding down season
The girls basketball team was 8-12 overall before playing Linden-McKinley on Feb. 12.
Central is 3-6 in the OCC-Buckeye and closes the regular season Friday, Feb. 15, at home against South. The Warhawks lost to the Wildcats 44-40 on Jan. 11.
Mabinty Kebe scored 10 points in a 44-37 loss to visiting Liberty on Feb. 8.
Kebe scored 11 points and Najayah Shepherd had 10 in a 63-49 loss at Gahanna on Feb. 5.
Central is seeded 27th in the Division I district tournament and has a first-round bye. It visits 26th-seeded Dublin Jerome in the second round Feb. 22.
Gymnasts compete in OCC-Buckeye meet
The gymnastics team competed in the OCC-Buckeye meet Feb. 9 at Thomas and finished fourth (111.45) behind Olentangy (136.3), Orange (134.425) and Liberty (122.75) and ahead of Big Walnut (110.8).
Kylie Nelson finished 15th in the all-around (28.625) to lead Central. Kalia Brown was 16th (27.85).
DeRose wins title at All-North tourney
Nick DeRose led the wrestling team in the All-North Tournament on Feb. 9 at Jerome, finishing first at heavyweight as Central placed 14th (58) of 18 teams behind champion Marysville (187).
Zeke Healy was third at 170 pounds.
Central is 0-4 in the OCC-Buckeye and closes the regular season Thursday, Feb. 14, at home against South in a league dual.
Athletes announce college commitments
Three student-athletes announced their college commitments Feb. 6.
Jacob Borcila will play football at Kansas, LaBronz Davis II will play football at Bowling Green and Dawson Kindall will play men's lacrosse at Lake Erie.