With a solid core returning, Westerville Central gymnastics coach Shea Stammen believes her team has the potential to reach its goals.
She is hoping the Warhawks can better their best team score from a season ago while also improving their finish in the district meet.
"Their goal this year is to hit a 120," said Stammen, who is in her seventh season. "We're really trying to get in that 120 range."
Last season, Central recorded a team-high score of 117 and finished 18th (115.25) at district.
The Warhawks opened this season Dec. 4 by scoring 116.4 while finishing fourth behind Worthington Kilbourne (135.15), host Marysville (129.7) and Olentangy Orange (129.35).
Sophomore Chloe Griggs, who is in her first season with the program, led Central with a 30.55 in the all-around. She was 10th on vault with an 8.05.
Central also finished 11th (110.1) in the 17-team Hilliard Invitational on Dec. 14 at Hilliard Darby behind champion Dublin Jerome (135.675).
The Warhawks return six gymnasts, including senior Kylie Nelson, who led the team at district (69th, 29.5) last season. She led team at Darby by finishing 47th in the all-around (27.4).
"We're looking really good this year," Nelson said. "I have a lot of confidence in us, although it's not competing like the other teams and getting the best score of them all. We're really out here just to have a ton of fun."
Also back is senior Abigail Ring, who tied for 87th (27.5) at district.
"We have a lot of girls who are brand new to gymnastics and we just have to keep them going," Ring said. "They love it."
Other returnees are seniors Katlyn Alexander, Keely Leach and Carley Springer and sophomore Mal Lewis. Leach missed last season with a broken right ankle.
"It's nice to have upperclassman leadership," Stammen said. "They're doing a good job helping with the younger ones. Just having one coach and 11 kids, plus having two individuals getting choreography done, they're a huge help."
Other gymnasts are sophomores Silvia Hickey, Tylin Picker and Anna Priedeman and freshman Tatum Callow.
"We have a lot of new kids who have never competed in gymnastics, especially at the high school level, so we're trying to get skills to get start values on events," Stammen said. "We're trying to get bar routines and get the confidence that they can do some of these skills."
Stammen also is hoping for a better showing in the OCC-Buckeye Division after her team finished fourth (8 points, 1-3) last season behind champion Olentangy (20, 4-0).
Central, which trains and holds its home meets at Worthington Youth Boosters, will play host to Big Walnut, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange in league matchups Friday, Dec. 20.
"It's a tough league," Stammen said. "They made the goal to try to finish third."
Cook leading boys basketball team
The boys basketball team is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Buckeye.
The Warhawks lost to visiting Orange 76-64 on Dec. 13 as Tasos Cook capped his strong week by matching his career high with 27 points. Quincy Clark scored 13 and Will LeMaire added 10.
Cook also had 27 points in a 48-27 win at Upper Arlington on Dec. 10.
"It was a grind-out win," coach Kevin Martin said. "We struggled at the offensive end, but defensively we've been solid. We're still getting there."
Wrestling team takes fourth at Big Walnut
The wrestling team finished fourth (198.5) in the 13-team Big Walnut Classic on Dec. 13 behind champion Galion Northmor (235).
Gary Steele (145 pounds) and Isaiah Healy (182) won titles. Tate Sterling (152), Braden Weimer (195) and Xavier Allen (220) finished third and Logan Moore (170) was fourth.
Below are the coming schedules for the Central boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Dec. 20 -- At Olentangy
*Dec. 20 -- At Olentangy
*Dec. 20 -- Olentangy at Columbus Square Bowling Palace
*Dec. 20 -- Big Walnut, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange at Worthington Youth Boosters
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 20 -- Rule the 'Ville Meet at Westerville Community Center
Dec. 20 -- Home vs. Springfield and Westland