Westerville South bowling coach Jamie West uses the Central District Preview Tournament to gauge his teams' progress as the postseason approaches.

South played host to the 12th annual event Jan. 18 at Columbus Square Bowling Palace, with the Jonathan Alder boys and Olentangy girls winning titles.

All proceeds benefit the Westerville South Bowling Club.

"(Former South boys coach) Mike Craig and I put this together 12 years ago as a fundraiser for Westerville South (bowling) and also as a way to get teams ready for the postseason," West said. "We've gone with a longer format of bowling. The teams seem to like it."

The South girls finished fifth (3,272) of 20 teams in pool play to advance to the eight-team championship bracket. The Wildcats then lost to Olentangy 3-1 in the first round of a best-of-five Baker games format.

Olentangy went on to defeat Jonathan Alder 3-0 in the final.

Taylor Hughes led South in pool play, finishing 12th with a 527 series, ahead of Brenda Diaz (13th, 520) and Alexzandria Stewart (16th, 498).

"We always seem to do well in this tournament, so it's always something that we look forward to," Hughes said.

The South boys finished 13th (3,568) in pool play and did not advance to championship play.

Ethan Gary led the Wildcats by finishing 23rd with a 588 series, followed by Dominic Candella (46th, 539) and Jacob Spiegel (65th, 471).

Jonathan Alder defeated Marysville 3-1 in the final.

The girls team was 3-2 overall and in the COHSBC-A Division before playing Westerville Central on Jan. 21. The Warhawks entered the week first in the league at 9-0.

South also was 1-1 in the OCC-Buckeye before playing Central. The Warhawks were first at 5-0.

"We're starting to get a little bit better," West said. "We'd still like to see more consistency, but we're getting better as the season goes on. We're still learning."

The boys team was 5-1 overall and in the COHSBC-A before playing Central. Entering the week, Central was 9-1 in the league and Olentangy Orange was 8-1.

South was 2-1 in the OCC-Buckeye before playing Central. The Warhawks were first at 6-0.

Wrestlers finish third in Panther Invitational

The wrestling team finished third (184.5) in the 14-team Panther Invitational on Jan. 18 at Pickerington North behind champion Westerville Central (215.5).

Fuanyi Fobellah (120 pounds) and Aaron Morton (160) won titles, Grant Updyke (113) finished second and Nick Ifju (152) and Tyler O'Reilly (220) placed third.

Boys basketball team looks to avenge loss

The boys basketball team will look to avenge its lone OCC-Buckeye loss when it plays host to Olentangy Liberty on Friday, Jan. 24.

The Wildcats lost at Liberty 74-59 on Dec. 12.

South was 10-4 overall before playing Reynoldsburg on Jan. 21. It is 5-1 in the league, while Westerville North and Liberty are tied for second at 4-2.

The Wildcats visit North on Feb. 7.

Stephon Saint-Cyr's rebound basket with 2 seconds remaining lifted South to a 62-61 win at Olentangy on Jan. 17. Jaiden Guice and Tabari Howard each scored 15 points, and Drey Carter added 13.

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the South boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 24 -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty. The Wildcats lost to the Patriots 74-59 on Dec. 12.

Jan. 28 -- Home vs. Licking Heights

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 24 -- At Liberty. The Wildcats defeated the Patriots 51-43 on Dec. 13.

Jan. 25 -- Home vs. Watterson

BOWLING

*Jan. 24 -- Olentangy at Columbus Square Bowling Palace

*Jan. 27 -- Big Walnut at Columbus Square Bowling Palace

*Jan. 28 -- Marysville at Dragon Lanes

SWIMMING & DIVING

Jan. 25 -- OCC-Buckeye meet at Kenyon College

WRESTLING

*Jan. 23 -- Home vs. Westerville North

Jan. 25 -- New Albany Invitational

*League contest