Two seasons before he joined the Reynoldsburg boys bowling team, Logan Gapen watched as his brother, Michael Mossbarger, helped the program reach the Division I state tournament for the first time in 2015.
Another of his influences in the sport was his sister, 2017 graduate Paige Gapen, who was a three-time district qualifier.
Logan is now a part of a five-member senior class that has been building its own legacy.
With a 2,311-2,283 victory over Gahanna on Jan. 22, the Raiders improved to 10-1 in the COHSBC-B Division, in which they have been battling the Lions and Hilliard Darby for the title.
Reynoldsburg was 12-1 overall after beating Big Walnut 2,627-2,087 on Jan. 24.
"My brother was always really good and (my brother and sister) helped me learn as much as they can," Logan Gapen said. "(This team has) been with each other for such a long time and we've really bonded and gotten close together. We're hoping to go as far as we possibly can."
The Raiders also are tied with Gahanna for first in the OCC-Central at 4-1. They close the league schedule for the COHSBC-B and OCC-Central on Friday, Jan. 31, against Pickerington Central at Holiday Lanes and then are off until the sectional Feb. 21 at HP Lanes.
In addition to its league matches, Reynoldsburg turned in a ninth-place finish (3,894) in the 20-team Central District Preview on Jan. 18 at Columbus Square Bowling Palace to miss advancing to the championship round by one spot. Senior Logan Jeffers led with a 570 three-game series.
Jeffers also is leading the Raiders in league average at 208.2, followed by Gapen (201) and seniors Owen Chisley (195.4), Cameron Brosious (184.4) and David Robinson (178.8).
"So far this season has been very productive and very busy," coach Jamie Gapen said. "It's been amazing to watch and coach this team and to see how they're working on making this the best season for the team as possible. They've put in a lot of hard work and continue to do so whenever they get the chance.
"The boys being able to bowl together for the last few years has helped them to bond together more closely, not just on the lanes but off the lanes as well. They've developed a pretty unique brotherhood and show strong support for one another."
Reynoldsburg finished 10th in last year's district tournament as the top three teams advanced to state.
The team that made it to state in 2015 finished 16th at sectional but put together a fourth-place finish at district to earn the final state-qualifying berth. Mossbarger rolled a 608 at district and Chad Szczepanski, who was a senior that season, had a 657 to finish third overall.
Unlike that team, the Raiders should enter the postseason as one of the favorites to make it to state. Before Jan. 24, Reynoldsburg was third in the COHSBC with a 955.7 average per game.
"For the most part we've been a very strong team and I feel like we can take on anybody," Chisley said. "Our entire varsity lineup is all seniors. Three of us have been together since freshman year and (Jeffers) joined us last year. We've looked strong."
Boys basketball team trying to get on track
The boys basketball team will have an opportunity to avenge one of its losses when it plays host to Pickerington Central on Friday, Jan. 31, in OCC-Ohio action.
The Raiders also will have a chance to play a spoiler role in the league title race considering Central is 5-2 in the league, one game behind Gahanna (6-1).
Reynoldsburg lost to Grove City 63-51 on Jan. 24 to drop to 2-5 in the league but had won six of seven before that.
The Raiders also lost to Jonathan Alder 59-34 on Jan. 25 in the Play by Play Classic at Ohio Dominican to drop to 10-8 overall. The Pioneers are one of the area's stronger Division II programs.
Senior forward Sean Moore played only for a short time in a 64-43 victory over Zanesville on Jan. 4 and sat out wins over New Albany (53-42 on Jan. 7) and Lancaster (56-46 on Jan. 10) because of a shoulder issue but has returned.
In a 58-47 victory over Westerville South on Jan. 21, Moore scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Junior Zaveon Croff, who is 6-foot-1 but is a strong rebounder, has seen his playing time increase of late and has begun to contribute in numerous ways, according to coach Scott Davis. He had 12 points in a 71-59 win over Whitehall on Jan. 14.
Moore is averaging 12.5 points and Cooper Davis is averaging 13.
"We won (four) in a row on the road (before Jan. 24) so we're kind of like the road warriors," coach Davis said. "You obviously don't like to see anyone injured, but we feel like ultimately (having players fill in for Moore) is going to make us a better team. Guys had to step up. Now Sean is healthy for the second half of the season and we feel like the goal is to better in the second half than we were in the first half. Offensively we really seem to be meshing a little bit."
Swimmers prep for postseason
The boys and girls swimming teams next compete in a Division I sectional Feb. 8 at Upper Arlington.
On Jan. 26 at Kenyon College, the boys finished third (284) in the OCC-Ohio meet behind Gahanna (484.5) and Pickerington North (468) and ahead of Grove City (229), Pickerington Central (205.5) and Lancaster (202).
Junior Nate Gaver won the 50-yard freestyle (21.31 seconds) and 100 free (47.66), sophomore Max Hutson-Comeaux was second in the 200 free (1:54.25) and 500 free (5:01.45) and freshman Freddie Culbert was third in diving (286.6). The 200 medley relay of junior Malachi Nichols, Gaver, Hutson-Comeaux and junior Austin Harter was second (1:48.36), the 200 free relay of junior Dhishan Kashyap, Nichols, junior Jonathan Begeny and Harter was third (1:42.25) and the 400 free relay of Hutson-Comeaux, Kashyap, Begeny and Gaver was fourth (3:39.29).
The girls tied Grove City for fourth (197) behind Gahanna (623), North (473) and Lancaster (230) and ahead of Central (129).
Junior Kasey Lichtner was third in the 50 free (26.06) and 100 free (56.82). The 200 medley relay of freshman Sarah Lemay, Lichtner, freshman Cameran Ball and sophomore Olivia Dulay (2:13.89), the 200 free relay of Dulay, sophomore Anna Haines, Ball and freshman Maddi Daugherty (2:07.47) and the 400 free relay of Daugherty, Lemay, Haines and Lichtner (4:29.24) all placed fifth.
Below are the coming schedules for the Reynoldsburg boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 31 -- Home vs. Pickerington Central. The Raiders lost to the Tigers 66-45 on Dec. 20.
Feb. 4 -- At Central Crossing
*Jan. 31 -- Home vs. Pickerington Central. The Raiders lost to the Tigers 68-33 on Dec. 20.
Feb. 4 -- Home vs. Central Crossing
*Jan. 31 -- Pickerington Central at Holiday Lanes
*Jan. 30 -- Home vs. Grove City