Teamwork has helped the Hilliard Bradley girls bowling team clinch at least a share of its second consecutive league championship.
The Jaguars are 6-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and will close out league action Friday, Jan. 31, against Davidson at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Entering action Jan. 28, Thomas Worthington was second at 4-1 and Delaware was third at 3-1.
"I think the girls are really helping each other out," assistant coach Dave Johnson said. "They are lining each other up for spares. I don't have to be there on every single shot like I did last year.
"They are helping each other out. (Junior) Olivia (Johnson) actually has become a bronze coach this year, going through a coaching class. (Junior) Callie (Hribar) is going to do the same later this year. They are lining people up and it's fun to watch them help each other."
Bradley was 11-1 overall and 9-1 in the COHSBC-B before competing against Pickerington Central on Jan. 28.
Last season, the Jaguars won their first OCC-Cardinal title since 2016, going 7-0 to finish ahead of runner-up Delaware (6-1).
"I think we're getting so much more technical with our strategy," Hribar said. "We're working on improving our form and the minute details of our throws.
"We're a lot closer as friends. We have a good bond, which is rare. So this year, we are all very connected and whole-heartedly supporting each other."
Through 12 matches, Olivia Johnson had a team-best 173.9 average, followed by Hribar (167.1), senior Marisabel Aguilar (153.4) and junior Katie Yabroff (145.2).
"We have been bowling really well after losing the seniors that we did from last year," said sophomore Madison Kennedy, who had a 138.2 average before Jan. 28. "Katie, Olivia, Marisabel and Callie have helped us when coach (Johnson) is helping other people. We work together."
Aguilar is the lone senior on varsity. She likes the communal effort shown by the Jaguars.
"It's not just the seniors that are in charge," she said. "We all pitch in when we cheer, and it's not one person. We try to work as a team. Whenever someone is struggling, we bring them right back up."
Olivia Johnson said the team has excelled despite losing two key starters from a year ago in 2019 graduates Christy Hribar and Ava Miller.
"We have been really successful this year," she said. "We lost two seniors from last year, but we had two sophomores (Kennedy and Madisyn McKay) and a junior (Makayla Davis) step up this year. Everyone has improved in their own special way."
Girls basketball team closes in on league title
The girls basketball team is looking to clinch its first league championship since winning three consecutive titles from 2015-17.
The Jaguars are 15-3 overall and lead the OCC-Cardinal at 10-1. Their final three league games are Friday, Jan. 31, at Delaware, Tuesday, Feb. 4, at home against Dublin Jerome and Feb. 7 at Dublin Scioto.
Worthington Kilbourne is second in the league at 9-2, followed by Scioto at 7-4 and Delaware and Jerome at 6-5.
"We're in first place and we still have some games to play, but we control our own destiny," coach Steve De Dent said. "We have to continue to work to get better. We have to be stronger with the ball.
"We need to have fun with it because this is where everyone wants to be. We have to work our tails off for our teammates, and the third thing is they need to go out and do their job. If everybody does their job, we'll be fine."
Bradley defeated Kilbourne 47-39 on Jan. 21, avenging its only league loss. The Jaguars lost to the Wolves 43-39 on Dec. 13. Chloe Callahan had 12 points and Macy Chapman and Hailey Parsell both scored eight in the rematch.
Callahan is averaging a team-high 13.6 points, followed by Chapman (6.4), Emily Marschhausen (6.2) and Madi Phillis (5.2).
Sims swims to second consecutive OCC title
Kaitlyn Sims of the girls swimming and diving team won her second OCC-Cardinal title in the 200-yard individual medley in the league meet Jan. 26 at Kenyon College.
The junior won the event in 2 minutes, 13.44 seconds after capturing the title last season in 2:15.35.
Sims also placed fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:02.56) and was a member of the runner-up 400 freestyle relay (4:01.0) with Madison Wester Paige Williams and Isa Brooks, as the Jaguars finished sixth (157 points) behind Jerome (499), Olentangy Berlin (361), Delaware (315), Kilbourne (273) and Thomas (185) and ahead of Darby (145) and Scioto (54).
Carson Cross placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.96) to lead the boys team, which finished eighth (69) behind Jerome (543.5), Darby (328), Berlin (257), Thomas (240), Delaware (180), Scioto (179.5) and Kilbourne (168).
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 31 -- Home vs. Delaware. The Jaguars defeated the Pacers 57-47 (OT) on Jan. 3.
Feb. 1 -- Home vs. Trotwood-Madison
*Feb. 4 -- At Dublin Jerome. The Jaguars defeated the Celtics 37-21 on Dec. 20.
*Jan. 31 -- At Delaware. The Jaguars defeated the Pacers 43-33 on Jan. 3.
Feb. 1 -- At DeSales
*Feb. 4 -- Home vs. Jerome. The Jaguars defeated the Celtics 47-29 on Dec. 20.
*Jan. 30 -- Newark at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
*Jan. 31 -- Davidson at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
Feb. 3 -- At Darby with Davidson, Dresden Tri-Valley and Westerville Central
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 1 -- Upper Arlington Invitational
*Jan. 30 -- At Delaware
Feb. 1 -- Rayland Buckeye Local Invitational