Coach Carol Eskay gave her Hilliard Bradley gymnastics team an early sneak peek into what the district meet might be like.
The Jaguars finished fourth in the overall OCC-Cardinal Division standings following the league meet Feb. 6 at Worthington Kilbourne, where they scored 129.975 points to place fourth behind Olentangy Berlin (139.725), Dublin Jerome (139.575) and Kilbourne (138.55).
Bradley went 4-3 in the league dual meets for 10 points and totaled 20 points overall in league competition. Berlin and Jerome both totaled 30 points to tie for the league title and Kilbourne finished third with 24.
"This has a big-meet feel and excitement and there was great competition," Eskay said of the league meet. "These teams that finished at the top here will be some of the top teams in the district (meet Feb. 22 at Kilbourne) and in contention for going to state.
"There was no shortage of intense competition here, and it kind of sets the mood for the type of competition that we will be seeing at district. It's almost like district version 1, because we'll see these teams and (district) will also be here (at Kilbourne). It's a good prequel, I guess you could say."
Paige Hamilton led the Jaguars in the league meet by finishing 14th in the all-around (33.025) behind champion Raegan Ernst (37.35) of Jerome. Hamilton placed seventh on floor exercise (8.95), 10th on balance beam (8.775), 16th on vault (8.0) and 25th on uneven bars (7.3).
"I think a lot of girls did really great," Eskay said. "I know Paige Hamilton had a really strong night all-around. She had a really strong performance on floor and she stuck her beam routine. She also was solid on bars and vault. She was our most consistent performer."
Gabi Graff and Averey Jervis tied for 17th in the all-around (32.575). Graff was paced by her performances on vault (tied for 10th, 8.1) and floor (12th, 8.7), while Jervis placed 12th on bars (8.25) and 18th on floor (8.475).
Abby Granville finished 25th in the all-around (30.8), 21st on beam (8.15) and 26th on vault (7.9).
"I thought we did really well overall," Eskay said. "We had some really strong performances, really clean vaults, clean bars, some nice floors and consistency on beam and then getting more of our girls to have that consistency on beam and getting more of our girls to have that consistent performance. Our skills are really good on beam, but we need to have a little more of that confidence and consistency and not having to count falls toward our team score."
Moore, Sims lead swimmers into district
Tyler Moore and Kaitlyn Sims helped lead the swimming teams into the Division I district meet Thursday, Feb. 13, at Ohio State.
Sims finished fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 11.82 seconds) and 11th in the 100 butterfly (1:00.57) in a sectional Feb. 8 at Thomas Worthington as the girls team tied Davidson for eighth (54 points) of 13 teams behind champion New Albany (400).
She also joined Madison Wester, Paige Williams and Isa Brooks on the fifth-place 400 freestyle relay (3:54.84) and Brooks, Cindy Yu and Wester on the eighth-place 200 medley relay (1:59.79), while the 200 free relay of Ava Riley, Grace King, Yu and Williams finished 11th (1:54.01).
Moore placed fifth in the 500 free (5:08.63) and eighth in the 100 fly (55.91) at the Thomas sectional as the boys team finished ninth (51) of 13 teams behind champion New Albany (257).
Carson Cross placed sixth in the 100 fly (55.54) and ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.57) and Ethan Rasor was sixth in the 500 free (5:09.84).
Moore, Cross and Rasor also were on the ninth-place 200 medley relay (1:51.02) with Marshall Alspaugh, and Cross and Moore joined Joseph Fracasso and Jackson White on the 11th-place 200 free relay, while Alspaugh, Rasor, Jacob Baxendell and White comprised the 12th-place 400 free relay (3:48.31).
At district, the top two finishers in each swimming event automatically advance to state Feb. 21 and 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded in each event based on district times statewide.
The Jaguars have no divers.
Boys basketball team earns second seed
The boys basketball team is seeded second for the 49-team Division I district tournament behind Gahanna and will play host to 41st-seeded Central Crossing in the first round Feb. 22.
The Jaguars are 19-2 overall and 13-0 in the OCC-Cardinal entering their regular-season finale Friday, Feb. 14, at home against Darby.
Bradley clinched the outright league championship Feb. 4 with a 59-34 win over Jerome. Keaton Norris had a team-high 19 points, including five 3-pointers, while Matt Allocco added 17 points and A.J. Mirgon scored 15.
The Jaguars posted their 56th consecutive league victory by defeating Dublin Scioto 38-25 on Feb. 7 behind 20 points from Allocco.
Mirgon had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Bradley past Davidson 68-29 on Feb. 8.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys basketball and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 14 -- Home vs. Darby. The Jaguars defeated the Panthers 59-49 on Jan. 10.
*Feb. 13 -- Home vs. Darby