IN THE NEWS: WARRIORS GIRLS BOWLERS FOCUS ON DELIVERING IN POSTSEASON
By Jarrod Ulrey, THISWEEKSPORTS.COM
With its eye on getting back to the Division II state tournament, the Worthington Christian girls bowling team has scheduled extra COHSBC matches and entered as many tournaments as possible.
It hasn’t been easy to get in matches with eight of the teams in the Warriors’ COHSBC-C Division coming from the City League, which didn’t give the go-ahead for the winter sports season until Jan. 25. Another team in the league, Liberty Christian, has not had any matches.
The Warriors were 7-1 overall after beating Grandview 1,999-1,557 on Jan. 29 and 4-0 in the COHSBC-C after defeating Columbus South 1,531-1,336 on Jan. 28.
“We’ve had some ups and downs trying to find (matches),” coach Matt Hamilton said. “We practiced from November to the end of December before we had a match and the girls can get a little complacent. We’ve tried to (fill) up our schedule and we ended up playing a lot of the Catholic schools.”
The Warriors won the MSL-Ohio title Jan. 23 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, beating Buckeye Valley 2-1 in the Baker playoff as senior Hope Nyland averaged 173.0 for the event and earned the league’s Bowler of the Year honor.
Through eight matches, senior Emily Weishaar was averaging 166.7 to lead the team and senior Lilly Marsh was averaging 160.3.
Seniors Abby Lanker and Caroline Busby and sophomores Cierra Mudge and Audrey Sanders also have been contributors for the Warriors, who open the postseason with a sectional Feb. 12 at HP Lanes. The top 12 teams and top 12 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Feb. 15 at HP Lanes.