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IN THE NEWS: WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN WARRIORS BOYS READY TO MAKE A RUN FOR STATE

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By Jarrod Ulreyjulrey@thisweeknews.com

Since making its only appearance at the Division II state tournament in 2016, the Worthington Christian boys bowling team has advanced to at least the district level each season and had an individual state qualifier in 2018. 

After the girls team qualified for state the past two years, the boys are led by a motivated group of four returning seniors who believe the pieces are in place for them to make it back to state this winter.

“This is kind of the year we’ve been preparing for,” senior Noah Dirscherl said. “We had a bunch of freshmen four years ago and we’ve been building up for this for four years.” 

Through his first 13 games, Dirscherl was averaging a team-best 187.9 that included a 445 series in a 2,107-1,938 win over Watterson on Dec. 6. 

Worthington Christian is 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the COHSBC-D Division as it heads into the holiday break. It returns to action Jan. 4 against Columbus Academy at HP Lanes. 

The other returning seniors are Connor Lawson, Will Muskopf and Tyler White, a first-team all-district football player who also competes for the track and field team. 

On Dec. 4 in the Division II Kickoff Classic at Columbus Square Bowling Palace, the Warriors finished 14th and White placed 10th with a 614 series.

“We usually start off super slow, but our tournament that we had, oh my goodness, it was amazing,” White said. “I don’t know what it was, but everything clicked for us and we just kept going. Our Baker games were especially good. Usually, our Baker games are average, at least right now, but we balled out and I think averaged 200 for our Baker games, which is very good early in the season.” 

White was averaging 173.6 through his first 11 games and Lawson was averaging 169.3 through his first 12 games. 

Dirscherl, Lawson and White teamed with 2021 graduate Mason Marsh to give the Warriors four competitors who averaged better than 160 in COHSBC matches a year ago. 

Lawson spent time in the offseason working with Warriors coach Dave Krebs, who also coaches him at the club level, as well as Ron Hatfield, a private coach who was the head coach of the Ukraine national team from 2008-13. 

“For the three years leading up to this, we’ve been building up our skills and the entire senior class has been working with us for this,” Lawson said. “With all of our skills, we can definitely go far. The biggest thing I need to work on is consistency. I usually call myself ‘the wild card,’ because sometimes I’m on and sometimes I’m just doing everything all at once.” 

Junior Garrett Dixon and sophomore Michael Goulette are among those attempting to provide depth for the Warriors, who are in their ninth season under Krebs. 

“That’s been the goal, to get these guys ready for this year,” Krebs said. “We’ve got seniors that are really good. We’ve got a good, solid five. I told the (current) seniors that if they’d stick it out, we could do something special.” 

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