Winter sports preview
Girls basketball: The team had a 7-14 record last year. It lost its first game on Nov. 29 against Desales High School. “I’m really excited for this season. Our team chemistry is better than any years past. It’s been a rough couple of years for the program but this year we’re hoping to turn it around,” senior guard Mckenna Ford said.
Boys basketball: The boys basketball team has a nice mix of varsity veterans and first year varsity players this season. The team is hoping to improve its 8-14 record from last year. The toughest conference competition will be Westerville North and Olentangy Liberty. “We will have to be a very unselfish group if we are going to achieve success this year,” Head Coach Anthony Calo said.
Swimming and diving: In 2014-15, the swim team didn’t even have enough swimmers to make up a varsity team and now, it has upwards of 50 people. Now, the team had people qualify for states and has been close to taking the OCC title, with the boys team getting second place last year. Mason Reid was the first boy in school history to make states last year, by placing in the top 24 at districts. “Having practiced with the team for a few weeks now, I can confidently say that this season is going to be one for the record books,” Reid said.
Gymnastics: This season the team is excited to have 20 girls, the largest team the program has had in the last few years. The program is changing this year by working on ways to continue its great team culture and bonding with so many new gymnasts. “I expect them to work hard, get stronger, get better at gymnastics and become better people,” Coach Jen Hendrick said.
Wrestling: The wrestling season from last year was pretty successful, the team had two state qualifiers and one state placer matching the number from the previous eight years combined. The team captains this year are seniors Mike Monago, Connor Evans and junior Cole Jackson. “We have a good group of seniors leading us. However we have a large amount of sophomores in our lineup as well, it will be interesting to see how they adapt to being in the lineup on a weekly basis,” Head coach Tressler said.
Hockey: Last season the hockey Team went 19-16 overall. The team has done super well in pre-season so far, going 2-1-1 and beating Olentangy. To open the season it went 4-0 in the Thanksgiving Break Tournament, again beating Olentangy in a shootout to win the championship. “One of the main goals we have for this year is to be more of a team. That was one of the things that was limiting us from reaching our full potential,” senior Bobby Golias said.
Bowling: Last season the boys team finished with an overall record of 7-10 and placed fifth in the conference. It had two varsity boys graduate from last year’s team who need to be replaced, but it has four from last year’s team who are seniors this year that it will be counting on. The girls team finished 10-6 overall and finished fourth in the conference. It is replacing three bowlers and two of them were four-year starters, with one that went to states last year as an individual and was on the Honorable Mention. “We have to be more consistent with our first shots so that we are in the pocket. Then we need to become better at getting our spares, as this is what wins matches and tournaments," Head Coach Rodney Palmer said.