By Jarrod Ulrey, THISWEEKSPORTS.COM
During its fifth full season last winter, the Worthington Christian girls bowling team advanced to the Division II state tournament for the first time.
With four returnees who saw action as the Warriors finished 15th (2,584) in the 16-team event, coach Matt Hamilton believes that experience could be a crucial factor in what could be an unpredictable season.
The Warriors figure to have a busy slate in January while competing in the COHSBC-C Division. Last season, Worthington Christian went 17-0 overall and won the league at 11-0.
“We have a great returning group,” Hamilton said. “In a year with craziness, it’s important to have experience. Our goal this year is to be a light to other teams and our teammates by glorifying God in our actions, win the league … and return to the state.”
The top returnees are seniors Lilly Marsh and Emily Weishaar, who were the top finishers for the Warriors at state. Marsh placed 49th (480) and Weishaar was 72nd (418).
Seniors Abby Lanker and Hope Nyland also competed at state, and Caroline Busby rounds out the senior class. Freshmen Taylor Fries and Dorothy Fullerton also are looking to contribute.
Marsh (162.8 average) and Weishaar were first-team all-league, while 2020 graduates Naysa Dunlap, Natalie Opava and Amber Ralson made the second team.
Coral Varian was another 2020 graduate on the state tournament roster who helped the Warriors win their second consecutive COHSBC-C title and improve on a sixth-place district finish in 2019.
The Warriors were fourth (2,995) at sectional and first (3,429) at district.
Worthington Christian also was first (3,193) during the qualifying round of the MSL-Ohio tournament but lost 3-1 to Whitehall in a best-of-five Baker series semifinal.