Playing a schedule against mostly Division II competition has paid off for the Bexley High School girls lacrosse club team.

Playing a schedule against mostly Division II competition has paid off for the Bexley High School girls lacrosse club team.

The Lions defeated North Canton Hoover 10-9 in two overtimes May 21 to win the Club North Region and advance to a state semifinal for the first time.

"At the beginning of the year, I thought we had a really good chance of making it to the state tournament," said coach Gillian Thomson, whose team improved to 6-6. "There are only three club teams in central Ohio, so to avoid traveling all over the state we've been playing a lot of Division II teams. That prepared us for the postseason."

Bexley rallied from an 8-4 deficit, with Elise Maas scoring with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining in regulation to force the overtime. In the first overtime, Grace Curran scored off a pass from goalie Jen Davis to give the Lions a 9-8 lead, but Hoover scored with six seconds remaining to force a sudden-death overtime.

With 13 seconds remaining in the three-minute period, Mara Kinney scored off a pass from Gina Vottero.

Bexley will face Toledo Ottawa Hills, which was 8-3 after defeating Sylvania 10-8 on May 21, at 7 p.m. Friday at Cincinnati Indian Hill. The winner will play Cincinnati Anderson or Milford at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mason.

•By the end of the Division II district 2 meet track and field meet last Saturday, the girls team probably was tired of seeing Hartley.

Charlotte Myers finished second in four events -- three times behind a Hartley athlete -- as the Lions were second (91 points) to Hartley (114).

The Lions advanced all four relays to the regional today and Saturday at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. Abby Fagin, Kendra Wilson, Myers and Elisa Mathews were second (4 minutes, 8.59 seconds) behind Hartley (4:00.95) in the 1,600-meter relay.

Mathews, Ashley Efaw, T.T. Siler and Myers were second (51.36) behind Hartley (48.85) in the 400 relay. Siler, Fagin, Mathews and Myers were second (1:47.73) behind Hartley (1:41.4) in the 800 relay. Fagin, Efaw, Ann Sharpe and Wilson were third (10:12.06) in the 3,200 relay.

Other runners-up included Myers in the long jump (16 feet, 6 inches), Katherine Spillman in both the 1,600 (5:37.85) and 3,200 (12:22.92) and Wilson in the 800 (2:21.19).

From the regional, the top four in each event will advance to state June 5-6 at Ohio State.

Caleb Muller was third in the 3,200 (10:24.57) and was the only member of the boys team to advance to the regional today and Saturday at Lexington.

The Lions finished fifth in four events as only the top four advanced.

Junior Zach Arace was edged for fourth in the 3,200 by Northridge's Michael Derringer after both finished in 10:25.26. Also taking fifth were Eric Wittig in the 1,600 (4:51.29), Elijah Scott, Kevin Bond, Adam Leeds and Ronnell Armstrong in the 400 relay (46.27) and Muller, Eric Langer, Tyler Kennedy and David Essman in the 3,200 relay (8:46.49).

•Preston Phillips and Matthew Wareti of the boys tennis team were third in doubles in the Division II district tournament last Friday and Saturday at Columbus Academy and advanced to state Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

They lost to Academy's Andrew Enslen and Joey Frank 6-4, 6-0 in a semifinal and defeated Chillicothe's John Lods and Gabe Seymour 6-2, 6-4 in the consolation final.

The Lions were eliminated from the OTCA Division II tournament after losing to Academy 4-1 on May 21. They finished 11-2 overall.

•The baseball team finished 7-13 overall after losing to eventual Division II district champion DeSales 4-3 in the second round May 14 and was seventh in the MSL-Ohio Division at 4-10 behind Newark Catholic (11-3), Licking Valley (9-5), Granville (9-5), Lakewood (8-6), Heath (7-7) and Academy (7-7) and ahead of Whitehall (1-13).

"We took a whole team approach to that game," interim coach Harley Williams said. "It was nice to see the kids execute the plan. Now they know what they need to do and I look forward to watching them play next year."

Williams agreed to take over after first-year coach Scott Brewer was released from his contract. He left a player at Dublin Jerome after a 13-0 loss to the Celtics on March 31.

"It wasn't a good situation, but I don't think it detracted from the work we were trying to do," Williams said. "In baseball, you can't live in the past or in the future. The whole season, we were living in the moment."

The Lions will lose seniors Max Schwartz (P/SS), Zach Fries (P/1B), Patrick Solomon (P/INF/OF) and Alan Hess (P/OF). Schwartz was first-team all-MSL-Ohio and second-team all-district.

The Lions should return six starters in juniors Alec Touris (CF) and Matt Snowberger (SS) and sophomores Ben Golden (2B), Spencer Fries (C) and Tommy Zervas (DH/1B). Touris was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district and Snowberger was honorable mention all-MSL.

Other key players expected to be return include junior Ziyad Khaloufi (OF), sophomores Hector Santiago (OF/INF) and Jesse Steinberg (OF) and freshman Trevon Bowman (C). Sophomore Spencer Stanley and freshmen Henry Dolin and Scott Needles missed this season with injuries, but could contribute next season.

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the Bexley boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

Boys -- Caleb Muller: 3,200 (third, 10:24.57); Girls -- Megan Leite: discus (fourth, 100-8); Charlotte Myers: long jump (second, 16-6); T.T. Siler: 100 (fourth, 12.82); Katherine Spillman: 1,600 (second, 5:37.85), 3,200 (second, 12:22.92); Kendra Wilson: 800 (second, 2:21.85); 3,200 relay: Fagin, Efaw, Sharpe, Wilson (third, 10:12.06); 400 relay: Mathews, Efaw, Siler, Myers (second, 51.36); 800 relay: Siler, Fagin, Mathews, Myers (second, 1:47.73); 1,600 relay: Fagin, Wilson, Myers, Mathews (second, 4:08.59)