Despite missing its leadoff runner, the Bexley High School girls track and field team's 1,600-meter relay advanced to the Division II regional meet for the fourth consecutive season.

Despite missing its leadoff runner, the Bexley High School girls track and field team's 1,600-meter relay advanced to the Division II regional meet for the fourth consecutive season.

Senior T.T. Siler replaced senior Abby Fagin on the first leg and helped classmates Elisa Mathews, Kendra Wilson and Charlotte Myers place third (4 minutes, 7.88 seconds) behind Hartley (3:55.25) and Columbus School for Girls (4:04.98) in the Division II district meet May 21 at Hamilton Township.

Fagin, the leadoff runner on the 1,600 relay that qualified for state the past three years, was sidelined with an injury.

"Siler did really well for us," said Myers, whose team finished seventh (38 points) at district behind champion Hartley (111). "It was hard running without Abby, but it's good to know we have someone who could help us qualify."

The top four finishers in each event at district advanced to the regional on Thursday, May 26, and Saturday, May 28, in Dayton Welcome Stadium.

The top four in each regional event will advance to the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

Myers played a part in all four of the girls team's regional-qualifying performances.

In addition to running on the 1,600 relay, she placed second in the 400 (57.59) behind Hartley's Aisha Cavin (57.53) and helped Emily Winnegard, Eva Jerkins and Siler take second in the 400 relay (49.96) behind Hartley (49.84). Myers also helped Regan Detwiler, Lindsey Mathews and Wilson take third in the 3,200 relay (10:17.0) behind Granville (9:43.25) and CSG (9:57.35).

The boys team finished ninth (30) behind champion Eastmoor Academy (131) in the district 2 meet.

Jalen Robinette, Rasheed Morgan, Harold Jones and Elijah Scott were second in the 800 relay (1:30.14) behind Hartley (1:29.89). Jones, Morgan, Derek Cain and Robinette were third in the 400 relay (43.7) behind Eastmoor (43.3) and Hartley (43.4).

•Since the number of state qualifiers from the Division II district boys tennis tournament was reduced from four to two in 2010, Bexley has not advanced anyone to state.

The doubles teams of Christian Liefeld and Matt Wareti and Zach Goodstein and David Seckel both lost in the quarterfinals of the district tournament May 20-21 at Columbus Academy.

Liefeld and Wareti lost to DeSales' John Acomb and Paul Rosile 6-4, 7-5 and Goodstein and Seckel lost to Watterson's Aaron Casares and Jared Clifton 6-3, 7-6 (7-0).

However, the Lions did earn a berth in the OTCA state tournament by defeating Watterson 3-2 in a district final on May 23.

The Lions will play in the state final four on Sunday, May 29, at Hilliard Davidson.

•The boys lacrosse team allowed 14 goals in the first half and spent the rest of the game trying to catch up in a 17-10 loss to New Albany in a play-in game of the Division II Central Region tournament on May 18.

"They got on us early," coach Rich Russo said. "We fell apart defensively (in the first half) and dug ourselves too big of a hole to come out of."

The Lions finished 9-6 overall. It was their most wins and the first winning record in the seven-year history of the program.

The Lions will lose seniors Chris Crane and Marcus Gustin from the midfield and Jessie Groner, A.J. Hutchinson and St. John Leck from the defense.

"We're going to have a hard time replacing them, but that's kind of how it works," Russo said. "You have to figure out how you replace those guys and move on."

The Lions return a talented group of players including captains Tyler Bringman, A.J. Gogan and Nick Maley. Gogan became the first Bexley player to be named first-team all-region, and Maley and Bringman were named to the second team.

"We've taken the initial steps of becoming a good program. Like any other team, we have to learn how to win," Russo said. "We're not there yet, but I think it is coming."

•After losing to Hartley 16-11 on May 5, girls lacrosse coach Gillian Thomson knew it would take a perfect performance to beat the Hawks in the first round of the Division II South/Central Region tournament.

That didn't happen. The Hawks scored three goals early in the second half to open a 9-4 lead and held on for a 14-10 victory May 19.

"It was a really hard-fought game," said Thomson, whose team finished 8-8-1 overall. "We would have to do everything right up and down the field to beat them, but we played really well. I am proud of my team."

The Lions had to cope with injuries to two of their top scorers in Colleen Bond and Gabby Goldach. Bond had 42 goals in 12 games and Goldach had 28 goals in nine games.

Bexley finished sixth with a 2-5 record in the Central Independent League behind Academy (7-0), Hartley (5-2), Wellington (5-2), CSG (4-2) and Watterson (3-3) and ahead of Granville (1-6) and DeSales (1-6). Watterson and CSG's game was canceled.

Bexley will lose senior midfielders Liz Harriman (18 goals, 12 assists) and Goldach. Harriman was first-team all-region.

The Lions expect to return a strong junior class, including Maddy Kelly at goalkeeper, Emily Elisar, Elisa Pruitt and Ivy Tran as defenders, Bond, Kate Gatterdam and Maggie Janco on the attack and Maddy Hess and Nikki Seletz at midfield. Kelly was second-team all-region and Gatterdam was honorable mention.

"Goldach was a tremendous force on offense. She has such a powerful shot and is dynamic in the midfield," Thomson said. "Liz was so crucial to all aspects of our game. She's a tremendously strong defender. She was so important in our transition game in the midfield and crucial on offense."

•Even after Anderson Hastings' three-run home run gave second-seeded Jonathan Alder a 7-0 lead in the third inning before a rain delay, baseball coach Tom Marker never believed his team was out of the game.

The Lions scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh but lost to the Pioneers 10-5 in a Division II district semifinal on May 20.

"That's the type of team that we have. We battle back. In every game this season, they've come to play," said Marker, whose team finished 13-17 overall. "You never, ever see these guys lie down and quit."

It was Bexley's first appearance in a district semifinal since 1999.

The Lions finished fifth at 7-7 in the MSL-Ohio Division behind Newark Catholic (12-2), Heath (10-4), Academy (9-5) and Granville (9-5) and ahead of Lakewood (4-10), Whitehall (3-11) and Licking Valley (2-12).

The Lions will lose seniors Spencer Fries (RF), Ben Golden (SS), Jacob Luscher (P), Adam Schwartz (P), Ryan Young (CF) and Tommy Zervas (1B).

Schwartz (6-3, 3.23 ERA) and Golden (.477 batting average) were first-team all-league. Golden was first-team all-district and Schwartz was second-team all-district. Zervas (.368) was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district. Fries was honorable mention all-league.

Key returnees for the Lions should include sophomores Grant Murphy (C) and Jimmy Kahan (OF) and freshman Alex Eikenberry (OF).

Murphy (.384) was second-team all-league and all-district, while Eikenberry was honorable mention all-league.

"The seniors got guys back involved with Bexley baseball again," Marker said. "That was huge. We dressed a lot of younger guys on varsity to show them how (the seniors) play the game. Next year we can say, 'You remember how Benny Golden got a ground ball' or 'This is the way Tommy Zervas did this.'"