Junior Philip Diaz and freshman Chris Diaz already have done a lot to help return the Watterson High School boys tennis team's reputation to a place of prominence.

Junior Philip Diaz and freshman Chris Diaz already have done a lot to help return the Watterson High School boys tennis team's reputation to a place of prominence.

At the Division I district tournament last Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Davidson, the Diaz brothers won the doubles title to become the first Watterson doubles team to qualify to state since Kevin McEnery and Anand Satyapria in 1997.

As a freshman in 2006, Philip Diaz also became Watterson's first state qualifier in singles since Denny English in 1992.

Philip said he and his younger brother aren't satisfied with their accomplishments, though. Their goal is to win the state tournament Friday and Saturday at Ohio State to become Watterson's first state-champion doubles team since English and Jason Homorody won consecutive titles in 1990 and 1991.

"What we've been able to do together so far is exciting and we're having fun," Philip Diaz said. "To win a district championship is amazing because it means that we're the best team in central Ohio this year, but really, everything we've done up to this point are just steps toward making it to state. Our goal is to win state. That's what we've been thinking about all year."

The Diaz brothers are 14-0 as a doubles team. To stay undefeated, Philip said he and his brother will need to continue to attack at the net.

"We've been playing aggressive doubles, and both of us are finishing our volleys," he said. "We can't stand back on the defensive. We need to keep moving forward to the net to finish shots while maintaining our consistency. It will be harder to control the matches at state, because the other teams may put us on the defensive more, but we can't lose our aggressive style."

Coach Barb Woods said the quickness of the Diaz brothers should give them an edge over the majority of their opponents.

"Philip and Chris are definitely quicker with their shots and they move across the court more quickly than most players, so I believe they can win state if they maintain their focus and communication," Woods said. "Philip has a wonderful net game and his return of serve is awesome. Chris is fast, too. He's equally good on the baseline and at the net."

The Diaz brothers opened district with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mount Vernon's Chris Jaymes and Austin Kasserman, then beat Pickerington Central's Nischal Raya and Chase Thomas 6-0, 6-1 in a state-qualifying match.

"We took every point slow and talked about where we were wanting to go with our shots," Chris said. "We were aggressive and consistent with our placement."

The Diaz brothers beat Upper Arlington's William Weldon and Will Thieman 6-0, 6-1 in a semifinal and New Albany's Skyler Engel and Riyad Bennoui 6-2, 6-2 in the final.

"This means a lot because it gives us a chance to go to state with a No. 1 seed and a lot of confidence," Philip said.

•The girls track and field team finished 10th (15.66) in the 14-team Division I district 3 meet May 21, 22 and last Saturday at Dublin Coffman behind champion Reynoldsburg (135).

The top four in each event advanced to regional, held last Wednesday and Friday at Davidson, and the Eagles' boys and girls all failed to make the cut.

Jaclyn Zapior finished fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (47.58 seconds) behind Reynoldsburg's Leah Sasfy who finished fourth (47.54).

Arica Pendleton was fifth in the long jump (16 feet, 3 inches) and Nora Ryan was sixth in the 800 (2:25.97).

The 1,600 relay of Sylvia Zamora, Nora Ryan, Kayla Zapior and Hannah Skrobot (4:11.76) and 3,200 relay of Nora Ryan, Kieran Ryan, Kerrie Rubadue and Jailyn Soto (10:39.52) finished seventh.

"Jaclyn ran her best time of the year in the 300 hurdles and was very close to our school record (46.9)," coach Mark Roberts said.

The boys team finished last (2.33) of 17 teams in the Division I district 2 meet May 20, 21 and last Saturday at Coffman behind champion (109.5).

Matt Grieser finished seventh in the shot put (46-10) and Pat Wilson finished in a three-way tie for eighth in the high jump (5-10) to account for Watterson's scoring.

"This was a rough year for our boys team with the key injuries we had," Roberts said. "We lost our top two sprinters, Ryan Kiger (strained groin and hamstring) and Scott Kabalec (left team for undisclosed reason) or we probably would've got our 400 and 800 relays back to regional."

•The eighth-seeded baseball team lost to top-seeded DeSales 7-6 in a Division II district final May 22 to finish 14-12-1 overall.

The Stallions took a 3-0 advantage in the bottom of the first after Matt Davidson and Ryan Clark drove in runs with singles and Thomas Gentile scored on a throwing error.

DeSales extended its lead to 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run home run by Clark.

But Watterson answered with four runs in the top of the fifth when Seth Willoughby hit a three-run home run and Marck Paliotto drove in Mitch Sroka with a single.

The Eagles cut their deficit to 7-6 in the sixth, after Nick Eckel hit a triple and scored on a wild pitch, but it was too little too late.

"We made some mistakes and gave DeSales too many runs early, and that's what cost us the game, but I'm proud of the kids for coming back the way they did," coach Tony Cleveland said. "I told the kids to keep believing in themselves, and the next thing you know, Seth hits that home run and changes the momentum."

•The girls lacrosse team beat DeSales 13-12 in overtime in a Club Division regional final May 22 to improve to 11-3 overall. Clare Topper scored 1:29 into the first half of a overtime.

"I was just really focused and I knew we had to score really fast," Topper said. "I was just really ready to take it to them on that one."

"It's Watterson-DeSales," said coach Todd Fleck, whose team has won six consecutive games. "In this game anything goes. I had every bit of faith in my girls."

Topper led the Eagles with three goals. Helen Diodore added two goals and three assists, and Susan Miller scored twice.

"Clare was the right person to have the ball," Fleck said. "She will take a great shot but if the great shot is not there she'll pass it off to someone else."

Watterson faced Green in a state semifinal last Wednesday at Medina. The winner will play Cincinnati Anderson or Milford at 3 p.m. Saturday at Medina.

Anderson is led by senior midfielder Ashley Kocsis, junior attackers Kate Shingleton and Alexis Stigall and sophomore goalie Ashlee Heckard. It beat Cincinnati Colerain 16-2 on May 22 to improve to 15-2 before last Wednesday's semifinal.

Milford is led by senior attacker Julie Montag, sophomore attacker Laura Montag and senior goalkeepers Ali Boone and Bailey Hipenbecker. It beat Lebanon 12-3 on May 22 to improve to 6-7 before last Wednesday.

•The sixth-seeded boys lacrosse team opened the Division II Region 3 tournament last Tuesday against Wellington, which entered at 1-13.

The winner will play today against second-seeded New Albany or seventh-seeded Johnstown. The higher seed will play host to each tournament game. The winner of that will play top-seeded Granville, fourth-seeded DeSales, fifth-seeded Gahanna or eighth-seeded Bexley. The state semifinal will be held Wednesday and the final June 7.