The Briggs High School softball team has just two seniors, but coach Tani Erwin doesn't spend much time going over season goals with her players.

The Briggs High School softball team has just two seniors, but coach Tani Erwin doesn't spend much time going over season goals with her players.

Every year, the Bruins believe a realistic goal is to win the City League-South Division. After beating Marion-Franklin 12-3 last Monday, Briggs was 6-2 overall and 6-0 in the league as it looks for its fourth consecutive berth in the City championship game.

The Bruins are 1-4 in City finals, with their only win coming in 2006. They lost to Centennial 4-2 in the title game last year.

"I only have two seniors, so my biggest group is of juniors," said Erwin, who is in her eighth season. "We're still young in some areas, but they're playing well. Our defense has been great, but our hitting is up and down."

Junior Chelsea Lay has taken over as the No. 1 pitcher, and senior Taylor West, a transfer from West, also pitches.

Other key players have included juniors Kari Shanyfelt (3B), Cassie Price (C) and Christina Schleppi (CF) and sophomores Tabitha Biegler (SS), Amanda Kaebel (1B) and Samantha Wolford (2B). The other senior Kirstie Hansen (RF).

Briggs travels today to Eastmoor and plays host to the Warriors on Friday in a pair of matchups that Erwin believes will test her team.

"This would be our fourth year in a row in the City championship game," Erwin said. "I'm expecting us to get there again."

•TRACK & FIELD -- At the CityÊLeague meet last spring, the Africentric girls team was seventh (28 points) of 13 teams behind champion Whetstone (105).

The Nubians could improve significantly on that finish at the league meet May 11 and 13 at Eastmoor. The biggest reasons for optimism surrounding the program are that its two returning state qualifiers -- senior Shardai Morrison-Fountain and junior Kristin Miller -- have had good regular seasons.

At the Africentric Classic on April 24, the Nubians scored 179 points to top a field that also featured runner-up Eastmoor (110). Eastmoor scored 137 points in the boys race to edge a field that also included second-place Africentric (114).

Morrison-Fountain won the 100 meters and the 200, anchored the first-place 800 relay and led off the first-place 400 relay. Miller won the 400, 800 and 1,600 and was the leadoff leg on the first-place 3,200 relay.

CharVonna Chandler, who along with Morrison-Fountain helped Africentric win its second Division IV state girls basketball title last month, also has been a key contributor in the shot put and discus. Senior Ayris Rigsbee, who competes in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, ran on the 1,600 relay along with Miller, Morrison-Fountain and 2007 graduate Breeanca Madison that finished 15th (4:18.12) at state in 2007.

Last year, Miller was 14th at state in the 800 (2 minutes, 26.77 seconds) and Morrison-Fountain was fifth in the 200 (25.95). The Nubians were fourth (35) at the regional behind Bellaire St. John Central (104).

"(Morrison-Fountain is) ahead of schedule," coach Clayton Wrighter said. "We haven't had her jump yet, so she's been concentrating on the sprints. Shardai has already broken her (personal-best) in the 200 and she's got an opportunity to get down into the low 24s and into the high 11s in the 100. It's also helped that we have a larger team this year. In a lot of ways, we're ahead of schedule this year."

The Nubians are the only City program not scheduled to compete in the Red Devil Relays on May 6 at Marion-Franklin. Africentric will close the regular season May 8 at the Grandview Invitational, but the Red Devil Relays represent the final regular-season tuneup for the rest of the league.

Unlike the Braves Invitational at Whetstone, which was held last Wednesday and allowed only one entry in each event per team, the Red Devil Relays allow multiple participants per team in each event.

•BOYS TENNIS -- West beat Eastmoor 5-0 on April 22 to continue what likely will be its first march into the City championship match since 2000.

After beating eight-team defending City-South champion Briggs 3-2 on April 1, the Cowboys beat Independence 4-1 on April 8. They closed the league schedule last Monday with a 5-0 win over Marion-Franklin and last Wednesday against Walnut Ridge, needing to win only one of those two matches to secure a berth in the final.

Whetstone and Centennial met last Monday with first place in the City-North on the line.

West, which is 2-2 in non-league matches including a 5-0 loss to Centennial on April 21, has found success mostly with underclassmen.

Juniors James Wright and Phanny Khoeum and freshman Santiago Farias have spent the most time at the singles spots. Juniors Syphannaret Prum and Jacob Ferrero are at first doubles and seniors Alex Penn and Christopher Miles are playing second doubles.

"We have a couple juniors who have been with me for three years and they've all worked hard," coach Bruce Duffner said. "Last year we picked up two sophomores who are now juniors and we have a couple freshmen who have worked hard. We have a good combination of guys."