With a large group of seniors that included Ohio State freshman sprinter Blake Callahan a year ago, the Whetstone High School boys track and field team had a large contingent advance to the Division I regional and enough athletes at the state meet to finish in the top 10.

With a large group of seniors that included Ohio State freshman sprinter Blake Callahan a year ago, the Whetstone High School boys track and field team had a large contingent advance to the Division I regional and enough athletes at the state meet to finish in the top 10.

This year, the Braves' season ended in the district 1 meet last Saturday at Dublin Coffman.

Two of the four athletes who competed in finals placed, but neither finished in the top four to advance to the regional which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Pickerington North.

Turning in sixth-place finishes were Brian Adams in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 1.30 seconds) and Evan Schwartz in the 3,200 (10:01.74).

"We pretty much ran what we could do (last Saturday)," coach Joe Monda said. "We had three (personal-best times) from the four guys that ran. I thought we could maybe get Brian or Evan out, but they did the best they could. Now we'll just get ready for cross country season."

Schwartz, a sophomore who won the City title in the 3,200 (10:26.15) on May 13, was among the top six the entire race last Saturday and was as high as fourth at times before slipping back. His time in the event was about 16 seconds behind fourth-place finisher Nick Schneider of Dublin Jerome (9:45.82).

Adams was even closer to advancing. After earning a City runner-up finish May 13 in 2:03.22, the junior dropped two seconds to finish sixth in 2:01.3. The final qualifier from the district was Gahanna's Tyler Chandler (1:59.8).

"I didn't feel that I ran the best race that I could because I didn't get into my first lap well enough," Adams said. "I couldn't make my passes in the last 50 meters."

Also competing in finals but failing to place were junior Wade Westbrook in the 1,600 and junior Alan Dill in the 3,200.

The girls track team had no athletes advance to finals last Saturday and did not score at district.

•The boys volleyball team's season ended in the midst of its best stretch of the spring.

The Braves won three of their final four in the regular season, including beating back-to-back OCC-programs Thomas Worthington (25-9, 26-24, 18-25, 25-21 on May 12) and Westerville South (25-20, 25-14, 13-25, 20-25, 15-11 on May 13).

Whetstone fell to Hilliard Davidson (25-8, 25-15, 25-19) in the first round of the Division I-East Region tournament May 16.

The Braves finished 7-13 overall and third in the inaugural season of the Central Ohio Volleyball League at 4-4 behind St. Charles (8-0) and Watterson (6-2) and ahead of Gahanna Christian (2-6) and Licking Heights (0-8).

Seniors included Ryan Touhy (second-team all-COVL), Sam Thomas (honorable mention all-COVL), John Plisga and Zach Rhodes.

Expected to lead returnees is junior Luke McCormac. Others eligible to return include junior Nathan Fletcher, sophomore Habeeb Al-Ghawi, Andrew Bogart, Daniel Geiser and freshmen Brandon Rhodes, Nathan Geiser, Eishi Marang and Gabe Reece.

Freshman Christian Coleman, who is a student at Columbus Alternative, practiced with the team all year but was not eligible to play because his home school is Brookhaven. He is expected to enroll at Whetstone next year and could be an immediate contributor.

"This was the first time in a long time that we've been playing well like this," coach Errole Rembert said. "We gained some momentum the last couple weeks. We started out the season 3-3 but lost some momentum when spring break hit. For a week to 10 days, we were horrible. But this is the first time in a while that we wish we were still playing."

•The boys tennis team will lose two seniors in Jake Slocum and Joshua Paxton after going 10-2 overall and placing tied for first with Centennial at 5-1 in the City League-North Division.

The Braves lost to Grandview 3-2 on April 2 and to the Stars 3-2 on April 27 in a match that sent Centennial to the City final.

"We had a great season," coach Bucky Walters said. "The two matches we lost were by 3-2 scores, so they could have gone either way. Of the guys that played last year, they all showed great improvement. Our goal was to win the City and we conditioned and played all winter. Everybody did what they needed to do."

Paxton and Slocum played singles for most of the season but teamed up to earn a runner-up finish in the City Coaches Tournament on May 4 and 6. They also advanced to the third round of the Division I sectional tournament at Upper Arlington on May 15-16.

The top returning players should be junior Kiro Rico, who played third singles, the first-doubles team of sophomores Stefan Koltun and Matthew Brew and the second-doubles team of Daniel Renick and junior Casey Johnson.

"We'll have three guys who will be competing for the (No. 1 singles) next year in Koltun, Brew and Renick," Walters said.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Whetstone baseball, softball and boys and girls track and field teams:

BASEBALL

*May 19 -- Defeated East 20-0

*May 21 -- Def. Beechcroft 12-0

Last Wednesday -- Played Briggs in City championship game

Of note: The Braves were 17-8 before last Wednesday and finished 14-0 in the City-North.

SOFTBALL

Last Wednesday -- Played Briggs in City championship game

Of note: The Braves were 18-5 before last Wednesday.

TRACK & FIELD

May 19, 21, last Saturday -- Boys: Finished 16th (6) behind champion Gahanna (123) in Division I district 1 meet. Whetstone had no regional qualifiers; Girls: Did not score at district

*City-North game