In a one-game playoff May 23 to determine which team would advance to the City championship game, the Centennial High School baseball team defeated Whetstone 7-3.

In a one-game playoff May 23 to determine which team would advance to the City championship game, the Centennial High School baseball team defeated Whetstone 7-3.

It was the third meeting of the season between the teams.

The Braves won 2-1 in 13 innings in the first round of league play, a game, which began April 15 and was concluded May 2. The Stars won 3-2 in the second game, which began May 2 and concluded May 13 with Centennial scoring three runs in the final two innings.

Centennial played Briggs for the City title on May 24.

Centennial and Whetstone tied for the City-North title at 13-1, forcing the one-game playoff.

"We had three great games against Whetstone," Centennial coach Scott Kirby said. "It's certainly been a heck of a series."

"We've got a good group of guys, but we just came up a little bit short," Braves coach Tim Broskie said. "They hit the ball better than we did."

The Stars took a 4-0 lead in the third inning, knocking Whetstone starter David Brown from the game. Daniel O'Keefe had a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0, Danny Conroy singled for a 2-0 lead and David Perez hit a two-run home run to left.

The Braves cut it to 4-3 in the fifth when one run scored on an error and Ross Homan and Zak Davidson both added RBI-singles.

Conroy was the winning pitcher for Centennial, which improved to 15-10. The Braves finished with an 18-7 record.

•The boys track and field team had three individuals and three relays advance to the Division I regional meet, which began May 25 and concludes Friday, May 27, at Pickerington North.

At the district 3 meet that concluded May 21 at Hilliard Bradley, senior Evan Schwartz won the 3,200 meters (9 minutes, 52.53 seconds) and Jesse Volk was first in the 300 hurdles (40.8). Also finishing first was the 400 relay of Marvin Draper, Jordan Mitchell, Joe Saffold and Cameron Vines (42.7).

Also advancing to regional were Vines in the 100 and 200, and the 800 relay and 1,600 relay.

The 3,200 relay finished fifth (8:14.59) as Central Crossing (8:07.99) earned the final regional spot.

The Braves scored 67 points in the 14-team district meet to finish sixth behind champion Dublin Coffman (116.5).

Volk was among those optimistic about his state hopes entering regional. The top four finishers in each event at regional advance to the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

"I think I have a good shot," he said. "We're feeling pretty good. Our coaches are really good at setting the schedule so that we peak at the right time."

The girls team finished last (6) of the 11 teams that scored in the district 3 meet behind champion Dublin Scioto (139).

Sophomore Arionna Darlington was the team's top placer, finishing fifth in the shot put (34 feet, 1 inch) to miss advancing to regional by one spot. Reynoldsburg's Britany Anderson placed fourth (34-8).

•The softball team's hopes of winning a fourth City title in five seasons ended with a 7-3 loss to visiting Centennial on May 18.

After the Stars and Braves finished in a first-place tie in the City-North at 13-1 during the regular season, the game represented a one-game playoff to determine which squad would advance to the City championship game. Centennial beat the Braves 5-3 on April 7 but lost the rematch 10-0 on May 13.

In the one-game playoff, the Braves rallied from a 2-0 deficit to score three times in the fifth inning. Centennial answered with two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh against sophomore pitcher Briana Clemens.

Whetstone loses three seniors in Haley Buskirk, Katie Fuller and Erin Krebs. Buskirk and Fuller each made first-team all-City, along with junior catcher Sarah Buckalew.

The Braves finished 14-10 overall.

"We left too many people on base and had some silly mental errors," coach Larry Peck said. "It's hard for my seniors, and that might be the most disappointing thing."

In addition to Buckalew and Clemens, expected to return are juniors Libby Adelsberger, Symiah Campbell and Katie Dozer, sophomores Audrey Bollas, Sophie Marquand and Lauren Peck and freshman Liz Jackson.

Krebs, Peck and Jackson all made second-team all-City and Adelsberger and Marquand both were honorable mention.

Buskirk went 11-4 with a 1.84 ERA and 71 strikeouts. Clemens was 3-6 with a 2.45 ERA. Fuller batted a team-best .571, Jackson hit .407 and Jackson batted .463.

•Although the boys tennis team finished 12-3 overall, coach Bucky Walters was left longing for more after the Braves finished third in the City League at 10-2, behind Centennial (12-0) and Northland (11-1).

"I guess a lot of people would be happy with 12-3," Walters said. "Each match we lost came in a three-set tiebreaker. We were inches away from being in the City championship match. Obviously, we had a good season, but it's just one of those things that we were so close to being undefeated and we just didn't pull it out."

The Braves lose a senior class led by Stefan Koltun and Matthew Brew, who played first and second singles, respectively. The other seniors were Daniel Renick and Pete Pajor.

Juniors Mohumud Sharif, Harley Tripp and James Wellman should be the top candidates to take over the top two singles spots.

At the Division I sectional tournament May 12 at Upper Arlington, Koltun and Brew teamed to play doubles and lost in a quarterfinal while Sharif and Tripp both lost in first-round singles matches.

•The boys volleyball team loses five seniors, including both of its setters, after finishing 6-15 overall and third in the Central Ohio Volleyball League at 5-5, behind St. Charles (10-0) and Watterson (8-2) and ahead of DeSales (4-6), Gahanna Christian (2-8) and Licking Heights (1-9).

Habeeb Al-Ghawi, Andrew Bogart, Nathan Geiser, Tom Kocab and Marcus Moore comprised the senior class.

Al-Ghawi and Geiser split time at setter, where the heir apparent could be freshman Zack Bainazarov.

Also eligible to return are juniors Dan Geiser, Eishi Marang, N.D. Maston and Gabe Reece.

The Braves were the sixth seed for the Division II East Region tournament but lost to fourth-seeded Dublin Scioto 25-17, 18-25, 25-22, 25-14 in a first-round match May 14 at Pickerington North.

"Coming back, we have a good group," coach Errole Rembert said. "We're losing both of our setters, but the only hitter we're losing is Andrew."