The Whetstone High School softball team entered the week with its sights set on returning to the City League championship game.
The Braves, who have won four City championships in the past six seasons, were 16-7 overall and 12-0 in the City League-North Division before playing Beechcroft on May 6 and Centennial on May 8.
In its first 12 league games, Whetstone outscored its opponents 145-5 and won 10 contests by the mercy rule. The exceptions were a 5-3 win over Centennial on April 22 and a 1-0 forfeit over Columbus East on May 2.
The City title game will be played May 16 on the home field of the City-South champion. Last season, the Braves defeated Briggs 3-2 in the final.
According to coach Larry Peck, center fielder Maddy O'Malley and second baseman Ali Adelsberger both were hitting better than .500 through 22 games and outfielder Katie Elekes, catcher Mara Diaz, outfielder/designated player Brenna Feltz and pitcher Brianna Clemens were above .350.
"I think we're coming around on offense quite a bit, and it's something we're going to have to continue if we want to do well in the (Division I) district tournament," Peck said. "Our defense has been pretty solid and our pitching has been very good, especially in the City League.
"We want to see that carry over into the tournament, which is why it was important for us to try to play well in our non-league games this year. We didn't do as well as we had hoped, but I think the girls know they can compete with just about anyone out there if we play to our potential."
The Braves were seeded 34th for the Division I district tournament and will play May 14 at 16th-seeded Thomas Worthington. The winner plays May 16 against Groveport or Watkins Memorial.
Baseball team eyeing return to City title game
The baseball team entered the week looking to secure a return trip to the City championship game.
Whetstone, which was 13-6 overall and 12-0 in the City-North before playing Beechcroft on May 6 and Centennial on May 8, is the defending City champion. The Braves defeated Briggs 17-7 in the City final a year ago to earn their seventh City championship under coach Tim Broskie, who is in his 20th season.
The City championship game will be played May 16 on the home field of the City-South champion.
Whetstone outscored its first 12 league opponents 144-12 with all but two games being decided by the mercy rule. The exceptions were a 9-0 win over Mifflin on April 18 and an 8-7 victory over Northland on April 15.
In the second round of league play, the Braves beat Northland 10-0 on May 1 and defeated Mifflin 16-0 in five innings May 3 in a makeup game from April 24 behind a no-hitter by John Jannazo.
Whetstone plays host to Worthington Kilbourne on Friday, May 10. The Braves were seeded 24th for the Division I district tournament and will play May 13 as host to 28th-seeded Mount Vernon.
Through 17 games, shortstop Jonathon Griebel was hitting .600 with 26 RBI, 25 runs, eight doubles, three home runs and 23 stolen bases and first baseman Steven Foster was hitting .435 with 27 RBI, 23 runs and 21 stolen bases.
Other key offensive contributors were outfielder Ozzie McMahan (team-best .645, 12 RBI, 17 runs, 6 doubles, 15 stolen bases), first baseman Cameron Thompson (.469, 18 RBI, 15 runs, 3 home runs), outfielder Robert Everetts (.462, 14 RBI, 17 runs) and outfielder Mike Lipster (.368, 15 RBI).
"All of the boys are really starting to put things together," Broskie said.
"I hope we can continue to play like this and have a nice tournament run."
Tennis team looking to return to City final
This week will determine whether the boys tennis team returns to the City League final, which will be played Tuesday, May 14, at a site to be announced
Whetstone was 8-0 in the league before playing Independence on May 6 and defending league champion Columbus West on May 7. The match against the Cowboys had been scheduled for April 24 but was postponed because of bad weather.
The Braves, who lost to West 3-2 in the City final a year ago, will close league play Friday, May 10, at home against Brookhaven.
Whetstone improved to 10-3 overall with a 4-1 win over Teays Valley on May 3.
Track teams preparing for City League meet
The track and field teams will play host to the City League meet Monday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 15.
Last season, the girls team finished sixth (46) in the City meet behind champion Centennial (106) as 13 teams scored and the boys team placed seventh (34.33) behind champion Eastmoor Academy (153) as 15 teams scored.
Whetstone played host to the 16-team Braves Invitational on May 1. The girls team finished second (69) behind Eastmoor (101) and the boys squad finished fifth (36) behind champion Eastmoor (95).
Arionna Darling was among the leaders for the girls team, winning the shot put (37 feet, 3 inches) and placing third in the discus (113-11).
Placing second were the 1,600-meter relay of Liz Khoury, Bianca McLemore, Helen Davis and Kelli Chin (4 minutes, 24.81 seconds), the 3,200 relay of Khoury, Davis, Chin and Julianna Hawsman (10:48.94) and the distance medley relay of Karina Spulgis, Cassie Chenoweth, Corrin Moss and Elli Schwartz (15:04.38).
Hawsman placed third in the 1,600 (6:08.12) and finishing fourth were McLemore in the 100 (13.24) and long jump (15-2 3/4), Khoury in the 800 (2:37.43) and Caitlyn Haughey in the 100 hurdles (18.57).
The boys team was led by Kellen Kincaid, who placed third in the 800 (2:09.15), and Darius Bester, who finished third in the 100 (11.38). Jelani Byron placed fourth in the long jump (18-8 3/4).