The Whetstone High School girls track and field team made a strong showing in its final tune-up for the Division I, district 3 meet.
The Braves scored 80 points in the 17-team City League meet May 12 and 14 at Mifflin to place third, behind Eastmoor Academy (93) and Centennial (85). Whetstone also finished third in the City meet last season.
"I was very happy to place third overall at the City meet," girls coach Kofi Owusu-Ansah said. "That result showed our team can be consistently good by matching our result of last season. Now we just need to be able to get over the hump and improve so we can have a better result next season."
The district 3 meet, which is being held at Hilliard Darby, began May 21 with the field events. It continues Thursday, May 22, with the running preliminaries and concludes Saturday, May 24, with the running finals.
The top four finishers in each event advance to regional Wednesday, May 28, and May 30 at Pickerington North. The top four placers in each regional event advance to state June 6 and 7 at Ohio State.
Whetstone won two events in the City meet. Finishing first were the 3,200-meter relay of Liz Khoury, Julianna Hausman, Corrin Moss and Helen Davis (10 minutes, 34.11 seconds) and Alasha Williams in the 400 (1:00.31).
Placing second were the 1,600 relay of Khoury, Alissa Fair, Davis and Bianca McLemore (season-best 4:15.37), Davis in the 1,600 (5:42.9) and Elizabeth Schwartz in the 3,200 (13:06.77).
Khoury also competed in two individual events, finishing third in the 800 (2:35.19) and sixth in the 1,600 (6:05.27). McLemore placed third in the 300 hurdles (49.12) and seventh in the long jump (15 feet, 6 1/2 inches).
Other top performances were turned in by Moss in the 800 (fourth, 2:37.57), Hausman in the 3,200 (fifth, 13:24.6) and Edwina Amagnoh in the discus (fifth, 82-6) and shot put (seventh, 29-2 1/2).
"Helen Davis was an outstanding performer at the City meet," Owusu-Ansah said. "She anchored the first-place (3,200 relay), was on the second-place (1,600 relay) and had a personal-best time in the 1,600 for a second-place finish.
"Another top performer was Alasha Williams. She won the 400 with a personal-best time, anchored the 1,600 relay and also finished seventh in the 200 (28.22). Bianca McLemore also had a great meet."
The boys team, which also is competing in district 3, finished ninth (27) in the City meet behind champion Eastmoor Academy (162).
Hayden Palmer placed second in the 1,600 (personal-best 4:47.33) and Evan Myers was runner-up in the 3,200 (11:04.02).
Also finishing in the top six were the 3,200 relay of Palmer, Matt Hausman, Clayton Peacock and Myers (fourth, season-best 8:47.64), the 1,600 relay of Edwin Amagnoh, Hausman, Bry'shon Carter and Keegen Hill (sixth, 3:39.77) and Hausman in the 1,600 (sixth, personal-best 4:55.99).
"I was very excited about the way the guys competed at City," boys coach Joe Monda said. "Even though we scored in only a handful of events, we had a lot of personal-bests. The 1,600 relay ran eight seconds faster than its previous best time and everyone on the relay ran a personal-best split.
"We also had personal records set by Lawrence Williams III in the 300 hurdles, Allan Ssewan-yana in the discus, Bry'shon Carter in both hurdles and Clayton Peacock in the 800."
Baseball team falls in tourney opener
The baseball team lost to 31st-seeded Canal Winchester 7-1 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 12.
Seeded 19th, host Whetstone had six errors that led to four unearned runs. The Braves had seven hits and allowed nine.
Chris Hutchings went 2-for-4 with a double and Zach Barnum was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
"We played very bad defense," coach Tim Broskie said. "We made six errors and we also left nine runners on base. We just couldn't get a key hit. The kids tried hard and never gave up. We just couldn't get that big hit when we needed it."
Whetstone was 18-4 overall before playing Linden-McKinley in a rescheduled City League-North Division game May 20 and Briggs in the City championship game May 21.
The Braves, who had won 43 consecutive league games before playing Linden, were seeking their third consecutive City title. They defeated Briggs in the championship game 5-0 last season and 17-7 in 2012.
Bad inning costs softball team
One bad inning crippled the softball team's chances to win its Division I district tournament first-round game May 13.
Westerville North, the 25th seed, scored four runs in the fourth inning on its way to beating the 37th-seeded Braves 5-0.
"The first two batters walked and then we gave up a single and threw the ball around," coach Larry Peck said. "A sacrifice fly and a couple more hits followed. It was the story of our season - hold teams in check for most of the game, but not a whole game. When you aren't scoring runs, that makes it difficult. We only got two hits (against North), which was also a theme this season."
The Braves were 11-10 overall and 11-2 in the City-North before completing a makeup game against Linden on May 20.
Tennis team ends season at sectional
Seven members of the boys tennis team competed in a Division I sectional May 16 at Upper Arlington, but none placed in the top four in singles or doubles to advance to district May 23 and 24 at Hilliard Davidson.
Akeem Adesiji and Quentin Pruneau played in a district-qualifying match in doubles, losing to fourth-seeded Tyler Holsopple and Anthony Yang of UA 6-0, 6-0. Adesiji and Pruneau had a first-round bye and beat Central Crossing's Stephen Taylor and Mikhail Yakhnitskiy 6-3, 6-3 in the second round.
Also in doubles, Drew Gabalski and Alex Embaie won 6-0, 6-0 in the first round before falling to Olentangy Liberty's Mohit Daga and Hemanth Koralla 7-5, 6-0.
In singles, Matthew Ray beat Mifflin's Abdul Basit 6-0, 6-0 in the first round before losing to New Albany's Durga Samanthula 6-0, 6-4, Winfield Slocum beat Mifflin's Isaias Gonzalez 6-1, 6-1 in the opening round before losing to third-seeded Stephen Miller of New Albany 6-0, 6-0, and Tonny Michel defeated Hamilton Township's Andy Perna 6-2, 6-0 before losing to second-seeded Jeffrey Melvin of UA 6-0, 6-0.