Gahanna Christian Roundup
Track teams rolling, continue to improve
In its third season, the Gahanna Christian Academy track and field program continues to set new standards.
The boys team won its first invitational, finishing with 144 points in the five-team Grove City Christian Invitational on April 19 at Central Crossing.
"We have some good athletes and a lot of these kids have been with us for a while, so we're just getting better," coach Jeremy Reeves said.
The Eagles finished ahead of Fairfield Christian (123), Madison Christian (63), Grove City Christian (61) and Tree of Life (60).
Chase Broady set a program record in the 400 meters (54 seconds).
The boys established six records while finishing third (71) behind Lakewood (84) and Newark Catholic (75) and ahead of Wellington (7) in a quad meet April 22 at Newark Catholic.
Broady set records in the 100 (11.7) and 200 (22.37).
Anthony Hebron, a first-year competitor, set program records in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) and long jump (19-4).
Jared Haugen set a record in the 300 hurdles (46.76) and Connor Maclellan established a new time in the 800 (2:14.36).
Jared Downing set a record in the shot put (29-6).
Cassie Miller broke the girls 400 record (1:07.8) at Berne Union on April 11.
Reeves also pointed to the effort of Sam Sibert for posting personal-best performances in the 100 (11.71), 200 (23.88) and long jump (18-8 1/4) at Newark Catholic.
"The Eagle train is rolling and our athletes are working hard to make Gahanna Christian proud both on the track and in their actions off the track," Reeves said. "We have received many compliments on the sportsmanship of our athletes. This is a team that Gahanna Christian can be proud of."
Baseball team earns first win
The baseball team earned its first win of the season, defeating Liberty Christian 17-1 in five innings April 23 at home.
With no seniors and just two juniors on the team, coach Scott Jemson said it was important for his players to be rewarded for their hard work throughout the season.
"We played solid baseball," Jemson said. "Liberty is down as far as skill level, but they still have some kids who can play. I was happy with our guys because we needed a game, finally got the 'W' and got that monkey off our back."
Gahanna Christian has lacked depth on the pitching staff, which is led by sophomore Eddie Dilts, who also plays first and second base and bats cleanup.
Other pitchers are junior Connor Dyckes (SS/P) and freshman Jacob Perkins (1B/P).
Patrick Mercer (OF), a first-year player, is the other junior on the team.
Sophomore Anthony Barnes (CF), the leadoff batter, had two home runs before the Eagles played Patriot Prep on April 30.
"They're learning the game still," Jemson said. "We have kids that have never played at any level of baseball until this year, so it's almost like I'm teaching some little leaguers and these guys are playing varsity baseball."
Weather limiting softball team
The softball team has been led by sophomores Bailey Moore (SS) and Alex Grubich (INF/P).
Through five games, Moore was hitting .800 and Grubich was at .600.
"Bailey is a machine," coach Bill Dunston said. "She's the one that drives the machine."
Bad weather has affected the Eagles' schedule, as they were 2-6 overall and 0-5 in the MOCAL before playing Patriot Prep on April 30.
"Fairfield Christian has played more than twice the amount of games that we have played," Dunston said. "The real problem is we don't have a pitcher who has worked (at) pitching before."
Gahanna Christian defeated Wellington 15-13 on April 15 and Patriot Prep 19-3 in five innings April 13.
"We're young, so for being young there's a lot of talent on the team," Dunston said. "They graduated five seniors last year and we have six seniors this year, but everybody else is sophomore and below. We're working through that."