The Columbus Academy girls lacrosse team opened the Division II South/Central Region tournament by defeating a longtime rival.
The third-seeded Vikings, who had a first-round bye, pulled away in the second half to defeat visiting Bexley 10-5 in the second round May 16.
"Even though they're a school club status over there, the girls respect what they bring," coach Anne Horton said of Bexley.
The Vikings were 16-1 before playing Cincinnati Indian Hill in a regional semifinal May 21. The winner plays second-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or Cincinnati Seton in a regional final Thursday, May 23.
Kilbourne handed the Vikings their only loss, 14-10 on April 19.
The regional champion advances to a state semifinal May 31 at Thomas Worthington, and the state final is the next day at Thomas.
Last season, the Vikings lost to Cincinnati Mariemont 9-6 in a regional semifinal to finish 11-5.
Against Bexley, Academy led 5-3 at halftime. Courtney Deena (attacker), Grace Geiger (attacker), Annie Lavin (defender) and Brianna Stahl (defender) each scored two goals and Julia Chester (midfielder) and Kat Restrepo (defender) each scored one.
Goalkeeper Deepa Manda had six saves.
"I don't know why, but the first half we were not playing well," Horton said. "We had some of the most turnovers we've had all season. We were ready. The practices have been pretty solid. I don't know if it's the youth and the nerves. I was a little disappointed in our first-half performance, but the kids really started to step up in the second half and just made the difference and we were able to pull away."
The Vikings also defeated Bexley 11-5 in a Central Independent League contest April 9.
Baseball team advances to district semifinal
The baseball team advanced to a Division III district semifinal by defeating 21st-seeded Mount Gilead 12-0 in five innings in the first round May 14 and ninth-seeded Hartley 10-6 in the second round May 16.
The 14th-seeded Vikings were 9-13 before playing top-seeded Bloom-Carroll in a semifinal May 20 at DeSales. The winner played second-seeded Fredericktown or 13th-seeded West Jefferson in a district final May 22 at Beavers Field in Lancaster.
The district champion plays Bucyrus Wynford, Milan Edison, Oak Harbor or Ontario in a regional semifinal May 30 at Ed Sandy Field in Elida, with the regional final May 31 at the same site.
Against Hartley, the Vikings scored nine runs in the seventh inning to take a 10-6 lead. Turner Montgomery (2B) hit a grand slam and Garrett Levine (1B) hit a solo home run.
"We thought all along that this team was very capable of playing like this," coach Jim Collis said. "We just haven't hit our stride -- at least during the regular season. We lost some early one-run games. ... One of things that we've done all year is hit the ball well and we continue to do that. We kept preaching to the kids that good things are going to happen to you, just keep working at it, and they've done that to their credit."
Tennis team qualifies five for district
The boys tennis team qualified both doubles teams and a singles player for the Division II district tournament Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at home.
Academy played host to a sectional tournament that began May 16 but was suspended May 18 because of bad weather. Play continued May 20.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district, and moving on for Academy were Shrikar Kundur in singles and the doubles teams of Evan Alexander and Ryan Jung and Abram Schottenstein and Jacob Wareti.
Kundur defeated Whitehall's Ethan Miller 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, Worthington Christian's Josh Ong 6-0, 6-0 in the second round and DeSales' Nick Hancart 6-0, 6-0 in a quarterfinal.
After first-round byes, Wareti and Schottenstein defeated Ready's Kris Clarke and Michael Pass 6-0, 6-0 in the second round and Buckeye Valley's Bryon French and P.J. Roden 6-0, 6-0 in quarterfinal, and Alexander and Jung defeated Fisher Catholic's Sam Huff and Zach Jenkins 6-0, 6-0 in the second round and Grandview's Pete Bonn and Joe Huggins 6-1, 6-0 in a quarterfinal.
Alexander and Jung were leading Buckeye Valley's Zach Baesman and Zach Hassinger 3-0 and Kundur was leading DeSales' Sonny DiMichaelangelo 3-1 in semifinals before play was suspended.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advance to the state tournament May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
Track teams finish second in league meet
The boys and girls track and field teams each finished second in the MSL-Ohio meet May 14 and 17 at Heath.
The boys (117 points) finished behind Granville (166) and ahead of Licking Valley (92), Heath (78), Whitehall (74), Lakewood (68), Bexley (37) and Newark Catholic (31).
Winners were Jack Lint in the 110-meter hurdles (14.63 seconds) and high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) and Tyler Gittins in the 300 hurdles (37.89).
Lint was second in the pole vault (12-11 3/4).
The girls were second (119) behind Granville (172.5) and ahead of Heath (111.5), Bexley (86), Licking Valley (65), Whitehall (39), Newark Catholic (37) and Lakewood (24).
Winners included Julia Rizk in the 1,600 (5:06.27), Anjali Kanwar in the high jump (4-9 3/4) and Jillian Woodard in the long jump (16-6 1/2).
Rizk, Aziza Corbett, Andrea Ballinger and Margaret Sutton were first in the 1,600 relay (4:06.78) and Rizk, Sutton, Ballinger and Elizabeth Falkenberg won the 3,200 relay (9:42.38).
"This was an incredible meet for us as a team," girls coach Kelly Parker said. "It added so much necessary confidence leading us into the postseason."
The boys and girls teams are competing in Division III district meets that began May 21, continued May 22 and conclude Saturday, May 25, at Hamilton Township.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet Wednesday, May 29, and May 31 at Fairfield Union.
Boys lacrosse team beats CCS, Bexley
The boys lacrosse team closed the regular season by defeating Columbus City Schools 18-1 on May 15 and Bexley 14-13 in overtime May 17.
The Vikings were 7-6 before beginning Division II Central Region tournament play this week.
Against Bexley, the Vikings fell behind 6-1 but capped their rally by scoring six goals in the fourth quarter.
Midfielder Drake Williams scored the game-winner in overtime.
Attacker Hart Wise had seven goals and two assists and attacker Otis Klingbeil had four goals and an assist.
Goalkeeper Brian Korda had 15 saves.
"The win against Bexley was huge for the program," coach J.B. Jones said. "Bexley has some great players and they played very well, but it takes a team -- everyone together -- to win the close games."