The members of the Watkins Memorial High School softball team will have a busy summer.

The members of the Watkins Memorial High School softball team will have a busy summer.

"We've got more girls playing summer ball this year than ever before. Even most of our (junior varsity) girls are playing somewhere this summer," third-year coach Tammy Ulrich said. "We've never had that in the past."

Junior shortstop Brynna Pack will play for the Central Ohio Stingrays and Kaitlyn Snider, a sophomore catcher, and classmate Megan White, a pitcher who backed up sophomore Shanna Cashdollar, will play for the Ohio Lady Liberty, Ulrich said.

Others will hone their skills elsewhere as the Warriors try to move past a season in which they finished 1-23 overall following a 12-0 loss to Delaware in the first round of the Division I district tournament on May 8.

Freshman second baseman Devin Atchison, who led the Warriors with a .360 batting average, won't be playing for a travel team this summer even though she's expected to be among the top returnees next season. She will be focusing on golf this summer, although she is expected to practice with the high-school summer team when time allows.

"We'll have a nice group coming back next spring," Ulrich said. "What they do between now and then will only help."

The Warriors went 0-14 in the OCC-Capital Division to finish eighth, behind co-champions Delaware (12-2) and Olentangy Orange (12-2), Mount Vernon (9-5), Big Walnut (7-7), Hilliard Bradley (7-7), New Albany (7-7) and Franklin Heights (2-12).

Pack was named first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district. Atchison was second-team all-league and Snider made honorable mention all-league.

Orange advanced to a district final and Big Walnut reached a district semifinal in Division II.

"The competition in our league was pretty strong," Ulrich said. "Several teams finished 7-7 and that says something about the parity. We were just a step behind the others."

Watkins Memorial loses four seniors, including first baseman Danielle Grasso and left fielder Erica Newsome. Others expected to return include junior Amanda Phillips (CF) and sophomore Renee Theibert (3B), who will play this summer for Phoenix Softball, a travel team based in Lancaster.

The roster also featured seniors Katie Fuchs and Kelsi Morris, sophomore Heidi Brooks and freshmen Nicole Messer, Anna Shroyer and Rachel Helbing.

"Our infield, especially, is looking real strong next year," Ulrich said.

Boys tennis team finishes strong

The boys tennis team is expected to return four of its top players, including the No. 1 doubles pairing of juniors Maxwell Nader and Dylan Clear. Classmates Austin Williams, who played first singles, and Kameron Meeting also are expected back after the Warriors won nine of their final 11 dual matches to finish with 10-7 overall.

"That's a good start toward next year," 11th-year coach Shawn Walter said of his team's finish.

Williams and senior Justin Thomas both won two singles matches in the Division I sectional tournament May 10 at Pickerington Central before losing in district-qualifying matches. Meeting and senior Brent Culbertson won one doubles match at sectional.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles at sectional advanced to the district tournament May 18 and 19 at Hilliard Davidson.

The Warriors went 3-4 and totaled 23 points to finish sixth in the OCC-Capital behind New Albany (77, 7-0), Orange (45, 5-2), Big Walnut (44, 6-1), Delaware (38, 4-3) and Bradley (25, 2-5) and ahead of Mount Vernon (14, 1-6) and Franklin Heights (2, 0-7).

The Warriors lose six seniors in Thomas, Tyler Fadorsen, Kaleb Long, Aladdin Salman, Leon Schroeder and Alex Watson.

Track teams win four district titles

The boys and girls track and field teams combined to win four district championships and advanced in 15 events to the Division I regional meet held May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North.

The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to the state meet Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Ohio State.

The girls team competed in the district 2 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby.

Stephanie Robb won the 400 meters (56.69 seconds) and teamed with Veda Durbin, Josie Woosley and Mara White to win the 3,200 relay (9:29.05) and Taylor Amrine won the pole vault (10 feet).

Also qualifying for regional were Woosley in the 800 (second, 2:20.23) and 1,600 (third, 5:15.24), White in the 1,600 (second, 5:12.87), Durbin in the 3,200 (second, 11:54.83) and Kara Robinson in the 100 hurdles (third, 16.63).

The top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional.

The girls team scored 73 points at district to finish fourth of 17 teams behind champion Davidson (101.5).

The boys team competed in the district 1 meet that concluded May 19 at Darby.

Hunter Holton won the high jump (6-5).

Also qualifying for regional were Taylor Williams in the 1,600 (fourth, 4:23.08), Ethan George in the 300 hurdles (fourth, 40.17), Mitchell Novotni in the pole vault (fourth, 13-4), Nic Eader in the shot put (second, 47-10) and discus (third, 141-3) and Jacob Sanders in the shot put (third, 47-7).