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Boys track team running well through midseason

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The Watkins Memorial High School boys track and field team continues to flex its muscles as it sprints its way past the middle of its schedule.

The Warriors finished second (111 points) behind host Pickerington North (114) in the 16-team Stingel Invitational on April 12.

"The boys were jacked up trying to pull it off," coach Marty Dahlman said. "North was the (Division I) state runner-up last year. We scored well across the board and the kids are fired up and running well. We're having a lot of fun.

"They will take these experiences and learn from them. We take everything seriously and we compete hard in the regular-season meets. I'm a dinosaur like that, but that's the way we train. It's been a good model for us for 35 years. We want the kids to find out what it's like to win in any meet."

Watkins Memorial won its 11-team Icebreaker Invitational on March 29, scoring 81.5 points to finish well ahead of runner-up Hamilton Township (44.5). The meet was limited to seven events because of bad weather.

The Warriors won the 13-team Dick Houston Relays on April 3 at Licking Valley, scoring 103 points as Heath placed second (76). They also beat New Albany 110-27 on April 1 and Lancaster 90-47 on April 9 in dual meets.

Watkins Memorial has five meets left on its 12-meet schedule prior to playing host to the LCL meet May 15 and 17, including the Gary Smith Invitational on May 3 at Thomas Worthington and the Kiwanis Invitational at Galion.

In the Stingel meet, Donovan Garrison won the 100 meters (11.42 seconds) and placed third in the 200 (23.14), Andrew Jordan won the 3,200 (9:47.07), Evan Caniff placed second in the 100 (11.49), Gerald Brewer was runner-up in the 300 hurdles (40.59), Jordan Rice was second in the 1,600 (4:30.43), Chance Abbitt was fourth in the 400 (50.58) and Hunter Holton finished fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.04).

"We ran very, very well in sprints," Dahlman said. "The last time we finished one-two in the 100 was in 2002. That's amazing. Garrison and Caniff also were on the winning (400 relay) and on the (800 relay) that was second.

"It wasn't just the sprints, though. Jordan and Rice were strong in distance and we also won the (1,600 relay) and scored in hurdles. Plus, we scored in the jumps, pole vault and even the throws."

In the field events, Jarod Worcester placed second in the pole vault (13 feet), Holton finished fourth in the high jump (6-2), Jake Eader finished fifth in the discus (121-0) and Jerrod Lyon was fifth in the long jump (20-8 1/2).

"Garrison and Caniff were on the (400 and 800 relays), too," Dahlman said. "They had great days. Holton didn't have his best day, but he was on the (400 relay) and scored in three events. Lyon was strong. We just have a lot of kids contributing overall, and it's fun to see."

Woosley leads girls team in Stingel meet

The girls track and field team finished fifth (66) in the 15-team Stingel Invitational behind champion Gahanna (134).

Josie Woosley won the 3,200 (11:07.6) and teamed with Rachael Schoenberger, Samantha Hyme and Rachel Lawwell to win the distance medley (program-record 12:47.75). Schoenberger was runner-up in the 1,600 (5:23.78) and Kara Robinson placed second in the 100 hurdles (15.85) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (50.06).

"We're getting better and deeper in distance and middle distance (events) and Kara Robinson ran well in both hurdles events," coach Nathan Corum said. "Josie Woosley ran an amazing race and Rachael Schoenberger beat some real good competition. Joan Merise had a (personal record) and finished sixth (31-8) in the shot put."

Also finishing in the top five were Samantha Hyme in the 800 (fifth, 2:26.36), the 400 relay (third, 52.32) and the 800 relay (fourth, 1:46.45).

"Overall, we're running well and competing well and just trying to find out who fits where," Corum said. "It's a young group and we're learning on the fly against good competition. Our sprint relays have been good and the girls are responding. We were also a little shorthanded because we had several juniors taking the ACT test."

Treinish, Shroyer leading baseball team

The baseball team improved to 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the LCL with a 10-5 win over Granville on April 17.

The win came a day after Watkins Memorial defeated Utica 3-1 in a league game behind a three-hitter by Doug Connor.

Through eight games, Justin Treinish had a .522 batting average with 17 RBI, nine runs and three home runs. He hit a three-run homer in a 16-11 league win over Licking Heights on April 11, as the Warriors had 12 hits and took advantage of seven errors by the Hornets.

Ben Shroyer had three hits and three RBI against Licking Heights and was hitting .440 with 11 runs, nine RBI and a team-best eight walks through eight games.

Other top hitters were Seth Casto (.444, 9 runs, 6 RBI, team-high 4 doubles) and Connor (.423, 7 runs).

As a team, the Warriors were hitting .342 with five home runs and 24 stolen bases.

Kyle Gannon led the pitching staff through eight games, posting a 1-1 record with a 2.03 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. Chandler Day was 1-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 13 2/3 innings and Casto, a reliever, had one save and had not allowed an earned run in 5 2/3 innings.

Softball team bounces back from lapses

The softball team struggled defensively in a 6-3 loss to Licking Heights in an LCL game April 11 and in an 11-1 loss to Mount Vernon on April 12, making seven errors against the Hornets and four against the Yellow Jackets.

But the same day it played Mount Vernon, Watkins Memorial rebounded to sweep Madison Christian in a doubleheader, winning 10-0 and 8-0.

Shanna Cashdollar and Brooke Schindler combined to throw a one-hitter in the first game and Kelli Wright and Schindler combined to pitch a two-hitter in the second, with Cashdollar and Wright earning the wins.

Jessica Sargent hit a grand slam in the first game against Madison Christian.

Watkins Memorial defeated Utica 6-4 on April 16 but lost to Granville 6-5 the next day to move to 5-6 and 3-5.

Boys tennis team out to strong start

The boys tennis team was 6-1 after beating Columbus West 3-2 on April 17.

Watkins Memorial defeated Groveport 4-1 on April 16. Winning matches were Ryan Cash at first singles, Derek Clear at second singles, Doug Holland at third singles and John Dolder and Zach Greenlee at second doubles.

The Warriors, who defeated Newark 4-1 on April 9, had matches against Reynoldsburg (April 7), Mount Vernon (April 14) and Granville (April 15) postponed because of bad weather.

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