Marysville High School wrestling coach Shawn Andrews believed his team had a chance to qualify at least 10 wrestlers for the Division I district tournament on Feb. 25-26 at Hilliard Darby.

Marysville High School wrestling coach Shawn Andrews believed his team had a chance to qualify at least 10 wrestlers for the Division I district tournament on Feb. 25-26 at Hilliard Darby.

The Monarchs fell short of their coach's goal but still turned in a strong effort by advancing eight from their home sectional on Feb. 19.

"Realistically, I thought we had a shot to get all 14 guys placing, and eight to 10 to qualify (for district)," Andrews said. "We ended up with 12 placing, eight qualified and two alternates, so it's about what I thought we were capable of."

The top four wrestlers in each weight class at district advanced to the three-day state tournament that concludes Saturday, March 5, at Ohio State.

The Monarchs (219.5) finished second to Hilliard Davidson (239.5) at sectional.

Freshman David Sparks at 103 pounds and sophomore Noah Forrider at 130 won their respective weight classes.

Sparks defeated Darby's Sam Valenti 9-2 in the sectional title match to improve to 32-6 before competing at district.

Forrider, who qualified for state last season and finished eighth at 119, pinned Whetstone's Marcus Moore in 2 minutes, 51 seconds in his title match at sectional to move to 34-7.

Other district qualifiers for Marysville were Chase Boyd (140, second at sectional), Tyler Miller (152, third), Austin Pfarr (171, third), Morgan Miller (189, third), Thomas Taylor (215, second) and Kyle Thirkfield (heavyweight, fourth).

"We knew at the beginning of the year that we had a lot of young kids," Andrews said. "We've wrestled all over to try to get ready for the end of the year, so it's nice to have eight qualifiers and all eight of our qualifiers are underclassmen.

"Our only senior (Lucas Parker) in the lineup was a district alternate (fifth at 119). We would have liked to get him in the top four as a senior because he's worked really hard. We have eight guys coming back who will have district-level experience."

•The swimming and diving teams advanced one swimmer to the state meet Feb. 25-26 at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Sophomore Miranda Hampton was scheduled to compete in the 200-yard individual medley after placing sixth (2:09.74) in the event at district Feb. 19 at Ohio State and earning an at-large state berth based on her time.

The top three finishers in each event at district automatically advanced to state. Additionally, 11 at-large berths were awarded in each event based on times statewide.

Hampton broke her program record of 2:11.47 in the 200 IM.

The girls team finished 15th (50) behind champion Upper Arlington (505) and the boys were 17th (31) behind first-place UA (432).

Other program records were set by Hampton, Ellie Prinster, Lindsay Rossi and Mary Kallinicou in the 200 medley relay (1:54.43, 11th), and Hampton, Kallinicou, Prinster and Maggie Helfrich in the 200 free relay (1:43.15, 10th).

For the boys, Quinn Mickelson finished 10th in the 100 back in 54.91 to break his program record of 57.45.

"We were proud of the way the kids swam," coach Ann Rausch said.

"They dropped time and moved up in places in almost every event. Coming into the season, Miranda's goal was to qualify for the state meet and she was able to accomplish that with a great effort."

•The boys basketball team lost to Westerville North 62-35 in the first round of the Division I district tournament on Feb. 23 at Delaware.

The Warriors led 36-19 at halftime.

Steve Romesburg led the Monarchs with 13 points.

"Our kids competed," coach Ryan Grose said. "Give credit to Westerville North. They're a very talented team. They make you have to play almost a perfect ballgame, especially in our situation right now. You can't make any mistakes against them or they're going to make you pay, and that's what they did."

•The girls basketball team remained close against second-seeded Northland early on before the Vikings pulled away for a 49-27 win in the second round of the Division I district tournament on Feb. 23 at Westerville Central.

Marysville led 8-7 early in the second quarter before Northland built a 20-12 lead at halftime. The Vikings outscored the Monarchs 9-2 in the third quarter.

"Obviously, Northland is a good basketball team," coach Aric Tucker said. "They're ranked (ninth) in the state. They're 20-1 on the season with a loss to Africentric. Africentric isn't too bad. I told the kids that I'm very proud of the way we played.

"Everyone had positive energy. They were trying to do what we were asking them to do. Some nights the other team is just better. A turnover here, a call there, who knows, but I have to believe at halftime they had to be just a little bit worried about us."

Senior Jeni Jordan, playing in what turned out to be her final game for Marysville, led the Monarchs with 11 points.

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Marysville boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Feb. 18 - Lost to Dublin Scioto 53-30. Logan Roston scored 12 points. Feb. 23 - Lost to Westerville North 62-35 in first round of Division I district tournament

Of note: The Monarchs finished 5-16 overall and 2-12 in the OCC-Cardinal.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Feb. 23 - Lost to Northland 49-27 in second round of Division I district tournament

Of note: The Monarchs finished 7-15 overall.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Feb. 19 - Boys: Finished 17th (31) behind champion Upper Arlington (432) in Division I district meet at Ohio State; Girls: Finished 15th (50) behind champion UA (505) Below are the state qualifiers with district result and state seed: Boys - None; Girls - Miranda Hampton: 200 IM (2:09.74, sixth, 21st) Others who competed at district: Boys - Grant Barnhorst: 100 breast (1:05.81, 23rd), 100 fly (58.50, 26th); Quinn Mickelson: 50 free (23.38, 25th), 100 back (54.91, 10th); 200 free relay (1:33.71, 11th); 400 free relay (3:42.28, 24th); 200 medley relay (1:45.87, 11th) Girls - Hampton: 100 back (59.83, 10th); Maggie Helfrich: 50 free (26.37, 25th); Mary Kallinicou: 50 free (26.20, 23rd), 100 breast (1:08.89, 13th); Ellie Prinster: 100 free (56.73, 22nd), 100 breast (1:12.47, 21st); Lindsay Rossi: 500 free (5:53.77, 27th); 200 free relay (1:43.15, 10th); 400 free relay (4:03.15, 17th); 200 medley relay (1:54.43, 11th) Feb. 25-26 - Hampton competed in Division I state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton

WRESTLING

Feb. 19 - Finished second (219.5) in 13-team Division I home sectional behind Hilliard Davidson (239.5). District qualifiers were Chase Boyd (140, 2-1, second), Noah Forrider (130, 4-0, first), Morgan Miller (189, 4-1, third), Tyler Miller (152, 4-1, third), Austin Pfarr (171, 4-1, third), David Sparks (103, 3-0, first), Thomas Taylor (215, 4-0, second) and Kyle Thirkfield (heavyweight, 2-2, fourth). Others competing were Tyler Berry (125, 1-2), Austin Garza (135, 3-2), Tyler Mays (145, 3-3), Lucas Parker (119, 3-2), Alex Roberts (160, 3-3) and Jacob Thornton (112, 0-2). Feb. 25-26 - Qualifiers competed in district tournament at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each weight class advanced to state March 3-5.

*OCC-Cardinal game