Todds grow as lacrosse goalkeepers
The goalkeepers for the Marysville High School boys and girls lacrosse teams have more in common than being the final line of defense for their respective squads.
Senior Alec Todd and junior Cassie Todd are siblings.
"We always talk. We always hang out," Cassie said. "There's obviously brother and sister fights sometimes but we are really close, which is good because we always try to get information off each other. We always try to support each other, which is good."
Alec helped the Monarchs take a three-game winning streak into their regular-season finale May 17 against Westerville South.
After starting 0-5, the Monarchs were 7-7 before playing the Wildcats.
Marysville defeated Jonathan Alder 18-2 on May 14.
The Ohio High School Lacrosse Association club division tournament begins Thursday, May 23.
"We're starting to mature into a team that can play," coach Art Baschnagel said.
Through 14 games, Alec had 121 saves.
"Alec has been pretty solid all the way through his career," Baschnagel said.
"He's definitely matured as he's grown. He sees the field a lot better. He helps the defense."
Senior attacker Adam Capuano led the team in scoring with 41 goals and 26 assists, followed by junior attacker Andrew Benjamin with 30 goals and nine assists.
When the boys program began four years ago, Alec and Capuano were original members as freshmen. Alec had played in a Westerville youth program and Capuano participated in a Hilliard program.
The parents of Alec and Cassie, Ron and Kim, helped form the boys and girls lacrosse programs at Marysville, according to Baschnagel.
Cassie began playing lacrosse when the girls program was formed before her freshman year.
"Cassie is doing really well," coach Amanda Warner said.
"She's picking up a lot of stuff. She goes to summer camps and her brother helps, so she's learning a lot and becoming a better goalie every day and making good decisions out on the field."
Cassie credits her brother for helping her develop as a goalie.
"He's taught me to believe in myself because there's a lot of pressure playing goalie," Cassie said.
"He's always taught me even if you're having a bad game and even if your team is having a bad game that you should always believe in yourself and don't ever stop trying your hardest."
The girls team lost to Gahanna 12-7 on May 13 in the first round of the Division I South/Central Region tournament. The game was tied at 4 at halftime.
Cassie had seven saves. Senior attacker Kate Basinger scored five goals and senior attackers Savannah Hall and Haley Hewlett each had one.
Marysville also lost to the Lions 14-7 on April 9.
"We were playing really, really well and then we just let up just a little bit and that was enough for them to penetrate our team and get the win," Warner said.
A day after the tournament loss, the Thunder beat Delaware 16-13 to finish 3-11. Basinger had four goals, Hall had two and Cassie had 17 saves.
She finished the season with 178 saves.
"I love playing goalie for Marysville," she said. "Most people don't want to try (playing goalie) because it's really hard, but it's a great experience and it's really nice playing with your team and everyone supporting me."
Alec hopes he has contributed to his sister's growth as a player.
"We try to help each other and of course we try to show each other up being a sibling rivalry," he said.
"I probably have the edge because I've been playing longer and I know what I'm doing a little bit more."
Baseball team opens tournament with win
The baseball team opened the Division I district tournament by defeating 19th-seeded Westerville Central 3-0 in the second round May 15.
Sophomore Aron Mowery pitched a four-hitter, striking out six and walking one.
"You never say you come to expect that, but that's what we expect when we put him on the mound," coach John Carder said.
"He's done it for us all year. That's why we're where we're at right now."
Senior outfielder Kyle Hites doubled with two out in the third inning and scored on shortstop Corey Gould's single. The Monarchs added two runs in the fifth, as Gould hit a sacrifice fly and third baseman Billy Kidd hit an RBI single.
Hites and outfielder Matt McCoy each had two hits.
The 14th-seeded Monarchs improved to 18-7 and play 20th-seeded Westerville North in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at Worthington Kilbourne.
Marysville defeated host North 9-5 on April 3.
"North has always been pretty solid," Carder said. "They play pretty good defense. I'm not sure how much pitching they have. They have a couple of hitters, so it will be another game like this, but if we play well we should win the game."
The winner plays third-seeded Watkins Memorial or eighth-seeded Olentangy Liberty in a district final Thursday, May 23, at Ohio Dominican.
Marysville defeated Liberty 3-1 on April 17 and lost to the Patriots 10-2 on April 25 in OCC-Central Division games.
The winner plays Dresden Tri-Valley, Gahanna, Olentangy Orange or Upper Arlington in a regional semifinal May 30 at Dublin Coffman.
Track teams to compete at district
The boys and girls track and field teams compete in the Division I, district 1 meet Tuesday, May 21, Thursday, May 23, and Saturday, May 25, at Hilliard Darby.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet May 29 and 31 at Pickerington North.
The teams competed in the OCC-Central meet May 16 and 18 at Thomas Worthington.
The boys team finished ninth (34 points) in the 16-team Hilliard Bradley Invitational on May 11 behind champion Columbus Academy (92).
Finishing fourth were Jesse Ramirez in the 100 meters (11.29 seconds) and Ryan Fitzgerald in the 3,200 (10:11.97).
The girls team was ninth (31) of 15 teams at Bradley behind champion Millersburg West Holmes (103).
Beth Miller was third in the 800 (2:25.15) and Jessica Wickline was fourth in the discus (96 feet, 10 inches).
Bushong advances to district in tennis
Gavin Bushong of the boys tennis team advanced to the Division I district tournament by winning his first two singles matches in a sectional May 16 at Hilliard Davidson. The sectional concluded May 18.
Bushong defeated Darby's Sriharsha Ponna 6-1, 6-3 in the first round and Big Walnut's Isaiah Kolb 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in the second round.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at Davidson, where the top four in singles and doubles advance to the state tournament May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
The Monarchs finished the regular season 10-9 overall after losing to Village Academy 4-1 on May 14. Hunter Cox and Devin Syar won 6-4, 7-5 at second doubles.
Marysville competed in the OCC-Central tournament May 11 at UA and finished sixth in the league with 33 points. The Monarchs were 3-4 in league duals.
Marysville finished behind UA (81, 7-0), Coffman (63, 6-1), Davidson (63, 5-2), Liberty (42, 3-4) and Thomas (36, 3-4) and ahead of Central Crossing (12, 1-6) and Westland (0, 0-7).
Softball team defeats Briggs
The softball team advanced to a Division I district semifinal by defeating 25th-seeded Briggs 10-0 in five innings in a second-round home game May 16.
The third-seeded Monarchs are 21-6 and play sixth-seeded Gahanna on Tuesday, May 21, at Pickerington Central, with the winner playing fifth-seeded Orange or 11th-seeded Westerville Central in a district final Saturday, May 25, at Pickerington Central.
The regional semifinal is May 30 at Ohio State.
Against Briggs, pitcher Cori Long allowed one hit and struck out seven.
Maria Reed (1B/C) tripled, singled and drove in three runs, and Amanda King (C/designated player) doubled and singled. Riley Nelson (OF/C/SS) and Taylor Hicks (OF) also had two hits apiece, and Hunter Lobdell (INF) homered.