The Marysville High School boys basketball team got what it wanted -- a home game in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
The 17th-seeded Monarchs play host to 32nd-seeded Watkins Memorial at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
The Monarchs were 12-8 overall and 6-7 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Hilliard Davidson on Feb. 14, and Watkins Memorial was 9-11 before playing Heath that night.
"We wanted to host a first-round tournament game and we got that," coach Ryan Grose said. "One of our goals that our team set at the beginning of the year was to be in a position to play at home in the first round and we did that."
The winner plays at 13th-seeded Olentangy Liberty on Feb. 28. Marysville and Liberty split their two OCC-Central games, with Liberty winning 77-51 on Dec. 21 at Marysville and the Monarchs winning 69-64 in overtime Jan. 29 at Liberty.
The second-round winner plays sixth-seeded Pickerington Central, 34th-seeded Canal Winchester or 36th-seeded Columbus West in a district semifinal March 5 at Westerville Central. The district final is March 8 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
Marysville lost at home to Delaware 66-60 on Feb. 11. Logan Roston scored a game-high 25 points and Drew Mellen added 15.
"It comes down to some of the little things that we're trying to do consistently," Grose said. "We didn't get off to a very good start against Delaware. We were down 18-6 out of the gate and battled back the whole way."
The Monarchs won at Central Crossing 69-47 on Feb. 7. Roston had 15 points, Mellen and Jevon Knox each scored 12 and Case Chamblin and Ryan Evans each had 10.
The Monarchs close the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Olentangy.
Wrestling team loses in state quarterfinal
On Feb. 8 at Ohio State, the wrestling team lost to second-seeded Cincinnati Moeller 50-12 in a quarterfinal of the Division I state team tournament.
The Monarchs were seeded seventh of eight teams.
The Crusaders led 24-0 before Marysville closed within 24-9 on consecutive wins by David Sparks at 138 pounds (1-0), Taleb Rahmani at 145 (5-0) and Alex Sepeda at 152 (3-1 in overtime), but could not pull closer.
Austin Pfarr won 7-1 at 220 for the Monarchs' other points.
"Like we've said all along, we're just trying to get the best competition," coach Shawn Andrews said. "If we take a loss, we take a loss. At least we had a chance to wrestle a team like that and see guys that we may see in the (individual) state tournament down the road. At the end of the day that's what we're looking at."
Massillon Perry defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights 48-9 in the state final.
Last season, Marysville lost to Massillon Perry 49-24 in a state quarterfinal.
The Monarchs competed in a sectional tournament Feb. 15 at home. The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the district tournament Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, at Hilliard Darby.
The top four finishers in each weight class at district advance to the state tournament Feb. 27-March 1 at Ohio State.
Girls basketball team opens district tourney
The girls basketball team was 12-10 overall before playing at 11th-seeded New Albany on Feb. 15 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
The 27th-seeded Monarchs were guaranteed a winning season under first-year coach Andrea Hackett after going 5-18 last year.
"That's something we've talked about since day one," Hackett said. "It's been a season goal for us. We've reached it, but I'm not content and they shouldn't be content with it. It's something they're not used to."
The Marysville-New Albany winner plays 19th-seeded Westland in the second round Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the home of the better seed. Marysville lost to Westland 52-44 on Dec. 21 and 58-48 on Jan. 17 in OCC-Central Division play.
The winner advances to a district semifinal Feb. 27 at Bloom-Carroll against top-seeded Reynoldsburg, 45th-seeded West or 47th-seeded Groveport.
The district final is March 1 at Ohio Dominican.
Marysville closed the regular season Feb. 12 with a 56-51 loss at home to Liberty.
The Patriots led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter before Marysville rallied. The Monarchs pulled within 49-48 on Meranda Wilson's basket with 1 minute, 35 seconds remaining in the game, but could not take the lead.
Marysville committed 19 turnovers, including two in the final minute. The Monarchs also struggled from the free-throw line, going 16-for-33, and shot 16-for-49 from the field.
Kayley Gordon, who ignited the rally with three consecutive 3-pointers in the second quarter, scored a team-high 12 points and Hannah Long added 10.
"I never thought once this year that we have given up, that they have stopped playing," Hackett said. "That's what keeps me going, seeing that they're just as intense as I am wanting to win and fighting back."
The Monarchs finished fifth (6-8) in the OCC-Central behind Upper Arlington (13-1), Coffman (12-2), Liberty (10-4) and Westland (8-6) and ahead of Thomas Worthington (5-9), Central Crossing (1-13) and Hilliard Davidson (1-13).
The Monarchs won at Shekinah Christian 50-41 on Feb. 11 as Mikayla Hughes scored 11 points.
Marysville defeated Central Crossing 43-35 on Feb. 7 at home as Long scored 10 points.
Gymnasts to compete in district meet
The gymnastics team competes in the district meet Saturday, Feb. 22, at Worthington Kilbourne.
The top three teams advance to the state meet Feb. 28 at Hilliard Bradley. The top eight individuals in each event, including the all-around, advance to the individual state meet March 1 at Bradley.
Marysville closed the regular season Feb. 12 by finishing third (120.175 points) in a quad meet behind host Kilbourne (142.85) and Grove City (133.1) and ahead of Thornville Sheridan (107.8).
Selena Sorensen was sixth all-around (34.025), second on floor exercise (9.2) and fifth on uneven bars (8.5) despite a left ankle injury.
"Selena's ankle injury is proving to be more of a problem than we originally thought," coach Amber Calvert said. "She is unable to land any of her more difficult skills and she hasn't had enough practice with her modified routines. I am hopeful that she will hit her routines at district and have a chance to perform at the state meet."
Hannah Burns was ninth in the all-around (30.45).
Marysville finished sixth (121.4) in the OCC-Capital meet Feb. 8 at Darby behind champion Hilliard Bradley (133.85).
Sorensen was 12th of 45 gymnasts in the all-around (32.525) and sixth on floor (8.775). Burns was 16th all-around (31.425) and tied for ninth on balance beam (8.1).
Swimmers compete in sectional meet
The boys and girls swimming teams competed in a sectional meet Feb. 8 at Union County YMCA.
The boys finished eighth (139) of 10 teams behind champion Dublin Coffman (312).
Gavin Mickelson was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke (56.18) and sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:49.3) and qualified for district in both events.
Connor Hall earned a district berth in the 200 individual medley after finishing ninth (2:08.98) at sectional.
Micah Haynes competed in the 100 butterfly at district after finishing ninth (58.41) at sectional.
The Monarchs also qualified for district in all three relays -- the 200 medley (fifth at sectional, 1:48.63), 200 free (fifth, 1:37.69) and 400 free (seventh, 3:32.3).
The girls finished 10th (76) of 10 teams at sectional behind champion Dublin Jerome (356).
Morgan DeWitt qualified for district in the 200 IM after finishing seventh (2:22.19) at sectional.
The Monarchs also qualified for district in the 200 free relay (1:52.5) and 400 free (4:12.74) relay after finishing seventh in both at sectional.
The district meet was held Feb. 14 and 15 at Ohio State. The top two placers in each swimming event advanced to the state meet Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on district times statewide.