After earning a share of the MSL-Ohio Division title with Newark Catholic, the Columbus Academy boys basketball team focused its attention on the Division III district tournament.

After earning a share of the MSL-Ohio Division title with Newark Catholic, the Columbus Academy boys basketball team focused its attention on the Division III district tournament.

The Vikings, who finished 12-2 in the league, opened the tournament by defeating Cardington 72-25 on Feb. 22 at Central Crossing.

Second-seeded Academy was 17-4 before playing 21st-seeded Berne Union in the second round Feb. 29 at Central Crossing.

The winner will play third-seeded Mount Gilead or 13th-seeded Ready in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Central Crossing.

Mount Gilead, which had a first-round bye, was 18-2 before playing Ready on Feb. 29. The Indians won the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference title at 12-1.

Key players are seniors Jake Sturges and Kolby Snyder and junior Ethan Harris.

Ready was 8-13 overall and finished fifth in the CCL at 1-7 behind champion Watterson (7-1).

Key players for the Silver Knights are senior Derek Farmer, juniors Ross Etgen, Kris Clark, Doug Strickler and Kyle Wilgus and sophomores Kelly Culbertson and Brady Taylor.

On the line will be a berth in a district final against fourth-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek, eighth-seeded Johnstown, Horizon Science Academy or North Union at 8:30 p.m. March 8 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

"Since each of us has been a part of the program, winning the league was important to us because that was our No. 1 goal that we set for ourselves. Now that we have accomplished this, it is time for us to achieve our second goal, which is to win a district title and beyond," senior Zach Ratcliff said before his team played Berne Union.

Against Cardington, Academy held a 28-11 halftime lead. Jacob Mikalov scored 16 points and Jared Harris and Daniel Aronowitz each scored 10.

"I don't necessarily think we were at our sharpest," coach Chris Jones said. "It's tournament time and the kids come out and want to play as well as they possibly can. There are a little bit of nerves, there's a little bit of excitement and we weren't as crisp as we needed to be, so to come out and be able to win by close to 50 points is a little bit surprising. But it's a testament to working hard and having a lot of effort and energy."

•The boys and girls swimming teams capped strong seasons by competing in the Division II state meet Feb. 23 and 24 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The girls team finished eighth (95) behind champion Gates Mills Hawken (360) and the boys team was 12th (67) behind champion Hunting Valley University School (237).

For the boys, senior Will Westwater was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (21.53 seconds) and 10th in the 100 backstroke (53.99). Senior Conrad Wuorinen was sixth in the 200 free (1:42.48) and seventh in the 100 butterfly (51.23).

Wuorinen, Westwater, Mitchell Dreisbach and Alec Wuorinen were 11th in the 200 free relay (1:29.49) and Westwater, Conrad Wuorinen, Andy Li and Matt Turney were 13th in the 400 free relay (3:21.65).

For the girls, the 200 medley relay of Abby Wilson, Abby Brown, Sarah Wilson and Anye Kone' finished fourth (1:49.07). The same girls were sixth in the 200 free relay (1:38.94).

Abby Wilson was seventh in the 100 back (58.02) and 13th in the 200 individual medley (2:11.87), and Brown was eighth in the 100 fly (58.04).

Sarah Wilson was 11th in the 200 free (1:56.45) and 14th in the 500 free (5:14.03), India Sherman was 14th in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.07), Kone' was 19th in the 50 free (25.01) and Annie Lee was 21st in the 100 fly (1:01.02).

"The kids work very hard and they just come through, and it's really pretty cool," coach Craig Yakscoe said. "The kids were very happy about the state meet. There was a lot of excitement, a lot of enthusiasm going on."

The boys team finished second (164) behind Granville (302) in the MSL meet Jan. 28 at home, second (196) behind Granville (252) in the home sectional Feb. 11 and fourth (159) behind champion Granville (325) at district Feb. 17 at Ohio State.

The girls were second (271) behind Granville (410) in the league meet, second (223) at sectional behind Granville (336) and third (278) at district behind champion Granville (475).

•Senior Dan Leathery concluded his prep wrestling career by competing in the Division III district tournament Feb. 24 and 25 at Heath.

Leathery, who won a sectional title a week earlier at Madison Plains, went 1-2 at 138 pounds at district to finish 31-12 for the season.

"I was disappointed that things didn't work out exactly as I had hoped," Leathery said. "It was really upsetting when I finally walked off the mat for the last time and realized that after all the hard work I'd put in that it was really over. I hope I have set a good example for the kids on the team this year and that they will continue to have success as a team. I think I have left my mark, helping build Columbus Academy's wrestling program and I expect that it will only continue to grow."

Freshman Dan Jones was 2-2 at 182 pounds to finish 29-11 on the season, and freshman Tim Leathery, Dan's brother, was 0-2 at 120 to finish 24-19.

The Vikings tied Heath and Union Local for 43rd (4) behind champion Nelsonville-York (129.5).

At sectional, Academy finished eighth (69) behind champion Amanda-Clearcreek (237).

"The kids did well in qualifying for the (district) tournament," coach Paul Bukky said. "Dan Leathery put forth a good effort, falling short of his goal to qualify for state. His leadership and character have allowed Academy wrestling to take a quantum leap from where they were just a year ago. Through his commitment to the team and efforts, we are on track for a resurgence in the wrestling program."

•The second-year bowling program qualified its first competitors for district, as senior Sarah Kerr represented the girls and freshman Max Smith competed for the boys.

Kerr was 61st (409) at HP Lanes on Feb. 24 and Smith was 33rd (403) at HP Lanes on Feb. 25.

"I was pretty excited to make it to districts, especially considering it's only our school's second year with a bowling program," Kerr said. "We had so much fun this year and we worked really hard, so it was nice to be able to end my senior year with a bang, and I hope this is the start of many more successes for the team in the future."

The boys team finished 21st (2,973) in a sectional Feb. 17 at Columbus Western Bowl behind champion Jonathan Alder (4,020) and the girls team was 12th (2,640) in a sectional Feb. 18 at Columbus Western Bowl behind champion Briggs (3,494).

The boys finished the regular season 8-8 overall and tied for seventh with Grandview, Hartley and Watterson at 7-7 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division behind champion St. Charles (14-0).

The girls were 8-5 overall and tied Hartley and Watterson for third (8-3) in the league behind champion Ready (11-0).