DeSales High School boys basketball coach Blair Albright wanted his team to treat last Friday's 66-49 win against Watterson like it was for the district championship.

DeSales High School boys basketball coach Blair Albright wanted his team to treat last Friday's 66-49 win against Watterson like it was for the district championship.

The Stallions, who open the Division II district tournament Friday against Caledonia River Valley or Sparta Highland, already had wrapped up the CCL title and the top seed for the district tournament. After beating Watterson, they had the program's best record since 2001, when the Stallions finished 19-1.

But they received an eye-opener last Friday, needing a 3-pointer late in the second quarter to take a 20-19 lead into halftime. Watterson is the No. 2 seed in the district tournament.

"I knew this game was going to put us in a position to get a wake-up call in one way or another," Albright said. "We got the wake-up call that we needed. We got a chance to really dig our heals in to get back to doing what we need to do to be successful during a tournament run."

The Stallions won district titles in 2006, 2007 and last year. In each of those seasons, they made it to a state semifinal.

For a team that graduated four starters and started the season relying on a host of first-year players, posting an 18-2 regular season record was a sign that it was capable of doing some of the things that past teams had done.

"We're definitely feeling real good," said center Aaron Selmek, who had 15 points last Friday. "We have the best record that we've had in about 10 years, even out of all those powerful championship teams, so we feel pretty good about that. Hopefully we can come out and get that regional final and make it to the final four."

•The girls swimming and diving team continued to drop time at the Division II district meet last Friday at Ohio State, which helped the Stallions score 210 points to finish third behind Hartley (331) and Columbus Academy (221).

Both the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay teams shaved nearly four seconds off their sectional times and qualified for the state meet.

The state meet, which is at Canton's C.T. Branin Natatorium, started last Wednesday with Division I diving. Division II diving is today with all swimming preliminaries on Friday and finals on Saturday.

"We had a great district meet," coach Mandy Rod said. "The girls 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay both dropped a lot of time. (At the state meet) the competition is very fast this year, but their goal is to make it to the finals."

The 200 medley relay of Katie Boling, Hannah Svagerko, Andrea Devakul and Suzanne Hrabowy finished second (1 minute, 53.84 seconds) last Friday to Hartley (1:49.06). It is seeded 11th at state. The same four also competed on the 200 free relay and finished third (1:14.78) to Hartley (1:14.43) and Granville (1:41.58). It is seeded 21st at state.

Advancing to state as individuals were Andrea Acquista, Andrea Devakul, Kristin Hrabowy and Suzanne Hrabowy.

Acquista and Suzanne Hrabowy made it in diving after finishing second (434.5) and third (431.85), respectively. Columbus Academy's Natalie Ritter won (442.5).

Andrea Devakul was fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:15.62) to Hartley's Andrea Cottrell and fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.28) to Hartley's Taylor Shotwell. She is seeded 24th in the 200 IM and 23rd in the 100 back.

•Cooper Staton of the boys swimming and diving team is the favorite to win the Division II state championship in the 50 free and 100 free.

Staton is seeded first in both events after winning the 50 free (20.96) and 100 free (47.09) last Friday. He could give the Stallions their second state champion in two years. Last year, Carl Svagerko shook off a rough preliminary race to win the 100 back (50.4). He was seeded seventh going into the finals.

Staton, Will Gish, Blake Spellacy and Jordan Hoenig finished fifth in the 400 free relay (3:24.88) to Hartley (3:18.49). It is seeded 19th. Hoeing also qualified in the 100 breaststroke, finishing fourth (1:02.85) to Gallipolis Gallia Academy's Kyle Rhodes (1:00.48). He is seeded 22nd.

•The wrestling team finished seventh (104) to Licking Valley (246.5) at a Division II sectional at Licking Heights.

The district meet starts Friday at Uhrichsville Claymont. Representing the Stallions are Malcolm Burrell (189 pounds) and Peyton Gutierrez (103).

Burrell (25-13) opens with a first round match against Steuben-ville's Greg Moray (20-8). Gutierrez (29-6) opens against Hartley's Dominique Scott (10-15).

The top four placers at district advance to the state meet on March 4-6 at Ohio State.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the DeSales boys and girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming, wrestling and hockey teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Last Friday -- Defeated Watterson 66-49. Aaron Selmek and Adam Griffin scored 15 points each.

Friday -- At Thomas Worthington vs. Caledonia River Valley or Sparta Highland in the second round of the Division II district tournament. The winner plays at 8 p.m. on March 4 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum in a district semifinal against 11th-seeded East, Licking Heights, Licking Valley or Utica. The Stallions are the top seed.

Of note: The Stallions are 18-2 overall and finished 10-0 (first) in the CCL.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Feb. 17 -- Def. Licking Valley 53-29 in the first round of the Division II district tournament. Maddie Lockhart scored 14 points and Megan Bailey added eight.

Last Tuesday -- Played Sparta Highland in the second round of the Division II district tournament with the winner to play at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Pickerington North in a district semifinal against second-seeded Big Walnut or Bexley. The Stallions are the eighth seed.

Of note: The Stallions were 13-8 overall before last Tuesday.

*CCL game

BOWLING

Last Friday -- Finished 16th (3,342) to Westerville Central (4,350) at sectional at Eastland Lanes.

GYMNASTICS

Feb. 17 -- Finished first (133.525) ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (131.65)

Feb. 27 -- At district tournament at Kilbourne

SWIMMING

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished sixth (118) behind champion Columbus Academy (270) in Division II district meet at Ohio State. State qualifiers with event, district time and state seed were Jordan Hoenig (100 breast, 1:02.85, 22nd), Cooper Staton (50 free, 20.96, first; 100 free, 47.09, first) and the 400 free relay (3:24.88, 19th). Others who competed were Jordan Hoenig (50 free, 51.25), Will Gish (200 free, 1:59.72), Blake Spellacy (200 free, 2:01.2; 100 back, 1:03.18), James Walsh (100 fly, 1:00.49), Kevin Walsh (100 fly, 1:01.87; 200 IM, 2:16.71), the 200 free relay (1:33.01) and the 200 medley relay (1:57.94); Girls: Finished third (210) behind champion Hartley (331) and Columbus Academy (221) at Division II district meet. State qualifiers with event, district time and state seed were Andrea Acquista (diving, 434.5, third), Andrea Devakul (200 IM, 2:15.62, 24th; 100 back, 1:01.28, 23rd), Kristin Hrabowy (diving, 431.85, fourth), Suzanne Hrabowy (100 fly, 59.0, sixth, 100 free, 53.11, sixth), the 200 medley relay (1:53.84, 11th) and the 200 free relay (1:43.78, 21st). Others who competed were Kaiti Boling (100 free, 51.18; 100 fly, 1:05.22), Elisabeth Saunders (200 free, 2:16.54), Kara Goodman (500 free, 5:38.49; 100 back, 1:03.58), Abby Moonis (500 free, 6:19.8), Katie Murray (100 breast, 1:16.59), Hannah Svagerko (100 breast, 1:12.61; 100 fly, 1:04.04) and the 400 free relay (4:09.7).

Last Wednesday-Saturday -- At Division II state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton

WRESTLING

Last Saturday -- Finished seventh (104) to Licking Valley (246.5) at Division II sectional at Licking Heights

Friday-Saturday -- Division II district tournament at Uhrichsville Claymont

HOCKEY

Feb. 19 -- Lost to Gahanna 9-1 in first round of district tournament.

Of note: The Stallions finished 2-18-3 overall and 1-10-1 in the CHC.