The DeSales High School boys cross country team received a glimpse of its future at the Division II district meet last Saturday at Watkins Memorial.

The DeSales High School boys cross country team received a glimpse of its future at the Division II district meet last Saturday at Watkins Memorial.

Freshman Ian Lawson qualified for the regional meet on Saturday at Pickerington North by placing 15th (17 minutes, 30.59 seconds) at the district 1 meet, behind the champion, Granville's Logan Pitcher (16:55.57).

Lawson will face regional competition from the Central and East districts. He must place in the top 16 to advance to the state meet Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs.

"His best time of the year came at the right time," coach Bob Lennon said. "We came out and that was his goal to get right around 15 or 16. That's going to be the goal next week."

The Stallions scored 147 points at the eight-team district 1 meet to finish seventh, behind champion Granville (19).

The top four teams and those individuals not on a qualifying team who finished in the top 16 advanced to regional.

The Stallions have not advanced to regional as a team since 2008 when they finished 13th. Their last state qualifier was Michael Thompson in 2005.

•The girls cross country team missed advancing to the Division II regional as a team by one place. DeSales was fifth (136) at the district 1 meet, behind champion Granville (36). Fourth-place Hilliard Bradley (124) grabbed the final qualifying spot.

Amy Schockling was 12th (20:45) behind champion Sarra Taylor of Granville (18:44.73) and is DeSales' lone hope to give the Stallions a representative at the state meet for the third year in a row. The last two years the Stallions were represented at state by 2010 graduate Melissa Thompson. Schockling must place among the top 16 to advance to state.

Lennon expects Schockling to run a better race on Saturday. It will be about being aggressive.

"Nothing you can do but go hard for the first two miles and if you die, you die," Lennon said. "You don't have a team to worry about it."

•The girls volleyball team played in a Division II district semifinal last Wednesday against sixth-seeded Granville, with the winner to play at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pickerington North in a district final against top-seeded Big Walnut or eighth-seeded Sparta Highland.

The fourth-seeded Stallions advanced to the district semifinal after defeating Columbus South 25-2, 25-3, 25-5 in a first-round match Oct. 21 before beating Columbus East 25-6, 25-3, 25-2 last Saturday to improve to 18-6 overall.

The district champion plays at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Granville in a regional semifinal against Dover or Minerva.

The winner of that match plays in a regional final Nov. 6 at Granville.

•The fourth-seeded boys soccer team beat Licking Heights 9-0 in the second round of the Division II district tournament on Oct. 21. The Stallions, who improved to 9-5-4, dominated behind four goals by Michael DiCesare.

The Stallions played sixth-seeded Jonathan Alder last Tuesday in a district semifinal with the winner advancing to play on Saturday in a district final against second-seeded Olentangy or Hartley.

The district champion plays at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in a regional semifinal against Cincinnati McNicholas, Cincinnati Wyoming, Tipp City Tippecanoe or St. Paris Graham. The regional semifinal winner plays on Nov. 6 in a regional final against Bellbrook, Bellefontaine, Cincinnati Finneytown, Cincinnati Indian Hill, Dayton Carroll, Kettering Alter, Middletown Fenwick or Springfield Kenton Ridge

•After beating East 11-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament on Oct. 19, the girls soccer team fell to Pickerington Central 2-1 in overtime in a second round game two days later.

The Stallions finished 11-5-2 overall. Coach Joshua Brader said the loss was disappointing for a team seeded seventh for the district tournament, but the season wasn't without its accomplishment.

"We had loftier goals from how it ended," Brader said. "We tied for the league title in the CCL and one of our goals was to win the CCL. We wanted to try to win district and move on to state. I thought we played well (against Central). We outshot them 23-2, but they scored on both of their shots. We just couldn't put the ball away and they were just able to put their chances away."

DeSales and Watterson shared the CCL title at 3-0-1 after playing to a 1-all tie on Oct. 5. DeSales and Watterson won the league ahead of Ready (2-2), Columbus School for Girls (0-3-1) and Hartley (0-3-1).

The Stallions lose 10 seniors in Bella Carfagna, Maura Hulme, Elle Murray, Christina Romanelli, Megan Shannon, Courtney Somers, Sam Strain, Ellie Shimer, Melinda Stemen and Mary Wickert.

A large group of juniors is expected back, including Jordan Barnett, Lindsey Bowman, Morgan Clark, Alex Elliott, Becca Fitzpatrick, Danielle Kaylor and Megan McCabe. Sophomores Hannah Clark, Courtney Klosterman, Kerry McGuire, Sierra Mergliano, Alvi Shivley and freshman Maria Riley also are expected back.

"We'll lose a lot with those seniors," Brader said. "DeSales is the type of place where it will be up to the coaches to get this team ready. It's just a matter of who works in the offseason and who steps up. We'll be an extremely athletic group."