While winning the City League championship May 13 and 15 at Whetstone, members of the Eastmoor Academy boys track and field team wore black patches with the letters "KS" on the left shoulder of their uniforms.
Those are the initials of Kwesi Sample, who scored in three events as a senior in the 2010 City meet for the Warriors and was presumed drowned after he disappeared while swimming with friends May 14 in Holden Beach, N.C., according to a report May 16 in The Columbus Dispatch.
"We're going to take the trophy and present it to his mother," coach Jason Lewis said.
Eastmoor scored 132 points to edge Independence (130.5) for the title. Brookhaven tied Centennial for third (43), Whetstone and Linden-McKinley tied for fifth (41) and Northland (40.5), Walnut Ridge (36), Mifflin (35), Marion-Franklin (17), Columbus South (15), Columbus East (14), Briggs (12), Beechcroft (9), Africentric (5) and Columbus International (1) rounded out the scoring.
Winning titles for the Warriors were Maliik Briggs in the 800 meters (2 minutes, .67 of a second), the 400 relay of Elijah Barber, Nigel Woodard-Hinton, Todd Roddy and Cameron Jackson (44.08), the 1,600 relay of Briggs, George Daniels, Roddy and William Anderson (3:26.42) and the 3,200 relay of Briggs, Emmanuel Coble, Jalon Lewis and Anderson (8:26.84).
The Warriors competed in the Division II, district 2 meet that was held May 21 and 22 and concludes Saturday, May 25, at Westerville South. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional May 30 and June 1 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
"It was a pretty exciting day," said coach Lewis, whose team has won six of the last nine City titles. "Independence did a great job in sprints, and we kind of dominated the field and won three relays."
Winning titles for the 76ers were Shyhiem Pace in the 110 hurdles (14.41) and 300 hurdles (39.8), Dominic Ward in the 100 (10.88), 200 (22.29) and 400 (50.25), Christian Walker in the discus (129 feet, 2 inches) and the 800 relay of Ronsaiah Kuipers, Anthony Bange, DeAntae Townsend and Ward (1:30.67).
Also finishing first were Walnut Ridge's Terry Cole in the shot put (52-9 1/2), Brookhaven's Kevin Greenhow in the long jump (21-6) and Centennial's Kevin Adams in the 1,600 (4:46.28) and 3,200 (11:03.17) and Chisom Ifedi in the high jump (6-3).
Independence competed without injured senior Vincent Rambo, who was fifth in the 100 (11.26) and ran on the fourth-place 400 relay (43.26) in the Division II state meet last season.
Rambo was expected to be healthy enough to run, according to coach Maurice Douglas, in the Division II, district 1 meet that was held May 21 and 22 and concludes Saturday, May 25, at Westerville South. The top four in each event advance to the regional May 30 and June 1 at Lexington.
Beechcroft, Brookhaven and Northland are competing in the Division I, district 2 meet that was held May 21 and 22 and concludes Saturday, May 25, at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 29, and May 31 at Pickerington North.
Warriors edge Vikings for girls City title
Aaliyah Barnes won the 200 (25.17) and 400 (56.16) and ran on the first-place 800 relay with Gianni Ross, Dajah Anderson and Sariah Rhodes to help Eastmoor score 111 points to win the girls league title.
Northland scored 106 points to finish second, followed by Whetstone (81), International (56), Africentric (46), Walnut Ridge (34), Brookhaven (31), Centennial (30), Beechcroft (28), Independence (23), South (21), Marion-Franklin (16), Columbus West (8), Linden (7), East (6), Briggs (4) and Mifflin (3).
Also winning titles for Eastmoor were Cheyanne Carter in the 100 (12.22), Deja Hale in the 800 (2:30.29) and the 400 relay of Ross, Anderson, Rhodes and Sakinah Robinson (49.54).
Winning titles for Whetstone were its 3,200 relay of Julianna Hawsman, Helen Davis, Kelliher Chin and Liz Khoury (10:45.78) and Arionna Darling in the shot put (37-9 1/2) and discus (123-1). Also capturing titles were Independence's Arian Johnson in the 100 hurdles (15.91), International's Timia Easley in the long jump (16-6 1/4), Hannah Holley in the 300 hurdles (48.61) and its 1,600 relay of Holley, Charity Underwood, Marticia Abraham and Easley (4:08.61), Northland's Jasmine Weatherspoon in the high jump (5-0) and Centennial's Catherine Ryan in the 1,600 (5:38.88) and 3,200 (12:41.16).
"We almost pulled it off and really should have pulled it off," Northland coach Tom Fast said. Eastmoor is competing in the Division II, district 2 meet that was held May 21 and 22 and concludes Saturday, May 25, at Westerville South. The top four in each event advance to the regional May 30 and June 1 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
Beechcroft also is in Division II, district 2.
Brookhaven is competing in the Division I, district 2 meet that was held May 21 and 22 and concludes Saturday, May 25, at Darby.
Northland is in the Division I, district 3 meet that began May 22 and concludes Thursday, May 23, and Saturday, May 25, at Darby.
The top four finishers in each Division I district event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 29, and May 31 at Pickerington North.
Bruins happy with softball season
The Briggs softball team settled for its seventh consecutive City runner-up finish since winning its only league title in 2006 when it lost to visiting Whetstone 6-2 in the title game May 16.
The Bruins got a two-run single by senior pitcher Jordyn Estep in the bottom of the third. Whetstone took advantage of three errors to score four runs in the top of the second.
The Bruins finished 22-7 overall, including 14-0 in the City League-South Division. They beat Logan 7-1 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 14 before losing to third-seeded Marysville 10-0 in a second-round game May 16.
Estep was one of three seniors along with Jasmin Scott (designated player) and Celia Smith (OF).
Juniors Rebecca Morro (C), Sam Rainey (OF), Chasity Sammons (1B) and Sarah Sharfenaker (OF), sophomores Randi Chalfant (SS), Julie Russell (2B), Loni Sammons (3B), Dez Merriman (INF) and Maegan Henderson (P/3B) and freshman Presley Rackham (OF) all are eligible to return.
"I know the Logan coach was saying that (we've) got a good pitcher and were very underseeded (at 25th)," coach Herb Sharfenaker said. "It was a good blend of kids this year."
Briggs baseball team also falls to Braves
The Briggs baseball team made its sixth consecutive appearance in the City final but lost for the fifth year in a row, falling to Whetstone 5-0 on May 16.
Junior Tavin Howard was the starting and losing pitcher for the Bruins, who finished 13-10 overall, including 11-0 in the City-South.
Briggs, which lost to Hilliard Davidson 12-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 13, beat its league opponents by an average of 21.2-1.5.
Other players expected to return include juniors Gage Finley (SS) and Tyrell Harris (P/CF) and freshman Jaxon Radde (P).