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McKinney qualifies for state swim meet in two events

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Coleman McKinney of the DeSales High School boys swimming and diving team continues to expand his horizons.

A year after qualifying for the Division II state meet in the 100-yard freestyle, the junior is returning to state in that event and the 50 free.

McKinney, who finished 23rd in the 100 free (49.43 seconds) at state last year, placed second in the 50 free in the district meet Feb. 14 at Ohio State in a personal-best 22.06, .6 of a second behind winner Sam Wagner of Granville.

That earned McKinney an automatic berth to the Division II state preliminaries Thursday, Feb. 20, at Branin Natatorium in Canton. The finals are Friday, Feb. 21.

McKinney placed sixth in the 100 free (48.7), again finishing behind champion Wagner (47.14), and earned an at-large state berth. He is seeded 23rd at state in the 100 free and is seeded 17th in the 50 free.

"Coleman was ready to go," coach Mallory Hoffman said. "He was pumped up for his 50 free. Taking second in the 50 free took the pressure off (for the 100 free) because he had already made it to state, and he went out and got his best time."

Anne Marie Cummins of the girls team will compete in her third state meet, but first in Division I. The junior earned at-large berths by finishing fourth in the 100 backstroke (58.45) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (58.34) and is seeded 18th and 20th, respectively, at state.

Her sister, freshman Maureen Cummins, placed fifth in the 100 back (58.89) to earn an at-large berth and is seeded 23rd at state. She fell short in the 50 free, finishing 14th (54.0).

The Division I preliminaries are Feb. 21 and the finals are Saturday, Feb. 22.

Last year at state in Division II, Anne Marie Cummins finished 14th in the 100 fly (59.35) and 19th in the 100 back (59.95).

"It's funny, actually, going from last year where I felt pretty secure (about getting to state) and now I have to sit out and cross my fingers on whether I can get there," she said at district. "Technically, the backstroke is my second specialty. I might have to switch it to my first if this keeps going and I want to achieve bigger things. It's a lot of fun. Whether I make it or not, this is one of my favorite days of the year. I just wanted to get up and race.

"My fly, I was OK with. It wasn't ideal. I was a little under my goal time in the backstroke, so I am happy with how I did there."

The boys team finished 18th (32 points) at district in Division II behind champion Dover (259) as 41 teams scored, and the girls team finished 13th (50) in Division I behind champion Upper Arlington (522.5) as 24 teams scored.

Boys basketball team set for district tourney

Boys basketball coach Joe Bills thinks his team will have its hands full when it visits eighth-seeded Columbus South in the first round of the Division II district tournament Saturday, Feb. 22.

South was 13-8 overall before playing Gahanna Christian on Feb. 18 and finished 6-8 in the City League-South Division. The Stallions, who are seeded 22nd, are 7-15 overall and finished 0-8 in the CCL.

"They're one of the most athletic teams top to bottom in the entire City League," Bills said. "They play at a high level and they sub in a lot of guys to make sure they can play fast consistently. The thing with South is they can slow it down, too, which tells me they have outstanding guard play. We've played teams with good backcourts, but that won't make this game any easier."

South is led by guards Chris Byrd and Aaron Mullins. Through 21 games, Mullins was averaging 13 points and Byrd was averaging 12.2.

The first-round winner will play 19th-seeded Buckeye Valley in a second-round game Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the home of the higher seed. The winner of that game advances to a district semifinal March 5 at Newark, where it likely will face second-seeded Brookhaven.

DeSales did not play South, Buckeye Valley or Brookhaven during the regular season.

The Stallions closed the regular season with a 36-34 win over visiting Arlington on Feb. 15. Justin Thompson had 12 points to lead DeSales, which began the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run.

The Stallions lost to Watterson 57-36 on Feb. 14 at Ohio Dominican University to conclude CCL play. Josh Moyler and Ryan Peaks each had six points.

Girls basketball team wins tourney opener

Jori Arnold scored 14 points and Maggie Simon added 11 of her 13 points from the free-throw line as the girls basketball team defeated Worthington Kilbourne 60-50 in a Division I district tournament first-round game Feb. 17.

Coley Tuel added 11 points for the 15th-seeded Stallions, who improved to 16-5 overall. Kilbourne was seeded 23rd.

DeSales will visit 20th-seeded Delaware for a second-round game at 7 p.m. Feb. 20. The Stallions did not play the Pacers during the regular season.

The winner will play third-seeded Newark or Hilliard Darby in a district semifinal Feb. 27 at Westerville Central.

Carfagna, Myers lead wrestlers to district

Domenic Carfagna placed second at 106 pounds and Nick Myers was second at 145, leading the wrestling team to a sixth-place finish in a 14-team Division II sectional tournament Feb. 15 at Licking Valley.

In the finals, Carfagna was pinned by Licking Valley's Jake Martinez in 1:43 and Myers was pinned in 3:50 by Granville's Zach Purdy. They are two of six Stallions who advanced to district Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, at Uhrichsville Claymont.

Also advancing were Cameron Cua (126), Conner Cua (132), Brian Dytko (heavyweight) and James Prater (220). Cameron Cua and Prater finished third in their respective classes, and Conner Cua and Dytko placed fourth as the top four finishers in each weight class qualified for district.

The Stallions scored 87 points at sectional as Licking Valley (177.5) won the title.

The top four finishers in each weight class at district advance to the state tournament Feb. 27-March 1 at Ohio State.

Boys bowlers reach district tournament

Yusef Walton-Bridges rolled a 551 series to lead the boys bowling team in a 30-team Division II sectional tournament Feb. 14 at Sawmill Lanes.

Walton-Bridges placed 34th of 170 individuals, and the Stallions scored 3,461 to place 12th behind champion Buckeye Valley (4,195). The top 14 teams advanced to district Saturday, Feb. 22, at HP Lanes.

Tyler LaTorre finished 39th with a 537 series, followed by Tony LaTorre (467, 75th), Collin Sebedra (328, 117th), Luke Gillan (280, 134th), Patrick Nie (144, 151st) and Nick Lambert (141, tied for 152nd).

At district, the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team qualify for the state tournament Feb. 28 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

The girls team will compete in the 41-team Division I sectional tournament Friday, Feb. 21, at Eastland Lanes. The top 20 teams and top 20 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district March 1 at Eastland Lanes.

Gymnastics team prepping for district

The gymnastics team will participate in the 30-team district meet Saturday, Feb. 22, at Kilbourne.

The top three teams at district advance to the team state meet Feb. 28 at Hilliard Bradley and the top eight finishers in each event and the all-around advance to the individual state meet March 1 at Bradley.

Season ends for hockey team

The hockey team lost to 10th-seeded Cincinnati Moeller 7-4 in the second round of the district tournament Feb. 15 at OhioHealth Ice Haus to finish 16-15-1.

The Stallions were seeded seventh and had a first-round bye.

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