The Centennial High School cross country program will be represented in the Division II state meet Saturday, Nov. 3, at National Trail Raceway.
In the regional boys meet Oct. 27 at Pickerington North, junior Kevin Adams finished 15th in 16 minutes, 52.75 seconds as the top 16 individuals advanced to state. Senior John Neutzling placed 73rd in 18:20.29.
Matt Bromley of Thornville Sheridan won in 16:15.7 and Wyatt Uresti of Caledonia River Valley was the final individual state qualifier in 17:00.57.
Adams became the first Centennial boys runner to qualify for state since Ryan Wilbur in 2003. Wilbur finished 83rd in 17:36.
"Kevin has worked hard and improved a lot this year," coach Rhonda Reese said. "He ran well, and a good goal for state would be to just go and compete well there. If Kevin runs his best race there, he may do better than expected because a lot of people don't run very well at state."
Competing as an individual in the regional girls meet, sophomore Catherine Ryan finished 20th in 20:02.71.
"We were in a very fast region for the girls and (Ryan) was close, but she doesn't get to move on," Reese said. "She's only a sophomore and she's got a good shot at coming back and making it to state next year."
Alyssa Atkinson of Granville finished in 19:41.11 for the 16th and final individual state-qualifying berth. Sarra Taylor of London won in 18:50.55.
Volleyball team goes unbeaten in City-North
Girls volleyball coach Brenden Pence said his players were eager to get back into a winning groove after the ninth-seeded Stars were upset by 11th-seeded Hamilton Township 25-17, 25-10, 25-12 in the first round of the Division II district tournament Oct. 17 at home.
That's exactly what Centennial did last week, as it won its final three City League-North Division matches. The Stars defeated Columbus East 25-14, 25-15, 25-11 on Oct. 22, Northland 25-13, 25-20, 25-16 on Oct. 23 and Linden-McKinley 25-11, 25-11, 25-17 on Oct. 24.
The Stars finished 16-0 in the City-North and improved to 19-2 overall before playing Eastmoor Academy in the City championship match Oct. 30.
"It was nice for the girls to end their season with a perfect record in league matches, especially after we lost in the first round of the tournament," Pence said. "We played a competitive match in a hostile environment when we played at Northland, but the girls handled it well to beat them. We had our senior night against Linden-McKinley and our three seniors, Mary Gardner (opposite hitter), Danielle Scarbrough (opposite hitter) and Aaliyah Slappy (middle hitter), did an awesome job. This was probably our most complete effort of the season. We spread the ball around real well and got everyone involved."
Through 21 matches, Marissa Robertson, Gardner and Slappy led Centennial in kills, Sam Meanor led in assists, Sierra Hawkins and Slappy led in blocks, Symfhani Pitts and Gardner led in aces and Alyah Dean led in digs and serve receive percentage.
"We have a lot of talented players across the board and we've spread the ball around pretty well all year," Pence said. "We've had a lot of girls step up to contribute offensively, and Alyah Dean, Maya Robertson, Danielle Scarbrough and Danelle Easley have played well defensively."
Football team drops finale to Whetstone
The football team lost to Whetstone 26-20 on Oct. 26 at home to finish 1-9 overall and 1-6 in the City-North.
The Stars took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after Jeremy Johnson scored on a 59-yard run and Darsean Watts scored on a 60-yard run.
After Whetstone scored 24 consecutive points, P.J. Rogers had a 17-yard touchdown run to pull the Stars within 24-20 in the fourth quarter.