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Tigers earn sweep of Panthers

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Central's Kat Walton (right) celebrates with teammate Aubrey Cernus after Walton scored during the host Tigers' 15-12 win over North on April 25. Central will play host to Westerville North on Thursday, May 1, while the Panthers will play host to Westerville Central the same day.
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The Pickerington High School Central lacrosse program earned a sweep of Pickerington North on April 25 on its home field.

The girls team's 15-12 win was its first over the Panthers after losing the previous three meetings, while the Central boys beat North 11-8.

Nessa Petropavlovskiy scored four goals, Aubrey Cernus had three goals and Carly Noel, Gabby Johnson and Kat Walton all had two goals for the Tigers. Kayalani Cloe made nine saves.

"It was an immense win for us," said Central girls coach Christine Miller, whose team scored six consecutive goals to take a 9-3 lead in the second quarter. "The anticipation for North week is always a big week for us. They've beaten us quite badly in the past, so it's just an emotional high to beat them."

The win improved Central's OCC-Ohio Division record to 4-0 and clinched at least a share of the title. The Tigers close league play Thursday, May 1, at home against Westerville North.

Central also beat Granville 12-4 on April 26 and was 11-1 overall before playing Columbus School for Girls on April 30.

Against Central, Regan Hanood and Breanna Donnelly each scored three goals for North, which was 4-7 overall before playing Olentangy Orange on April 29.

The Panthers are 2-1 in the OCC-Ohio and close league play Thursday, May 1, at home against Westerville Central and Friday, May 2, at Westerville South.

The Central boys team beat North for the fourth consecutive time.

The Tigers got unassisted goals from Zack Slovina and Ian McGougan and a goal by J.P. Napier that was assisted by Jake Pineda in the third quarter to lead 8-6 entering the final period.

Pineda, who had missed the previous eight games because of injury, had four goals and one assist in his return.

McGougan and Zane Kenney each scored two goals and Steven Warren had six saves for Central, which was 6-6 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Central before playing Westerville North on April 30.

"It was fun to watch those kids go out and play against each other," Central boys coach Matt Erdlitz said.

"They want so badly to beat each other. Even though there's some animosity, there's a lot of respect and on an individual level, there's a number of guys who came to play for both teams.

"With Zane Kenney being a senior, he wanted to go out with a bang, and the same with Ian McGougan and Luke Rust. It was Jake Pineda's first game back, so we had a welcome-back party for him."

The North boys got three goals and one assist from Nick Rollason and two goals from Nick Notestine.

The Panthers beat Sylvania Northview 12-10 on April 27 to improve to 3-7 overall. They are 1-2 in the OCC-Central.

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