One thing the DeSales High School boys tennis team doesn't lack is experience.

One thing the DeSales High School boys tennis team doesn't lack is experience.

The Stallions have returned all but two players from last year's team and they've used that experience to their advantage as senior Myles Harris returns to form.

Harris has been the Stallions' top singles player the past two seasons. But after suffering an ACL injury in the fall, he's spent the early part of the season playing doubles matches.

The void Harris left allowed junior John Acomb to prove his worth as the top singles player.

"(Harris) had been really injured and he was slow to come back," said fifth-year coach Matt Rutherford, whose team was 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the CCL before playing Watterson last Tuesday. "Now he's right back in the mix. We're more balanced this year. We don't drop off as much as we did last year."

In a 3-2 win over Upper Arlington B on April 21, Harris played first singles. Acomb played second singles and senior Peter Fernandez played third singles.

Junior brothers Michael Rosile and Paul Rosile played first doubles and sophomores Gian Carlo DiMichaelangelo and Kevin Walsh played second doubles.

It was a different lineup than the one that beat St. Charles 3-2 the day before. Rutherford said last Friday that he would continue to mix and match players to find the best postseason configuration.

Harris made it to the district tournament last year in singles and Paul Rosile made it in doubles with graduate Stephen Thorley.

The Stallions, Watterson and St. Charles shared the league title a year ago at 4-1. They have one league match left on Tuesday against Hartley.

"We really only lost one key contributor from last year's team," Rutherford said. "(The returnees have) really improved so much that it hasn't left us any holes."

•The baseball team has been able to get good run production and solid pitching, but the season hasn't been without its hiccups.

The Stallions appeared to take control of the CCL with a 5-3 win over Watterson on April 19. The win gave DeSales a two-game lead over St. Charles, but two days after beating Watterson, the Stallions lost to Hartley 8-7.

DeSales led the CCL at 5-1 before Wednesday, followed by St. Charles (4-2), Hartley (3-3), Watterson (3-3), Worthington Christian (3-3) and Ready (0-6).

"I hope (losing to Hartley is) a wake-up call," said coach Tom Neubert, whose team was 12-6 overall before last Wednesday. "I hope it's one of those things that shows you just can't come out and win every game by showing up. We have to do the little things and play small ball and do all the basic things right."

The win over Watterson was DeSales' fourth in a row. The loss to Hartley was just the Stallions second in nine games since returning from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Since returning, DeSales has taken the pressure off a young pitching staff with an offense that's scored over 13 runs four times. The Stallions rebounded from the loss to Hartley with a 17-3 win over Ready last Friday.

When DeSales beat Watterson, shortstop Sean Vollenweider (.542) and third baseman Zak DeCamp (.486) were among area leaders in batting average.

"We came back after Myrtle Beach and we were struggling a little bit at the plate," Neubert said. "That was kind of our focus. We really tried to improve our hitting. We talked about being aggressive at the plate."

•The softball team enters today's game against Watterson unbeaten in league play.

The Stallions are 4-0 in the CCL after beating Watterson 2-1 on April 19 and then taking care of Hartley 7-1 a day later.

Last Friday, DeSales lost to Columbia Station Columbia 6-4 to snap a seven-game winning streak.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the DeSales baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, track and field and boys volleyball teams:


*April 19 - Defeated Watterson 5-3

*April 21 - Lost to Hartley 8-7

*Last Friday - Def. Ready 17-3

Last Saturday - Lost to New Albany 5-3

*Last Monday - Game against Worthington Christian postponed

*Last Wednesday - Played St. Charles

Friday - Home vs. Watterson

Saturday - Home vs. Westerville North (DH)

*Monday - Home vs. Hartley

Tuesday - Home vs. London

Of note: The Stallions were 12-6 overall and 5-1 in the CCL before last Wednesday.


April 21 - Lost to New Albany 11-8

Last Friday - Def. Westerville South 10-3

Last Saturday - Lost to Toledo St. Francis 12-4

Last Wednesday - Played Hilliard Bradley

Friday - At Wellington

Tuesday - At St. Charles

Friday - Home vs. Cincinnati Fenwick

Tuesday - Home vs. Westerville North

Of note: The Stallions were 3-4 before last Wednesday.


April 20 - Lost to Columbus School for Girls 13-7

April 21 - Lost to Westerville North 9-8

Friday - At Westerville Central

Saturday - At Hilliard Davidson

Monday - Home vs. Watterson

Of note: The Stallions are 3-4.


*April 19 - Def. Watterson 2-1

*April 21 - Def. Hartley 7-1

Last Friday - Lost to Columbia Station Columbia 6-4

Last Saturday - Lost to Poland Seminary 3-2; lost to New Concord John Glenn 3-2

*Last Monday - Game against Worthington Christian postponed

Last Tuesday - Played Big Walnut

Today - Home vs. Watterson

Friday-Saturday - At Keystone Lagrange

*Monday - Home vs. Hartley

*Wednesday - At Ready

Of note: The Stallions were 12-6 overall and 4-0 in the CCL before last Wednesday.


*April 20 - Def. St. Charles 3-2

April 21 - Def. Upper Arlington B 3-2

Last Friday - Lost to Dublin Jerome 5-0

*Last Tuesday - Played Watterson

Today - At Pickerington Central

Saturday - Home vs. Canton Central Catholic

Monday - At Upper Arlington

*Tuesday - At Hartley

Of note: The Stallions were 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

*CCL contest


April 20 - Boys: finished first (76) ahead of Granville (67) and Heath (21); Girls: finished second (59) to Heath (69) and ahead of Granville (35).

Last Friday - Boys: finished eighth (33) to Teays Valley (123) at Kallner Invitational at Hamilton Township; Girls: finished eighth (52) to Marysville (100) at Piqua Invitational

Last Wednesday - Competed at Whetstone's Braves Invitational

Friday - At Marion Harding

Tuesday - Home vs. Whitehall


*April 19 - Def. St. Charles 25-16, 25-15, 25-11

*April 20 - Def. Gahanna Christian 25-10, 26-28, 25-20, 25-11

April 21 - Def. Westerville Central 25-16, 25-18, 25-21, 25-15, 15-12

*April 22 - Lost to. Watterson 25-10, 25-20, 25-8

Last Saturday - Def. Thomas Worthington 25-13, 25-19; lost to Watterson 25-19, 25-13

*Last Tuesday - Played St. Charles

Today - At Whetstone

*Tuesday - At Gahanna Christian

Of note: The Stallions were 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Central Ohio Volleyball League before April 19.

*COVL match