Westerville News & Public Opinion


Westerville's North, South to meet in tournament opener

The Westerville North and South high school boys lacrosse teams will face off in a play-in game in the Division I Central Region tournament Thursday, May 23, at North.

The Warriors are seeded ninth of 11 teams in the region and enter the contest with a 10-8 record. The 11th-seeded Wildcats are 2-14.

North defeated South 13-3 on May 8 in an OCC-Central Division game.

The play-in winner will play at top-seeded Upper Arlington in the first round Saturday, May 25. That winner will face third-seeded Thomas Worthington, sixth-seeded Dublin Coffman or seventh-seeded Pickerington North in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 29.

North lost to Coffman 7-3 on April 2 and lost to Pickerington North 10-6 on April 26 in an OCC-Central game but has not played UA or Thomas this season. South lost to Pickerington North 9-6 on April 24 in a league contest but has not played UA, Coffman or Thomas.

Central is seeded eighth and was 6-11 before playing 10th-seeded Gahanna in a play-in game May 22. The winner plays at second-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in the first round Friday, May 24.

The first-round winner plays host to fourth-seeded Pickerington Central in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 29.

The Warhawks defeated Gahanna 15-6 on April 24 and lost to Pickerington Central 17-12 in an OCC-Central game April 30. They have not played Kilbourne this season.

The Warriors closed the regular season with an 11-9 win over the Warhawks in a league game May 15 and a 15-2 win over Whitehouse Anthony Wayne on May 17.

Against the Warhawks, midfielder Peter Sandvik and attacker Ryan Buck both had three goals, attackers Cody Fisher and Jordan Hicks scored two apiece and goalkeeper Will Newton had 19 saves.

Against Anthony Wayne, Buck and Fisher both had four goals, midfielders Seth Burt and Austin Popovich both scored two and Newton had 10 saves.

South girls fall to top-seeded Medina

The South girls team lost to top-seeded and three-time defending state champion Medina 19-2 in the second round of the Division I North/Central Region tournament May 15 to finish 10-8.

Midfielders Kieran Arens and McKenna Davis scored for the Wildcats, who defeated Delaware 19-8 in the first round May 13.

Central finished 5-10-1 after losing to Toledo Notre Dame Academy 19-9 in the first round May 14.

--Frank DiRenna