The margin that separates the Worthington Christian High School boys basketball team from a team such as Bloom-Carroll might not be as big as it would appear when looking at records and seeding for the Division III district tournament.

The margin that separates the Worthington Christian High School boys basketball team from a team such as Bloom-Carroll might not be as big as it would appear when looking at records and seeding for the Division III district tournament.

That's the belief of coach Kevin Weakley as his sixth-seeded Warriors begin the postseason against 11th-seeded West Jefferson or Marion Elgin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Westerville North.

Some of Worthington Christian's recent defensive performances have led Weakley to that assessment, despite the fact that the Warriors are 12-8 and top-seeded Bloom-Carroll is 20-0 and coming off its first undefeated regular season.

Although the Warriors lost four of their final six games, each of the losses came against teams that were seeded in the top eight in Division II. In addition, three of those losses were by six points or fewer, and Worthington Christian held three of the four opponents to 50 points or fewer.

"For the last month, we've been playing really well, we've just played some very strong opponents," Weakley said. "Defensively, I think we're a very good basketball team."

If Worthington Christian advances, it would play fifth-seeded Fredericktown, ninth-seeded Grandview or Centerburg in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. March 6 at Westerville North.

Bloom-Carroll could be looming in a district final at 6 p.m. March 8 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Worthington Christian defeated Elgin 66-30 on Jan. 20 as Kyle Wade had 12 points, Sam Condon scored 10 and Luke Rettstatt scored eight. The Warriors did not play West Jefferson, Fredericktown, Grandview, Centerburg or Bloom-Carroll during the regular season.

A win over West Jefferson or Elgin would give Weakley his 200th career coaching victory. He is 199-88 in 12 seasons.

Elgin, which was seeded 17th of 24 teams, improved to 9-11 with a 75-41 win over Sparta Highland on Feb. 17. West Jefferson improved to 13-7 with a 65-51 win over North Lewisburg Triad on Feb. 18.

The Roughriders are led by Seth Casto, Ryan Love, Skylar Riggle and Cody Williams and have a first-year coach in Bob Hunter.

"West Jefferson is a good, well-coached team that plays hard," Weakley said. "We match up well with them. They've got four or five guys who are averaging 10 to 12 points a game. They're just a good, solid team."

The Warriors also have used a balanced offense to bounce back from consecutive losing seasons.

Brooks Weygandt is averaging a team-high 12.8 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds and also leads in steals and assists, according to Weakley.

•The girls basketball team played Marion Catholic in the second round of the Division IV district tournament on Feb. 22. The winner meets seventh-seeded Fisher Catholic or Delaware Christian in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Westerville Central.

The Warriors are the fifth seed and improved to 13-8 with a 56-14 win over Northside Christian in the first round of the tournament Feb. 16.

Audrey Rettstatt had 15 points to lead Worthington Christian. The contest also marked the fourth game for senior Allie Custer, who missed the first two months of the season with an arm injury.

Custer, who averaged 6.8 points a year ago and scored six points against Northside Christian, provides depth, experience and athleticism in the backcourt.

"She had surgery and there had been a lot of questions about it with several doctors with differing opinions, which delayed the surgery," coach Adam Heath said. "I don't think she thought she would be cleared, but we are very glad she was."

Marion Catholic was 4-16 before playing the Warriors and was seeded 17th for the tournament. Fisher Catholic was 11-9 and Delaware Christian was 12-7 heading into their second-round matchup Feb. 22.

With wins over Marion Catholic and Fisher Catholic or Delaware Christian, the Warriors would advance to a district final March 2 at Westerville Central, where they would play second-seeded Shekinah Christian or third-seeded Morral Ridgedale.

Worthington Christian lost to Ridgedale 62-39 in a district semifinal last season and fell to Shekinah Christian 52-43 on Jan. 5.

"We were actually the third team to go on the board because Ridgedale passed twice," Heath said. "We were happy to play close to home and I felt like you're always going to have to beat two good teams. If we play with good energy and play hard, we can beat anybody."

•The boys swimming team had three qualifiers to the Division II district meet Feb. 17 at Ohio State, but none advanced to state.

Sophomore Matt Watterson finished 12th (1 minute, 59.02 seconds) in the 200-yard freestyle and was 24th (1:00.58) in the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Luke Proxmire finished 14th (51.86) in the 100 free and 12th (1:06.51) in the 100 breaststroke, and freshman Kameron Early was 23rd (1:04.7) in the 100 back and tied Wellington's Austin Holland for 25th (24.45) in the 50 free.

"Kameron Early has less experience because he's a freshman, but he's done really well," coach Jim Peterfish said. "He's just very new to it. He was only seeded 25th and 23rd, but at least he made it (to district). Both Matt and Luke (had) a shot of making it to the state meet. Division II is getting faster every year."

The top two finishers in each swimming event at district automatically advanced to state and 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on district times statewide.