During its 14-4 loss to Newark Catholic in a Division IV district final last season, the Worthington Christian High School baseball team committed four errors.

During its 14-4 loss to Newark Catholic in a Division IV district final last season, the Worthington Christian High School baseball team committed four errors.

With that in mind, it shouldn't be a surprise as to what the Warriors have focused on since.

"We spent four or five weeks in the preseason working on defense," said coach Tim Kraynak, whose team finished 16-8 a year ago.

"We're trying to instill into the minds of the players that pitching and defense are going to have to be a constant. I'm encouraged by what I've seen so far."

The Warriors opened by losing to Amanda-Clearcreek 7-1 on March 31 but beat Centerburg 15-10 on April 1.

They then beat Morral Ridgedale 4-1 and 18-8 on April 5 before playing Wellington on April 8.

Their MSL-Ohio Division games April 4 at London and April 7 against West Jefferson were postponed.

Senior Casey Hamrick, who started the district final, is the No. 1 pitcher. Freshman Bradley Robbins, a transfer from the Westerville school district, is expected to be a key starter and play shortstop. Junior Jordan Nishizaki will pitch, play third base and be the backup catcher.

Hamrick and sophomores Scott Hevel, Kyle Houk and Josh Krebs all will play second base, while senior Brian Fields (1B) and junior Alex Sanders (C) also will start in the infield.

Senior Kyle Nowak, juniors Andy Brown and Wes Murray, sophomore Daniel Means and Hevel all will play in the outfield, with Nowak also pitching.

Freshman Sam Homoelle (1B) also should contribute.

Worthington Christian is competing in the MSL-Ohio with Bexley, Columbus Academy, Grandview, London, Madison Plains, West Jefferson and Whitehall.

Track teams haveexperienced look

There are 10 seniors between the boys and girls track and field teams.

"We're really excited about our team because we've got such a big group of seniors that are really talented," co-coach Loren Hughes said.

Back for the boys team are seniors Jordan Brown, Chris Osborn, Mark Parsell, Luke Proxmire, Jay Trainer and Matt Watterson and junior J.J. Phillips.

The 400-meter relay of Brown, Osborn, Trainer and Phillips was first (44.99 seconds) in last year's Division III, district 2 meet. Also advancing to regional were Osborn (100), Parsell (400, long jump), Phillips (200) and Proxmire (high jump), the 800 relay of Osborn, Parsell, Phillips and Trainer and the 1,600 relay of Parsell, Phillips, Proxmire and Watterson.

Senior David Stomps and junior Brian Lambright are competing in the shot put and discus.

Sophomore Christina Hemmingsen is the top returning girl after placing 15th at state in the 100 hurdles (16.64). Seniors Caroline Carpenter, Grace Harper and Sarah Sharp, junior Natalee Cole and sophomore Courtney Parsell are other returning sprinters.

In their opening meet April 1, the boys were second (77) of five teams behind Columbus Academy (163) and the girls were second (78) of five teams behind Academy (147).

Montgomery backfor boys tennis team

Senior and two-time Division II state qualifier Joel Montgomery is back to lead the boys tennis team, which went 5-8 a year ago.

Last season, Montgomery won his second consecutive sectional title, captured his first district championship and followed by advancing to the second round at state for the second year in a row.

He has committed to Indiana Wesleyan.

"Joel is an outstanding, wonderful kid and he's got some strokes to match it," first-year coach Justin Bays said.

Bays is a Wheelersburg native who graduated from Otterbein in 2005. He replaced Alex Schmidt, who stepped down after six seasons.

His first team includes two other returnees in juniors Ben Baacke and Steven Ruane, who will play first doubles.

Freshman Chris Tsibouris is playing second singles and classmate Ben Kindberg is at third singles. Sophomores Noah Cardosi and Jacob Eriksen are playing second doubles.

Worthington Christian opened by beating Granville 4-1 on April 1. Its MSL-Ohio match against Columbus Academy on April 7 was postponed.

Most of softballroster returns

Despite losing three key players and having just 10 players out this spring, the softball team is expecting better results compared to a year ago when it went 2-15 overall.

The Warriors beat Madison Christian 8-4 in their opener April 1.

Their MSL-Ohio opener April 7 against West Jefferson was postponed.

"We have some young kids that are talented, so we're hoping to win a few more games than we did last year," coach Stephanie Smith said. "We gained three pretty good freshmen."

Sophomore Katie McIntosh is back at pitcher. Sophomore Raechel Morrow has moved from third base to center field, sophomore Lauren Osborn has moved from catcher to left field and junior Kathryn Ryan returns at first base. Kayla Welch (RF) is the lone senior.

Also on the team are sophomores Erin Becker (OF) and Mahima Deekollu (2B) and freshmen Breanna Abel (C), Kara Godsey (SS) and Lynsey Meeks (3B).