The future looks bright for the Dublin Scioto High School boys track and field team given that only two of its key athletes are seniors.
"We're a young group," 22nd-year coach Kevin Foley said. "They're working hard. We're a little short in the depth department. We'll bring it together and it's a good steppingstone for next year as well."
Seniors Germod Arthur (sprints) and Nick Berkebile (distance) are expected to be key contributors, according to Foley.
Junior distance runners Cesar Arellano and Tyler Mielke and sophomore sprinter Eric Holsinger are among the other key athletes.
Holsinger is the team's only returning Division I regional qualifier, having finished 10th in the 200 meters (22.82 seconds) and 11th in the 100 (11.7) last season.
Holzinger, Arellano and Mielke have aspirations of reaching the state meet for the first time this season.
Last season at district, Arellano and Mielke finished fifth (9:41.88) and sixth (9:58.77), respectively, in the 3,200 as the top four advanced to regional.
Other key contributors should be juniors Brian Briones (distance), Eugene Choi (hurdles, long jump), Maurice Driscoll (throws), Joe Gaunt (middle distance) and Mitchell Thomas (800), sophomores Max Eveland (pole vault), Jordan Sopher (800) and Zach Sopher (high jump) and freshmen Juvel Fukuzawa (throws), Collin McKenzie (distance), Tobias Pitts (sprints), Logan Rich (sprints, hurdles) and Nick Wolfe (throws).
Scioto opened the season by finishing 13th (15 points) in the Newark Invitational on April 1 behind champion Olentangy Orange (123) as 15 teams scored.
Arellano placed sixth in the 800 (2:06.77) and seventh in the 1,600 (4:34.51) and Holsinger was sixth in the 100 (11.53).
"I like this time of year," Arellano said. "There's nothing better than knowing it's going to hurt putting in the work, but I like it. I enjoy it."
The Irish finished 16th (8) in the Stingel Invitational on April 7 at Pickerington North behind champion Pickerington Central (104) as 16 teams scored.
Arellano placed eighth in the 800 (2:03.55) and Mielke was eighth in the 1,600 (4:35.28).
"I would love to get to regional and the state meet," Mielke said. "This work here is going to get me through to the state meet. I'm training hard."
Girls track team
has 'raw talent'
The girls track and field team is under new leadership as Stacey Schall replaced Matt Suttle as coach.
Suttle, who will remain the girls cross country coach, stepped down after eight seasons because of family commitments. Schall was an assistant coach under Suttle the past five seasons.
Scioto, which did not have any Division I state qualifiers last season, has returned three regional qualifiers in junior Brooklyn Richardson (long jump, sprints) and sophomores Nena Hayes (hurdles) and Erin Holsinger (sprints). The three teamed with 2016 graduate Dominique Tuff to finish 11th in the 400 relay (50.47) at regional last year.
Other key contributors should be seniors Erin Alderman (distance), Sarah Groh (distance), Jessica Horvat (distance), Alexis McQuade (hurdles) and Kali Steele (sprints) and juniors Yosolajesu Olujide-Ajibade (sprints), Meredith Billman (distance), Talisha Chiddick (hurdles), Shiana Cochran (distance) and Sara Spoelstra (high jump, throws).
Also expected to contribute are sophomores Natalie Hutras (sprints) and Sasha Lee (high jump, throws) and freshmen Folake Olujide-Ajibade (sprints, hurdles), Foluke Olujide-Ajibade (sprints), Lauren Chapman (distance) Taysia Cordova (long jump, sprints), Alexandra Kasson (long jump, sprints), Felicity Paez (distance) and Maggie Szabo (distance).
The Irish finished seventh (41) in the Newark Invitational behind champion Orange (166) as 13 teams scored.
McQuade placed third in the 300 hurdles (49.26) and Spoelstra was third in the high jump (5 feet).
Scioto finished 13th (22) in the Stingel Invitational behind champion Pickerington Central (109) as 15 teams scored.
The 800 relay of Yosolajesu Olujide-Ajibade, Folake Olujide-Ajibade, Foluke Olujide-Ajibade and Steele placed fourth (1:48.58).
"We're a young team," Schall said. "We have as many freshmen and sophomores as we do juniors and seniors. We have a lot of raw talent. We have to develop that and see what we have and plug things in the right places."
Arden returns to
Doug Arden has returned to coach the boys volleyball team, replacing Wayne Tsai, who guided the Irish for three seasons.
Arden coached Scioto for nine seasons before stepping down after the 2013 season for family commitments.
"I'm excited," Arden said. "I like the group. It's fun."
Scioto is 2-1 overall and in the OCC-Cardinal. The Irish defeated Delaware 25-7, 25-14, 25-15 in their opener April 4 and lost to Hilliard Darby 25-10, 25-23, 25-18 on April 6 before beating Worthington Kilbourne 25-19, 25-12, 25-13 on April 10.
"Around here. Darby is as good as it gets and we felt like for a good part of the match we pushed them pretty well and liked how we played, but that's a tall order," Arden said. "So if you're going to play well and lose to a good team, that's OK."
Among the returnees is senior outside hitter Derek Topp, who had a team-high 332 kills as well as 138 digs and 40 service aces last season and was named OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year and first-team all-state and all-region.
Senior Pace Brunswick (libero/defensive specialist) was honorable mention all-region last year.
Other returnees are seniors Cameron Balla (outside hitter/defensive specialist), James Chappelear (middle hitter), Ross Esterline (right-side hitter/setter), Yohei Matsuba (defensive specialist/libero), Toshiki Nakao (middle hitter/right-side hitter) and Scott Trask (middle hitter/right-side hitter).
Also on the team are seniors Kiubon Kokko and Alberto Cruz Raygada, junior Cole Hussey and sophomore Cameron Gastaldo.
"Our goals are the same every year," Arden said. "We want to be the best team in Dublin, we want to be the best team on Hard Road and we want to compete for the OCC (title)."
Last year, the Irish finished 20-3 overall and shared the OCC-Cardinal championship with Westerville North and Westerville South at 10-2. They also won the Battle of Dublin for the second year in a row and fifth time overall, defeating Jerome 25-13, 25-11 and Coffman 25-16, 25-21 in the 12th annual event.
Tsai was named region Coach of the Year and shared Coach of the Year honors in the OCC-Cardinal with South's Vicki Phillips.
Boys tennis coach
optimistic about team
The boys tennis team opened the season with 4-1 wins over Delaware on April 4 and Watterson on April 6 and a 5-0 win over Pickerington Central on April 10.
The Irish, who played Gahanna on April 11, are 1-0 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Joe Hill is playing first singles, Kunal Arya is at second singles and Shivam Patel is at third singles. All three are juniors.
Hill replaced 2016 graduate Rohith Koneru at first singles. Koneru finished 20-3 last season, including 1-1 in the Division I district tournament, and was a state qualifier as a junior. He is now playing at Case Western Reserve University.
Senior Varma Gadiraju and sophomore Santhusht Prasad are playing first doubles and junior Jasmohan Bawa and sophomore Dylan Mathess are playing second doubles.
Senior Derek Diehl and freshman Jonathan Steinke are also looking to contribute.
"We're pretty inexperienced on the courts, but I like what I see," 22nd-year coach Mike Wrigley said.
Last season, Scioto went 6-1 in the OCC-Cardinal to finish second behind Jerome (7-0).
The OCC-Cardinal now consists of Scioto, Jerome, Darby, Delaware, Hilliard Bradley, Kilbourne and Thomas Worthington.
"I like the new division. It's competitive," Wrigley said. "It gives us a chance. I enjoy that Thomas and Kilbourne are in there because they're close by."
*April 4 -- at Delaware
April 5 -- vs. Watterson
April 10 -- at Pickerington Central
April 11 -- at Gahanna
April 13 -- vs. Wellington
*April 17 -- at Thomas Worthington
*April 18 -- vs. Hilliard Bradley
*April 20 -- at Jerome
April 21 -- at Chillicothe
*April 24 -- at Hilliard Darby
April 26 -- at Hilliard Davidson
April 27 -- vs. Lancaster
*May 2 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
May 3 -- at Olentangy Liberty
May 4 -- vs. Big Walnut
May 5 -- at Coffman
May 8 -- at Olentangy Orange
May 9 -- at Olentangy
May 16 -- vs. Pickerington North
TRACK & FIELD
April 1 -- Newark Invitational
April 8 -- Stingel Invitational at Pickerington North
April 11 -- at Coffman
April 15 -- Dublin Classic at Coffman
April 18 -- Hammond Relays at Hilliard Darby
April 21 -- Fulton Relays at Lancaster
April 25 -- at Marysville
April 29 -- Gary Smith Invitational at Thomas Worthington
May 1 -- at Olentangy Orange
May 5 -- Larkin/Crosten Invitational at Upper Arlington
May 11, 13 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Coffman
*April 4 -- at Delaware
*April 6 -- at Hilliard Darby
*April 10 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
*April 13 -- vs. Hilliard Bradley
April 17 -- at Westerville Central
*April 18 -- at Jerome
April 21 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty and Pickerington North
*April 24 -- vs. Delaware
*April 25 -- vs. Hilliard Darby
*April 27 -- at Worthington Kilbourne
*May 2 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
*May 4 -- at Hilliard Bradley
May 5 -- at St. Charles with Kettering Fairmont
*May 9 -- vs. Jerome
*May 11 -- at Thomas Worthington
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and softball teams:
April 14 -- At Coffman
*April 17 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne
*April 19 -- At Worthington Kilbourne
April 14 -- At Granville
*April 18 -- At Thomas Worthington
April 13 -- At Bexley
*April 13 -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley
*April 17 -- At Jerome
*April 18 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne