The Centennial High School softball team put itself in the driver's seat in the City League-North Division title race and likely gained a lot of confidence when it rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat visiting Whetstone 10-9 on April 10.
The Stars, the reigning three-time City-North champions, are 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the league, while Whetstone is 6-1 in league play. Neither will play a league contest this week, as Columbus schools are on spring break. In fact, the Stars won't play at all over the break, returning to action Monday, April 24, at Northland.
"(The Whetstone game) was a great comeback win for us and was probably one of the best games since I have been the coach at Centennial," fifth-year coach Malik Dean said. "It was very competitive."
Whetstone scored five runs in the first inning and added single runs in the third and fourth. The Stars got back into the game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and erupted for seven runs in the fifth to take a 10-7 lead. Whetstone scored twice in the sixth, but stranded the potential tying run.
Gwen Moran, who relieved starter Stacey Leach, earned the win.
"Gwen came in relief in the fourth inning and held Whetstone to two hits and two runs the rest of the game," Dean said. "She had an outstanding performance. On offense, we became more patient at the plate. We became more selective and hit strikes."
Elise Fallon was 3-for-4 and scored three times to lead the Stars. Katie Conroy was 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in three, and Rachel O'Leary was 2-for-4 with two runs. Ariel Miller hit a solo home run and had two RBI, and Kaylee Beyer also drove in two.
Conroy (.500) is leading the Stars in hitting, followed by O'Leary (.462), Leach (.444), Ikera Ike (.400), Fallon (.385) and Lexi Thompson (.333). Conroy has 16 RBI and Miller has eight, and Leach (12), Fallon (12), O'Leary (11) and Ike (10) lead in runs scored.
Moran is 3-1 with a 0.77 ERA in 18 1/3 innings, and Leach is 4-0 with a 4.14 ERA in 20 2/3 innings.
Boys tennis team
The boys tennis team completed a sweep in the City-North, beating Mifflin 5-0 on April 10 to finish league play 5-0.
The Stars will play West in the City final May 1 at a site to be announced. The Cowboys went 5-0 to win the City-South.
Against Mifflin, Jack Jones won 6-3, 6-3 at first singles, Kitano Watkins won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and Spencer Newkirk won 6-1, 6-1 at third singles.
Dhrough Patel and Sam Ferrell won 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles, and Preston Newkirk and Tyrell Davis won 6-1, 6-0 at second doubles.
Baseball team loses
first league game
The baseball team was limited to four hits in a 6-0 loss to league-leading Whetstone on April 10.
It was the first league loss for the Stars, who are 5-1 in the City-North and return to league action Monday, April 24, at Northland. Whetstone is 7-0 in the league. The rematch with the Braves is May 4 at Whetstone.
Centennial rebounded to beat Beechcroft 14-4 on April 12 and Mifflin 15-1 on April 13 in a makeup from March 31. The Stars then dropped a doubleheader to Bexley, 14-8 and 9-5 on April 15 to fall to 5-6 overall before playing London on April 18.
Boys, girls win
400 relays at Heath
Jazilee Williams, Ruby Greenwood, Lauryn Boudreaux, Oreoluwa Obayemi and Olivia Turner helped lead the girls track and field team to a fourth-place finish in the Hank Smith Invitational on April 15 at Heath.
The Stars scored 54 points to finish behind champion Big Walnut (132) in an 18-team field.
Greenwood was second in the 100 meters (13.19 seconds) and joined Kamika Smith, Obayemi and Boudreaux to win the 400 relay (51.46). Williams was second in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches), fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.48) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (51.65).
Boudreaux finished third in the 200 (27.86), Obayemi was fourth in the 100 (13.44) and Turner was third in the 800 (2:27.46) and eighth in the 1,600 (5:41.54).
The boys team finished ninth (35) of 20 teams behind champion Thornville Sheridan (88).
The 400 relay of Kamryn Simpson, Coreion Watts, Deiontay Bowie and Brian Lindsay finished first (44.52), and Xavier Slaughter was third in the 800 (2:01.69). Lindsay was fourth in the 100 (11.55) and 200 (23.66).
The 1,600 relay of Watts, Slaughter, Chris Street and Tyree Sutton was fifth (3:38.68), Sutton was sixth in the 400 (53.66) and Simpson was seventh in the 100 (11.93).
Three Centennial athletes recently announced their college decisions.
Tim Leach will play football for Malone, Lloyana Hunter will play women's volleyball for Lake Erie and Brooke Spann will play women's basketball for Rio Grande.