Olivia Turner, Ruby Greenwood and Jazilee Williams helped the Centennial High School girls track and field team finish second in the City League meet May 8 and 10 at Africentric.

The Stars totaled 90.5 points to place behind Northland (149) and ahead of Whetstone (67.5), Eastmoor Academy (56), East (45), Africentric and Beechcroft (44), Walnut Ridge (42), Independence (26), South (25), Linden-McKinley (16), Briggs (7), Mifflin (6) and Marion-Franklin (5).

Turner finished first in both the 800 meters (2 minutes, 23.67 seconds) and the 1,600 (5:36.58), while Williams won the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), was third in the 100 hurdles (16.1) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (49.71).

Greenwood was third in the 200 (25.9) and fourth in the 100 (12.82). LaVaudia Davis was third in the shot out (31-7 1/2).

"I've been pushing Olivia hard and she has really come into her own," coach Brittni White said. "Jaz did her part and LaVaudia is doing a nice job in throws. We scored in every event and I'm so excited.

"Ruby tweaked an ankle (May 8) and didn't practice (May 9) and was awesome in the open 100 and 200 and on the (400 and 800 relays). The (400 relay) set a school record."

Kamika Smith, Lauryn Boudreaux, Oreoluwa Oba-yemi and Greenwood finished second in the 400 relay (50.08) and third in the 800 relay (1:46.01). The 3,200 relay of Lucy Bednar-Warren, Ishiah Cooper, Turner and Sydney Moore was fourth (11:28.44).

The boys and girls teams are competing in the Division I, district 3 meet at Hilliard Darby this week. Field events were May 17, running event preliminaries are Thursday, May 18, and running finals are Saturday, May 20. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 24, and May 26 at Pickerington North.

The boys team scored 54 points in the league meet to finish behind Eastmoor (125), Walnut Ridge (115), Northland (96.5) and Whetstone (64.5) and ahead of South (41), Marion-Franklin (33), Mifflin (27), East (24), Linden (19), Beechcroft (12), Briggs (9), Independence (2) and West (1).

Brian Lindsey joined Kamryn Simpson, Coreion Watts and Chris Street to win the 400 relay (43.47), and he teamed with Simpson, Watts and Tyree Sutton to place fourth in the 800 relay (1:32.29). Lindsey also was third in both the 100 (11.34) and 200 (22.63), and Darius Echols was third in the discus (123-6).

Baseball team seeks
spot in City final

The baseball team tried to end Whetstone's City-North Division title streak when the teams played May 15. The Stars entered the contest 11-11 overall and 9-2 in the league, while the Braves were 10-1 in league play.

If the Stars won, the teams played again May 16 to determine which would be playing the City-South winner in the City final Thursday, May 18. The South winner also was undetermined entering this week.

Whetstone entered the week having won five consecutive City-North titles and also five consecutive City championships.

Centennial defeated 22nd-seeded South 15-2 in the first round of the Division II district tournament May 9 and gave second-seeded Lakewood all it could handle before losing 6-3 in the second round May 11.

Centennial allowed four runs in the first inning against Lakewood, but starter Jackson Rudoff and reliever Myles Martinez settled in, and the 16th-seeded Stars pulled within 5-3 through four innings. The Lancers added the final run in the bottom of the sixth.

The Stars has six hits and two errors, and Lakewood finished with seven hits.

Shaan Morales pitched a one-hitter in the five-inning win over South. The Stars scored for 11 runs in the fourth.

Softball team settles
for playoff game

The softball team came up just short in its bid to win the City-North title outright and played Whetstone in a playoff game May 15 to determine which team advanced to the City final, which was May 17.

The Stars and Braves both finished 13-1 in the City-North after Whetstone beat Centennial 3-2 on May 10. Both teams also received forfeit wins against International when the Lions could not field a full team for makeup games.

Whetstone scored twice in the first inning and led 2-1 in the sixth when winning pitcher Bailey Waitkus hit a solo home run. The Stars scored once in the top of the seventh.

The Stars, who won the first matchup 10-9 on April 10, entered the May 15 game at 13-5 overall.

Centennial was seeded 30th for the Division I district tournament and was eliminated with an 11-1 loss to 36th-seeded Canal Winchester in the first round May 8.

Boys tennis team
raises hopes for 2018

The boys tennis team's season ended May 11 in a Division II sectional at Columbus School for Girls, as none of the Stars finished in the top four in singles or doubles to advance to district.

The Stars finished 7-6 overall, won the City-North at 5-0 and lost to West 3-2 in the City final May 1 at Africentric.

"We had no seniors on the roster and I expect this group to come back and be even better next season," coach Barbara Stevenson said. "We had a very good season and I couldn't be prouder of them. I'm so happy for the season they had."

At sectional, junior Kitano Watkins reached a quarterfinal in singles before losing 6-0, 6-0 to top-seeded John Purnode of Granville in the district-qualifying match.

Watkins defeated Noah Paxton of Caledonia River Valley 6-3, 6-3 in the first round and Drayson Campbell of Marion Pleasant 6-1, 6-2 in the second round.

Sophomore Jack Jones defeated Mark Jones of Eastmoor Academy 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round before falling to Manny Acuna of River Valley 6-2, 6-1.

Sophomore Spencer New-kirk lost to second-seeded Armando DiMichaelangelo of DeSales 6-0, 6-0 in the first round.

In doubles, juniors Dhrough Patel and Sam Ferrell defeated Tommy Mulligan and Justin Braun of DeSales 6-3, 6-0 in the first round and lost to Worthington Christian's Cameron Prior and Tommy Robinson 6-1, 6-3 in the second. Juniors Preston Newkirk and Tyrell Davis had a first-round bye and lost 6-4, 6-3 to DeSales' Liam Verfurth and Dylan Benedict.

Season ends for
girls lacrosse team

The girls lacrosse team lost at 16th-seeded Big Walnut 12-3 in a Division II, Region 7 first-round tournament game May 13.

The Stars, who are in their second season as a program, were seeded last in the 17-team field and finished 0-13.

Courtney Hines scored two goals against the Golden Eagles.

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