It wasn't lost on the Dublin Coffman High School boys track and field team what it accomplished at this year's OCC-Central Division meet.
The host Shamrocks ended a 17-year league-title drought, scoring 160 points in the meet, held May 11 and 13, to finish ahead of Hilliard Davidson (133), Marysville (80), Upper Arlington (69), Central Crossing (44) and Westland (35).Video •Watch an interview with Dublin Coffman boys track athlete Alex Barber.
Coffman last won a league title in 2000, when it was in the OCC-Central. The Shamrocks moved to the OCC-Ohio in the 2002-03 school year and also spent time in the OCC-Buckeye before moving back to the OCC-Central in 2008-09.
"They all ran really well," coach Kathryn Slaven said. "We haven't done this in a long time. They've all worked really hard."
Coffman is competing in the Division I, district 3 meet this week at Hilliard Darby. The meet began May 17 with field events, continues Thursday, May 18, with running preliminaries and concludes Saturday, May 20, with running finals.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet Wednesday, May 24, and May 26 at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four in each event advance to the state meet June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
Lucas Bons, Alex Barber and Noah Carpenter led the way in the league meet.
Bons won the 800 meters (1 minute, 58.83 seconds), 1,600 (4:22.03) and 3,200 (9:44.0), while Barber won the 100 (11.18) and 200 (22.58) and also ran on the first-place 800 relay along with Jeslord Boateng, Evan Borland and Ibn Williamson (1:31.9).
Carpenter won the 110 hurdles (15.63) and 300 hurdles (40.38).
Also winning were Derek Van Vlerah in the high jump (6 feet, 1 inch) and the 400 relay of Boateng, Casey Kirk, Chris Mollica and Williamson (44.11).
Earning runner-up finishes were Michael Ching in the 300 hurdles (40.92), Boateng in the 100 (11.26), Joseph Rudolph in the long jump (20-1 3/4) and the 3,200 relay (8:04.89).
"We're real happy," Bons said. "It seemed like almost every race I watched we won. It's really great to see."
Yoshino, doubles team
reach district tourney
The boys tennis team will be represented in the Division I district tournament by senior singles player Bryan Yoshino and the doubles team of senior Nick Kashani Motlagh and junior Ketul Patel.
The tournament begins Thursday, May 18, at Davidson and concludes Saturday, May 20, at UA. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 26 and 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Yoshino finished second and Kashani Motlagh and Patel placed fourth in a sectional May 11 and 13 at UA.
Yoshino, who lost to Olentangy's Stu Brdicka 6-1, 6-3 in the sectional title match, is hoping a few days of healing will help him at district.
On April 25, he cut his right index finger on a piece of glass and needed 14 stitches. He didn't return to action until May 8.
"Pretty much my whole fingertip came off and I have a huge bandage on my index finger," Yoshino said. "It feels good to advance, although, obviously, I would have liked to have gone into district as a No. 1 seed."
Kashani Motlagh and Patel were seeded third and won their first two sectional matches to advance before losing to UA's Jack Schadek and Jack Hughes 6-1, 6-2 in a semifinal. They then lost to Olentangy's Pradhit Gosula and Alex Ulry 6-0, 6-4 in the consolation match.
"This is my second time making it (to district), but the first time I was a sophomore and I was led by a senior," Kashani Motlagh said. "This time I'm helping a junior get there with me being a senior. There's definitely a lot more competition at district, so I'm just really excited to be going."
Also competing in singles at sectional was fourth-seeded junior Robbie Berling, who lost in the second round, and junior Pratheek Gandhodi, who lost in a quarterfinal.
The other doubles team was juniors Grant Brooks and Alex Powell, who also lost in a quarterfinal.
Girls track team
takes second in OCC
The girls track and field team stayed in the race for the OCC-Central title until the final two events.
The Shamrocks ended up second with 146.5 points, behind Davidson (156) and ahead of Marysville (100.5), UA (80), Central Crossing (28) and Westland (10).
The Shamrocks are competing in the Division I, district 1 meet this week at Darby. The meet began with running preliminaries May 16, continues with field events Thursday, May 18, and concludes with running finals Saturday, May 20.
The top four finishers in each event advance to regional Wednesday, May 24, and May 26 at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four in each event advance to state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
Any questions about the progress Abby Steiner has been making as she recovers from offseason knee surgery were answered in the league meet, as she won the 100 (11.54) and 200 (23.99), setting overall OCC records in both events.
The official state record in the 100 is 11.59, but because there wasn't an official wind gauge at the OCC-Central meet, Steiner's time of 11.54 isn't officially the new state record.
Steiner also ran on the first-place 800 relay along with Isabelle Angerman, SeRaye Bray and Kinsey Crabtree (1:44.45).
"It's good for where I'm at this season," Steiner said. "I'm getting ready to start peaking. I got my (personal-best time) in the 100, which has been a goal of mine for quite some time."
Also winning titles were Wambui Watene in the 100 hurdles (15.27), Angerman in the 300 hurdles (43.75), Megan Cameron in the pole vault (meet-record 12-6 1/4) and the 400 relay of Karlee North, Bray, Cameron and Dana Axner (51.31).
Earning runner-up finishes were Angerman in the 100 hurdles (15.42), Samie Juras in the high jump (4-10), Watene in the 300 hurdles (44.31) and 200 (25.94) and the 1,600 relay (4:07.56).
Girls lacrosse team
opens tourney play
The fifth-seeded girls lacrosse team opened the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 15 by beating 10th-seeded Pickerington North 18-6.
The Shamrocks advanced to play Friday, May 19, at fourth-seeded Watterson in a regional quarterfinal. That winner plays Tuesday, May 23, at top-seeded UA or 14th-seeded Scioto in a regional semifinal.
The regional final is May 27.
On May 9, the Shamrocks beat Bradley 18-10 in the regular season and were 11-7 overall after winning the tournament opener.
Boys lacrosse team
The second-seeded boys lacrosse team opened the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 17 at home against 16th-seeded Beavercreek.
The winner plays host to seventh-seeded Pickerington North or 10th-seeded Pickerington Central on Saturday, May 20, in a regional quarterfinal. That winner plays host to third-seeded Jerome, 14th-seeded Darby, sixth-seeded St. Charles or 11th-seeded Thomas on Wednesday, May 24, in a regional semifinal.
The regional final is May 27.
The Shamrocks were 15-3 before May 17.
to begin postseason
The boys volleyball team was seeded 12th for the Division I East Region tournament and opens the postseason at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, against eighth-seeded Pickerington Central at Darby.
The winner faces top-seeded Darby or 19th-seeded Delaware at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Darby in a regional semifinal. The regional final is at 6:30 p.m. May 26 at Westerville Central.
On May 12, Coffman played host to the Battle of Dublin, going 1-1. The Shamrocks defeated Jerome 25-15, 25-21 but lost to Scioto 25-12, 25-20.
On May 13, Coffman lost to Cincinnati Elder 25-11, 25-13, 25-19 and fell to Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 25-23, 25-20, 25-18 to fall to 7-14.
was 'fun group'
With a roster that included 11 seniors, the baseball team stayed in contention for the OCC-Central championship until the final week of the regular season.
The Shamrocks ended up tying UA for third in the league at 9-5, behind Davidson (11-4) and Marysville (10-5) and ahead of Central Crossing (5-10) and Westland (0-15).
After opening the Division I district tournament with a 15-0 home win over 45th-seeded Walnut Ridge on May 8, the 20th-seeded Shamrocks lost at 10th-seeded New Albany in a second-round game May 10.
Coffman then beat DeSales 3-2 on May 12 to close the season at 15-11 overall.
"It was a fun group," coach Tim Saunders said. "We didn't get the timely things we needed sometimes, but I felt good that we beat Davidson two out of three (games), and one of our goals is to be (in the) league title (race) in the last week of the season. Overall, I thought it was a good year."
The top seniors were Blake Baldridge (P), Cal Haefke (P/INF) and Trent Jester (OF). Haefke batted .346 and led the Shamrocks in RBI (21) and was 3-3 with a 2.97 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings on the mound, while Jester led the team in hitting (.388) and runs scored (21) and added 12 RBI. Baldridge was 4-1 with 19 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings.
Haefke plans to walk on at Ohio State and Baldridge has committed to play for Otterbein.
Juniors Canyon Caldwell (P), Marcus Ernst (P/SS) and Alex Werth (1B) should be the top returnees next season.
Ernst batted .333 with 14 RBI and 19 runs and was 3-5 on the mound with a 2.05 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings. Caldwell was 3-1 with a 3.80 ERA in 27 2/3 innings, and Werth batted .327 with 15 RBI.
Others eligible to return include junior George Kranstuber (P/1B) and sophomore Ethan Hetzel (P/1B/OF).
losing four seniors
The 25th-seeded softball team followed a 20-0 home win over 40th-seeded Northland in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 8 with a 10-2 loss at 11th-seeded Watkins Memorial in a second-round game May 10.
The Shamrocks, who finished 11-15 overall, are losing four seniors in Courtney Berry (P), Kara Day (INF), Samantha Hackett (OF) and Josie Strong (OF).
Berry split time at pitcher with sophomore Maddi Luke (P/1B), who should be among the team's top returnees next season along with juniors Sydney Mathias (1B) and Allie Pazdzior (3B) and sophomores Sophie Maggs (OF), Marley McDonald (C) and Caroline Stukey (2B).
The Shamrocks tied UA for fourth in the OCC-Central at 3-7, behind Central Crossing (9-1), Davidson (8-2) and Marysville (7-3) and ahead of Westland (0-10).