The Hilliard Darby High School girls track and field team won just three events in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet that concluded May 13 at Dublin Coffman.
That didn't stop the Panthers from celebrating the team championship, however.
"We won our first league championship ever last season and now we've won it two years in a row and we don't have one of those superstars who dominate two or three events," girls coach Don Seymour said. "What we have is young, talented, hard-working girls who have been trained well from a strong middle school program, and I have a bunch of hard-working coaches who know how to push these girls, hit the right buttons and get the most out of their talent."
The Panthers scored 189 points in the league meet, which began May 11, to finish well ahead of runner-up Thomas Worthington (143) as well as Dublin Scioto (91), Delaware (72), Bradley (51), Worthington Kilbourne (44) and Dublin Jerome (41).
"We had three champions in the 17 events, yet we scored 189 points, and that's kind of crazy," Seymour said. "We scored in every event. It goes to show you that every point matters; every second place, third place, fourth place and beyond."
Sophomore Stacia Rispress won both the 100 meters (12.75 seconds) and high jump (5 feet, 1 inch), and freshman Emma Kowalski won the discus (123-4).
Placing second were Shannon See in the shot put (35-7), Kiera Toliver in the high jump (5-1), Sydney Wyngarden in the 800 (2:21.92), Maliyah Ellis in the long jump (17-1 1/4), Lauren Iosue in the discus (115-0), Kaysi Morris in pole vault (10-0), Zayna Hampton in the 200 (26.19), the 1,600 relay of Jillian Simpson, Tia McLaughlin, Abby Kunze and Wyngarden (4:00.75) and the 3,200 relay of Abby Cannon, McLaughlin, Daniella Santos and Wyngarden (9:45).
Hampton, Ellis, Haile Cruz and Regan Carsey placed second in the 400 relay (50.39) and third in the 800 relay (1:46.27).
Also placing third were Simpson in the 100 (12.9) and 400 (59.78), Kowalski in the shot put (35-4 1/4) and Toliver in the 100 hurdles (15.79).
The boys team finished second (155) in the league meet, behind Thomas (192) and ahead of Bradley (85), Jerome (75.5), Delaware (51), Scioto (44.5) and Kilbourne (22).
Winning titles were Andrew Black in the 110 hurdles (15.01), Carter Williams in the 300 hurdles (39.56), Malachi McGill in the 400 (49.72), Jared Butler in the high jump (6-3), the 800 relay of Williams, Black, Clint Barnett and Malcolm Mock (1:29.16) and the 1,600 relay of Williams, Butler, Cesar Chamorro and Eric Ingram (3:26.56).
"We won six events and outscored Thomas Worthington in 11 of 17 events, but they are so good in distance and they outscored us 60-5 in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 opens," boys coach Matt Fox said. "Thomas is just so strong in distance.
"But I thought our kids ran great. We had a ton of PRs and season-bests, and that's very encouraging because this is the first time all year we've used most of our kids in three or four events. We're competing at a pretty high level and it's impressive."
Finishing second were the 3,200 relay of Ingram, Josh Baldridge, Williams and McGill (7:58.89), Barnett in the 100 (11.0), Ingram in the 300 hurdles (39.63), Black in the long jump (22-2 1/4), Paul Dillion in the shot put (53-7 1/4) and Dylan Litreal in the discus (153-9).
Ingram also was third in the 200 (22.6).
"Andrew Black had a great meet, winning the 110 hurdles, setting a school record in the long jump, being on the winning (800 relay) and finishing fourth (22.74) competing in his first open 200 of the year," Fox said. "Carter Williams also was tremendous in three relays and winning the 300 hurdles."
The boys and girls teams are competing in the Division I, district 3 meet this week at home. 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 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.
Ohler back in district
for boys tennis team
Sophomore Tom Ohler of the boys tennis team will be making his second Division I district tournament appearance, while senior Adam Shrock and junior Krishna Revur will be making their first.
The tournament begins Thursday, May 18, at Davidson and concludes Saturday, May 20, at Upper Arlington. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 26 and 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Last year at district, Ohler and 2016 graduate David Kim lost in the first round in doubles.
This time, Ohler will be competing in singles, after placing second in a sectional May 11 and 13 at Davidson. Shrock and Revur finished fourth in doubles, as the top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced.
At district, Ohler will play Mount Vernon's Benjamin Camara in the first round, with the winner facing New Albany's Robert Cash or Olentangy's Alex Konstan in the second round. Shrock and Revur will open against Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden and Jordan Phelps.
Seeded third at sectional, Ohler reached the final before losing to Cash 6-0, 6-0. He defeated Watterson's Thomas Abrams 6-2, 6-0 in the first round, St. Charles' Matt Morrison 6-3, 6-4 in the second, Davidson's Justin Wingenfield 6-1, 6-2 in a quarterfinal and second-seeded Colin Jordan of Gahanna 6-4, 6-2 in a semifinal.
Unseeded, Shrock and Revur won their first two sectional matches before losing to top-seeded Evan Yakubov and Jack Dabek of St. Charles 6-0, 6-1 in a semifinal. They then fell to second-seeded Chris Codogni and Noah Elliott of Davidson 6-0, 6-4 in the third-place match.
Also at sectional, Chris Long went 1-1 and Sean Hollowell went 0-1 in singles. In doubles, Yash Somani and Justin Knueppel went 1-1.
Brooks leads way
for baseball team
Cory Brooks pitched a two-hitter and struck out six to lead the second-seeded baseball team to a 2-0 win over 19th-seeded UA in a Division I district semifinal May 15 at Coffman.
Brice Stultz singled and scored on Cameron Tackett's groundout in the second inning and Daniel Bibler walked and scored on Brooks' single in the third for the Panthers, who improved to 25-3 and played sixth-seeded Pickerington Central in a district final May 17.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal May 25 at Coffman.
Darby, which had a first-round bye, defeated Whetstone 16-0 in a second-round game May 10 at home.
Last season, the Panthers lost to Olentangy 11-2 in a district final.
Girls lacrosse team
The girls lacrosse team defeated eighth-seeded Gahanna 13-11 in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 15 behind four goals from Miranda Large, three goals from Tori Schmeling and 13 saves by Taryn Rhoads.
The Panthers, who are seeded seventh and improved to 12-6, play at second-seeded Thomas Worthington or 13th-seeded Marysville in a regional quarterfinal Friday, May 19. That winner plays host to third-seeded Jerome, sixth-seeded Pickerington Central, ninth-seeded Beavercreek or 12th-seeded Kettering Fairmont in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 23.
The regional final is May 27.
Darby lost to Thomas 20-3 on April 27 and Jerome 18-3 on April 25, but defeated Marysville 17-4 on May 9 and Central 11-10 in overtime on April 1.
The Panthers closed the regular season by beating Chillicothe 17-10 on May 12. Carli Rigel had four goals and Large and Colleen Hissom both scored three, while Melissa Edwards had seven saves and Rhoads made six.
Against Marysville, Hissom, Hailey Scott and Lexi VanCleef scored three goals apiece.
Boys lacrosse team
earns second win
The boys lacrosse team defeated 15th-seeded Gahanna 16-5 in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 15.
The 14th-seeded Panthers improved to 2-15 and advanced to play third-seeded Jerome in the second round May 17.
The second-round winner plays host to sixth-seeded St. Charles or 11th-seeded Thomas in a regional quarterfinal Saturday, May 20. That winner plays at second-seeded Coffman, seventh-seeded Pickerington North, 10th-seeded Pickerington Central or 16th-seeded Beavercreek in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 24.
The regional final is May 27.
Boys volleyball team
preps for postseason
The boys volleyball team was 18-4 before competing in the OCC Challenge on May 16 and 17.
The Panthers are the top seed in the 18-team Division I East Region tournament and will play host to 15th-seeded Delaware in the first round Friday, May 19. The winner plays eighth-seeded Pickerington Central or 12th-seeded Coffman in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 23, at Darby.
The regional final is May 26.
Last season, the Panthers reached a Division I state semifinal before losing to Cincinnati Moeller 22-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11.
Softball team stung
by Yellow Jackets
The 14th-seeded softball team lost to fifth-seeded Mount Vernon 8-2 in a Division I district semifinal May 15 at Olentangy to finish 15-10.
Darby, which had a first-round bye, beat 31st-seeded Jerome 5-3 in the second round May 10 to reach a semifinal.