Although Dylan Lewis did not win an OCC-Central Division championship last weekend, he could not have asked for much more improvement in a short span.
The junior jumper and sprinter for the Upper Arlington High School boys track and field team set three personal records in the long jump May 11 at Dublin Coffman, going 18 feet, 5 inches on his first jump, 19-6 on his second and 19-8 1/4 on his third to place fourth.
"Coach Otis (Winston) asked me now that I had that, how much farther could I go?" Lewis said. "I was just pushing and pushing and got the 19-6, then I wondered what else I could do. I was very happy with my results."
Lewis and his identical twin brother, Dexter, also helped the 400-meter relay place third (45.81 seconds) May 13 to provide secondary points as UA amassed 69 points and finished fourth, behind Coffman (160), Hilliard Davidson (133) and Marysville (80) and ahead of Central Crossing (44) and Westland (35).
Not bad considering the brothers -- Dexter was born two minutes before Dylan on Sept. 8, 2000 -- are using track as a vehicle to increase their speed for football and hopefully earn college scholarships.
"I call them the 'wonder twins,'" Winston said. "I feel like we've been becoming much more of a complete team throughout the season, and they are a big reason why."
Both brothers are defensive backs on the football team, and expect to see increased roles on offense as well this coming season -- Dexter as a wide receiver and Dylan as both a receiver and a running back.
"(Track) helps a lot," Dexter said. "I can feel the difference. When I first came into track season, I was running around a 12.3 (in the 100) and, after working with coach Otis, I ran an 11.7 (at the league meet) and PR'd."
Both are talking to several colleges, including Dayton, Ohio Dominican and Youngstown State. Their older brother, senior Michael Smith, will play football for ODU, and former UA assistant coach Dean Cullison is on staff there.
"We are usually in the same events and we are just competing with each other," Dylan said. "We are twins, so we will always compete to see who is the best. I strive to be better than Dexter, and he strives to be better than me. It goes both ways."
Garegin Soghomonyan's title in the pole vault (13-6) led UA in the league meet. The Bears got runner-up finishes from Isaac Perry in the 110 hurdles (15.63), the 800 relay (1:32.43) and the 1,600 relay (3:34.78).
Adrienne Wachtman won both the discus (115-7) and the shot put (34-5 1/4) to lead the girls team, which scored 80 points to place fourth behind Davidson (156), Coffman (146.5) and Marysville (100.5) and ahead of Central Crossing (28) and Westland (10).
Mary Lee Fenner won the long jump (16-1/2) and placed third in the 100 hurdles (16.8), while Heidi Heuerman was third in the 3,200 (11:55.32).
UA is competing in the Division I, district 2 meet this week at Hilliard Darby. The field events were May 16 and the preliminaries for the running events were May 17. The running finals are Saturday, May 20.
The top four finishers in each district event advance to the regional meet Wednesday, May 24, and May 26 at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four finishers in each event qualify for state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
Doubles players lead
tennis team to district
Both of the boys tennis team's doubles duos and one singles player will compete in the Division I district tournament Thursday, May 18, at Davidson and Saturday, May 20, at UA.
Josh Cole and Jack Zelezny won UA's home sectional held May 11 and 13, defeating teammates Jack Hughes and Jack Schadek 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district.
Will Reynolds finished fourth in singles.
Also competing at sectional were singles players Nathan Yu and Elliot Jones. Yu went 2-1 and lost to Coffman's Bryan Yoshino 6-1, 6-3 in a district-qualifying match, and Jones went 0-1.
UA improved to 12-4 with a 3-0 win over Dublin Jerome in an Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division I district semifinal May 15. The Bears will take on New Albany or St. Charles in the district final on a date to be determined.
At district, the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 26 and 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Girls lacrosse team
preps for tourney
The girls lacrosse team will play its first game in two weeks when it plays host to 10th-seeded Dublin Scioto in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal on Friday, May 19.
UA, the top seed in the region, is 14-2.
The winner will play host to fourth-seeded Watterson or fifth-seeded Coffman in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 23. The regional final is May 27.
UA defeated Coffman 14-1 on May 2 and North 22-1 on April 13 in OCC-Central play.
The Bears are looking for their 52nd consecutive win against in-state competition, dating to a 10-9, double-overtime loss to Mason in a regional final on May 22, 2014.
Baseball team falls
in district semifinal
The baseball team's season came to an end with a 2-0 loss to second-seeded Darby in a Division I district semifinal May 15 at Coffman.
UA mustered only two singles off Purdue recruit Cory Brooks. Jordan Bailey singled in the third inning and Jack Masters added a hit in the fourth.
The Bears, who were seeded 19th, finished 17-11.
UA advanced with a 15-0, five-inning rout of host and 14th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in the second round May 10. Andrew Ballenger hit a grand slam in the first inning and Sammy Sass added a two-run homer in the second.
Boys lacrosse team
wins MSLCA title
Coming off winning the championship in the A bracket of the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association tournament, the boys lacrosse team began the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 17 when it played host to 18th-seeded Kettering Fairmont in a second-round game.
UA, which finished the regular season at 16-2, is the top seed in the region.
The second-round winner plays host to eighth-seeded Westerville North or ninth-seeded Scioto in a regional quarterfinal Saturday, May 20.
That winner will play host to fourth-seeded Davidson, fifth-seeded New Albany, 12th-seeded Westerville Central or 13th-seeded Bradley in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 24. The regional final is May 27.
UA defeated Davidson 13-3 on April 24.
In the MSLCA tournament at Hudson Western Reserve Academy, the Bears defeated Saltsburg (Pennsylvania) Kiski School 12-8 on May 12 and Jerome 10-3 on May 13.
Boys volleyball team
preps for tourney
The boys volleyball team will begin the Division I East Region tournament on the road Saturday, May 20, when it visits third-seeded Olentangy for a first-round match.
UA is seeded 13th of 18 teams.
The winner will play ninth-seeded Pickerington North, 11th-seeded Bradley or 14th-seeded Westerville Central in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 23, at Westerville South. That winner will advance to a regional final May 26.
UA went 0-2 against North in OCC-Capital matches, losing 25-18, 25-16, 25-13 on April 6 and 25-20, 33-31, 25-18 on April 25.
UA, which is 6-11, has not played a match since May 4, when it lost to Pickerington Central 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-12 in its OCC-Capital and regular-season finales.
falls to Bradley
The softball team finished 9-14 overall after losing at eighth-seeded Bradley 8-1 on May 10 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
The Jaguars used a five-run second inning to pull away from the 21st-seeded Bears, who scored their only run on sophomore catcher Becca Turner's solo home run in the fifth.
UA won its first game in the 45-team tournament, routing 42nd-seeded Walnut Ridge 15-0 in five innings May 8 at home.
The Bears, who won five of their first six games, finished 3-7 in the OCC-Central to tie Coffman for fourth, behind Central Crossing (9-1), Davidson (8-2) and Marysville (7-3) and ahead of Westland (0-10).
Almost the entire roster is eligible to return, other than seniors Issy Bennamar (OF) and Taylor Pritchett (1B/OF). Among the expected returning starters are Turner, juniors Gigi Danes (SS), Molly Schweitzer (3B), Amanda Ventresca (1B) and Sara Viernes (OF) and sophomores Olivia Carlton (2B) and Madison Pritchett (P).