The Delaware Hayes High School boys lacrosse team caught visiting Toledo St. John's a bit off guard in the first round of the Division I, Region 1 tournament May 17.

The Pacers defeated the Titans 8-6 on May 6, but the rematch was no match as fifth-seeded Delaware rolled past 10th-seeded St. John's 16-2.

"We played exceptionally well and I think we may have surprised them with the way we played," coach John Lyon said. "Nine players scored and we had 10 assists on 16 goals. (Offensive coordinator) Will Campbell has done a great job and has those guys playing very well.

"Max Wright won 14 of 17 faceoffs and the defense forced a number of turnovers and we had a 33-10 advantage in ground balls, so it a great overall team effort. Our defense was sliding when they needed to and they were under control. We did a great job clearing."

The Pacers improved to 11-7 and played at fourth-seeded Medina in a regional quarterfinal May 19 or 20. The game was scheduled for May 20, but both schools had graduation that day and were trying to move the contest to May 19.

The quarterfinal winner will play at top-seeded Olentangy Liberty, 14th-seeded Marysville or 15th-seeded Berea Midpark in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 24. That winner likely will face second-seeded Olentangy or third-seeded Olentangy Orange in the regional final Saturday, May 27, at a neutral site to be determined.

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal May 31.

Delaware defeated Medina 8-7 in overtime on March 28 but lost to Liberty 17-5 on May 10. The Pacers did not play Marysville, Midpark, Olentangy or Orange in the regular season.

Against St. John's, Cole Livermore had three goals and two assists, and Sam Ligando and Andrew Lyon both had two goals and two assists.

Girls fare well in
district field events

Competing in the field events on the first day of the Division I, district 3 meet, the girls track and field team produced four regional qualifiers.

Juniors Chase Patton and Madeline Hayes tied for third in the pole vault, with both clearing 10 feet May 17 at Hilliard Darby. Senior Ashley Smiley placed fourth in the long jump (16-9 1/4) and classmate Brooke Glesenkamp was fourth in the high jump (5-0), as the top four finishers in each event advanced to the regional meet Wednesday, May 24, and Friday, May 26, at Pickerington North.

The district meet continued May 18 and concluded May 20.

The boys team did not have any regional qualifiers in the field events.

In the OCC-Cardinal Division meet May 11 and 13 at Dublin Coffman, Hayes won the pole vault (10-6) and Patton placed third (9-6) in the event. Other winners for the girls were Sydney McMillin in the 200 meters (25.74 seconds) and the 800 relay of Smiley, McMillin, Torie Young and Glesenkamp (1:44.4).

Young was second in the 100 (12.83) and fourth in the 400 (1:00). Also placing fourth were Glesenkamp in the high jump (4-10), the 400 relay of Smiley, Glesenkamp, Ari Avant and Hayes (51.38) and the 1,600 relay of Smiley, Mary Beth Zimmerman, Emily Gray and Glesenkamp (4:19.49).

The Pacers totaled 72 points to finish fourth, behind Darby (189), Thomas Worthington (143) and Dublin Scioto (91) and ahead of Hilliard Bradley (51), Worthington Kilbourne (44) and Dublin Jerome (41).

The boys team finished fifth (51) in the league meet, behind Thomas (192), Darby (155), Bradley (85) and Jerome (75.5) and ahead of Scioto (44.5) and Kilbourne (22).

Deven Ward placed second in the 200 (22.39) and fourth in the 100 (11.09) and the 400 relay of Connor Derstine, Blain McCormick, Phillipe Mutwali and Ward was second (43.86). Placing third were Wayne Brookover in the shot put (44-3) and Todd Toney in the discus (143-4).

Volleyball team
opens postseason

The boys volleyball team was seeded 15th in the 18-team Division I East Region tournament and played at top-seeded Darby in the first round 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 Friday, May 26, at Westerville Central, with the regional champion advancing to a state quarterfinal June 3 at Capital University.

Delaware lost its last five regular-season matches and entered the tournament 5-12.

Softball team falls
in district semifinal

The softball team lost to third-seeded Teays Valley 13-1 in five innings in a Division I district semifinal May 15 at Pickerington Central to finish 14-8.

Delaware, which had beaten 41st-seeded Westland 18-0 on May 8 and 17th-seeded Olentangy 6-1 on May 10 in the first two rounds, managed just two hits against Teays Valley. The 18th-seeded Pacers trailed 2-1 midway through the second inning, but the Vikings scored four runs in the bottom of the second, three in the third and four in the fifth.

Season ends for
boys tennis team

The boys tennis team's season ended in a Division I sectional May 11 at Reynoldsburg, as none of the Pacers finished in the top four in singles or doubles to advance to the district tournament held May 18 at Hilliard Davidson and May 20 at Upper Arlington.

Senior Ben Teitlebaum reached a quarterfinal, but lost his district-qualifying match 6-0, 6-0 to third-seeded Kai Britz of Thomas. Teitlebaum defeated Big Walnut's Lane Davis 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 in the first round and Columbus West's Bryan Layman 6-1, 6-2 in the second.

Also in singles, freshman Eric Puthoff beat Chillicothe's Lawrence Li 6-4, 6-0 in the first round and lost 6-0, 6-0 to top-seeded Robert Cash of New Albany in the second, and freshman Danny Brennan beat Steve Jackman of Thomas 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in a play-in match before losing to Big Walnut's D.J. Werner 6-0, 6-1 in the first round.

In doubles, freshmen Kyle Klumpp and Sam Bonofiglio defeated Aaron Zeller and Deep Gupta of Thomas 6-4, 6-1 in the first round and lost 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 to West's Jamie Price and Demetrius Brown in the second, and seniors Eric Ullom and Ryan Williams lost 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to Kilbourne's Jacob Lindaman and William Wiet in the first round.

The Pacers finished 11-6 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal to place seventh behind Jerome (6-0), Darby (5-1), Scioto (3-3) and Bradley, Kilbourne and Thomas (all 2-4).

Delaware is losing six seniors, including the three who competed at sectional.

"It was a great year and gives us something to continue to build on," coach Richard Hunt said. "We were 3-13 two years ago, 8-7 last year and 11-6 this year despite moving to a more difficult league. Our second-doubles team of Craig Klumpp and Eric Puthoff finished 16-1 overall and was 5-1 in the OCC to be second-team all-league."

Baseball team
losing seven seniors

The baseball team is losing seven seniors, including five starters, after finishing 12-13 overall and 2-10 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Among the seniors are four three-year starters in Tyler Brown (LF), Mason W. Davis (C), Gabe Phillips (2B) and Ben Yoakum (CF). Senior Sam Midura (1B) was a two-year starter.

The other seniors are relief pitchers Garrett Price and David Kelly.

"We're definitely going to have a lot of holes to fill and (the seniors) had a ton of experience and leadership," said coach Ryan Montgomery, whose team lost to third-seeded Olentangy 5-0 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 10. "But we have some talented players coming back who competed hard and grew as the season went along."

Starters expected are juniors Dominic Byers (3B), Ryan Daughenbaugh (RF) and Cole Barton (utility) and sophomore Mason J. Davis (SS).

Mason J. Davis is expected to be one of the team's top pitchers, along with juniors Jason Cross and Nick Neuhart. Junior Zach Price could replace his brother as the team's top reliever or move into the rotation, while Byers also could be in the rotation.

"I think the pitching we have returning could keep us in games until all the new guys get comfortable defensively and offensively," Montgomery said. "In addition to Jason, Mason J. and Nick coming back with experience, Dom threw very well as a freshman before an arm injury and he could be ready to get back on the mound now."

Mason J. Davis had a 4.30 ERA in 35 innings with a team-high three wins and 35 strikeouts. Cross had a 4.70 ERA in 41 innings, Brown had a 4.23 ERA in 23 innings and Garrett Price pitched 22 innings in relief.

Delaware was seeded 32nd of 46 teams in the district tournament and beat 42nd-seeded West 18-3 in the first round May 8.

The Pacers finished seventh in the OCC-Cardinal, behind Darby (11-1), Thomas (9-3), Bradley (7-5), Kilbourne and Scioto (both 5-7) and Jerome (3-9).

Mason W. Davis was named second-team all-league and first-team all-district after batting .397 with 22 runs scored and 17 RBI. Yoakum was special mention all-league and second-team all-district after batting .435 with 18 runs and 13 RBI, and Byers was honorable mention all-league and all-district after hitting .446 with 15 runs and 12 RBI.

Brown batted .358 with 18 runs and 20 RBI, Daughenbaugh hit .339 and Phillips batted .333 with 21 runs.

Girls lacrosse team
ousted by Liberty

The girls lacrosse team lost to third-seeded Liberty 19-3 in the first round of the Division I, Region 1 tournament May 16.

The Pacers, who were seeded 12th of 15 teams, finished 3-14 overall, including 0-7 in the OCC-Cardinal to place seventh behind Thomas (6-0), Jerome (5-1), Kilbourne (4-2), Darby (3-3), Bradley (2-4) and Scioto (1-5).

Delaware defeated Marys-ville 13-1 on March 23 and Centennial 17-0 on March 25 in the first two games of the year and beat Newfane (New York) 15-0 in the Hannigan-Galipult Tournament on April 22 at Thomas.

The Pacers are losing three seniors in Kristen Dunham, Maeve Gatenbee and Ali Nicodemus.

Among the expected returnees are juniors Sydney Henderson, Lydia Maley, Erika Mueller, C.J. Saxby, Olivia Shroyer and Jillian Ulmer and sophomores Piper Adkins, Morgan Miller and Lexi Wright.

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