While winning its second Division I district championship in three seasons, the Dublin Coffman High School girls track and field team made amends for coming up short of winning a league title earlier this month.
The Shamrocks, who settled for a runner-up finish at the OCC-Central Division meet that concluded May 13, had five individuals and two relays advance to the regional meet that began May 24 and concludes Friday, May 26, at Pickerington North.
The top four finishers in each regional event advance to state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
At the district 1 meet that concluded May 20 at Hilliard Darby, Coffman scored 94 points to take first of 17 teams. Westerville Central (86) was runner-up.
"We knew (winning the title) was possible but that Westerville Central would be tough," coach Greg King said. "With our district, there wasn't a clearly dominant team. It was great, especially after (the league meet), which was disappointing."
Capturing district titles were senior Megan Cameron in the pole vault (12 feet), junior Abby Steiner in the 100 meters (11.68 seconds) and 200 (24.21), sophomore Isabelle Angerman in the 300 hurdles (43.34) and the 800 relay of Angerman, Steiner, senior Wambui Watene and freshman Simone Rivard-Roberts (1:42.23).
"We're very excited about winning the district team title," Cameron said. "Everybody ran great races and we had some amazing field event performances that helped us get the title.
"It means so much to finally win a district (pole vault) title after finishing second the past two years. It gives me a lot of confidence. Going in, I knew if I performed like I did in prior meets, I had a good chance at winning."
Also advancing to regional were junior Ellie Weber in the 3,200 (second, 11:16.34), Angerman in the 100 hurdles (fourth, 15.5), Watene in the 300 hurdles (fourth, 46.33) and the 1,600 relay of Angerman, Watene, junior Jennifer Schulze and junior Gabby McCloy (second, 3:59.11).
"I was happy," Steiner said. "We just wanted to execute and advance."
Cameron was a part of a field events corps that had three other athletes score. Coming up short of advancing to regional were senior Madison Willoughby in the long jump (fifth, 16-10 1/2), Watene in the 100 hurdles (fifth, 15.75), freshmen Lydia Ainsworth in the 800 (eighth, 2:24.8), Ashley Fitzgerald in the high jump (sixth, 5-2) and Karlee North in the pole vault (sixth, 10-0) and the 3,200 relay of Ainsworth, Weber, senior Jacqueline Tu and junior Marissa Kruse (sixth, 9:59.11).
state in tennis
With a bandage on his right index finger and also battling a nagging cough, senior Bryan Yoshino of the boys tennis team survived what he considered a deep Division I district tournament with a fourth-place finish.
He will enter the state tournament Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason as a No. 4 seed but with hopes of having a longer stay than in his previous two state appearances.
Yoshino lost in the first round at state in 2014 and fell in the second round in 2015.
"I'm actually starting to feel a lot better than I did at the sectional," said Yoshino, who returned to Coffman this year after attending a tennis academy in Florida last spring. "I just have a cough now. With everything I've been through, it's good to be going on to state."
A No. 2 seed at district, Yoshino beat New Albany freshman Alek Jacoby 6-0, 6-3 in the first round at district May 18 at Hilliard Davidson. He then faced Jerome senior Ryan Worthen in a quarterfinal and rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory to qualify for state.
"I thought I was in big trouble (against Worthen)," Yoshino said. "He was hitting hard and heavy to my backhand and it was tough, but I got a little bit of momentum and found a way to turn it around."
On May 20 at Upper Arlington, Yoshino lost to New Albany sophomore Robert Cash -- the eventual champion -- 6-1, 6-0 in a semifinal and fell to Olentangy senior Stu Brdicka 6-2, 6-2 in the consolation match. He also lost to Brdicka 6-1, 6-3 for the sectional title May 13 at UA.
Bons leads boys track
team into regional
Paced by junior Lucas Bons, the boys track and field team advanced four individuals and all four of its relays to the Division I regional meet.
At the district 3 meet that concluded May 20 at Darby, the Shamrocks finished fourth (86) of 14 teams, behind champion Pickerington Central (154.5).
Bons won the 1,600 (4:21.35), was runner-up in the 800 (1:55.6), joined seniors Alex Barber and Ibn Williamson and freshman Jameel Williamson on the third-place 1,600 relay (3:26.62) and joined juniors Ryan Bosworth and Arnaldo Gonzalez Calero and freshman Alex Dediu on the fourth-place 3,200 relay (8:16.79).
Also advancing individually were junior Kaleb Holcomb in the shot put (third, 49-2), sophomore Derek Van Vlerah in the high jump (second, 6-0) and freshman Alex Dediu in the 1,600 (fourth, 4:27.23).
The 400 relay of Barber, Ibn William, senior Chris Mollica and junior Jeslord Boateng was runner-up (43.01), as was the 800 relay of Barber, Boateng, Ibn Williamson and Jameel Williamson (1:29.88).
Also scoring but falling short of advancing to regional were seniors MacKenzie Binion in the pole vault (eighth, 10-6), Noah Carpenter in the 110 hurdles (sixth, 16.23) and 300 hurdles (seventh, 41.07), Robert Yengo in the shot put (eighth, 46-2 1/4) and discus (fifth, 125-0), Gonzalez Calero in the 3,200 (sixth, 10:14.78), Bosworth in the 800 (eighth, 2:02.68), sophomore Adam Dehmani in the pole vault (fifth, 11-4) and 110 hurdles (seventh, 16.93) and freshman Michael Ching in the 110 hurdles (eighth, 46.06).
Boys lacrosse team
advances to semi
The second-seeded boys lacrosse team faced third-seeded Jerome in a Division I, Region 3 semifinal May 24.
The Shamrocks beat the Celtics 9-8 on April 8.
The semifinal winner plays top-seeded Upper Arlington or fourth-seeded Davidson in the regional final Saturday, May 27, at a neutral site to be announced.
The regional champion plays Cincinnati St. Xavier, Milford, Mason or Cincinnati Moeller in a state semifinal Wednesday, May 31, at a neutral site to be announced.
The state final is June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Coffman, which opened the postseason with a 21-3 win over 16th-seeded Beavercreek in the second round May 17 and beat seventh-seeded Pickerington North 17-4 in a quarterfinal May 19, had won nine games in a row and was 17-3 before its rematch with Jerome.
Against Beavercreek, Luke Holland had five goals and Evan James scored three.
Against Pickerington North, Holland and Ethan Tyack both scored four goals and James scored three.
falls to Tigers
The 12th-seeded boys volleyball team lost to eighth-seeded Pickerington Central 20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 in the first round of the Division I East Region tournament May 19 at Hilliard Darby to finish 7-16.
Girls lacrosse season
ends with tough loss
A second-half rally came up short for the girls lacrosse team in a 14-12 loss to fourth-seeded Watterson in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal May 20.
The fifth-seeded Shamrocks trailed 11-4 but got back to within 13-12 before the Eagles closed out the victory.
Coffman finished 11-8 overall and went 4-2 in the OCC-Central Division to place third, behind UA (6-0) and Pickerington Central (5-1) and ahead of Gahanna (3-3), Davidson (2-4), Pickerington North (1-5) and Marysville (0-6).
"Watterson came out and was clicking," coach Michael Murphy said. "We started off a little slow, but we fought back very well."
Coffman, which opened the postseason with an 18-6 victory over 11th-seeded Pickerington North on May 15, is losing just two seniors in Elyse Gleeson (midfielder) and Olivia Young (goalkeeper). Gleeson has committed to play for the University of Indianapolis.
Among those eligible to return are juniors Janelle Gans (midfielder), Annamarie Guth (midfielder), Riley McGraw (defender), Megan Murphy (attacker) and Eileen Schwab (defender) and sophomores Carmen Haefke (defender), Starsen Kinzer (goalie), Delaney Murray (attacker) and Alexa Piekarski (attacker).
"The good news is that we return the nucleus of our team," coach Murphy said. "We only had a few juniors and we have a lot of sophomores, so we'll continue to improve. We want to focus in the offseason on improving our stick skills."