The Hilliard Bradley High School boys track and field program has had a record-setting start to its season.
Senior Alec Frymier followed up an all-state effort in the Division I state meet last spring in the 110-meter hurdles by setting the program record in the 100, winning the event in 10.77 seconds in the Panther Invitational on April 6 at Darby.
In the same meet, junior Caleb Levitt won the high jump in 6 feet, 4 inches, tying the program record set by 2016 graduate Richardson Roberts.
Frymier placed seventh in the 110 hurdles (program-record 14.28 seconds) at state, and picked up running the 100 in the offseason. Sam Darling, who placed seventh in the 100 in 2011, is the program's only other state-placer.
"During indoor season, I started running the 60 and was doing a good job with it, so I decided to give the 100 a try," said Frymier, who finished fifth in the 60 (8.15) in the Division I indoor state meet March 3 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva. "I think that (indoor) competition is helping me now, especially in my starts."
Sixth-year coach Ben Gadfield said Frymier and Levitt will be leaders in the team's sprint corps, which will be one of the Jaguars' standout areas. Seniors Daevon Anderson, Said Saleh and Kory Taylor are expected to be key sprinters.
Anderson and Levitt also will compete in the jumps.
"We're pretty senior-heavy in the sprints," said Gadfield, whose team finished fourth (73 points) in the eighth-team Panther Invitational behind champion Davidson (126). "We have a good overall group of seniors who are doing a great job of leading us early."
Senior Rob McCabe leads the team's distance corps, along with junior Max Lanum and sophomores Eli Schneider and Haydon Spaulding. Senior Zeke Bennett and freshman David Lamb will run the 400 and 800.
Senior Adam McCardle and sophomore David Metzler lead the team in the throws, and junior Grant Buehl and Lanum are pole vaulters.
"We're at about 80 boys, which is about where we were last year," said Gadfield, whose team finished third (85) in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet last year, behind Thomas Worthington (192) and Darby (155).
"We have a good mix of seniors and some good underclassmen who can come in and be instant contributors."
Girls track coach likes team's talent
Eighth-year girls track and field coach Thom Nees like the variety in his team.
The Jaguars have standout performers all over the track, but Nees still is looking for consistency.
"We have a little bit of everything, even though we are still young with our distance and sprinters," he said. "We have a good group that's starting to figure things out. We're not as consistent as we would like to be, but that could be because of the terrible weather conditions."
Senior Regan Corea finished fifth in the 1,600 (5:21.01) in the district 2 meet last season as the top four finishers in each event advanced to regional. She is joined in the distance/middle-distance corps by senior Laura Scheiderer, juniors Sonja Maragos and Grace Michel and sophomore Isabella Brooks.
Leading the sprinters are seniors Cameron Hienton and Lani Rohrer, junior Mikhayla Draper and freshman Delaney Porter. Porter also will compete in the jumps with juniors Alyssa Jones and Naomi Kuo.
Junior Lillie Sherwood is competing in the pole vault, while senior Kim Mars, junior Christy Hribar and sophomore Emily Keck are competing in the throws.
"I love this group of kids," said Nees, whose team finished fifth (51) in the OCC-Cardinal meet last year, behind champion Darby (189). "They come in and work hard to get better, and they should be doing really well by the postseason."
The Jaguars finished seventh (21) in the eight-team Panther Invitational, behind champion Darby (136). The 3,200 relay of Scheiderer, Corea, Brooks and Michel placed second (10:24.58).
Boys tennis team begins new chapter
The boys tennis team has started a new chapter without 2017 graduate Mitchell Thai, a three-time state qualifier in singles who finished third in the Division I state tournament last season.
Fourth-year coach Donna Long said Thai's presence will be missed, but the Jaguars have returned four starters from last season when they finished 7-9 overall and went 2-4 in the OCC-Cardinal to tie Thomas and Worthington Kilbourne for fourth behind champion Dublin Jerome (6-0).
Louis Sartain is the team's lone senior and moves to first singles after being second-team all-league a year ago at second singles.
"We have some big shoes to fill with Mitchell graduating, but I don't expect Louis to be Mitchell," Long said. "He has played (No.) 2 forever and I'm excited to see him move into that spot. We expect great things from him."
Junior Kiren Manoharan and sophomore Dylan Shook opened the season at second and third singles, respectively, but the order may change throughout the season.
Sophomore Dylan Castro will mostly play doubles but also will see some time at singles. The doubles courts will be manned by Castro with junior Darshel Patel, sophomores Anish Chitti and Velan Rajmohan and freshmen Luke Miller and Alex Zakrzewski also in the mix.
"We are relatively young, so we will lean heavily on the leadership and experience of our four returning players," Long said. "We are excited about the work ethic and enthusiasm we are seeing and the fact that all but one senior player can return next year."
The Jaguars were 0-2 overall in the league before playing Delaware on April 10. They lost to Kilbourne 3-2 on April 5 and fell to Thomas 5-0 on April 6.
Boys volleyball team continues to learn
Eighth-year boys volleyball coach Zach Franklin has a young team that is also small in stature.
The Panthers have just two returning starters from last season in their lone senior, middle hitter Dylan Chaney, and junior outside hitter Attia Soliman.
"We're small and we have a lot of learning," said Franklin, whose team finished 9-10 overall last season and went 8-6 in the OCC-Cardinal to place fourth behind champion Darby (12-0). "We're not going to be blocking anyone off the court and we're not big hitters who are going to kill anyone. We have to be better ball-control-wise and we to have to play close to perfect volleyball."
The Jaguars have three freshmen who start in outside hitter Jonah Gilbert, libero Jin Tam and setter Tak Tam.
Rounding out the roster are juniors Garrett Creek (right-side hitter), Joe Fadley (middle hitter) and Patrick Hendrickson (right-side hitter) and sophomores Tyler Mordarski (defensive specialist) and Dominic Roberts-Evans (outside hitter).
"We're good at ball-control," said Franklin, whose team was 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal after defeating Delaware 25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19 on April 9. "We're usually a good serving team. We have to have a good volleyball IQ and play smart."
Bradley lost its opener to St. Charles 25-14, 25-15, 25-12 on March 28, but won its league opener against Thomas 25-20, 25-13, 25-19 on March 29. The Jaguars then lost a league match to Kilbourne 25-16, 27-25, 25-14, 25-11, 15-12 on April 5 before defeating New Albany 25-13, 25-9, 25-16 on April 6.
*April 5 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
*April 6 -- at Thomas Worthington
*April 10 -- at Delaware
April 11 -- at Pickerington Central
*April 12 -- vs. Dublin Jerome
April 13 -- vs. Central Crossing
April 16 -- vs. London
*April 17 -- vs. Dublin Scioto
April 18 -- at Whetstone
*April 19 -- at Darby
April 20 -- vs. Marysville
April 23 -- vs. Gahanna
April 24 -- vs. Pickerington North
April 26 -- at Lancaster
May 1 -- at Olentangy
May 2 -- vs. Jonathan Alder
May 4 -- vs. DeSales
TRACK & FIELD
March 27 -- vs. Pickerington North and Reynoldsburg
March 31 -- Wildcat Premier at Davidson
April 4 -- at Marysville
April 6 -- Panther Invitational at Darby
April 10 -- at Buckeye Valley with Groveport
April 14 -- Dublin Classic at Dublin Coffman
April 20 -- Fulton Relays at Lancaster
April 24 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty
May 1 -- at Davidson with Darby
May 4 -- Bradley Invitational
May 10, 12 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Dublin Coffman
March 28 -- at St. Charles
*March 29 -- at Thomas Worthington
*April 5 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
April 6 -- vs. New Albany
*April 9 -- at Delaware
*April 10 -- vs. Dublin Jerome
*April 12 -- vs. Dublin Scioto
*April 17 -- at Darby
*April 19 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
April 23 -- at Mount Vernon
*April 24 -- at Worthington Kilbourne
*April 26 -- vs. Delaware
*May 1 -- at Dublin Jerome
*May 2 -- at Dublin Scioto
*May 8 -- vs. Darby
May 9 -- at DeSales
May 15 -- OCC Challenge at Darby
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and softball teams:
April 12 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
April 14 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne* and Springfield Shawnee
*April 16 -- At Delaware
April 17 -- Home vs. Davidson
*April 12 -- At Kilbourne
*April 17 -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome
*April 12 -- Home vs. Kilbourne
April 14 -- Home vs. Gahanna
*April 17 -- At Jerome
*April 12 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto
April 14 -- Mason and Medina at Pickerington Central
*April 16 -- At Darby
*April 18 -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington