The weather hasn't been the only hindrance for the Whetstone High School track and field teams this spring.
"We haven't had a lot of meets on good tracks this spring and, with the weather being as bad as it's been, our times for our top girls haven't been what we've expected thus far," girls coach Chris Lisi said. "We're getting on some better tracks in the final weeks, so we'll see where we go from here, especially if the weather cooperates."
Still, senior Jamie Bossenbroek has been in the area honor roll. Entering a meet May 2 at Centennial, she had season-best times of 15.97 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and 47.67 in the 300 hurdles.
Bossenbroek is a three-time Division I regional qualifier in the 300 hurdles and also qualified for regional last season in the 100 hurdles.
"I finally broke 16 seconds in the 100 last year and was able to get to regionals in both (hurdles events), and that's my goal again this year," Bossenbroek said. "I want to go out my senior year being a dual regional qualifier and placing in both of them, too. That would be a great way to finish. Anything beyond that would be more icing on the cake."
Bossenbroek won the 300 hurdles (47.67) in the Braves Invitational on April 25 and was runner-up in the event (47.88) in the Gary Smith Invitational on April 28 at Thomas Worthington. She also placed fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.3) at Thomas.
Senior Sofia McLemore placed second in the 100 (13.23) and fifth in the 400 (1:04.93) at Thomas and was runner-up in the 100 (13.29) in the Braves Invitational.
"I used to like the 100 better, but this year I've kind of fallen in love with the 400," McLemore said. "I think my body and endurance have improved and I'm a better fit for the 400. It's a race that no one wants to run, but I like it for that reason. It's competitive and very mental."
Lisi also has seen the change in McLemore.
"We're just now starting to train her more for the 400 because she probably has a better chance to get to regional in that than she does in the 100," he said. "Her 100 times have plateaued, but her 400 keeps getting better."
The 1,600 relay of McLemore, Mira Dush, Bossenbroek and Mariyanna Lacy was in the area honor roll last week and lowered its season best to 4:19.47 in the Braves Invitational when it placed second.
"Mariyanna has stepped up this season and is doing well in the 800 and in relays," Lisi said. "Julia Carney and Sabrina Vedavato have been very reliable and are continually improving. Julia is the only girl we have who has competed in four events in every meet, and Sabrina has moved up our sprinters list quite a bit."
The Braves scored 60 points in the 14-team Braves Invitational to tie Northland for third behind champion Watterson (96) and finished ninth (36) in the 15-team Gary Smith Invitational behind champion Thomas (106).
In the Braves Invitational, Lacy was runner-up in the 800 (2:36.76) and Jamiyah Hampton placed third in the discus (82 feet, 7 inches).
The boys team tied Watterson for sixth (42) in the Braves Invitational behind champion Eastmoor Academy (105) and finished 12th (26) in the Gary Smith Invitational behind champion Thornville Sheridan (112).
In the Braves Invitational, Ibrahim Sesay was runner-up in the long jump (19-6 1/4) and joined Emil Adams, Brack Dillon and Sean Jones on the third-place 1,600 relay (3:32.18). The 3,200 relay of Adams, Jones, Francisco Soto and Sam Khoury also was third (8:33.12), and placing fourth were Adams in the 800 (2:08.57) and Matthew Conroy in the 1,600 (4:58.54).
In the Gary Smith Invitational, the 3,200 relay of Khoury, Adams, Soto and Dillon finished first (8:25.45) and the 1,600 relay of Adams, Sesay, Dillon and Soto was third (3:32.87). Sesay was fourth in the long jump (19-7 1/2) and Dillon placed fifth in the 400 (52.31).
Bulgrin, Prince win City doubles title
The boys tennis team played West in the City League final on April 30 at Africentric.
Atticus Bulgrin and Armando Prince defended their first-doubles title in the City coaches tournament that concluded April 26 at Africentric. The duo beat Beechcroft's Henry Bright and Ali Mojtabaei 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the final to earn first-team all-league.
Kaleb White lost to Centennial's Jack Jones 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in a first-singles semifinal and also was first-team all-league.
Colin Harmon-Ulmer (second singles) and Kal Buterbaugh (third singles) were honorable mention all-league, as were Louis Schirmer and Jared Brown (second doubles). All lost in a quarterfinal.
Baseball team looks to clinch league title
The baseball team was looking to clinch the City League-North Division title this week and prepare for the Division I district tournament, which begins Monday, May 7.
The Braves were 9-0 in the City-North before playing May 1 at Northland and May 2 at Linden-McKinley. They conclude league play Thursday, May 4, at Centennial.
Centennial, which lost to the Braves 11-4 on April 18, was second in the league at 6-2 entering the week.
Whetstone was 13-6 overall before playing Shekinah Christian on April 30.
The Braves defeated Mifflin 13-0 on April 23 and Beechcroft 27-1 on April 27 in league contests before splitting a pair of games April 28, losing to host Galion Northmor 4-1 and beating Eastmoor 21-2.
Alex Timmons and Zach Castro combined to throw a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts in five innings against Eastmoor, and Timmons tossed a two-hitter against Mifflin.
Against Mifflin, Ben Paugh doubled and drove in three runs and Jacob Price and Jacob Hochstetler both had two RBI. Against Beechcroft, Cameron Bragg had two doubles and three RBI, while Timmons went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI and Dalton Daugherty went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.
The Braves had only three hits and committed three errors against Northmor.
Softball team vying for league title
The softball team continues to roll in league play, as it was 10-4 overall and 10-0 in the City-North before playing International on April 30 and Linden on May 2.
The Braves have a league contest Thursday, May 3, at Centennial and must reschedule a league game against Beechcroft that was postponed April 27.
Whetstone beat Centennial 9-4 on April 18. The Stars entered the week 9-1 in league play.
The Braves defeated Mifflin 10-0 on April 23 and Northland 16-3 on April 25 in league contests before losing a doubleheader against host Worthington Kilbourne on April 28, falling 13-2 and 5-3.
Below are the coming schedules for the Whetstone baseball, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis and track & field teams:
*May 4 -- At Centennial. The Braves beat the Stars 11-4 on April 18.
May 7 -- Home vs. 30th-seeded Dublin Scioto in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at fifth-seeded Upper Arlington in second round May 9. The Braves are seeded 29th of 48 teams.
May 10 -- At Hilliard Davidson
*May 3 -- At Centennial. The Braves beat the Stars 9-4 on April 18.
May 7 -- At 24th-seeded Pickerington Central in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at 14th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in second round May 9. The Braves are seeded 29th of 46 teams.
May 3 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne
May 7 -- At Watterson
May 8 -- Home vs. Teays Valley
TRACK & FIELD
May 7, 9 -- City League meet at Africentric