Yosolajesu, Folake and Foluke Olujide-Ajibade admit that a sibling rivalry has developed over the years.

The sisters' competitiveness has carried over to their roles as key contributors for the Dublin Scioto High School girls track and field team.

Yosolajesu, a senior who prefers to be called Yosola, holds the program record in the 400 meters (58.2 seconds), which she set last season in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet. Folake and Foluke, who are twins, are providing solid contributions for the Irish as sophomores.

Yosola specializes in sprints and relays, while Folake is competing in sprints and hurdles and Foluke is competing in sprints and the high jump.

"They all want to be competitive, but they're super supportive of each other as well," coach Stacey Schall said. "They can sense when someone is down and the other two help pick them up. ... They're good students, good kids."

Yosola was born in South Africa, while Folake and Foluke were born in London, with the latter being two minutes older.

Their parents, Jide Olujide-Ajibade and Odunola Gbenro-Ajibade, were born and raised in Nigeria but moved the family to central Ohio in 2003.

The sisters are hoping for postseason success, with Yosola and Folake looking to return to the Division I regional meet and possibly advance to state.

Last season at regional, Yosola and Folake teamed with senior Brooklyn Richardson and 2017 graduate Kali Steele to finish seventh in the 800 relay (1:44.08) and Yosola placed eighth in the 400 (59.97), as the top four finishers in each event advanced to state.

Schall said the relay lineups have yet to be determined for the postseason, but noted that all three sisters are contending for spots.

"We're all testing the waters with everything before (the league meet) starts (May 10 and 12 at Coffman) because we have a lot of younger girls that have a lot of potential," Folake said. "We're just trying to find out where they can fit."

All three sisters contributed to the team's performance in the 15-team Gary Smith Invitational on April 28 at Thomas Worthington, where the Irish scored 87 points to finish second behind Thomas (106).

The sisters combined with Richardson to win the 800 relay (1:47.85), Yosola teamed with Richardson, Taysia Cordova and Erin Holsinger to finish second in the 400 relay (51.52), Folake won the 100 hurdles (15.35) and placed fifth in the 300 hurdles (48.95) and Yosola was third in the 200 (27.51).

Yosola closely monitored her younger sisters' track careers at Davis Middle School before they joined the high school program last year.

"It was a long time coming," said Yosola, who competed in cross country with her sisters last fall.

"It was really exciting because they had a lot of success in middle school. There were new expectations of each other."

The sisters became interested in track because their brother, Ayodeji Shoola, and their cousins competed in the sport at Coffman. Shoola, a hurdler, graduated in 2006.

"I wasn't really athletic as a kid and I thought I'd try track and I wasn't that good in middle school, but I came (to Scioto) and had success," said Yosola, who has committed to run track at Ashland University.

Folake and Foluke also play on the girls basketball team, which earned a share of the OCC-Cardinal title this past season. Both are 6-foot centers.

Baseball team gets back on winning track

The baseball team had won five consecutive games and was 10-10 overall and 6-5 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Jerome on May 2.

Prior to the winning streak, the Irish had lost four games in a row.

Scioto edged Hilliard Bradley 6-5 on April 27 as Marty Neuhardt hit a three-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Irish defeated Jerome 9-5 on April 30.

Through 19 games, Kyron Rogers was batting .438, followed by Matt Magno (.418), Louis Lipthratt (.357), Nick Hopper (.333) and AidenLao (.313).

Hopper had 13 RBI.

"We've turned things around," coach Ryan Longbrake said. "We had a terrible week (two weeks ago) and then (last) week we came back and played great baseball."

The Irish are seeded 30th of 48 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play at 29th-seeded Whetstone in the first round Monday, May 7. The winner plays at fifth-seeded Upper Arlington in the second round Wednesday, May 9.

"I'm happy with the tournament draw," Longbrake said. "No matter where you go, you're going to play good competition, so we just have to play our baseball and not worry about who we're playing."

Boys tennis team 'making strides'

Boys tennis coach Mike Wrigley is pleased with his team's progress.

The Irish were 3-8 overall before playing Olentangy Orange on May 1 and finished 2-4 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Scioto won back-to-back matches last week, defeating Bradley 3-2 on April 25 and Hilliard Davidson 3-2 on April 26.

Winning against Bradley were Santhusht Prasad at third singles (6-3, 6-0), Kunal Arya and Jasmohan Bawa at first doubles (6-1, 6-2) and Dylan Mathess and Connor Page at second doubles (6-4, 6-2), while winning against Davidson were Prasad at second singles (6-3, 6-1), Arya at third singles (7-6, 6-4) and Mathess and Page at second doubles (6-3, 4-6, 6-2).

"We made some strides (last) week getting to play three matches," said Wrigley, whose team lost to Delaware 3-2 on April 27.

"A combination of weather, injuries and missing players have led to some inconsistent play. We had a more consistent week of play. I have been trying to emphasize cutting down on mistakes, keeping the ball in play and forcing your opponent to win the point. We did a better job of that on all courts."

Scioto lost at Coffman 4-1 on April 30 as Joe Hill won at first singles (4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4).

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, track & field and boys volleyball teams:

BASEBALL

May 3 -- Home vs. Mount Vernon

May 4 -- Home vs. New Albany

May 5 -- At Bexley

May 7 -- At 29th-seeded Whetstone in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at fifth-seeded Upper Arlington in second round May 9. Scioto is seeded 30th.

BOYS LACROSSE

May 3 -- Home vs. Columbus Academy

May 5 -- Home vs. Springboro

GIRLS LACROSSE

May 3 -- At Hilliard Davidson

May 4 -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley

SOFTBALL

*May 3 -- Home vs. Delaware. The Irish lost to the Pacers 14-1 on April 19.

*May 4 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne. The Irish beat the Wolves 12-4 on April 10.

May 5 -- At *Jerome with Coffman in Battle of Dublin. The Irish lost to the Celtics 7-4 on April 20.

May 7 -- Home vs. 36th-seeded Davidson in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at 19th-seeded Westerville Central in second round May 9. Scioto is seeded 25th.

BOYS TENNIS

May 7 -- At Pickerington North

TRACK & FIELD

May 4 -- Larkin/Crosten Invitational at Upper Arlington

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

*May 3 -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley. The Irish lost to the Jaguars 27-25, 20-25, 25-7, 22-25, 15-13 on April 12.

May 4 -- Home vs. Coffman and Jerome in Battle of Dublin

*May 8 -- At Jerome. The Irish lost to the Celtics 25-19, 25-18, 25-13 on April 17.

*League contest