The Watterson High School boys tennis team is in position to extend its postseason past the sectional level for the first time since 2014, when one of its doubles teams advanced to the Division II district tournament.
Now back in Division II after competing in Division I the past two postseasons, the Eagles will have the third seed in singles in junior Chris Finissi and the fourth seed in doubles in freshmen Nick Geelan and Cole Petrilla at the Columbus School for Girls sectional Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament May 17 at Columbus Academy and May 19 at Upper Arlington.
"For as inconsistent as the season has been in terms of flow, there has been improvement," coach Ryan Schwieterman said. "(Finissi) likes (competing in) singles. He's built like someone that could play doubles, but singles is where he's comfortable. Geelan is really good in doubles."
Watterson was 6-5 overall before facing Whetstone on May 7 and Delaware on May 8 and finished second in the CCL at 3-1, behind St. Charles (4-0).
Finissi opens the sectional against Bexley's Nolan Winston or Caledonia River Valley's Noah Paxton. Freshman Johnny DiOrio plays Jonathan Alder's Evan Collins and freshman Luke Ritchie plays River Valley's Patrick Ravi in other singles openers.
In doubles, Geelan and Petrilla have a first-round bye and junior Jacob Devendra and freshman Adam Pavliga open against Marion Pleasant's Zach Abraham and Adam Meyer.
Track teams prep for biggest meets
The boys and girls track and field teams are competing in the CCL meet, which began May 8 and concludes Thursday, May 10, at Hartley.
Both squads begin their respective postseasons Tuesday, May 15. The girls are competing in the Division I, district 3 meet, which continues May 17 and concludes May 19 at Hilliard Darby, while the boys are in the Division II, district 2 meet, which continues Wednesday, May 16, and concludes May 19 at Westerville South.
In the Larkin/Crosten Invitational on May 4 at Upper Arlington, the girls placed seventh (47 points) of 12 teams, behind champion Pickerington Central (126), and the boys tied St. Charles for 10th (18) of 13 teams as Pickerington Central was first (146).
Leading the girls were the 1,600-meter relay of Cailin O'Reilly, Jane Porter, Anna Kessler and Erin Connors (second, 4 minutes, 7.68 seconds), the 3,200 relay of Brooklyn Brush, Kelsi Connors, Emily Latshaw and Bridget Dougherty (fourth, 9:57.65) and Kilyn McGuff in the long jump (fourth, 15 feet, 5 inches).
The boys team was led by the 3,200 relay of Nick Kuraly, Matthew Lamb, Will Garey and Matthew Hartel (third, 8:30.88) and Tony Rogner in the 400 (third, 51.5).
"I've really liked the effort," coach Adam Kessler said. "It's kind of laying out how I anticipated. I think it's coming together."
Softball team opens postseason action
After losing to Ready 11-2 on May 2, the softball team had a week off heading into the Division I district tournament.
Watterson was seeded 12th and opened the postseason May 9 at home against 15th-seeded Mount Vernon or 43rd-seeded Westland in the second round.
The winner plays fifth-seeded Delaware, 23rd-seeded Dublin Coffman or 44th-seeded Thomas Worthington in a district semifinal Monday, May 14, at a neutral site to be announced. The district final is May 18 or 19 at Pickerington Central or Pickerington North.
Watterson entered the postseason at 13-8 overall and finished as runner-up in the CCL at 4-2, behind Ready (5-1).
In the loss to Ready, Gretchen Glanzman, Gracie Bressoud, Bekah Forshey, Sam Goad, Maddie McCleary and Rachel Reuter each had one hit, but the Silver Knights scored five runs in the third inning, four in the sixth and two in the seventh to lock up the league title.
Baseball team set for district opener
The eighth-seeded baseball team opens the Division II district tournament Thursday, May 10, at home with a second-round game against 11st-seeded Granville or 22nd-seeded Columbus East.
The winner faces top-seeded Bloom-Carroll, 14th-seeded Linden-McKinley or 20th-seeded Independence in a district semifinal Monday, May 14, at a neutral site to be announced.
The district final is Wednesday, May 16, at a neutral site to be announced. The district champion advances to a regional semifinal May 24 at Bowling Green Carter Park.
Watterson, which also has a regular-season game Saturday, May 12, at home against Newark Catholic, beat Centennial 12-1 on May 5 to improve to 14-9 overall.
Against the Stars, Eric Entler went 3-for-4, Cole Andrews was 2-for-2 with three RBI and Nate Meyer also went 2-for-2 in support of pitcher Nick Hurley, who gave up one unearned run and three hits in four innings to pick up the victory.
Watterson lost to Hartley 6-5 in nine innings May 2 to tie St. Charles for third in the CCL at 4-4, behind co-champions DeSales and Hartley (both 6-2).
Below are the coming schedules for the Watterson boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and boys volleyball teams:
*May 10 -- St. Charles at Otterbein
May 14 -- Home vs. 13th-seeded Jonathan Alder in first round of Division II, Region 7 tournament. Watterson is the third seed.
*May 10 -- At Wellington
May 11 -- Dublin Coffman at Otterbein
May 17 -- Home vs. 10th-seeded Big Walnut in first round of Division II, Region 7 tournament. Watterson is the seventh seed.
May 10 -- Home vs. Whetstone
May 11 -- At Gahanna
May 12 -- Middletown Fenwick Tournament
May 16 -- At Licking Heights