The Dublin Jerome High School girls lacrosse team enters the Division I, Region 3 tournament knowing one of its biggest goals already has been accomplished.

The Celtics beat Scioto 16-4 on May 1 to finish 6-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and capture their second league championship in three seasons.

Jerome was 11-3 overall and had won nine games in a row before facing Upper Arlington on May 8.

"It was very exciting (to win the league title)," coach Kendall Gordon said. "It was definitely something the team had as a goal in mind for this year, but I can hardly believe we're already there. This team has grown so much over the past couple months and continues to grow and evolve every game."

Against Scioto, goalkeeper Mackenzie Potts made eight saves, midfielder Gabby Rothermund controlled the draw and midfielders Emmy Peele and Sydney Stone had three and two goals, respectively, to lead the way, according to Gordon.

Jerome, which closes the regular season Friday, May 11, at Cincinnati Sycamore, received the second seed for the regional tournament and opens Monday, May 14, at home against 16th-seeded Marysville. The winner plays seventh-seeded Gahanna or ninth-seeded Pickerington Central in a regional quarterfinal May 18 at a site to be announced.

If Jerome advances, a rematch with third-seeded Thomas Worthington or fifth-seeded Coffman could be looming in a regional semifinal May 21. The Celtics beat Thomas 15-7 on April 12 but fell to Coffman 12-8 on April 14.

Volleyball squad wins Battle of Dublin

Whenever it needs motivation, the boys volleyball team needs to only look at the Division I regional rankings.

Although the Celtics were 14-5 overall before playing Scioto on May 8, won the Battle of Dublin on May 4 and will finish as runner-up in the OCC-Cardinal behind perennial area power Hilliard Darby, they hadn't been ranked in the East regional poll since early April heading into this week.

The tournament drawing is Monday, May 14.

"We upset two teams last year in the tournament, so I guess we're just going to have to do it again and again," coach Phil Cagnoli said. "We play good volleyball and I think we've been ignored for too long."

The Celtics opened the Battle of Dublin by beating host Scioto 25-12, 25-23. Then against Coffman, they trailed 24-23 in the third set before rallying for a 25-23, 21-25, 26-24 victory.

"It's really important to us," junior outside hitter Gage Utrup said. "The team came together and refocused. We'll go pretty far in the tournament."

Boys lacrosse team preps for tourney

The boys lacrosse team received the fourth seed for the Division I, Region 1 tournament and will open Tuesday, May 15, at home against 15th-seeded Marysville in a first-round game.

The winner plays sixth-seeded Delaware or 14th-seeded Brunswick in a regional quarterfinal May 18.

Jerome has lost three of its last four games, including falling 11-10 in three overtimes to Springboro on May 4, but is 11-5 overall heading into its games Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, in the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association tournament at Fortress Obetz.

"We've lost (four) games by a goal," coach Andy Asmo said. "We're super young, but we're right there. I feel good going into the playoffs."

According to Asmo, attacker Andrew Brim has been leading the offense and defenders Brandon Infante and Zach Dubois and midfielder Trey Welch also have been standouts.

Sophomore Dom Nardone and freshman Jack Donahue also have taken on bigger roles with faceoff midfielder Reid McCrabb missing time with illness.

Postseason begins for baseball team

The 17th-seeded baseball team improved to 14-13 overall with a 6-4 victory over 28th-seeded Groveport in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 7.

The Celtics played at fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson in the second round May 9. The winner plays sixth-seeded Lancaster or 27th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 15, at a site to be announced. The district final is May 17 at a site to be announced.

The Celtics split a doubleheader May 5 against Big Walnut, winning the opener 5-4 and losing the second game 8-2. They lost to Scioto 3-2 on May 2 to finish 4-8 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Softball team ousted by Bears

The 17th-seeded softball team lost to 21st-seeded Upper Arlington 9-4 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 7 to finish 11-10. The Golden Bears scored five runs in the sixth inning to seal the victory.

In the Dublin Battle for the Cure on May 5 at home, Tasia Talton had the winning hit as Jerome beat Scioto 4-3. The Celtics then led Coffman 9-4 but gave up six runs in the sixth inning and lost 10-9.

Track teams set for league, postseason

The boys and girls track and field teams are competing in the OCC-Cardinal meet Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12, at Coffman.

Both squads then will compete in the Division I, district 3 meet that begins Wednesday, May 16, with field events, continues May 17 with running preliminaries and concludes May 19 at Darby with running finals.

The top four finishers in each event advance to regional May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North.

In the Jaguar Invitational on May 4 at Bradley, the boys scored 78 points to finish second of eight teams, behind Bradley (110), and the girls were third (79) of eight teams, behind Marysville (111) and Pickerington North (95.5).

Elliott Cook won the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 25.2 seconds) for the boys team, while winning titles for the girls were Emily Oiler in the 400 (1:01.99), Hayley Jacobs in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches) and the 3,200 relay of Abby Lenz, Larkin Thomas, Madison Weigle and Kathryn Willette (10:26.28).

Tennis team preps for sectional tourney

The boys tennis team opens the Division I postseason in a sectional Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12, at Bradley.

The Celtics have two seeded singles players and one seeded doubles team at the sectional, where the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament May 17 at Bradley and May 19 at Upper Arlington.

Sophomore Anish Patel is the top seed in singles and will open against Westerville Central's Michael Weiler or Independence's Camron McGill and junior Daniel Utkin is the fourth seed in singles and will play Zanesville's Ben Roman or Nothland's D.J. Combs in his opener. Also competing in singles is sophomore Andrew Dvorkin, who opens against Bradley's Louis Sartain. In doubles, seniors Nate Meadors and Pranav Murali are the second seed, while senior Dhruva Gurushankar and junior Dylan Cai also are competing.

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