Daevon Anderson continued his torrid pace for the Hilliard Bradley High School boys track and field team in the Division I, district 3 meet that concluded May 19 at Darby.
The senior won three individual events and anchored a second-place relay to lead the Jaguars into the regional meet, which began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North.
Anderson finished first in the 110-meter hurdles (14.41 seconds), 300 hurdles (38.27) and long jump (23 feet, 1 1/4 inches) and followed Matthew Drovdlic, Kory Taylor and Kenyon Richardson on the runner-up 400 relay (43.8).
At regional, the top four finishers in each event advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
"I really like the hurdles a lot right now, but I'm doing well in the long jump," Anderson said. "Speed and height are really the keys when you are in the long jump. The speed takes you higher and then you have to hold the height to get the distance."
In the OCC-Cardinal Division meet May 10 and 12 at Dublin Coffman, Anderson won the 110 hurdles (program-record 14.19), 300 hurdles (38.54) and long jump (21-10) and was on the winning 800 relay (1:30.73).
"Daevon is really doing great right now," coach Ben Gadfield said. "He keeps improving in the hurdles and he's really jumping well."
Caleb Levitt also won a district title, finishing first in the high jump (6-2), as the Jaguars scored 82 points to finish third behind Olentangy Orange (133) and Big Walnut (86.5) as 14 teams scored.
Also advancing to regional were the 800 relay of Zeke Bennett, Richardson, Taylor and Drovdlic (second, 1:30.75), Bennett in the 400 (third, 51.1) and Ibrahim Dumbuya in the 300 hurdles (third, 40.35).
Placing fifth to fall one spot shy of qualifying were Taylor in the 100 (11.6) and Levitt in the long jump (21-0).
"I feel we did what was expected," Gadfield said. "I cannot really think of a down event that we had. The kids came out and performed well and did what was expected."
The girls team did not have any regional qualifiers and finished 14th (7) of 16 teams in district 1, behind champion Pickerington Central (112).
Placing seventh were Emily Keck in the shot put (33-8 1/4) and the 3,200 relay of Laura Scheiderer, Grace Michel, Emily Marschhausen and Isabella Brooks (10:11.75), while finishing eighth were the 1,600 relay of Mikhayla Draper, Brittany Amador, Delaney Porter and Ella Richardson (4:17.96), Marschhausen in the 1,600 (5:37.73) and Scheiderer in the 800 (2:28.89).
Boys lacrosse team ousted by Wolves
The boys lacrosse team lost at second-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 18-2 in the second round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 15.
Colin McClurg had both goals and goalkeeper Matt Humphreys had 11 saves for the 14th-seeded Jaguars, who finished 5-11.
Season ends for boys volleyball team
The boys volleyball team lost to host and second-seeded Olentangy 25-19, 25-20, 25-11 in a Division I East Region quarterfinal May 19 to finish 8-11.
The 16th-seeded Jaguars defeated 19th-seeded New Albany 25-8, 25-9, 25-18 in the first round May 18 at Olentangy.
OCC title highlights softball season
Highlighting the season for the softball team was its second consecutive league title.
Bradley had to win its final five OCC-Cardinal games to repeat as league champion. The Jaguars went 10-2 in the league to tie Delaware for first, ahead of Darby (9-3), Dublin Jerome (6-6), Kilbourne (4-8), Dublin Scioto (3-9) and Thomas Worthington (0-12).
Seeded seventh in the Division I district tournament, Bradley defeated Newark 10-0 in five innings in the second round May 9 before losing 3-2 at 13th-seeded Olentangy in a district semifinal May 14 to finish 17-5 overall.
"I thought the kids did extremely well with the pressure put on them down the stretch to win the league," coach Kevin Moody said. "We had a very talented senior class with a lot of offensive and defensive skills. They were our 2, 3, 4 and 5 hitters, so that was a lot of production."
The Jaguars are losing six seniors, led by pitcher Lexie Hilling, a Wright State signee who was named first-team all-district and all-league after going 13-3 with a 2.29 ERA, 102 strikeouts and 32 walks in 107 2/3 innings and batting .469 with three home runs, 31 RBI, 10 doubles and a .552 on-base percentage.
Senior Lauren Renner (SS) batted .361 with two homers, 30 RBI and 22 runs scored and was second-team all-district and all-league, and senior Heather Holly (1B/2B) hit .400 with 18 RBI and 16 runs and was special mention all-league.
Renner and Holly have committed to play for Hillsdale College and Cedarville, respectively.
Rounding out the seniors are Savanna McCoppin (3B), Khalysah Rashid (3B/OF) and Hannah Lewis (OF), who missed the season with a hip injury but will play at Otterbein.
Leading the expected returnees is junior outfielder Jaiden Bryant (honorable mention all-state, first-team all-district and all-league), who led the team in batting average (.474), homers (9), RBI (40), runs (44), doubles (15) triples (5), stolen bases (12) and on-base percentage (.613).
Junior Annika Murray (2B/OF; second-team all-league) batted .379 with 10 RBI and 25 runs, and sophomore Amanda Nashalsky (C/OF; honorable mention all-league) hit .348 with four homers, 16 RBI and nine runs.
Macie LoParo is expected to take over in the circle. The sophomore was 4-2 with a 4.59 ERA, 26 strikeouts and 22 walks in 38 1/3 innings.
Baseball team losing seven seniors
The baseball team is losing seven seniors after finishing 17-11 overall.
The Jaguars had a .304 batting average and a 2.99 ERA and won six of seven games before losing to 10th-seeded Pickerington Central 5-1 in a Division I district semifinal May 14 at Grove City.
Seeded 15th, Bradley opened the postseason with a 6-0 win over 45th-seeded Westland on May 7 and defeated host and seventh-seeded Kilbourne 12-3 in the second round May 9.
The Jaguars went 7-5 in the OCC-Cardinal to tie Scioto for second, behind Darby (9-3) and ahead of Thomas and Kilbourne (both 6-6), Jerome (4-8) and Delaware (3-9).
"It's been a pleasure working with these kids, especially the seniors who gave it all they had and never sold out," first-year coach Nate Hillery said. "They worked hard in the offseason to make sure we were successful."
Seniors Jack Rasmussen (P/1B; second-team all-district, first-team all-league) and Enrique Ozoa (honorable mention all-district, first-team all-league) both will play for Cuyahoga Community College.
Rasmussen led the team in RBI (17), doubles (16) and on-base percentage (.480) and batted .359 with one homer and 19 runs. On the mound, he was 3-3 with a 3.36 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 21 walks in 35 2/3 innings.
Ozoa was 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 13 walks in 35 innings and batted .342 with 16 RBI and 21 RBI.
Seniors Jake Norris (INF/P; special mention-all-league) and Trey Yoder (2B; second-team all-league) will play at Muskingum. Norris batted .359 with four RBI and eight runs and was 1-3 on the mound with a 3.42 ERA, 33 strikeouts and 16 walk in 30 2/3 innings. Yoder batted .310 with 14 RBI and 18 runs.
Senior catcher Isaiah Winters (.310, 9 RBI and 11 runs) will play at Tiffin. Tim Miles (C/3B/P) and Shaun Richardson (P) round out the seniors.
The Jaguars expect to return their top pitcher in junior Luke Barren, who was 6-1 with a 1.26 ERA, 29 strikeouts and seven walks in 55 2/3 innings and was second-team all-district and all-league.
Junior Drew Donaldson (SS/3B; honorable mention all-league) batted .315 with 10 RBI, 20 runs and 13 stolen bases, and junior Pat Day (OF) hit .333 with nine RBI, 14 runs and 12 stolen bases.