For the second consecutive week, the Westerville North High School boys and girls track and field teams ruled the shot put.
In the Division I, district 1 meet, which concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby, senior Phylan Perkins won the girls shot put with an effort of 40 feet, 6 3/4 inches and junior Jeremiah Burton won the boys event with a heave of 50-7 1/4.
It was a repeat of the OCC-Buckeye Division meet, where Burton won with a 53-8 and Perkins was first with an effort of 40-10 1/2.
Both qualified for regional May 23 and Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North, where the top four finishers in each event advance to state June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
Perkins also finished fourth in the discus (107-9) to move on, as the top four in each event advanced. The girls team was eighth (30 points) of 16 teams behind champion Pickerington Central (112).
"I had confidence but I knew there was good competition here and that helped to drive me," Perkins said. "I was fifth last year at district and just missed out, so I wanted to make sure I got (to regional). My first (throw) was my best so I came out ready to go."
Also advancing to regional was Jaiden Stokes, who was fourth in the 200 meters in 26.18 seconds. She just missed advancing in the 100, placing fifth in 13.05.
Stokes also was on the seventh-place 800 relay (1:47.06) with Jalyse Cornley, Leah Freeman and Audrey Smith.
Lynn Burton was fifth in the shot put (34-3 1/2).
Jeremiah Burton qualified for his second consecutive regional after placing ninth in the shot put (48-5 1/2) last season.
"I got it done today," said Burton, who also was sixth in the discus (128-1) at district. "I know there is going to be a lot of competition, so I have to keep working.
"Staying mentally focused, that's the big thing. You have to come out ready and show what you can do."
The Warriors' 400 relay of Parish Boahen, Mamady Kaba, Noah Gilbert and Dorian Reynolds advanced by finishing second in 43.62.
The boys team finished seventh (29) in district 1 behind champion Pickerington Central (158).
Julian Slate placed sixth in the 300 hurdles (41.9). Reynolds was seventh in the 100 (11.71), Rondale Smith was seventh in the long jump (19-6 3/4) and Ryan Cooper was eighth in the 400 (52.36).
Lacrosse teams fall in second-round play
The boys and girls lacrosse teams both lost in the second round of the Division I regional tournament.
The ninth-seeded girls team lost at top-seeded New Albany 17-2 on May 18 in Region 1. Lauren Harris and Grace Heighway scored for the Warriors, who finished 8-11.
The ninth-seeded boys team lost at eighth-seeded Thomas Worthington 17-9 in Region 3 play May 15 to finish 8-11.
Boys volleyball team loses to Warhawks
The boys volleyball team lost to eighth-seeded Westerville Central 25-15, 18-25, 25-22, 27-25 in a Division I East Region quarterfinal May 19 at Olentangy.
The ninth-seeded Warriors finished 11-9.
Young baseball team battles growing pains
The baseball team finished 10-18 overall with a young group of players mentored by a four-player senior class.
The Warriors finished fifth (4-11) in the OCC-Buckeye behind Olentangy Liberty (14-1), Olentangy (11-4), Orange (7-8) and Westerville Central (6-9) and ahead of Westerville South (3-12).
The seniors were Chad Gordish (OF/P; honorable mention all-district, second-team all-league), Josh Houston (SS; honorable mention all-league), Andrew Miller (INF/P) and Jack Murgas (utility/P; second-team all-league).
Murgas batted a team-high .346 and was 2-5 with a 2.71 ERA in 41 1/3 innings. Gordish was 3-4 with a 2.09 ERA in 47 innings.
"This senior class was small but valuable," ninth-year coach Sean Ring said. "This group of seniors pushed our young guys to compete and acted as mentors in teaching the younger players how varsity baseball works."
North was seeded 31st for the Division I district tournament. It defeated 47th-seeded Franklin Heights 11-0 in five innings May 7 at home before losing at top-seeded Liberty 13-2 in five innings May 9 in the second round.
Junior infielder Adam Stefanelli (special mention all-league; .307) is expected to return along with juniors Andrew Dellasanta (OF; .302) and Mason Lowder (INF/P; 1-2, 4.82 ERA, 24 2/3 innings), sophomores Harper Flynn (utility/P; .323) and Nolan Todys (utility/P; 2-2, 5.33 ERA, 22 1/3 innings) and freshman Ty Hearn (utility/P; .286).
Softball team showed steady improvement
Second-year coach Caitie Fackler hoped her softball team would make daily strides, and she was happy with its progress.
The Warriors finished 13-14 overall and tied Orange and South for fourth (3-7) in the OCC-Buckeye behind Olentangy (8-2), Central (7-3) and Liberty (6-4).
"Our team grew throughout the season," Fackler said. "Our goal was to make each game better than the last and for the most part we accomplished that. Each player learned how to contribute to the team by learning their roles and executing their job."
North had four seniors in Cheyney Carr (OF), Kirsten Georges (INF), Kasyn Scarantine (C) and Makenzie Smucker (INF; honorable mention all-district, second-team all-league).
Expected to return are sophomores Katie Palmer (P; second-team all-district, first-team all-league), Cici Thomas (utility; second-team all-league) and Chloe Yingling (OF; special mention all-league) and freshman Emily Edgell (utility; honorable mention all-league).
"I'm excited about the group we have returning next year," Fackler said. "They got a lot of game experience and learned from their mistakes this year. They continue to improve and compete as they play with confidence and a little bit of swagger."
In the Division I district tournament, the 27th-seeded Warriors defeated 33rd-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 2-1 on May 7 at home before losing at 11th-seeded Watkins Memorial 12-0 in five innings in the second round May 9.