The road to the Division II state tournament has been anything but typical for a pair of Bexley High School boys tennis players.

The road to the Division II state tournament has been anything but typical for a pair of Bexley High School boys tennis players.

For one, the doubles team of senior Shai Saar and sophomore Mark Nudelman had played in singles for much of the regular season. The duo also had to defeat their teammates to earn a spot in the state tournament Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

"We're just hoping to play our best tennis," said Saar, who last competed in postseason doubles play as a sophomore. "I think we're communicating well, and our thought processes are melding. He knows what I'm going to do, and I know what he's going to do. We're in sync."

The pair should have one of the top seeds after Columbus Academy forfeited the district championship match May 21 at Wickertree Tennis and Fitness. Academy's doubles team of Hirsh Hede and Austin Lawrence was missing a player, Bexley coach Mark Liefeld said.

Bad weather forced the tournament to move indoors from Upper Arlington.

Saar and Nudelman reached the state tournament by defeating teammates Josh Meyer and Christian Roddy 6-0, 6-1 in a district semifinal May 19 at Academy.

"It was bittersweet," Liefeld said. "It's a nice thing to go into the qualifying match knowing Bexley is going to win. It was really a matter of two full-time tennis players versus two really good athletes."

The top two finishers in singles and doubles at district qualified for state.

In reaching a district semifinal, Meyer and Roddy upset Wellington's Temidayo Dairo and Evan Rogers 6-3, 6-0. Wellington's duo was the top-seeded doubles team in the Columbus School for Girls sectional.

Bexley's lone singles player in the district tournament, Fynn Sieckmann, won his first match against Wellington's Adam Sorrels 6-1, 6-1. He then lost to Wellington's Connor Biernat 7-5, 6-0.

"It was just a heavyweight match," Liefeld said. "Fynn had two set points in the first set. ... Give Biernat credit because his back was against the wall and he found a way to get out of it."

Track teams ready for regional meet

The boys and girls track and field teams have a strong contingent of distance runners and relay competitors in the Division II regional meet Thursday, May 26, and Saturday, May 28, at Lexington.

The top four finishers in each event advance to state June 3 and 4 at Ohio State.

Distance runners Molly Fagin and Peter Hayden each earned top-four finishes in the district meet, which concluded May 21 at Westerville South.

Fagin, who was second in the 3,200 meters (11 minutes, 35.59 seconds) and third in the 1,600 (5:23.43), helped the girls team take fourth (51 points) behind champion CSG (111) as 22 teams scored.

Hayden took second in the 3,200 (9:53.23) and third in the 1,600 (4:28.2), and the boys team finished eighth (38) behind champion Eastmoor Academy (101) as 22 teams scored.

The 400 relay of Lindsay Berndt, Maggie Bunker, Tyler Mansfield and Charnae Williams produced the Lions' only district title (50.49) as the group edged CSG (50.57).

Two other girls relays qualified for regional. The 1,600 relay of Bunker, Williams, Mansfield and Berndt was second (4:11.03), and the 3,200 of Fagin, Claire Flora, Abbie Sapp and Kayla Steinke was third (10:14.92).

The boys 3,200 relay of Jack Allen, Grant Halliday, Hayden and Robert Myers also qualified with a second-place finish (8:11.58).

Bexley's other regional qualifiers are Libby Brown, who took fourth in the 300 hurdles (49.72), and Wade Randle, who was second in the shot put (49 feet, 1/2 inch).

Others scoring points at district for the girls team were Mansfield in the 200 (sixth, 26.84), Sapp in the 800 (seventh, 2:32.94) and Julia Cohn in the 1,600 (sixth, 5:37.2).

The boys 400 relay of Alexander Garside, Andrew Snavely, Rico Truss and Elijah Fabyan was sixth (44.78), and Fabyan also was sixth in the high jump (5-10).

Girls lacrosse team falls in tourney

For the third consecutive year, Worthington Kilbourne ended the girls lacrosse team's season in the Division II South/Central Region tournament.

The host Wolves won 16-8 in a second-round contest May 20.

Bexley, which closed the season at 6-10, won its postseason opener 14-8 against visiting Cincinnati Anderson on May 17.

Kilbourne defeated the Lions 19-12 in a regional semifinal last season and won 13-12 in double overtime in a 2014 regional final.

Boys lacrosse team loses to Granville

The boys lacrosse team lost its opening-round game in the Division II Central Region tournament for the third consecutive season.

The 4-1 loss at Granville on May 19 ended the Lions' season at 8-9, but they improved on last year's 6-10 finish.

Injuries hinder softball team

With his returning starting pitcher injured and the offense struggling to score, softball coach Rick Wemlinger knew the chances of putting together a winning season were slim.

The 14th-seeded Lions finished 9-15 overall with a 6-1 loss at second-seeded Jonathan Alder on May 12 in the second round of the Division II district tournament. Bexley defeated its first-round opponent, 16th-seeded Marion-Franklin, 7-1 on May 10 at home.

Junior Lauren Woodford, who pitched sparingly after suffering an injury early in the season, held Jonathan Alder to just two runs until the sixth inning when the Pioneers scored four times.

"It absolutely killed us not having her (in the circle)," Wemlinger said. "Pitching is 80 percent of the game, and I bet she pitched all of 15 innings. She is capable of keeping us in ballgames, and we needed that."

Bexley finished 1-11 in the MSL-Ohio Division, behind West Jefferson (12-0), Worthington Christian (9-3), Madison Plains (8-3), Whitehall (6-6), London (4-8) and Grandview (1-10).

Junior catcher Renata Russo, who batted a team-best .362, was the only first-team all-league selection. Senior second baseman and shortstop Ashley Barno was second-team all-league with sophomore outfielder Nicole Hoyer, and junior outfielder Emily Huefner was honorable mention all-league.

Other starters expected to return are junior Han Ta (SS), sophomores Grace Hunley (P/3B) and Natalie Grace (OF) and freshman Kaia Woodford (P/INF).

"We're going to have to work in the weight room in the offseason," Wemlinger said. "We are physically weak. There were times when we couldn't get the ball out of the infield."