Jen Bunker has inherited a wealth of talent in her first year as coach of the Columbus School for Girls track and field team, but also faces a new challenge -- a move to Division II.

Jen Bunker has inherited a wealth of talent in her first year as coach of the Columbus School for Girls track and field team, but also faces a new challenge -- a move to Division II.

The Unicorns have returned three members of their 400-meter relay that placed second (50.29 seconds) in the Division III state meet last spring at Ohio State. Senior Isabella Pesavento, junior Saidyah Babatunde and sophomore Imani Babatunde have returned from the relay, which also included 2015 graduate Rebecca O'Donovan.

Imani Babatunde and Pesavento teamed with senior Eleanor Smith, a Cornell University signee, and junior Ayla Kazemi on the third-place 1,600 relay (3:59.71).

Also at state, Imani Babatunde placed ninth in the 200 (26.48) and 14th in the 100 (12.83), junior Anna Tierney finished 12th in the 3,200 (12:05.88) and Smith finished 15th in the 400 (1:01.99), as CSG scored 14 points to tie three other teams for 14th behind champion Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (69) as 66 teams scored.

"We have some good athletes and some kids coming into their own," said Bunker, who replaced Elon Simms, who stepped down after three seasons.

The Unicorns opened April 5 at home in a five-team meet, scoring 121 points to finish ahead of Jonathan Alder (100), Ready (54), London (47) and Tree of Life (4). Saidyah Babatunde won the shot put (29 feet, 5 3/4 inches) and discus (85-11 1/2), sophomore Sidney Flynn won the long jump (13-1 1/4) and Kazemi finished first in the 300 hurdles (48.78).

CSG finished fifth (39) in the nine-team Dick Houston Relays on April 7 at Licking Valley, behind champion Watkins Memorial (117). Freshman Alicia Donley tied Watkins Memorial's Lindsey Finnegan for first in the high jump (4-10) and Kazemi, Pesavento, Donley and Smith were on the winning 1,600 relay (4:15.16).

"We have moved to Division II, and the biggest difference will be in depth. Teams have more depth than in Division III," Bunker said.

The Unicorns have 36 athletes on their roster, which according to Bunker doubles last season's total. This year's team includes 20 freshmen and sophomores.

Bunker coached the Columbus Academy girls team last year, her only season leading the Vikings. A 1991 Bexley graduate, she is a former Division II state-record holder in the 400 (55.57). She was state champion in the 100 and 400 and state runner-up in the 200 her senior season, and remains the school record holder in all three events.

A 1996 University of Michigan graduate, Bunker previously served as an assistant in track and field hockey at Bexley and CSG.

Lacrosse team returns top three scorers

The lacrosse team has returned its top three scorers from last season in senior attacker Molly Bokor and sophomore midfielders Lily Berger and Ella Fronk.

Berger led CSG with 34 goals and five assists, Bokor scored 33 goals and Fronk had 20 goals and led the team with 36 ground balls.

Also back are senior midfielder Avery Hinson (15 goals), senior midfielder Addie Standley (9 goals) and senior attacker Kaitlyn Yale (10 goals, 35 assists).

The Unicorns have eight seniors on their 18-player roster, including defenders Katie Henderson and Madeline Ostrowski, attacker Sarah Knott and goalkeeper Regan Moran.

"We have some good seniors and some talented younger players," second-year coach Kellen Morrissey said.

The Unicorns, who finished 10-8 overall last season, were 1-3 before playing Wellington on April 12 in a Central Independent League contest. Last season, they finished sixth (2-5) in the CIL behind champion Academy (7-0) and placed fourth (0-3) in the CCL behind champion DeSales (3-0).

Berger had five goals, Fronk scored four and Bokor scored three in CSG's 17-5 victory over Westerville Central on April 7. Hinson had three goals and Berger scored two in an 18-12 loss to Pickerington North on March 29 in the season opener, and Bokor scored twice and Moran had nine saves in an 8-4 loss to DeSales on April 5 in the Unicorns' CCL and CIL opener.

CSG also lost to Dublin Jerome 16-4 on April 2.

"We're still working on finding our style of play on offense and, from a defensive perspective, we have been working on slowing down some teams," Morrissey said. "Defensively, we have been strong and working well together. Regan Moran has been really consistent for us in goal."

Klopfenstein named basketball coach

Isaac Klopfenstein was named basketball coach March 28.

He replaces Ben Patrick, who led the program for two seasons. Patrick left to coach the girls team at Tree of Life.

A math teacher at CSG, Klopfenstein was an assistant coach with the Hartley girls program the past two seasons. He also has been an assistant at his alma mater, Jackson Center.

Last season, the Unicorns finished 8-15.



March 29 -- at Pickerington North

April 2 -- at Dublin Jerome

*April 5 -- vs. DeSales

April 7 -- vs. Westerville Central

*April 12 -- vs. Wellington

April 16 -- Mentor Lake Catholic and Wooster in Hannigan-Galipault Tournament at Thomas Worthington

*April 19 -- at Granville

April 21 -- at Gahanna

*April 26 -- vs. Watterson

*April 28 -- at Columbus Academy

*May 3 -- vs. Hartley

May 5 -- at Dublin Scioto

May 7 -- vs. Cincinnati Turpin

*May 10 -- at Bexley


April 5 -- vs. Jonathan Alder, London, Ready and Tree of Life

April 7 -- Dick Houston Relays at Licking Valley

April 12 -- vs. Africentric, Columbus South, Madison Christian and Northside Christian

April 15 -- Russ Owen-Bexley Relays

April 19 -- at Westerville Central with Bexley and Worthington Christian

April 22 -- Freedom Relays at Olentangy Liberty

April 23 -- Bloom-Carroll Invitational

April 26 -- vs. Bexley, Columbus Academy and Grandview

April 29 -- Central Ohio All-Star Invitational at Hamilton Township

May 3 -- at Grandview with Africentric, Fairbanks and Linden-McKinley

May 6 -- Tiger Invitational at Columbus East

May 7 -- Newark Catholic Senior Recognition Invitational

May 9 -- Grandview with Africentric, Fairbanks and Linden-McKinley

May 11, 13 -- CCL meet at DeSales

*League contest