To comply with uniform regulations at track and field meets, Patrick Wilson of the Watterson High School boys team is required to take off the green bracelet he has worn on his left wrist on a daily basis for the past five years.

To comply with uniform regulations at track and field meets, Patrick Wilson of the Watterson High School boys team is required to take off the green bracelet he has worn on his left wrist on a daily basis for the past five years.

Wilson, a senior, wears the bracelet in honor of his sister, Christine Marie Wilson, who died in a house fire near the Ohio State campus April 13, 2003 at the age of 19. The fire was ruled an arson and still is under investigation.

Even when Wilson removes the bracelet, which has the initials C.M.W. along with a heart and a shamrock, his sister remains in his thoughts.

"One of the main reasons I started doing track was because my sister did it in high school and she loved it so much, and she motivates me to try to do my best because I know she's up in heaven watching me and helping me," Wilson said. "A lot of this is for her because I want to follow in her footsteps as a good track runner. I think about her a lot. Sometimes when I'm waiting to high jump, I ask her to give me strength and watch over me."

Wilson has been the Eagles' top high-jumper the past three seasons and has developed into one of their better long-jumpers and relay runners as well. At the Stallion Invitational on April 3 at DeSales, he was second in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches).

Wilson also is a team leader.

"It's a pleasure to work with Patrick because he's always so calm and so nice to the other athletes and respectful to the coaches," said girls coach Sherry Yoakam, who coaches the high-jumpers. "He's one of those athletes who makes coaching such a joy because he's a hard worker, a great team player and a young man with good character. I'd like to see him hit at least 6-2 in the high jump to make it to regional."

Although his sister died when he was just 12 years old, Wilson said she has continued to be a positive influence in his life.

"Christine was the one I went to when I was feeling down or needed something to do because she always made me smile," Wilson said. "She was so full of life and outgoing, and I get that from her. I was shocked when she died, and I didn't know how to cope with it at first. But sports have always been a big part of my life and they've helped me handle it."

Wilson played football at Watterson for four years, earning a starting spot at cornerback as a senior. Between football and track seasons, Wilson competed in recreational baseball and basketball leagues throughout high school.

He wears one of Christine's old headbands when he plays basketball, and even though he's only 6-foot he can dunk a volleyball on a regulation basketball rim.

His father, Tim, said Christine would be proud of Patrick's athletic accomplishments.

Through the Christine Wilson Foundation, the Wilson family has raised close to $300,000 over the past six years. The non-profit organization has donated money to Nationwide Children's Hospital, Childhood League Center, HomeReach Hospice, Christ Child Society and Juvenile Arthritis Foundation. The foundation also has awarded 10 $2,500-scholarships to students who wish to attend Watterson.

"Christine was a typical big sister in that she acted like his mom by protecting him and coddling him," Tim Wilson said. "She kidded him that he was an athletic freak, because he's always seemed to excel at any sport or any game that he's tried."

Wilson plans on following in his sister's footsteps by attending Ohio University. Christine Wilson was an education major at Ohio when she died.

Before he graduates, though, Wilson is hoping to finish his final track and field season on a positive note. He is gunning for his first CCL title in the high jump after finishing second behind DeSales graduate Matt Farkas each of the past two years. Farkas cleared 6-2 to edge Wilson (6-0) a year ago.

Wilson also has his sights set on qualifying to the regional and state meets, things he never has done. He cleared a personal-best 6-2 to win the high jump in a meet at Teays Valley a year ago, but he tied for eighth (5-10) at district. Only the top four advance.

"Farkas has graduated and we've moved down to Division II this year, so I think I've got a shot at winning CCL and making it to state," Wilson said. "I'm hoping I can learn to jump 6-2 on a consistent basis because I think that would help me reach those goals. The perfect end to my track career would be if I could tie our school record (6-5) at state. Getting 6-5 is tough, but it's still a goal because I improved four inches from my sophomore to junior year, so it's possible that I could move up three more inches this year."

•The boys track and field team finished second (70) in the seven-team Russ Owen/Bexley Relays last Friday behind St. Charles (104).

The girls team was third (78) behind Bexley (100) and Columbus School for Girls (79).

Both will compete Friday in the Olentangy Invitational.

The boys team, which faced St. Charles last Tuesday, will compete Tuesday at Columbus Academy. The girls team, which faced CSG last Tuesday, will compete Tuesday at the CSG Invitational.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Watterson baseball, softball, boys tennis, boys volleyball, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse teams:


*April 22 -- Defeated Hartley 16-1. Seth Willoughby pitched a three-hitter and hit a three-run home run.

*Last Friday -- Def. Worthington Christian 6-3

Last Saturday -- Def. Reynoldsburg 17-8; lost to Reynoldsburg 14-13. Willoughby hit a three-run home run in the first game.

*Last Monday -- Def. St. Charles 8-0

*Last Wednesday -- Played DeSales

Today -- At Upper Arlington

*Friday -- Home vs. Ready

*Monday -- Home vs. Hartley

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Worthington Christian

Of note: The Eagles were 12-5 overall and 6-0 in the CCL before last Wednesday.


*April 22 -- Lost to Ready 9-2

*April 23 -- Lost to DeSales 4-2

Last Friday -- Lost to Tipp City Tippecanoe 6-3

Last Saturday -- Lost to Olentangy 11-8; Def. Worthington Kilbourne 13-6

*Last Monday -- Def. Worthington Christian 16-1

Last Tuesday -- Played Reynoldsburg

*Last Wednesday -- Played Hartley

Today -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman

*Monday -- Home vs. DeSales

*Wednesday -- At Ready

Of note: The Eagles were 5-8 overall before last Tuesday and 1-3 in the CCL before last Wednesday.


April 22 -- Lost to Bexley 3-2

Last Friday -- Def. Pickerington North 3-2

Last Saturday -- Tied Bexley for third (10) in Worthington Cup behind Worthington Kilbourne (15) and Upper Arlington (11). Chris Diaz and Philip Diaz were first in doubles.

Last Monday -- Lost to Kilbourne 3-2

*Last Tuesday -- Played DeSales in CCL opener

Last Wednesday -- Played Hilliard Davidson

*Today -- Home vs. Hartley

*Tuesday -- At St. Charles

Wednesday -- Home vs. Upper Arlington

Of note: The Eagles were 4-4 before last Tuesday.


April 23 -- Def. Gahanna Christian 25-15, 25-12, 25-14

Last Friday -- Lost to Pickerington North 25-19, 27-25, 22-25, 25-15

Last Saturday -- Def. West Chester Lakota East 25-20, 25-14; Def. Kettering Fairmont 23-25, 25-18, 25-23

Last Tuesday -- Played Whetstone

Of note: The Eagles were 12-3 before last Tuesday.


Last Wednesday -- Lost to Delphos St. John's 12-1

Last Saturday -- Played DeSales

Last Tuesday -- Played Bexley

Today -- At Gahanna

Friday -- Home vs. Pickerington

Wednesday -- At Wellington

Of note: The Eagles were 2-3 before last Saturday.


April 22 -- Lost to Westerville North 12-8

April 23 -- Def. Big Walnut 12-3

Last Saturday -- Def. Perrysburg 18-4

Last Tuesday -- Played Dublin Scioto

Today -- At Hilliard Darby

Friday -- Home vs. DeSales

Of note: The Eagles were 4-2 before last Tuesday.

*CCL contest