J.B. Jones has a complimentary description of the members of the Columbus City Schools club lacrosse team this spring: "No-quit kind of guys."

J.B. Jones has a complimentary description of the members of the Columbus City Schools club lacrosse team this spring: "No-quit kind of guys."

The coach of the team that includes players from five Columbus City Schools as well as two players from Columbus Academy and one each from Westland and Horizon Science Academy has watched in enjoyment as the second-year squad already has surpassed its win total from a year ago.

"Things are going great this year," said Jones, who was the defensive coordinator last year under former CCS coach and current Olentangy coach Mike Kinney. "The kids I have are working very hard. Half of them are first-year players and the others have really stepped up to help the new kids and help the team. It's really helped the cohesiveness of the entire team."

CCS split its schedule between junior varsity and varsity opponents last year and beat Marysville (11-4 and 3-2) for its first two varsity victories.

This season, the squad was 3-3 before playing Delaware on April 27. Its next games are Friday, April 29, at Pickerington North, and Tuesday, May 3, at Watterson.

CCS competes in the Club Division of the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association. Its victories this season have come over Marysville (7-6 on April 5), the Clinton County Crusaders club team (11-3 on April 9) from Wilmington and Wilmington (10-6 on April 13).

Whetstone has seven players on the roster. Centennial has two players and Brookhaven, Mifflin and Northland each has one.

Seniors D'Angelo Cousar (Horizon Science) and Spencer Kidwell (Centennial) and sophomore Hart Wise (Academy) are the captains.

Other key players include Whetstone junior Suding Seitter, Whetstone senior Brian Tran, Northland sophomore Julian Henderson and Brookhaven sophomore Malik McGill.

"It takes time to learn the game, and what CCS needs is a feeder program," Jones said. "The guys have all come a long way. A couple guys just picked up the game five weeks ago and are just learning every day.

"On the defensive side of the ball, the slides have been great, and that's what's kept us in games. I have probably six or seven kids that can beat just about anybody in our division one on one."

•GIRLS TRACK NOTES - Sophomore Aaliyah Barnes didn't compete for the Eastmoor Academy girls track and field team last spring because she was half of a credit short from being eligible.

The Warriors are thrilled to have her this spring.

Barnes is ranked second in the area honor roll this week in both the 100 meters (12.2 seconds) and 200 (25.18). Hartley's Aisha Cavin is first in the 100 (12.1) and 200 (24.42).

"(Barnes is) a sophomore, and she's pretty good," coach Rich Bolden said. "She's been concentrating on the (100 and 200) and a couple relays. We're just trying to get her acclimated to high school track. She's a gifted young lady. In the early season you don't expect that much out of a track runner, so it surprised me, but I don't think it surprised her."

Sophomore Sariah Rhodes is another key sprinter for Eastmoor. Seniors Shannon Moore, Jasmine Peterson and Shaniece Ryan are the top middle distance runners for the Warriors.

Centennial also should be strong in middle distance races.

Junior Aarin Jones is ranked third in the honor roll in the 400 (58.53). The Stars' 1,600 relay, which has featured Jones, seniors Nyesha Baskerville and Laura Watkins and freshman Emiyah Kelly, has run 4:14.24.

Junior Tanesha Williams and freshman Jenna Herron are other key sprinters for the Stars. Last season, Centennial finished second (112) at the City League meet behind Northland (137).

"Aarin Jones missed going to state by one spot (in the 400) last year, so she's come with a completely different attitude this year," coach Rhonda Reese said. "She's on a mission. The (1,600 relay) could end up going 4:05.

"I don't think we've put it all together as a track team yet. I'm happy, but I'd like to see more."

Marion-Franklin's Ki'Lesia Perry is first in the area honor roll in the 100 hurdles (14.7).

Also ranked are Northland's Jasmine Weatherspoon in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches) and Ebony Mundy in the long jump (17-0), Walnut Ridge's Asia Bange in the 100 hurdles (15.56) and 300 hurdles (46.05) and Eastmoor's 800 relay (1:47.29).

Last season at the Division I state meet, Perry finished third in the 100 hurdles (14.63) and Bange was 15th in the 300 hurdles (46.85).

•BOYS TRACK NOTES - The Eastmoor boys team also has been lifted by a new addition.

Junior Jalen Crosby is third in the area honor roll in the 200 (22.25) and also is ranked in the 100 (11.0). After not coming out for track the previous two seasons, Crosby likely will anchor the Warriors' 400 and 800 relays.

"He's played football and has been here (at Eastmoor), but he finally decided to come out and get a taste of track," coach Jason Lewis said. "I've been pleasantly surprised. He's got a lot of upside and he's getting adjusted to the events, the blocks and running on relays."

Eastmoor plans on being a major player at the City meet next month after finishing second (101.33) behind Brookhaven (115) last season.

The Warriors' 3,200 relay featuring seniors Alex Cannon and Keenan Morgan has been an early strength, and Lewis expects big things from junior Jabari Howard in the discus. Also back is junior Tahje' Brown, who was second in the City last year in the long jump and has gone 21-1 this season. Junior Terrell Bolden has been the team's best hurdler, Lewis said.

"With 35 guys, this is the biggest team I've ever had," said Lewis, who is in his eighth season as coach. "I'm pleased with all of the sprint relays and our (3,200 relay) that scored at the regional last year. We have a lot of raw talent."