The Whetstone High School boys tennis team will face Columbus West in the City League championship match on Monday, May 2, at Wolfe Park.

The Whetstone High School boys tennis team will face Columbus West in the City League championship match on Monday, May 2, at Wolfe Park.

It marks the fifth consecutive season in which the Braves and Cowboys will meet in the City final. Whetstone won 3-2 in 2014, but West won 4-1 last season and 3-2 in both 2012 and '13.

"Everything we do from this point forward will be gearing up for West and the Division I sectional," said coach Bucky Walters, whose team finished 5-0 in the City League-North Division and entered this week 9-1 overall. "West will be a tough, tough matchup and we have tailored our schedule to play difficult non-league matches in these final weeks for that purpose. We're going to be tested the rest of the way."

The Braves competed in the City League coaches tournament on April 25 and 27.

"It's important psychologically to play well against (West in the coaches tournament), but lineups and matchups could change," Walters said. "We've got to get our singles courts playing at the top of their games."

The Braves defeated City-North runner-up Beechcroft 4-1 on April 18 before beating Mifflin 5-0 in their league finale April 21.

Against Beechcroft, Winfield Slocum won 7-6, 6-3 at first singles, Chin McCollum won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles, Eoghan Dempsey and Atticus Bulgrin won 6-2, 6-4 at first doubles and Kalman Buterbaugh and Armando Prince won 6-2, 6-4 at second doubles.

"We've had to mix and match our lineups all season because we've had times without Dempsey and McCollum and now we'll be without the Buterbaugh brothers (this) week," Walters said. "But Slocum has held his own at first singles and our doubles teams have played well despite being new guys and switching lineups."

Bossenbroek, McLemore leading girls track team

As expected, sophomores Jamie Bossenbroek and Sofia McLemore have led the girls track and field team this season after being Division I regional qualifiers a year ago.

"They've both been terrific and are ahead of their pace from last season," coach Jewelisa Blanks said. "Jamie is 1.5 seconds ahead of her time at this point last season in the 300(-meter) hurdles and her training has been phenomenal. Her best last year was 46.5 (seconds), but she was around the mid-49s at this point (last season)."

Bossenbroek placed second in the 300 hurdles (47.2) in the Wildcat Invitational on April 22 at Westerville South.

"The main thing we're working with Jamie on is building strength and stamina," Blanks said. "We took her out of the 100 hurdles and put her on our (3,200 relay) to work on her endurance. She's doing very well and we need for her to keep her momentum."

Last season at regional, Bossenbroek finished 12th in the 300 hurdles (49.06) and McLemore placed 10th in the 100 (12.91).

"Sofia broke 13 late last year and has that down to 12.7 thus far (this season)," Blanks said. "It's a lot harder to drop time in the 100 dash, but we think with some work she can get in the 12.3 neighborhood. We're concentrating on her start and her turnover. Right now, she's strong enough, but it's the technique that could really aid her time."

The Braves finished eighth (21) of nine teams in the Wildcat Invitational, behind champion Westerville South (134.5).

The 3,200 relay of Bossenbroek, Mariyanna Lacy, Sydney McKeel and Whitney Staggs placed fourth (11:15.47) and the 1,600 relay of McLemore, Bossenbroek, Lacy and Sabrina Vedovato was sixth (4:27.47).

The boys team finished seventh (38.5) in the Wildcat Invitational, behind champion Westerville South (148).

Placing third were Patrick McCollum in the 300 hurdles (45.76) and the 400 relay of Jerrimi Williams, Adreon Barrett, John Branham and Ephrayim Robinson (45.57).

The 1,600 relay of Barrett, Emil Adams, McCollum and Robinson placed fourth (3:41.81), Robinson was fifth in the 400 (53.92), Williams placed fifth in the long jump (18 feet, 7 1/2 inches) and the 800 relay of Andrew Pierce, Yassin Abdiwahab, Dylan Peaks and Francisco Soto was sixth (1:39.4).

Baseball team enters week on win streak

The baseball team extended its winning streak to 11 games by sweeping a three-team doubleheader April 23, defeating Westland 10-0 and Grandview 13-3.

The Braves were 13-4 overall and 8-0 in the City-North before playing Northland on April 25.

Whetstone entered the week atop the City-North standings, ahead of second-place Beechcroft (6-2). The Braves defeated the Cougars 15-1 on April 14 and the teams played the rematch on April 27.

Through 15 games, Zach Barnum (.520 batting average, 24 runs scored, 19 RBI), Sam Price (.481, 19 runs, 15 RBI), Nick Hall (.455, 22 runs, 13 RBI) and Jack Staggs (.372, 18 runs, 9 RBI) were among the Braves' offensive leaders.

On the mound, Barnum was 1-0 with one save and a 0.42 ERA in 16 2/3 innings, Connor Flannagan was 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 11 2/3 innings and Justin McDaniel was 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in nine innings. Michael Ray was 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 8 1/3 innings.

The Division I district tournament draw is Sunday, May 1. First-round games are scheduled for May 9.

Softball team falls to second in league

The softball team displayed some of its youth in a 14-3 loss to league-leading Centennial on April 18.

The Braves trailed 5-3 through three innings and 7-3 through five innings before visiting Centennial tacked on seven runs in the sixth.

Whetstone bounced back to beat Columbus East 16-4 on April 20 and Linden-McKinley 17-1 on April 22 and was 7-3 overall and 7-1 in the City-North before playing Northland on April 25.

The Braves travel to Centennial on Wednesday, May 4, for their scheduled league finale. The Stars were 8-0 in the City-North entering the week.

The Division I district tournament draw is Sunday, May 1.

First-round games are scheduled for May 9.