As the only returning state qualifier on the Delaware Hayes High School boys and girls track team, junior Anasa Matthews was expecting to have another shot to reach the state meet this season.

As the only returning state qualifier on the Delaware Hayes High School boys and girls track team, junior Anasa Matthews was expecting to have another shot to reach the state meet this season.

She got off to a good start toward that goal last Tuesday during the first day of the Division I district 2 meet at Dublin Coffman as she won the shot put and was runner-up in discus.

What pleased her more was that some of her teammates also began to throw their weights around in the field events. Her twin, Makeda, was third in the shot put and Stan Gibson was fourth in shot put for the boys team.

The top four in every event advanced to the regional, which is Wednesday and Friday at Hilliard Davidson. Calvin Turner was third in the pole vault and will join the shot put threesome at regional. The running finals were last Saturday.

"It was a good day for us in the shot put," said Anasa, whose winning throw was 39 feet, 5 1/2 inches. "I expected to go to regional and I expect to get back to state, but I wasn't sure how good Makeda would do because this is her first year throwing."

Gahanna's Ivana Payne (38-10) separated the sisters, as Makeda threw 37-9 1/2.

Last season, Anasa threw 39-0 at district to finish third, 39-7 1/2 at regional to place fourth and 36-10 1/4 at state for 11th. Anasa had competed in throws in middle school, but sat out as a freshman because of medical issues. Makeda never had competed in the shot put or discus until this season, but was a regional qualifier last season in the long jump.

"I watch Anasa make adjustments and what she's doing and I learn from her," Makeda said. "I have less experience,so I see her do it and just try to do it the same way. I am physically stronger than Anasa, but she has a lot better technique."

Coach Andy Graham said Makeda's presence has challenged Anasa and vice versa.

"Those two are so competitive," he said. "Makeda has been able to push Anasa this year. The closer Makeda gets, the further Anasa throws it. They're pushing one another. Anasa's best is 39-5 and Makeda's best is 38-9. Of course, I've always said that Anasa competes at the level of her opponents. She has so much talent that she just lifts her game against better competition. Both have a chance to get to state."

Anasa, who threw 123-1 in the discus as Lancaster's Amanda Kline won with a throw of 126-4, set her regional shot put goal at 40-0, and Makeda said she hopes to reach 39-0.

"I hope she gets hers and I get mine," Anasa said. "She wants to beat me so bad and that's what is pushing her. She is my competition and my sister, so it's a fun thing."

Makeda won't give up chasing her sister anytime soon, but concedes that Anasa has the current advantage.

"I think the Reynoldsburg girl (Melissa Dodaro) and Anasa will take the top two spots to go to state, but if I can get five or six inches more to get to 39 or better, that could get to state. Right now, everyone else in the running is 38-something."

Anasa and Makeda compete against each other in shot put and discus, but they team in their third event, the 1,600-meter relay. Last Wednesday,they joined Jasmine Crowder and Eva Kostyu to finish fourth in their heat (4 minutes, 26 seconds) to give Delaware its only relay, boys or girls, in last Saturday's finals.

For the boys, Gibson's top throw was 48-11 1/2, as Mount Vernon's Lucas Ferguson won with a throw of 53-9 1/2. Turner cleared 13-6, as Olentangy Liberty's Joe Uhle and Chris Uhle both cleared 14-0.

In the only running finals competed last Wednesday, the boys 3,200 relay finished fifth (8:40.3).

•The baseball team had its quest to repeat as Division I district champion thwarted last Monda as the sixth-seeded Pacers lost to 10th-seeded Gahanna 10-9 in a district semifinal at Davidson.

Delaware, which finished 21-7, trailed 4-0 before it came to bat for the first time but scrambled back to take a 7-4 lead entering the fifth inning.

In the end though, walks, wild pitches and passed balls doomed the Pacers.

Starter Scott Sheets and reliever Frank Eastman combined to walk 10 batters. The final two walks came with the bases loaded in the seventh to force home the tying and eventual winning runs.

In addition to those two runs, Gahanna scored two other runs on wild pitches.

"We outhit them 10-6, stole 11 bases, scored nine runs and didn't make an error," coach Mike Yinger said. "That should win you every game. But we walked 10 and hit two more with pitches, so we handed them 12 base-runners.

"We also struck out 10 of the 21 outs. Gahanna barely put the ball in play all game and we end up losing. I'm still scratching my head. It was a little like a Little League game out there at times."

The Lions improved to 20-9 by beating 12th-seeded Pickerington Central 18-13 to win the district title last Wednesday.

The Pacers led Gahanna 9-8 entering the seventh inning. But Eastman, who took over for Sheets in the sixth after John Beatty's solo home run tied the game at 8, issued a walk with one out and Brock Trimbur and Josh Bokor followed with singles to load the bases. Walks to Shane DeFranco and Elliott Williams put Gahanna ahead 10-9.

Delaware got its leadoff batter on base in the bottom of the seventh, but Christian Lockett relieved Trimbur and struck out the next three to keep the Pacers scoreless in an inning for the first time all game.

The Lions used two passed balls, a wild pitch, an RBI-double from Joey Tomko and a two-run double from Trimbur to highlight the first inning. Sheets then settled in and kept Gahanna hitless the next three innings.

The Pacers whittled away, getting one run in the first before scoring twice in the second, third and fourth innings for their 7-4 lead. Billy Harkenrider hit a solo home run in the second and Caleb Wilburn ripped a two-out, two-run double in the fourth.

Gahanna tied it in the top of the fifth, scoring runs on a passed ball, Tomko's sacrifice fly and an infield hit from Jared Moss.

Pinch-hitter Ben Steele singled to drive home Harkenrider in the bottom of the sixth to give Delaware an 8-7 lead. Both teams scored once in the sixth, with Beatty hitting his home run and Delaware's Evan Shaw scoring on an error.

"Sheets had trouble controlling his curveball, but when it was around the plate, they couldn't hit it," Yinger said. "He gave up four hits and all four came on 2-0 fastballs, including their home run. It was that kind of day for us."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Hayes boys volleyball and boys and girls track and field teams:


May 15 -- Def. Whetstone 26-24, 26-24, 26-24. Jon Hunt had seven kills and two solo blocks, Justin Kerby had five kills and three solo blocks and Dale Needles had five kills and four stuff blocks. Jamey Hackett added 10 digs and Deven McKenzie had eight assists and two digs.

Last Wednesday -- Lost to fourth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 25-11, 25-9, 25-14 in second round of Division I district tournament. The Pacers had a first-round bye before playing Kilbourne, which finished eighth in the state poll.

Of note: The Pacers finished 5-19.


May 15, 17 -- Boys: Finished fifth (45) in OCC-Central meet at Thomas Worthington behind Pickerington North (142), Thomas (120), Central Crossing (97) and Westerville Central (76) and ahead of Marysville (43). Winners were Calvin Turner in the pole vault (12-6) and Stan Gibson in the shot put (49-3 1/2). Gibson also was fifth in the 100 (11.31). Kurt Kostyu was fourth in the 1,600 (4:35.1), Ben Andrews was fifth in 800 (2:02.82) and Bobby Oliver was sixth in pole vault (11-0). The 400 relay of Jacob Nicol, Nate Decker, Brian Dunlap and Gibson was second (43.33), the 800 relay of Michael Corbett, Decker, Dunlap and Gibson was third (1:33.39) and the 3,200 relay of Andrews, Steve Swisher, Courtlynd Steele and Kostyu was fourth (4:35.1); Girls: Finished last (45) in OCC-Central meet behind North (170.5), Thomas (128.5), Westerville Central (87), Marysville (53.25) and Central Crossing (46.75). Anasa Matthews won the discus (119-8 1/2) and was second in the shot put (28-2 3/4) and joined Makeda Matthews, Jasmine Crowder and Eva Kostyu on the fifth-place 1,600 relay (4:21.45). Makeda Matthews was third in the shot put (36-5 1/4) and fifth in the discus (91-10 1/2). Finishing third were Kostyu in the 1,600 (5:36.85) and Stacey Steigerwald in the 3,200 (12:09.03). The 400 relay of Monica Tellez, Crowder, Bri Sturm and Ariel Nagler was fourth (53.91) and the 3,200 relay of Steigerwald, Kostyu, Kathleen Jackson and Shannon Sember was fifth (10:55.08).

Last Tuesday, last Wednesday, last Saturday -- Competed in Division I district 2 meet at Dublin Coffman. The top four in every event advanced to the regional.

Wednesday, Friday -- At regional at Hilliard Davidson. The four in every event will advance to the state meet June 6-7 at Ohio State.