Gahanna Lincoln High School softball coach Jim Campolo has been in charge of compiling the state poll for the last several years, and he can't remember the last time a team was unanimously voted No. 1 -- until this year.

Gahanna Lincoln High School softball coach Jim Campolo has been in charge of compiling the state poll for the last several years, and he can't remember the last time a team was unanimously voted No. 1 -- until this year.

That distinction went to two-time defending Division I state champion North Canton Hoover, which the Lions play in a regional semifinal at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Ohio State.

The teams have a bit of a history -- the Vikings beat Gahanna 4-2 in the 2011 state final.

The Lions enter the regional tournament at 24-6.

Hoover, which is 30-0, features Oregon-recruit Jenna Lilley, who started at shortstop against the Lions in the 2011 state final and bats cleanup. Pitcher Tara Thacker is 18-0.

Senior Olivia Schumacher (OF) and junior Becca Gavin (C) are returning starters from Gahanna's 2011 team.

"We're playing hungry," said Schumacher, who recently committed to Mount Union. "I'm ready for the rematch. I play against some of their players in the summer. I think our hitting is better than it was (in 2011)."

"(Hoover is) loaded," Campolo said. "Obviously they're the real deal. They were young when we played them at state. The last I heard their shortstop was hitting about .800. We've just got to play our game and can't worry about who we're playing."

The Gahanna-Hoover winner plays Pickerington Central or Grove City for the regional title at noon Saturday, June 1, at Ohio State.

The regional champion faces Austintown-Fitch, Medina, Mentor or Solon in a state semifinal at 10 a.m. June 6 at Firestone Stadium in Akron. The state final is 10 a.m. June 8 at the same site.

Gahanna, which was the district's sixth seed, beat third-seeded Marysville 9-2 in a district semifinal May 21 at Pickerington North and 11th-seeded Westerville Central 9-1 in a district final May 24 at Pickerington Central.

Against Westerville Central, the Lions got a two-run single by first baseman Destiney Darst in the first inning. Center fielder T'awnna Morris doubled and scored on a double by third baseman Brittany Oldaker in the second as Gahanna built a 5-0 lead.

Oldaker, who hit two three-run homers against Marysville, hit a solo shot in the sixth against Westerville Central.

Emmalee Harding struck out six and gave up five hits to earn the win.

"I always know that my team has my back," Harding said.

Boys volleyball teamfalls in state opener

The boys volleyball team's first state tournament appearance since 1991 ended with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-16 loss to Beavercreek in a Division I quarterfinal May 25 at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit.

The Lions finished 18-10.

"Winning the second game would have been a big one," coach Mike Sage said. "It was 23-23 but we had some little errors and obviously they were able to squeak one out. But the boys played phenomenally."

Gahanna also lost to Beavercreek 25-21, 25-14 in its opener March 30.

Teague earns districtrunner-up finish

Canyon Teague is headed to the Division I state boys tennis tournament for the second consecutive year after earning a district runner-up finish May 24 and 25 at Hilliard Davidson.

Teague opens the state tournament Friday, May 31, at Ohio State against Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas. The tournament concludes the next day at the same site.

Last season, Teague lost to Perrysburg's Jeffrey Schorsch 6-0, 6-1 in his state opener.

"I'm just going to keep to my game," Teague said. "This year I go in knowing I already have a year of experience at state. After I lost last year, I definitely wanted to get a second chance."

Teague opened the district tournament with wins over Reynoldsburg's Brandon Person (6-0, 6-2) and Upper Arlington's Brandon Griffin (6-1, 6-3) to qualify for state. He then beat New Albany's Rathnakishore Giri 6-2, 6-3 in a semifinal before losing to Upper Arlington's Stu Little 7-5, 6-3 for the title.

It was Teague's first loss this season.

"He's been in that zone," coach Chris Schwinnen said.

Girls track teamcaptures district title

Paced by titles in four events, the girls track and field team easily captured a championship in the Division I, district 2 meet May 21, 22 and 25 at Hilliard Darby.

The Lions scored 141.5 points, as Big Walnut was second (88.5) and 16 teams scored.

Winning titles were Kelsey Sandlin in the 3,200 meters (11 minutes, 21.95 seconds), the 400 relay of Sara Richards, Reyna Montgomery, MiAngel Daniels and Daniella Johnson (48.61), the 800 relay of Richards, Francesca Bowsher, Daniels and Johnson (1:41.99) and the 1,600 relay of Richards, Bowsher, Rylee Tanner and Sami Shaw (3:57.25).

Sandlin beat a field that included runner-up Leah Wallace (11:28.87) of Reynoldsburg, who was a state qualifier in the 3,200 a year ago.

"I knew she could sprint past me at the end so I was trying to push it in the middle of the race," Sandlin said.

Sandlin also ran on the second-place 3,200 relay (9:44.47) with Shaw, Tanner and Kearstin Turner.

The top four in each district event advanced to the regional meet that began May 29 and concludes Friday, May 31, at Pickerington North. The top four in each regional event advance to the state meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.

Advancing in two individual events to regional were Sydney Stokes, who was second at district in the 300 hurdles (46.15) and long jump (17 feet, 4 inches) and Johnson, who was second in the 100 (12.23) and third in the long jump (16-11).

The Lions' other regional qualifiers were Shaw in the 400 (second, 59.34), Daniels in the 100 hurdles (third, 15.09), Tanner in the 800 (third, 2:17.84), Turner in the 800 (fourth, 2:19.54), Lexie Blase in the pole vault (fourth, 9-6) and Rachel Brown in the discus (third, 104-3).

Boys track teamtakes 3rd at district

The boys track team's 800 relay took advantage of a chance at redemption May 25.

After Eric Buckner, K.J. Jackson, Riak Reese and Theo White were disqualified for being out of the exchange zone in the 800 relay during their preliminary district race May 22, the foursome won the 400 relay (42.38) three days later in the district 2 final.

That performance, combined with three individual titles, helped the Lions place third (106) behind co-champions Hilliard Davidson and Watkins Memorial (140).

"We got (disqualified) in the (800 relay), but we made up for it by winning the (400 relay)," Buckner said.

Also winning titles were Reese in the 100 (10.69) and 200 (21.4) and Luke Mokma in the discus (156-0).

Mokma added a third-place finish in the shot put (49-10).

The other regional qualifiers were the 1,600 relay of Chris Blakely, Jordan Burns, Jackson and White (third, 3:26.44), the 3,200 relay of Blakely, Matt Ridinger, Conner Roll and Keiffer Whiteman (second, 8:24.85), Blakely in the 800 (third, 1:57.39), Buckner in the 200 (third, 22.58), Adam Davis in the 110 hurdles (fourth, 15.31), Jackson in the 100 (fourth, 11.52) and Ridinger in the 1,600 (third, 4:35.89).

Boys lacrosse teamto lose seven seniors

The boys lacrosse team lost 10-6 at Westerville Central on May 22 in the first round of the Division I Central Region tournament.

The Lions finished 7-13 overall and tied Hilliard Bradley and Hilliard Darby for fifth in the OCC-Ohio at 1-5, behind Olentangy (6-0), Olentangy Liberty (5-1), Olentangy Orange (4-2) and New Albany (3-3).

"It comes down to maturity and focus and effort and early in the season we had problems with all of those," coach Brett Dillon said.

"We took a trip to Erie (Pa.) and made it all about the team after that."

The Lions lose seven seniors, including first-team all-region long-stick midfielder Collin Blaney and second-team all-region attacker Nate Strong.

Strong had five goals in the tournament loss and more than 60 for the season.

Juniors Ben Foley (defen-der), Jordan Sprunger (long-stick midfielder) and Chris Hopper (midfielder) and sophomore Colby Hanna (midfielder) should be among the top returnees.