Marysville High School wrestling coach Shawn Andrews considers the postseason to be a three-week season of its own, and his team started it with a strong performance.

Marysville High School wrestling coach Shawn Andrews considers the postseason to be a three-week season of its own, and his team started it with a strong performance.

The Monarchs scored 208 points to win a 10-team Division I sectional tournament Feb. 28 at home ahead of runner-up Central Crossing (163). It was their fourth consecutive sectional title and fifth in six years.

Marysville also had 13 district qualifiers, as the top four finishers in each weight class at sectional advanced to compete March 6 and 7 at Hilliard Darby.

At district, the top four in each weight class advanced to state Thursday, March 12, through Saturday, March 14, at Ohio State.

Last season at state, Marysville finished a program-best third (77.5) behind Massillon Perry (185) and Perrysburg (90.5) as 78 teams scored.

"Sectional is part of the process," Andrews said. "It really is just one big tournament, the last three weeks. You have to have a short-term memory and look forward."

Seven of the Monarchs' 13 district qualifiers reached the sectional finals, but all lost.

Senior Taleb Rahmani, a three-time state qualifier, lost to St. Charles' Tim Rooney 6-4 in overtime in the final at 152 pounds. Rahmani was 35-4 overall entering district.

Sophomore Derek Sharp lost to Central Crossing's Jackson Lakso 4-3 in the final at 120. Lakso is a returning state qualifier.

Also reaching finals were Garrett Hosterman (113), Jake Marsh (126), Nick Rioch (145), Alex Sepeda (160) and Noah Satterfield (182).

Other district qualifiers were Troy Messer (138, third at sectional), Ben Roshon (220, third), Sedric Pittroff (132, fourth), Logan Weirick (170, fourth), Austin Hattery (195, fourth) and Dan O'Neil (heavyweight, fourth).

Regi Reed was 1-3 at 106 and finished sixth.

"We're real happy to get 13 of our 14 out," Andrews said. "Obviously, we want to get all 14 (to district). We want all these kids to have a chance to move on. We're excited. We didn't wrestle a very good finals round."

Andrews said the program again took pride in playing host to the sectional.

"It's nice to be at home," he said. "You know your surroundings. We don't get to wrestle at home that often because of our schedule."

Girls basketball teamwraps up solid season

Second-year girls basketball coach Andrea Miller said wins over Dublin Coffman during the regular season and Northland in the Division I district tournament were highlights of the season.

The Monarchs finished 16-9 overall, losing to 10th-seeded Westerville North 60-38 in a district semifinal March 3 at Gahanna.

The 21st-seeded Monarchs defeated 26th-seeded Briggs 69-55 in the first round Feb. 20 at home before upsetting third-seeded and host Northland 59-52 in the second round Feb. 27.

Against Northland, senior Hannah Long had 24 points and 18 rebounds and senior Mikayla Hughes had 12 points.

"Obviously, nobody thought we would beat Northland," Miller said. "That was definitely a highlight."

Long injured her left knee in the game and saw limited time in the second half against North.

Marysville trailed the Warriors 18-8 after one quarter and was outscored 9-0 to begin the second. The Monarchs went 10-for-20 from the free-throw line and committed 23 turnovers, leading to 24 points for North.

Junior Kayley Gordon led the Monarchs with 14 points.

"From the very beginning, it wasn't us," Miller said. "It wasn't the team that I know and I've been coaching all year. Give credit to (the Warriors), they came out and pressured us. We just could never jump back from it."

Marysville went 8-6 in the OCC-Central Division to finish fourth behind Olentangy Liberty (13-1), Upper Arlington (12-2) and Coffman (10-4) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (5-9), Central Crossing (4-10), Thomas Worthington (4-10) and Westland (0-14).

The Monarchs defeated Coffman 61-59 on Jan. 30 at home.

Long averaged 11.3 points and 9.8 rebounds, and Hughes averaged 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. They led a four-member senior class.

Long and Hughes were named second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district, and Gordon was honorable mention all-league.

Long will play at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.

Others eligible to return are juniors Taylor Eberhart, Kayley Gordon and Madi Shelley, sophomore Aubree Lewis and freshmen Katherine Hazelbaker, Kinzi Lee, Sarah O'Neil, Gyna Raspaldo, Allie Rioch and Daryn Stiers.

"These past two years the seniors have improved so much," Miller said. "It means everything to come in after two years and have such a successful season -- first year with 12 wins and this year with 16. It set the tone for what's to come. Our underclassmen and returners are going to strive for this next year to go at least one, two games further (in the tournament)."

Mickelson swimsin first state meet

Senior Gavin Mickelson capped his swimming career at Marysville by competing in his first Division I state meet Feb. 27 and 28 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

He finished 14th in the boys 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 40.37 seconds.

"I realized this year that I had to put in the work in order to get there and I'm just really thankful that I was able to do that," he said. "This was my first time swimming in Canton. It was really amazing. The atmosphere was very energetic. It was really a great place to compete."

Mickelson was the only competitor for the Monarchs, who tied or 46th (3) behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (335) as 50 teams scored.

Boys basketball teamloses in first round

The boys basketball team lost to 15th-seeded Grove City 76-59 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 27 at home.

The 13th-seeded Monarchs finished 15-8.

Grove City jumped out to an 18-7 lead before Marysville rallied for a 21-18 lead after one quarter. The Greyhounds answered with a 22-4 run in the second quarter for a 40-25 lead and never trailed again.

Mark Milholland and Daylon Holland each scored 11 points and Drew Mellen had 10 for the Monarchs.

Gymnastics teamcompetes at district

The second-year gymnastics team finished 22nd (100.175) in the district meet Feb. 28 at Worthington Kilbourne as 24 teams scored.

The top three teams -- Coffman (141.6), Kilbourne (137.275) and UA (136.825) -- advanced to the state meet March 6 at Hilliard Bradley.

The top eight finishers in each event and the all-around advanced to the individual state meet March 7 at Bradley.

Molly Tuchfarber was 85th of 112 gymnasts in the all-around with a 26.25, while Macey Earnest was 87th (25.975) and Leah Bressler was 92nd (24.6).

Madaline Grimm and Brooklyn Weller also competed.

Caballes bowls indistrict tournament

Junior John Caballes was the first Marysville bowler to compete at district, as he finished 74th (510 series) of 127 bowlers in the Division I boys tournament March 4 at Columbus Square Bowling Palace.

The top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Saturday, March 14, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

"It was great for him to get (to district)," coach Ray Cusack said. "I didn't know if we would get anybody in district this year, but we did really well."

At sectional Feb. 28 at Columbus Square Bowling Palace, the Monarchs finished 23rd (3,685) of 39 teams behind champion Westerville Central (4,331) as the top 20 teams advanced to district.

Caballes tied for 31st (619) of 210 bowlers, as the top 20 individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district.

Also competing at sectional were Ryan Skaggs (521, 111th), Zac Cantrell (512, 115th), Nathan Craig (496, tied for 123rd), Keith Marshall (326, two games) and Danny Ravencraft (134, one game).