New Albany High School boys tennis players Oliver Sybert and Alex Kobelt are headed to the Division I state tournament.

New Albany High School boys tennis players Oliver Sybert and Alex Kobelt are headed to the Division I state tournament.

They qualified in doubles by placing second in the district tournament held May 18 and 19 at Hilliard Davidson. The state tournament is Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26, at Ohio State. If it rains, the event will be moved to the Elysium Tennis Center in Plain City.

Both Sybert, a senior, and Kobelt, a freshman, will be playing at state for the first time.

"Central Ohio usually does well at the state tournament," coach Andrew Sinclair said. "But there's no doubt there are some other good doubles teams out there, too. I like our chances. If you make it out of our district, you've done a good job."

Sybert and Kobelt made quick work of their first two opponents at district. They defeated Olentangy Liberty's Vic Chhabria and Kevin Pang 6-1, 6-1 and Dublin Scioto's Ben Albert and Jeffrey Lamb 6-2, 6-0 in a state-qualifying match.

"We had a good draw and got out of there in a hurry," Sinclair said. "We (knew) the second day (was) going to be the tough one."

Sybert and Kobelt came back to defeat Dublin Coffman's Patrick Liu and Kevin Lin 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in a semifinal before losing 6-2, 7-5 to Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin and William Schmit in the district final. UA's Stu Little, who won state doubles titles the past two years, captured the district singles championship.

New Albany's Ameen Farwana and Jordan Rabe also competed in doubles at district and lost 6-3, 6-2 in the first round to Gahanna's Alex Gavrilov and Sam Raybuck. In singles, C.J. Cash lost 6-3, 6-1 against Westerville Central's Luke Buchanan and Julian Judge lost 6-1, 6-3 against UA's Brandon Griffin, and both of those were first-round matches as well.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to state.

"The district is a real test," Sinclair said, "especially our district."

Track teams combine for 20 regional berths

Led by sophomore Alex Frye, the boys track and field team totaled 100.5 points to win the Division I, district 2 championship ahead of runner-up Lancaster (90). The meet was held May 15, 16 and 19 at Hilliard Darby.

Frye won three events, including the high jump (6 feet, 7 inches). He also finished first in the 110-meter hurdles (15.06 seconds) and 300 hurdles (39.27).

The Eagles qualified to the regional meet, which began May 23 at Pickerington North and will conclude Friday, May 25, in all eight individual track events and 11 of the 17 events overall. They earned 12 total berths and will have two participants in the high jump after Trent Guy also qualified (third, 6-0).

The top four finishers in each district event qualified for regional.

Other highlights for the Eagles included district runner-up efforts by Zack Buck in the 1,600 (4:27.13) and the 800 relay (1:29.04).

"(This) week is the big one, the one we've been working toward all year," junior C.J. Stringer said of the regional after helping the 3,200 relay finish third (7:59.58) at district. "It's all about getting to state."

The girls team finished third (96.5) behind defending state-champion Reynoldsburg (116.5) and Dublin Scioto (112) in the district 3 meet held May 16, 17 and 19 at Darby. Olentangy Orange was fourth (75.5).

The Eagles picked up eight regional berths, which included first-place efforts by Karrington Pettiford-Winters in the 400 (54.4) and sophomore Ama Karanteng in the long jump (15-11).

Pettiford-Winters, a freshman, advanced in all four of her events. She also was second in the 200 (25.24) and ran the anchor legs on the 800 relay (second, 1:44.19) and 1,600 relay (second, 3:57.08). The Eagles also got runner-up efforts from Mirra Galbreath in the 1,600 (5:14.63) and Dena White in the high jump (5-0).

"Some meets I don't do what I want to and then there are some I do better than I expected," White said. "Today I was hoping to do a little better. Being consistent, that's what I'm really looking for. Hopefully, I'll do that (this) week."

The top four finishers in each regional event advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.

Boys, girls lacrosse teams advance

The boys lacrosse team defeated Watterson 8-4 in a Division II Central Region first-round tournament game May 18, improving to 13-5 as Ben Schottenstein scored four goals and goalkeeper Connor Hinson made 15 saves.

The Eagles advanced to play Kent Roosevelt in the second round May 23. The winner plays DeSales or Bexley in the region final Saturday, May 26. New Albany defeated Bexley 16-10 on April 16 and lost to DeSales 19-4 on April 28. The regional champion plays in a state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at a site to be determined.

The girls team defeated Wellington 18-5 in a second-round Division II South/Central Region tournament game May 17 as Elaina Enich scored five goals, Emily Manning added three and Brook Mendoza made eight saves in goal.

The Eagles improved to 13-3 while advancing to play Bexley in a semifinal May 22. The winner plays Cincinnati Indian Hill or Cincinnati Seton in the region final Thursday, May 24. New Albany, which advanced to Division I state semifinals the past two years before moving down this spring, did not play either team during the regular season.