When the first area honor roll for boys track and field was released April 13, a few members of the Brookhaven High School boys team expressed their disappointment that DeShawn Alston's time in the 400 meters -- 50.4 seconds, good for third in the area -- was the only listing from the program.

Coach Marv Whiting reminded the Bearcats that being among the top four in April should not be their goal.

"We've been trying to mix and match and see where people fit in," Whiting said. "I'm not excited yet, but I'm getting there. I just have to remind them sometimes that track is a May and June sport. With the warmer weather, we'll be able to start running some better times."

Alston leads the way in the 400 and 200 -- his time of 22.8 in the 200 just missed the top five of the first honor roll -- Whiting also has a slew of other sprinters from which to choose.

Julius Miller is the team's top runner in the 100 and is competing on the 400 and 800 relays. Josh Wheeler, who is new to the program after previously attending Centennial, also has been a pleasant surprise in the sprint relays and individual events.

On April 12 at the 21-team Eastmoor Invitational, the Bearcats finished fourth in the 800 relay and fifth in the 400 relay.

Andrew Herrell and Dominique Johnson are others in the sprinting mix, and Adul Sessay and Channing Garner are leading the distance corps.

"We really weren't disappointed with how we did (at Eastmoor)," Whiting said. "At this point, we're just trying to get guys in the right places. Josh Wheeler came to us from Centennial after having a pretty catastrophic hamstring injury that kept him from running for about a year and a half. He wants to start running good times and I just said I want him to just stay healthy."

•There are seven athletes out for the boys tennis team, meaning the Bearcats immediately could reach one of coach Eugene Barrett's objectives for the season.

"One of our goals was that we don't forfeit any matches, and we just want them all to have fun," Barrett said. "This is not one of those games that our kids pick up on very quickly, but once they start playing it they see that it's actually fun."

Barrett, who took over the girls and boys programs after Roxie Goodlett retired from teaching a year ago, has just one senior in Tyler Miller at second singles. Sophomore Asonganyi Atemnkeng is playing first singles and junior William Moore is at third singles.

Freshman Phuoc Nguyen and sophomore Kalvin Morrison are at first doubles and freshmen Tavonte Burney and Devin Robinson are playing second doubles.

Heading into a City League-North Division match last Monday against East, the only court they had won was at third singles when Moore received a forfeit victory in a 4-1 loss to Beechcroft on April 17.

Barrett, who is a recreational tennis player and also formerly was an assistant football coach at Northland in addition to coaching football at the youth level, likely won't coach eitherof Brookhaven's programs next year.

"We played well (in a 5-0 loss to Centennial on April 9) and they're one of the powerhouses in our league," Barrett said. "Tyler has been playing for a few years and (Atemnkeng) has probably been playing for a while."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Brookhaven baseball, softball, boys tennis and boys and girls track and field teams:


*April 9 -- Lost to Northland 21-3

*April 14 -- Defeated Linden-McKinley 14-7

*April 16 -- Lost to Whetstone 22-2

*April 18 -- Lost to East 3-2

Last Saturday -- Lost to Triad 10-0

*Last Monday -- Def. Mifflin 11-5

*Last Wednesday -- Played Beechcroft

*Friday -- Home vs. Centennial

Tuesday -- At Eastmoor

*Wednesday -- At Northland

Of note: The Bearcats were 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the City-North before last Wednesday.


*April 9 -- Def. Northland 9-5

*April 14 -- Def. Linden 17-16

*April 16 -- Lost to Whetstone 13-3

*Last Friday -- Def. East 15-0. Lacy McClure threw a no-hitter.

*Last Monday -- Def. Mifflin 20-3

*Last Wednesday -- Played Beechcroft

*Today -- Home vs. Centennial

Saturday -- At Horizon Science (doubleheader)

Monday -- At Walnut Ridge

*Wednesday -- At Northland

Of note: The Bearcats were 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the City-North before last Wednesday.


*April 9 -- Lost to Centennial 5-0 in opener

*April 17 -- Lost to Beechcroft 4-1

*Last Monday -- Lost to East 5-0

Last Tuesday -- Played Whitehall

*Last Wednesday -- Played Northland

Today -- At Marion-Franklin

*Monday -- At Whetstone


April 8 -- Boys: Finished third (55) behind DeSales (92) and Northland (58) and ahead of Beechcroft (34); Girls: Finished last (7) behind champion DeSales (103)

April 12 -- Boys: Finished 10th (24) in 21-team Eastmoor Invitational behind champion Trotwood Madison (136)

Friday -- At Wildcat Invitational at Westerville South

Wednesday -- At Braves Invitational at Whetstone

*City-North contest