What already has been a memorable season for Brookhaven High School senior Nigel Preacher continued in the Division I, district 1 boys track and field meet that concluded May 21 at Hilliard Bradley when he advanced to regional in four events.

What already has been a memorable season for Brookhaven High School senior Nigel Preacher continued in the Division I, district 1 boys track and field meet that concluded May 21 at Hilliard Bradley when he advanced to regional in four events.

The day also saw the continuing growth of the Brookhaven girls program, as junior Charletta Henley captured the district 2 title at Bradley in the long jump (16 feet, 5 3/4 inches).

Preacher, who followed his record-breaking City finish in the high jump (7-1/4) by winning the district title in the event (7-0), will be the busiest of the local athletes competing in the Division I regional that began May 25 and concludes Friday, May 27, at Pickerington North.

The top four finishers in each event advance to the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

"I was a little bit nervous and I kept fouling at first (in the long jump) and then I was focused," Henley said. "I was just very nervous and wasn't hitting the board at first, but then I felt very good about it. I'm excited."

Henley's performance helped the Brookhaven girls finish 11th (24) of 12 teams that scored in district 2 as Pickerington Central (126) won the title.

Preacher added runner-up finishes in the long jump (21-11 1/2) and 110 hurdles (15.47) and was third in the 300 hurdles (40.26) to lead the Brookhaven boys. The 800 relay also was first (1:28.86).

The Bearcats placed fifth (60) of 15 teams that scored in district 2 as Hilliard Davidson (109) won.

"The only thing that was disappointing was the (400 relay)," coach Steve Ayers said. "We had the fastest time in central Ohio coming in but had a bad exchange and they didn't finish the race.

"Nigel kept going (in the high jump) and he actually had 7-1 but snapped the bar with his leg."

The Northland boys were ninth (42) of 16 teams that scored in district 1 as Thomas Worthington (87) won.

Will Barnes won the 110 hurdles (14.94) and 200 (22.35) and added a third-place finish in the 100 (11.42) to lead the Vikings.

"We were excited for him," coach Kevin Tooson said. "He's been pretty solid all year."

Also in the district 1 meet, the Northland girls finished ninth (27) and Beechcroft finished 12th (17) of 14 teams that scored. Dublin Coffman (152) won the title.

The Vikings girls placed in four field events, while the Cougars girls had two individuals place in running events.

One of the more enjoyable moments of the meet for Northland girls coach Tom Fast came when Bria Johnson learned she had placed fourth in the discus (92-2) to advance to regional.

"It was really unexpected," Fast said. "She's a very delightful young lady who works hard. When she heard her name called, she broke down in tears."

The Beechcroft boys tied Worthington Kilbourne for 11th (15) of 14 teams that scored in district 3 as Coffman (116.5) won.

Dai'Ron Glover was second in the 100 (11.05) and ran on the 400 relay that took third.

"Dai'Ron didn't have a very good start (in the 100) and hadn't lost that race all year," coach Scott Davis said. "But he's moving on."

• GATTIS TO COACH BEARCATS - Darris Gattis became the new coach of the Brookhaven girls basketball team May 20.

After posting a 143-163 record in 14 seasons at Columbus East, Gattis takes over for retiring coach Reggie Lee. In 30 seasons under Lee, the Bearcats won 515 games, including the 1996 Division I state title. Brookhaven was a district runner-up and went 16-6 last season.

The Tigers advanced to district semifinals five times under Gattis, including last season.

"I'm very excited," Gattis said. "I think this is the best job in the state in girls basketball and boys basketball. Brookhaven has been so consistent in terms of wins and losses the last 20 years. It's an honor to replace coach Lee, who I consider one of my mentors. The entire north side knows about the tradition of Brookhaven and they look at Brookhaven as the place to go."

• TENNIS CHAMPIONS -The Northland boys tennis team defeated Centennial 3-2 on May 23 in the City championship match at Woodward Park.

It was the Vikings' first appearance in the City final since losing to Briggs 5-0 in 2008.

Centennial won the regular-season title at 12-0, followed by Northland (11-1) and Whetstone (10-2). Beechcroft and Brookhaven both finished 6-6.

Beechcroft went 8-8 overall and will lose seniors Jon Slaughter and Eric Taylor.

Eligible to return at singles are juniors Joseph Pleasant, David Beyene and Mike Parker. Junior Josh Pleasant and freshman Jason Rojas saw extensive action at doubles.

Brookhaven will lose Tho Nguyen from its group of doubles players but is eligible to return the rest of its roster.

Freshman Jaylin Bayo played first singles, junior Clement Osei-Bonsu was at second singles and junior Thomas Vomboi played third singles.

Also seeing action were juniors Edward Donkor and Andrews Osei-Bonsu, sophomore Emmanuel Achirem and freshman Netronne Backus.

•The Brookhaven softball team had a successful spring, according to coach Chuck Andrick.

Whetstone and Centennial finished in a first-place tie in the City-North Division at 13-1, with the Stars beating the Braves 7-3 on May 18 in a one-game playoff to determine which advanced to the City title game.

The Bearcats finished 13-7 overall and third at 10-4 in the league. Beechcroft finished 6-8 overall and 6-6 in the City-North. Northland went 7-12 overall and 6-8 in the City-North.

Brookhaven, which lost to Westerville North 21-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 10, loses just one senior in four-year regular Ashley Brockman. She made second-team all-City.

Among those eligible to return are junior infielder Chelsea Matthews (first-team all-City), junior pitcher Rachel Montgomery (first-team all-City), sophomore catcher Katie Stoots (honorable mention all-City) and sophomore infielder Kristina Tweedy (honorable mention all-City).

"I thought we improved tremendously," Andrick said. "We competed with Centennial (May 12) and lost 7-3 but it was a one-run game going into the seventh. The good thing is that we only lose one girl."

Beechcroft will lose five seniors in Yvette Martin (C), Domonique Hillmon (2B), Natalee Banks (SS), Tyler Hairston (INF) and Brittany Bohanan (3B). The Cougars lost to Bexley 13-1 in the first round of the Division II district tournament.

Freshmen Starlah Germany and Mary Stewart were among the bright spots during a season in which coach Bruce Ward was hoping for better results. Germany started in center field and made first-team all-City.

"When you don't play for long periods of time like we did this spring, it's easy to get distracted," Ward said. "Everybody was in the same boat, but the bottom line is that we were just unfocused. On paper it felt like a good team. We lose an experienced group of seniors, but we'll have a freshman pitcher coming back and Starlah Germany coming back."

Northland lost to Upper Arlington 11-0 on May 10 in the first round of the Division I district tournament. The Vikings will graduate four seniors in Shayla Mayes, Grace Saydee, Chloe Siens and Kyra Stevens.

Among those eligible to return are juniors Raven Dickens, Demaris Inman and Briyona Smith and sophomore Janelle Tyler.

•The Northland baseball team was a much-improved squad from the one that lost to Brookhaven 14-10 in its March 31 opener.

The Vikings lost to Thomas Worthington 9-5 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 9 and finished 9-11 overall and 8-6 in the City-North after losing to Centennial 9-0 on May 19.

Whetstone and Centennial met in a one-game playoff May 24 to determine the City-North champion after both finished with 13-1 regular-season league records.

The Vikings will lose six seniors, including second-team all-City selection Corey Johnson (1B/P). Among those eligible to return are juniors Manthoni Brown and Andrew Love (first-team all-City, honorable mention all-district), sophomores Xavier Conner (second-team all-City) and Wade Beightler (second-team all-district) and freshmen Justin Hill and Clay Siens.

"I thought we'd be about .500," said Dean Washington, who finished his 25th season coaching baseball in the City, including his 11th at Northland. "Our discipline got better and our skill set got better. Overall, they hung in there and improved. We're going to keep plugging away."

Beechcroft lost to Big Walnut 17-0 on May 10 in the first round of the Division II district tournament and finished 8-9 overall and 7-7 in the City-North.

The Cougars will lose seniors Anthony Barnes, Tevin Qualls and R.J. Daniels. Eligible to return is a junior class that featured Charmonta' Bennett, Ricky Crum, Dustin Poindexter, Tyquan Wakefield and Brandon Woods.

Crum went 4-3 with 49 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings and Woods was 2-2. Daniels hit a team-best .379, followed by Bennett (.371), Wakefield (.370 and Crum (.316).

"The rain really hurt us in that we had some nice momentum going before spring break, and some very winnable games got rained out," coach Matt Bell said. "To finish the season winning three straight gives us a very positive attitude going into the summer. Several of our players will be playing on a City League-North summer team, so hopefully getting in about 20 more games will help them improve."

Brookhaven lost to Groveport 9-5 on May 9 in the first round of the Division I district tournament and finished 7-15 overall and 7-7 in the City-North.

The Bearcats are eligible to return all of their key players except for senior outfielder Saviyon Cunningham.

Juniors Jesse Curry, Grant Parker and Devin Williams should be among the top returnees.